This has been a busy week in Trekdom and we are still catching up. In the last few days there have been some interviews and comments from Star Trek’s new director and new James T. Kirk which are of interest beyond the ‘it is going to be great’ type of stuff. See below for a summary.
Pine on Trek getting its groove on
On Tuesday Pine attended the GQ Men of The Year party in Los Angeles and while there he spoke to E! about the amped up sexiness in the new Star Trek movie which was previewed in the new trailer. Pine said that the scene with Saldana taking off her top will "become famous." Pine notes the film does have more going on in the bedroom:
It’s trying to be sexed up for a new generation that really isn’t used to seeing Star Trek. It’s a whole new beast.
Chris, this scene is already famous
As TrekMovie reported, Pine is seen in the trailer in bed with (a green) Rachel Nichols. Pine tells E that he did ‘get his groove on’ with Nichols, and described what it was like doing the scene:
It was a lot of fun, but I think that day actually was a 20-hour-day. So by the end, the novelty wears off. After many sandwiches and meals through the day, all you want to do is brush your teeth and go home.
Kissing Rachel Nichols over and over again, take after take…it must be hell!
Pine didn’t make it onto GQ’s Men of the Year list for 2008, but maybe the invite indicates he is on their short list for 2009. Here are a couple of shots of him lookin’ good at the event.
SciFi.com also caught up with Pine and posted a video interview, in which Pine described the new Star Trek movie thusly:
What JJ has created and what we have been a part of is really the birth of these characters. Not only their individual journeys, but how they all meet and the forging of that relationship that carries on to the five year mission.
More from Pine on Shatner and surprises and how the film is a ‘character movie’ at SciFi Wire.
JJ on the appeal and future of Trek…and something big
Star Trek director JJ Abrams poke to the UK’s FemaleFirst about his new movie, addressing many of the things on fans minds.
On if the film is a ‘reimagining’
The idea is really to re-introduce these characters in a different way, but they are the characters from the original Star Trek. It’s not a complete re-imagining I figure if you re-imagine something you should just imagine something else.
But he was also clear that the film is not jut for the Trekkies, noting:
I think the idea was really to show this movie as an origin story and be as connected to reality as possible, not just this inside joke that people who have seen the other ten movies will get.
And Abrams again noted he wanted to keep with Trek’s optimism:
That humans will not only survive but actually thrive and collaborate with other species. The notion of the final frontier in space exploration is so silly and clichéd in so many people’s minds, but when you actually stop to consider that Star Trek is, whilst a fantasy, our future.
I love what Roddenberry was doing and I’m proud to continue that spirit as opposed to doing Star Trek: The Dark Years. Which, by the way, I’m sure would be hugely entertaining and wildly profitable.’
On making the potential sequel:
I can tell you that I would love to see the family, the Enterprise that you get to see come together, what they do next. They are so wonderful, the actors, and seeing them together in these roles is just so much fun that I think there is a sense of wanting to see what’s next.’
Much more at FemaleFirst from Abrams, including why his favorite Trek film is Star Trek II.
And one last quote from Abrams at The Hollywood Reporter has some scratching their heads. In talking about the marketing of the film, Abrams told the trade:
Oh, there’s a whole crazy campaign that is going to … It’s insane. We have a life-size Enterprise, but I’m not allowed to talk about it.
TrekMovie has sought clarification from Paramount, but so far they are keeping mum on specifics for their marketing plan except to say it is going to be big.