Over the weekend, Chris Pine attended a special 10th-anniversary screening of 2009’s Star Trek. The purpose was to celebrate the movie’s anniversary and the life of Anton Yelchin, who tragically lost his life in 2016 at age 27. The screening included a trailer for the documentary about Yelchin’s life, Love, Antosha.
The Hollywood Reporter covered the event. Chris Pine spoke about Anton:
This curious, fascinating, complex, strange little dude who, when we started [Star Trek], he was about 10 years younger than all of us, he was kind of our younger brother, and we saw him grow up and continue to get stranger and more curious.
Pine also spoke about Yelchin’s quiet battle with cystic fibrosis (which his co-stars didn’t know he had) while filming Star Trek Beyond:
We had about a week of doing a pretty intense stunt, like a really grueling, physically demanding stunt. I haven’t actually thought about it until now, but looking back on it, I remember how hard it was for him to get through it. And he never complained.
Zoe Saldana wasn’t in attendance but took to Twitter to show her support, saying:
Anton, you are missed.
What a beautiful way to remember you.
Please take the time to go and see #LoveAntosha, in theaters Aug. 2nd
More about ‘Love, Antosha’
The documentary features interviews with Chris Pine, Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, J.J. Abrams, and more, including his Star Trek co-stars, and is narrated by Nicolas Cage. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Here’s the description from the filmmakers:
From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists, Anton and his parents came to the U.S. when he was six months old. He started acting at nine. He had a genuine curiosity and love for people, for art, and for family. And a willingness to explore, and be open with, the darker parts of himself. ‘Love, Antosha’ explores his successes and his struggles, and lets viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old.
“Love, Antosha” opens in theaters in Los Angeles on August 2 and New York on August 9.