As we reported on Tuesday, Simon Pegg (Star Trek’s new Scotty) joined director JJ Abrams at the UK Star Trek presentation. After the event the actor wrote a spoiler-free blog post with his thoughts on seeing the footage for the first time. Plus there are a couple of follow-up media reports from the event. See below for details.
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From ‘Simon’s Blog’ at Pegg’s Myspace Page:
SIMON’S BLOG: Beam me up…me.
I saw four scenes from Star Trek this morning!! I’m finding it really hard to be articulate here because my head is still spinning. J.J. presented the scenes to a four hundred strong audience of distribution folk and online press. A bundle of pride and excitement, he gave spirited introductions to each clip with his usual combination of nervous energy and sharp wit.
The third clip featured a certain Caledonian engineer’s first appearance in the movie and J.J. pulled me up to say a few words/gush like a fool, before it ran. I was somewhat geek happy and slightly disoriented from the first two clips and the trailer (which was shown first and premieres to the world imminently) and was consequently a little breathless and lost for words. I basically expressed how incredible it was, as a fan of Star Trek, to be witnessing my own contribution to the series and what an extraordinary experience it was, as an actor, to interact with characters I have known for thirty years.
The scenes I saw were dazzling and seeing Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Zoe Saldana in action, confirmed my initial suspicions that they have utterly inhabited the characters originally brought to life by that wonderful and famous cast.
One particular action sequence was so tense and exciting, by the end of it, I felt as though I had watched an entire movie. It’s been four hours since the lights came up and I feel as though I am still sat in the auditorium with my mouth hanging open and my eyes glassy and wide. I am beyond excited for this film and now officially, inordinately proud.
Can’t wait for you to see it.
Live long and prosper…
This group shot gives the only view so far of Pegg’s Scotty
(third from left in background and out of focus!)
More UK reports: Abrams on making Trek legit
On Tuesday Trek Movie reported on the UK event (including links to the earlier published reports). There are a couple of follow-ups online now.
Film Review magazine’s report goes into much of the same spoilery detail on the trailer and includes this quote from Abrams introduction:
I’ve was never really a huge fan of Star Trek. When I was asked to do Trek, I found myself saying ‘yes’! There have been 10 movies and a million series [and] I appreciated there was a promise of adventure. The idea of doing this movie where it could feel legitimate and real, despite all the stuff that non-fans might think was silly, was the challenge.
I’ve seen all the parodies, but the key to doing this and making it feel real was a great cast. The cast is amazing.
Additional UK reports:
- Den of Geek has a spoilery report on some of the production art, including comments on additional ships.
- Red Orbit report, which includes some quotes from Pegg
- Rotten Tomatoes, includes detailed scene descriptions
- Metro UK on how Trek has been ‘sexed up’