JJ Abrams Star Trek promotional tour took a side-step from the red carpet gala premieres and press events, to stop in Kuwait and give some lucky US service people an early look at the Star Trek movie. We have pictures and details from the event, plus some more Tidbits, inlcuding Pine in Vanity Fair, interviews with Cho and Urban and more.
Star Trek world tour in Kuwait
Today JJ Abrams and his actors from the new Star Trek movie stopped at Camp Arijan in Kuwait to show the film to a group of US service members. According to a report issued by the US Army, actors Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, John Cho and Eric Bana along with executive producer Bryan Burk and director/producer J.J. Abrams presented the film to the service members.
JJ Abrams is quoted as saying:
It struck us that there was an opportunity to not just have it be about the movie, but to have it be about something that’s more important than all that stuff
It’s an honor to come here to say hi and shake hands with the people who protect us
The Star Trek crew met first with Brig. Gen. James T. Walton and other HQ staff before showing the film and then staying for a Q&A and mingling with service members for photos and autographs.
Urban: Mccoy cranky and bipolar?
The new Dr. McCoy has an interview with his hometown newspaper the New Zealand Herald, which includes the following exchange
The character is a bit cranky isn’t he?
This character is irascible and cantankerous, and often downright grumpy but beneath that is one of the most altruistic, caring, loyal friends you can possibly have. The remarkable thing about him is he does not care who you are, he will speak his mind. His moral perspective, regardless of who he is arguing against, is always sound. It doesn’t matter that he’s more Jim Kirk’s friend than Spock’s – he will always give you the straight up, honest ground.
Why do you think he’s so cantankerous?
I think he’s a little bit bipolar actually!
Cho feels the pressure
In an interview with Hollywood Today, John Cho revealed that taking on the role of Hikaru Sulu was taken seriously:
I did feel pressure. You’re doing a role that another actor did and you certainly don’t want to dishonor that. And I felt pressure to honor the Star Trekkers, the fans, to do right by them. They’re very passionate about this mythology and you don’t want to mess with that. It’s a younger, more action-filled, more athletic version of “Star Trek, so I think both camps will be happy
Jules Verne Fest First To Get Star Trek in France
Finally, Star Trek will have an early premiere in France at the Paris Jules Verne Film Festival. More info and ticket info at JulesVerneFestiva..com. This event is after JJ Abrams and the Trek stars leave Europe, but they will be holding a press-only event in France this week (TrekMovie will cover that event via our friends at UnificationFrance). The French public premiere for Star Trek is on May 6th. More at the official French movie site.
French ST09 Poster
TrekMovie review still coming
My first (no spoiler) review of the Star Trek movie is coming later tonight or early Sunday. Sorry for the delay but it is a lot to take in and much other stuff keeps coming in the door and for now I have to head out the door for a birthday party (mine).