Pine: Kirk Is Different In ‘Into Darkness’ + Harrison Not Typical Bad Guy

Today we post transcript of the third (and final) Star Trek Into Darkness interview transcript from the Japan press event, this time with Chris Pine talking about how he has personally changed since the last film and how Kirk has changed as well. The actor also gives some more details on Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain John Harrison and more.


Pine Talks Kirk’s Journey and Being Tested By Cumberbatch’s Harrison

Speaking to GyaO! at the Tokyo Star Trek Into Darkness press event a couple of weeks back, Chris Pine talked about how a long time passed between production on the last Star Trek movie and Into Darkness and how he has applied that to the work in the film, saying…

Chris Pine: I’m different because I am five years older and hopefully a bit more mature and I have had many more experiences since the first film and you can only help that experiences to bear on the character you are portraying at the time. So Kirk is definitely different this time around.

Pine was also asked what was the most difficult thing about the film and ended up revealing a bit more about his character of Kirk in Into Darkness

Pine: The most difficult aspect of this film was firstly the fact that it was a very physical film so the action sequences are very hard and very long. And then I think too, the journey that my character goes through is a very difficult one and very painful to let myself go through those experiences that Kirk goes through during the course of the film

Pine says Kirk’s journey is ‘very painful’ in Into Darkness

Chris also talked about how the scale of the film was also reflected in the characters as well…

Pine: With the 3D involved it just makes it that much grander and bigger. And the story I think gives these characters a lot more room to expand and grow and explore. So the size of the action and the size of the characters and what they go through is a lot bigger.

Chris also contrasted Cumberbatch’s John Harrison with Eric Bana’s Nero from the last Star Trek film…

Pine: Benedict is a great actor and portraying a really complex and layered bad guy in this film. And I think that is what really sets him apart, especially from [2009’s Star Trek] where Eric Bana did a great job playing our bad guy Nero. His kind of selling point was he was a really mean, brutal, physical bad guy and Benedict plays a guy who is just as physical and just as strong but who is real weapon is the fact that he is a master manipulator and is able to use the weaknesses of the crew to his advantage and against them. A psychological force to be reckoned with. 

Cumberbatch’s Harrison isn’t just a tough guy – he messes with your head according to Pine

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Thanks again to TrekMovie’s Japan correspondent Tatsumi Nageta for providing the Tokyo interview content from GyaO!


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