The newest issue of Titan’s official Star Trek magazine, arriving on newsstands Feb. 10th, features an exclusive interview with Bruce Greenwood, Captain Christopher Pike in the new Star Trek. See below for an excerpt. Titan has also announced the availability of back issues of UK magazine Star Trek Monthly on CD-ROM and launched a new Facebook page. Details below.
Greenwood talks Pike, Trek, Kirk, Bond and more
(UPDATED with more excerpts from from Star Trek Magazine #16)
Star Trek Magazine: How did you get involved with Star Trek?
Bruce Greenwood: I was doing a movie in Toronto, and I got a call from J.J. who said, “Hey, I think you might be right for this. Would you like to come in and read the script?” I said I was in Toronto and couldn’t he send me a copy of it? He said, “Oh no, but when you come back to L.A., we can lock you in a room with a guy standing outside the door and you can read it then.” So that’s what I did: I came home a couple of weeks later and sat in a locked room and read it. I worked out a few questions for J.J., then we had a conversation and the next thing I knew, I was being fitted for a space suit!
How familiar were you with Star Trek before you started filming? Was it something you’d followed regularly?
Not really. Any number of lazy Sunday afternoons I’d watched reruns of Star Trek but I hadn’t watched it when I was a kid, and I wasn’t really familiar with the canon, if you will. So I started to do my homework and saw everything there was to be seen.
Did you look back at Jeffrey Hunter’s portrayal of Chris Pike?
Of course, yes. People feel so strongly about every tiny little aspect of it, so regardless of what I choose to do, I thought I’d better know what other people’s frame of reference is.
Is it an advantage that your character only appeared for one hour?
That’s very true, that is an advantage for me, but there are still the diehards who think I should look exactly like him, and have the same hair do, all of that.
Did you enjoy working on the film?
I had such a good time, working with J.J. and the gang. Off and on, I was on the movie for a couple or three months. A week here, 10 days there.
Playing Pike means you become part of the Star Trek phenomenon – are you going to join the convention circuit?
I’ve never done that. I’ve never done the Comic Con thing. That’s something I’m completely unfamiliar with. I’ll definitely go and have a look and see what that’s all about.
What do you think will grab audiences about this reinvented version?
Remember the difference in the Bond films when Daniel Craig assumed the role – suddenly the franchise was redignified and given a tremendous shot of not just truth and believability, but vitality on a deeper level. Bond seems complete and you can see his broken parts as well. Daniel Craig is a wonderful actor.
The Star Trek script is written to play to the strengths of an actor who has those qualities, and Chris Pine is that guy. He’s a wonderful actor and a great guy to boot. That’s one of the things that’s really going to help move it into people’s consciousness in a way that they can really embrace it.
…more from Greenwood in Star Trek Magazine #16, on newsstands Feb. 10
Bruce Greenwood (Pike) and Chris Pine (Kirk) in ‘Star Trek’
More in issue 16 of Star Trek Mag available now + more previews at Facebook
In addition to the Greenwood interview, Star Trek Magazine #16 has a feature focus on Star Trek Voyager, including new interviews with Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo. There is a tribute to Majel Barrett Roddenberry, including a "Trek Life" styled art tribute by Dave Reddick. Star Trek Magazine #16 arrives on newsstands February 10th.
STM #16 has a big focus on Voyager
Star Trek Monthly back issues on CD-ROM
Titan started publishing Star Trek magazines in 1995 (then titled Star Trek Monthly and available only for UK markets). There were 127 issues before the magazine was offered to the United States and rebranded as Star Trek Magazine in 2006. Now, Titan is starting to make the previous issues available on a CDROM, starting with Volume 1 for £19.99 (around $30). Volume 1 collects issues 1 to 24 of the original Star Trek Monthly, and the CDROM is fully searchable and includes exclusive interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, and James Doohan. For more information or to order, visit the Titan site.
Star Trek Magazine Archives CD-ROM #1
Star Trek Magazine going to 8 issues/year + Special Movie Issues coming
Star Trek Magazine is increasing its frequency from six issues per year to eight, which is another sign of renewed interest in Star Trek. The next three issues of Star Trek Magazine will have a special focus on the new Star Trek movie. These issues will have exclusive new information and images from Star Trek. There will be two movie-focused issues before Star Trek is released (# 17 on sale March 24th & #18 on sale May 5th), plus an additional movie-focused issue (#19) on sale June 9th. CLICK HERE to subscribe to get all those issues and more.
The first movie-themed issue (Star Trek Magazine #17) can be pre-ordered at tfaw.com (note the covers shown are ‘dummy covers’) and the final covers will likely have some new imagery on them .