Chris Pine Discusses Life as Captain Kirk

Feeling no pressure to out-Shatner the master.

by | January 24, 2008 | Comments

Chris Pine went to Sundance to promote his new movie Bottle Shock — but when you’re the new Captain Kirk, that’s really all anyone wants to talk about. Fortunately, Pine has proven himself willing to oblige.

Case in point: Entertainment Weekly‘s interview with the actor, which he opened by jokingly referring to Star Trek XI as “a small independent [film]…kind of like Star Wars and Spaceballs combined.” Asked whether he felt any pressure to “evoke William Shatner,” Pine responded:

“I actually feel the exact opposite. I think the biggest mistake I could ever do would be to try to re-create what Mr. Shatner did. There are certain qualities that Kirk has that are vital for someone who is a leader of men. And those qualities, I definitely wanted to take from what Mr. Shatner did in the original series. But my job is to take something new, to take that and build upon it, really do my own thing. I just feel no pressure when it comes to that.”

This lack of pressure might be at least partially due to Pine’s wise decision to stay away from Web forums where his casting in the new Trek might be greeted less than enthusiastically. Admitting that “the Internet is not my friend in this case,” Pine went on to try and soothe Trekkies’ fears:

I can understand, I don’t have that many credits and people are very worried that their Kirk is going to be destroyed. But I can only say that we’re having a great time. J.J. [Abrams, the director] has been wonderful and the cast is phenomenal. I think what we’re doing is very special.

For more on Pine’s thoughts regarding Star Trek XI — including a rather spoilerish tidbit involving Leonard Nimoy — follow the link below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Tag Cloud

Lionsgate Martial Arts harry potter politics science fiction adventure Toys Winter TV Trailer Nickelodeon CMT American Society of Cinematographers Disney Channel TV Land Winners Rock boxoffice GIFs MSNBC HBO Reality Sci-Fi SundanceTV Nominations FOX Kids & Family Podcast Star Wars Masterpiece Sundance CNN 007 Lifetime Grammys AMC 24 frames Sneak Peek sports Infographic Action BBC America TBS Fall TV Amazon TIFF period drama Spring TV Crackle ITV The CW 2015 El Rey Country 2017 Thanksgiving Music VH1 travel First Look Box Office Interview Tumblr PaleyFest Comedy TCA GLAAD Drama Schedule crime drama IFC Food Network thriller Holidays Oscars A&E BBC singing competition Superheroes 2016 LGBTQ Red Carpet Photos Pop Ghostbusters SDCC CBS All Access VICE Certified Fresh WGN Comedy Central Rocky sitcom Hulu Countdown Starz Fox News Exclusive Video Logo Watching Series Esquire DC Comics cooking Marvel vampires Cosplay Biopics Trivia Showtime Summer Character Guide Syfy NBC FXX NYCC Writers Guild of America Mystery Horror Calendar cinemax President USA ABC dramedy Premiere Dates History Universal Marathons MTV Adult Swim Polls and Games Video Games Rom-Com FX BET Opinion TCM Set visit TCA 2017 comiccon Freeform Extras social media GoT Cartoon Network Animation Netflix E! ESPN Valentine's Day Election TruTV DirecTV Musicals discovery CBS Awards Nat Geo Fantasy docudrama diversity PBS Pirates Best and Worst TNT OWN ABC Family crime thriller Bravo Reality Competition serial killer Emmys Year in Review Tomatazos Disney