Chris answer questions about Star Trek Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch, meeting Harrison Ford and how he believes the story of a film is what carries it.
Chris along with fellow stars attending the 2013 CinemaCon event in Las Vegas this past week spoke with USA Today about film violence and how they’re rated. You can see what Chris had to say below:
Chris Pine, star of Star Trek Into Darkness (May 13), rated PG-13.
“I find the ratings system can be a little strange,” he says. “You can have a little bit of sex or nudity, and suddenly you’ve got an NC-17 rating. But you can show all of this violence and bloodshed, and somehow that’s OK. I mean, look at what kids see in Grand Theft Auto (video game). It’s a tough issue. But in the end, we all have to be accountable for what we’re making on screen.”
You begin to see Chris around the 1:15 marker.
Chris Pine has compared taking on the role of Jack Ryan to “jumping off a cliff”.
The actor realises the pressure that comes with following in the footsteps of stars such as Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, who have played previous incarnations of the CIA analyst. However, Chris believes he will bring something new to the role.
“Once you kind of jump off that cliff, you’re off the cliff. I can’t be Alec Baldwin, I can’t be Harrison Ford; I can only really do my own thing and stay true to the pillars of this character,” he told Empire.
Chris is no stranger to taking on high-profile roles, having reinvented Captain Kirk for the 2009 movie Star Trek and the hotly-anticipated next instalment Star Trek Into Darkness.
Although the star feels a connection to both Kirk and Jack, he insists they are poles apart. Chris appreciates Jack’s cool and calm exterior, claiming he stands out from other action heroes.
“Where Kirk’s a man of brawn, Ryan’s a quieter guy. He’s not Jason Bourne, he doesn’t have 50 kinds of kung fu. He figures it out like MacGyver,” he explained.
Kenneth Branagh is directing Jack Ryan and has spoken about why the character is still relevant to cinemagoers today.
“This kind of character could be a dinosaur, but he becomes somebody who is intimately engaged with what it takes to be in the world right now,” he explained. “We have the freedom to reflect the current climate.”
The plot centres on Russian terrorist Viktor Cherevin – played by Kenneth – who is plotting to destroy the US economy.
“There is a lot of grey in this. What does it take to be a patriot in 2012′ Cherevin is prepared to do certain things for his country,” he added. “It’s very, very personal to him.”
The front cover of Empire’s May issue is boldly going where very few covers have gone before. In publishing’s answer to Project Genesis, it has expanded across three whole pages of cover to accommodate Star Trek Into Darkness’s full complement in a gatefold that lays out the full majesty of J.J. Abrams’ world.
From Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk to Zachary Quinto’s Spock, and newbies Alice Eve (Carol Marcus) and the mysterious and most likely fairly evil John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). No wonder Kirk looks miffed. Abrams has (a) stolen his chair, and (b) failed to turn up in appropriate Starfleet attire.
As those cover lines reveal, the edition is jammed with Abrams-related goodies. There’s new Star Wars gems within, a comprehensive oral history of Lost and we’ve spoken to everyone in the JJverse. Brace yourself for something truly special.