Chris Pine Talks Briefly About Playing Captain Kirk
Curious as to why we haven't heard too much about (or even really seen a trailer for) J.J. Abrams' Star Trek yet? "That, to me, is the part that's the most frustrating -- having something that is not in a state to be seen, or publicly reviewed, getting out there. I'm keeping things secret ultimately for the audience," Abrams said in an interview with USA Weekend. If Abrams isn't talking, who can we hear from? There's one actor that hasn't spoke much about Star Trek yet and that's Chris Pine, the man actually plays Captain James T. Kirk. Thankfully Variety (via TrekMovie) got Pine to speak about his role very briefly.
Of all the things Pine could talk about regarding his role as Kirk, it's about how he decided not to emulate William Shatner's mannerisims. "All I was doing was heaping upon myself an incredible amount of responsibility, weighing myself down with 'You must remember to act this way' and such," Pine recalls. "That's when I was really able to let go and accept the parameters that J.J. set forth in the beginning, which was to bring what was special and unique about us to the roles." As Variety mentions, that meant focusing more on Kirk's personality (e.g. "charming, funny, leader of men") rather than his physical characteristics.
Variety's feature on Chris Pine identifies him as one of "10 Actors to Watch." Although he admits that he's "not really a sci-fi buff," it was Kevin Smith who already praised Pine after seeing an early cut of Star Trek. "The guy that plays the lead is an instant star. That dude is going to be so famous. He is so wonderful," Smith said. So how did he pull off that kind of performance? "Just try to be human," Pine says, adding that, "I got to do everything: yell, shout, cry, laugh, take charge and be vulnerable. I pulled the lucky straw." I for one can't wait to see if he indeed pushes Shatner out of way and takes center stage next May.