In yet another mainstream accolade, the December issue of GQ magazine celebrates the return of Star Trek by naming Chris Pine and the Star Trek team as men of the year (in two categories). We have photos below, plus some excerpts and an additional MTV interview with Pine and Abrams.
Trek Team are GQ Men of the Year
GQ names Star Trek’s Captain Kirk Chris Pine as their "Breakout of the Year," and dedicates one of the magazine’s cover to the actor (see below). The GQ Profile (which you can read online) notes "Pine’s sly reinvention of Captain James T. Kirk helped propel Star Trek to the rare trifecta of success among audiences, critics, and geeks."
Cover and internal photo page of Pine [GQ]
The profile quotes Pine, JJ Abrams and Leonard Nimoy in recalling the journey, starting with his reluctance to take the role of Kirk:
“I said, ‘Are you kidding?’ That’s the last thing I want to do,’ ” Pine says.
“I totally understood that feeling,” says director J. J. Abrams. “For a young actor, a part like Kirk has got lots of advantages but also plenty of disadvantages. When I called to offer him the part, he said, ‘You’re not going to make me wear spandex, are you?’ ”
It’s a truism that you’re rarely more charming than while interviewing for a job you don’t want. So Pine’s initial reluctance to become America’s next action hero may explain why he made such a thoroughly likable captain of the Enterprise—never devolving into a William Shatner impression, while still possessed of some essential Kirkitude. “When I watched the scene in which Kirk and Bones meet for the first time, I let out an actual sob in the theater,” testifies no lesser an authority than Leonard Nimoy.
Pine appreciates the quality of puffed-up self-parody that Shatner brought to the role. “You inflate Kirk and then you pop Kirk,” he says. And Pine’s version radiated a confidence—to look foolish, to get his ass kicked, to share the screen with other actors—reminiscent of early Harrison Ford or late George Clooney.
Pine and a Ferengi in a two-page spread [GQ]
But the Star Trek connections don’t end with Pine. In fact, JJ Abrams and posse were all named the "Power Players" of the year. The magazine profiles JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Bryan Burk and Carlton Cuse in an article titled "How the Nerds Saved Hollywood" (not yet online), which includes the photo below of the team on a beach.
Cuse, Orci, Burk, Abrams, Lindelof & Kurtzman on the beach
(Abrams, Lindelof, Cuse, & Burk)
The feature discusses the various team member’s success with Lost (Abrams, Lindelof, Cuse, & Burk), Transformers (Orci & Kurtzman), Fringe (Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman, & Burk), and most of all, Star Trek (all but Cuse). The article notes:
Abrams directed this summer’s franchise-revitalizing Star Trek reboot, which, despite being powered by dylithium crystals of unabashed Spock-eared nerdism turned out to be hugely popular mainstream entertainment.
Pine and Abrams talk sequel (& Khan) w/ MTV + Damon almost daddy Kirk
And as if the GQ accolades weren’t enough, MTV have a special new "giving thanks" feature and interview with Pine and Abrams. It is worth a read, but here is a quick bit with the pair discussing the sequel…
MTV: J.J., if the planets align, will that be the next thing you direct?
Abrams: I don’t know. We have no script yet. We have no specific story. We’re at the starting gate of the process. All I can tell you is that working with Chris and the whole cast was literally the most fun thing I’ve ever been able to professionally be part of, so the chance to work with them again, I can’t tell you how devastating it would be to pass that up. I couldn’t be more excited about the next adventure.
MTV: Chris, have you practiced your “Khan!!!” scream?
Pine: Yes, as I do every night before I go to bed. I practice my Shatner. I pray to Shatner.
Also of interest, JJ also talked about that persistent Matt Damon rumor from back in 2006, revealing that he did talk to the actor about playing Kirk, just not James T. Kirk…
Abrams: I went to Damon for the role of Kirk’s father, and he declined in the most gracious and understandable and logical of reasons. We lucked out with Chris Hemsworth, and he did a great job. Maybe it would have been distracting to have someone as massively famous as Matt Damon in that role. … The decision was made very early on to have actors who were not necessarily the most famous but the most right for the role.
Damon in "Bourne Ultimatum" and Hemsworth in "Star Trek"
Party on, JJ
Finally, On November 18th JJ Abrams attended the GQ Men of the Year part at Château Marmont in Hollywood. Fellow honoree Chris Pine was not able to make it, but here are photos of JJ along with other guests (click images to enlarge).