To celebrate the release of Star Trek Beyond on DVD, Chris Pine recently spoke to NME about the movie, the legacy, and his plans for the future. Oh, and how he thinks Captain Kirk “can be a dick.”
Pine is the youngest actor ever to play the lead on Star Trek — he was just 28 when he took on the role of Captain Kirk — and even though he says he’s “not by nature a fanboy,” he seems to have a good perspective on what was so special about the original series. As he told NME,
“Back in 1966 to have the bridge of the Enterprise filled with a Russian, an Asian, a white guy, an African American woman and an alien was pretty ahead of its time.”
More than that, his take on Captain Kirk is probably what makes his performance so fun to watch. He understands that the hero doesn’t have to be dead serious to be effective.
“I like that he can be a buffoon. He’s one of those guys that thinks they know it all, is kinda badass and then he lets it slip. It’s why I always thought Harrison Ford was so great – he’s such a badass but doesn’t mind being made a fool of. Kirk is very fallible. He has no superpowers. He can be a dick and a really nice guy.”
Pine also talked about his appreciation for Simon Pegg’s writing style and his take on how best to do Trek, saying the biggest advantage to having his one of his fellow actors co-writing the movie was that he was with them in trenches vs. “writing from some box in the sky.” He thought Pegg managed the tone just right.
“When we hit the tonal marks it’s not the super broad Marvel comedy with its very self-referential post-meta comedy! Star Trek is ’80s pop fun. You go in. Bad stuff happens. You may cry. Then you’ll laugh a bunch and – hurrah! – you’ll leave with a smile on your face. Simon knows that and he protected that. I was worried we’d lose the fun of it because everything nowadays is either getting so dark or so fucking bananas, off-the-wall, post-meta funny. I just wanted to do straight-up our thing and that’s there because Simon’s a fan.”
NME brought up the fact that Pine once serenaded a fan with a song made famous by Frank Sinatra, “Summer Wind,” and asked if Sinatra is a role he’d like to play.
“I would play Sinatra tomorrow in a heartbeat. That would be an absolute dream. It’s been floating around for while but I’ve never seen a script. I don’t even know if it exists. What a life… Fuck, are you kidding me?”
In the full interview at NME Pine also talks about growing up in an acting family, working with Idris Elba and Justin Lin, and how he handles fan-on-the-street encounters. Before reading the rest, take a few minutes first to check out Pine’s comedic side. Joss Whedon has been producing election-related videos as part of his “Save The Day” campaign, and recruited Pine to star, hilariously, in “If Congress Was Your Co-Worker.”