Both Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg have been finding it difficult to talk about Anton Yelchin this week, as they do the rounds promoting Star Trek Beyond.
One thing many of the Star Trek incarnations have in common is the way the cast bonds, forging intensely close connections to each other. They have a lot of fun on set and truly care about each other. The Star Trek: The Next Generation cast is best known for this; they stood up at each other’s weddings, they’re godparents to each other’s kids, and they see conventions as an excuse to get together again.
It’s the same for the reboot cast, which is why Yelchin’s death hit them all so hard; they didn’t just lose a colleague, they lost a family member. This should be a fun time for the group, promoting a movie they care so much about, but it’s been a struggle as they have to find a way to talk up the movie and still manage to talk about the death of their dear friend. This isn’t the legacy they were expecting to be discussing.
Quinto hit the Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week and spoke about his love of sci-fi, and his sorrow at the loss of his colleague and friend. He clearly found it difficult to talk about it for long, but he spoke about the importance of honoring Yelchin’s legacy, as well as his life as a sci-fi and Trek fan, although clearly Colbert has him beat in the fandom department.
Simon Pegg did a radio interview in Scotland for Clyde 1 a few days ago, and also struggled when asked to talk about Yelchin, as you can see below.