The official world premiere of the Star Trek movie was held in Tuesday evening in Sydney Australia and TrekMovie was there on the red carpet and inside the event. See below for pictures and comments from some of the film stars as well as our report from the event itself. [NO Spoilers]
TREKMOVIE.COM AT SYDNEY PREMIERE
by John Penberthy and Troy Parkinson
RED CARPET SYDNEY
The Red carpet for the world premiere was frantic, with press outlets big and small all jostling to get questions in for the stars. We had a few moments to chat with some of the actors from the movie who were there, including the surprise guest John Cho. Here are the snippets and photos from each.
TrekMovie.com: As a big fan, do you feel this film honors the original Star Trek?
Karl Urban: Absolutely. I feel that not only is this a fantastic, fresh, hip, young, sexy reboot of the original franchise, but what Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have done is taken the very essence of what Gene Roddenberry created back in the 60s and given it a big shot in the arm, and JJ has put together a amazing ensemble. This film is fun.
TrekMovie.com: Does the film involve famous catchphrases?
Karl Urban: There are a lot of nods to long-term fans. We had the luxury to cherry-pick from forty years, those should make fans really really happy.
TrekMovie.com: Is there any other character you could have wanted to play in Star Trek?
Karl Urban: I couldn’t be more happy with the character I played, are you kidding? To me Star Trek was cult of personality than a science fiction show. My favorite scenes in the original show were where Bones and Spock to sort of argue and bicker with each other, and that is why I tuned is, is the characters on the show and that is the wonderful thing about this movie, is what JJ and this extraordinary cast has managed to do is capture the very essence of what Roddenberry created.
TrekMovie.com: What attracted you to the role of Nero?
Eric Bana: I just thought it was a really well written script. I think even if you change the title, if it wasn’t ‘Star Trek,’ I still would have done it. It was really well written and Nero was really interesting. The thing I love most was that I found the whole thing really cheeky and it had a sense of fun, and that extended even into the villain. I just wanted to be a part of it.
TrekMovie.com: Do you feel that you portrayal of Nero makes him a sympathetic character?
Eric Bana: Yeah, I think that any time audiences has to deal with a villain who has seemingly justifiable motivation it makes it more interesting and more challenging for the audience.
TrekMovie.com: What was the most important guidance you got from Leonard Nimoy?
Zachary Quinto: Just knowing Leonard has been the most important part of my relationship with this character and getting to know him personally and knowing the impact this character has had on his life. I feel really grateful and really blessed to know him..
TrekMovie.com: Did you feel a lot of pressure?
Zachary Quinto: I was really lucky. I had Leonard there, I had JJ there. My job was to find my own point of entry into this character and hopefully I did that.
TrekMovie.com: What does it feel like to finally be here at the premiere? Are you nervous?
John Cho: I feel very confident because I saw it and it was very entertaining. So entertaining that I forgot how crappy I was, which is something actors are always concerned about.
TrekMovie.com: How do you feel about going back again for a sequel and dealing with all that security, like having to wear those hooded cloaks?
John Cho: I man, I would gladly make another one. I really also feel that it is a franchise, it so hopeful and so confident — it says something great about society. It is essentially a group multi-cultural, muti-ethnic people unified with a sense of a mission, which is something we need.
We didn’t get a chance to chat with JJ Abrams, but we did get a shot of him.
Slideshows of more photos from the Trek Red carpet
[TrekMovie.com ‘live’ photoblogging photos…taken with cameraphone]
THE PREMIERE – STAR TREK AWESOME IN OZ
Inside the Sydney Opera House theater, the event started off with introductions from a couple of executives from Paramount, one from USA and one from Paramount Australia. Then director JJ Abrams hit the stage and really worked the crowd. He told the Australians that they got the honor of being the first because he ‘honestly loves the city’ and he thought all movie premieres should be there. Abrams then began to introduce the stars who were there, starting with John Cho (who was a surprise guest). This was followed by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, and Karl Urban. Each was greeted with huge applause and they joked around a bit on stage before starting the film itself.
As for the movie itself, well all I can say for now is that it was really fantastic. Without going into detail [TrekMovie will have a more detailed review soon], I would say the film truly fits the word ‘awesome.’ This new Star Trek should really satisfy both current fans and those ‘new fans.’ In fact we sat close to a group that including someone who wasn’t a fan of Trek going in and wasn’t sure what to expect, but afterwards said he loved it and wanted to see the sequel.
The film ended with massive applause for Abrams and the team which turned into standing ovation. It is going to be hard to wait an entire month to be able to see it again.
UPDATE: More photos
(L-R) Zachary Quinto, JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Eric Bana, John Cho
Chris Pine gives a salute
Quinto and Abrams
More to come
TrekMovie will have more coverage from this weeks premiere and future premiere around the world