For the last day people have been talking and thinking about the sequel to the new Star Trek, but we still have to get through that one in May, so the Tidbits brings you European interviews with Kirk and Spock, plus we have some ST09 concession stand goodies, a new Esurance commercial, and a bit on that sequel as well (or how it is playing in the media).
Quinto got alienated – but he’s no Tom Cruise
Zach Quinto has a new interview with the Daily Mail, where he talks about how physically becoming Mr. Spock actually ‘alienated’ him, but that was a good thing:
Having no eyebrows and having to shave every day, while having my hair in this sort of horrible style, I felt really alienated from myself and alienated from other people. I never went out of the house without big chunky glasses on and a hat. I tended to isolate myself a lot more during the process of this film. I was much more interested in solitude and I withdrew to a certain extent because I felt like I was working on staying connected to that character and making sure that connection sustained the entire length of the shoot. I think it actually served my relationship to the character because that kind of alienation is something that Spock struggles with greatly in his life.
Quinto also recounted how director JJ Abrams tried to drop the c-word to motivate Quinto…it didn’t work:
There’s a sequence in the movie where I am beamed to a location where there was a lot going on. The whole film was very physical. I never stop running in the movie. I’m an active guy, I work out and I do my thing, but this was just killing me. Another time they were blowing smoke all over the set and I was coughing. I just remember between takes, I was sitting on a rock, heaving, when JJ came over and told me that between every take on Mission: Impossible III, Tom Cruise would jump up getting himself psyched up. And I said ‘Good for Tom Cruise, but I’m not him.’
More from Quinto at Daily Mail,
Pine opines on ‘punk’ Kirk and ‘mega’ Trek
The new Captain Kirk, Chris Pine, was interviewed by German site TrekNews.DE, and when asked to describe who James T. Kirk was, here is what he said:
James Kirk is angry, arrogant, brash young punk who is masking an incredible amount of insecurity and fear. He came from a broken home and is searching for something to do with his life. It is clear what he wants but he also isn’t sure if he wants to contend with the great shadow his father has cast over him. The interesting part of the journey is his learning how to harness all of the emotions born from this conflict, from this misguided young man into the focused confident commander that he later becomes. He is no superhero but rather an everyday kinda guy faced with a tremendous challenge. And even though he gets beat down he always picks himself up again.
Pine also enthused over what it was like to be part of Trek’s big return:
I’m very excited and I have all the confidence in the world that it’s going to appeal to fans and non-fans alike. It’s overwhelming and its totally daunting but the great thing about J.J. making it is I don’t think any of us ever felt the pressure on set to live up to any kind of expectations. Even though it is like 150 million dollars and it’s this mega, mega, mega tent pole film, he was always concentrated first and foremost on the relationships between the characters and making sure that those were meaningful because he realized that without meaningful relationships, all the effects in the world don’t amount to a hill of beans.
Much more from Pine at TrekNews.de
Quinto plays the alien and Pine the ‘brash young punk’
Have a tub of Star Trek
This week is ShoWest, the movie industry’s big trade show in Vegas. Collider.com got some pics of some special concession stand items from Paramount, including Star Trek popcorn tubs and some pins (TrekMovie is trying to figure out what those are all about).
New Esurance commercial
Esurance, one of Star Trek’s promotional partners, has started airing a new 30 second Star Trek commercial this week on TV. No new movie footage, but just more buzz building for the movie.
Star Trek sequel big news – inspires creative headlines
Last night’s big news that Paramount has inked deals with the new Star Trek team to begin work on a follow-up was big news, including the mainstream media. It was covered by wire services, which got it picked up pretty much everywhere. But a few outlets decided to get creative with their headlines, such as: