'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Star Cameos in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'?
No, that's not Freddy Krueger in photo (nor is it a burned version of Burgermeister Meisterburger from "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"), but there's a charming, cool story about how a star from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street came to have a role in Star Trek Into Darkness. If you go to the IMDb profile of Heather Langenkamp, the lead from the classic Wes Craven horror film, you'll see that she has a credit as a character named Moto in the J.J. Abrams directed sequel. But if you don't remember who the hell that character is (pictured above), you're not alone. That's why StarTrek.com (via Movies.com) looked into it and came out with a touching tale of how Langenkamp in the alien creation came to be. Read on!
Sometime in the late 90s, Langenkamp and her husband founded AFX Studios, which specializes in make-up effects. Since then, the small business has had their work featured in some pretty big movies like Dawn of the Dead, Cabin in the Woods and Evan Almighty. Part of that job occasionally includes wearing some of the make-up and creature creations, which is something that is actually comforting. She says:
"…doing makeup parts, where you’re wearing makeup that totally covers your head, hair and neck, it’s very comforting for an actress of my age. The older you get, you just find your vanity creeping into the way you imagine yourself. So, when I got a chance to wear this kind of makeup it was actually really liberating. You don’t worry about anything except your character and being on time."
Such was the case with this little role in Star Trek Into Darkness. Her company was commissioned to work on some of the physical aliens in the film (they actually made the make-up for the white-faced aliens in the opening action sequence), and so their creations appear throughout the film. This one particular creation was the work of a sculptor that wasn't made for a specific film, and it just sat of a shelf for awhile. However, after fighting with cancer, the sculptor passed away, giving the company a new drive to get one of their shelved pieces on the big screen. The name of that sculptor was Moto, and that's the name of the alien character. And when you see that character, it's Heather Langenkamp paying tribute to a great artist. Cool?