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October 20, 2016

You may have an image in your mind of Chris Pine as the perpetually boyish Prince Charming-type from Into the Woods and Star Trek, but these days, he’s embracing a different image: One in which he stops shaving, embraces his grays and gives overalls a spin. Was this conscious? Is he undergoing a style revolution? Will he have the salt-and-pepper beard forever? He got on the phone with us to answer all these questions and more.

Pine says the gray-speckled beard and new lease on his wardrobe are all coming with being 36. “I’m enjoying the aging process and the gray hair and the wrinkles,” he tells PeopleStyle. “I find the ritual of shaving very relaxing, but for every day, it’s pretty irritating on my skin, so I like having the definition a beard gives. I have some white hairs coming in, so that gives it different colors, I guess. But, quite honestly, it’s just really f–king easy.”

And don’t expect him to pop up on a red carpet one day with a suspiciously dark beard. “I don’t think there’s anything less attractive than a man over-dyeing things on his face, so I’m going to try, for as long as I can, to age as my male forefathers before me,” says the star. “My father started getting grays when he was in his 30s, as did my grandfather before him, so I don’t want to look perpetually young. To each his own, but it’s just not for me. Men trying to look young doesn’t really go for me. I mean, I’m Botoxing on the daily, but …”

But what he will get on board with (quite literally) is a pair of cozy, lived-in overalls, which he recently wore to get on a plane with a straw fedora and bright red sneaks.

“It’s f–king clothes, man. It’s like … I don’t know. Overalls are super comfortable, a lot of storage space, they’re not tight and you can sit on an airplane for 14 hours,” he tells PeopleStyle when asked about the onesie #OOTD. “Yeah, I don’t know. I really like overalls. What can I tell you?”

And although he’s the face of more than one sophisticated scent from Giorgio Armani (including its newest, Armani Code Profumo), Pine’s approach to scent is as relaxed as his style and grooming mantras.

“There’s nothing really fancy about spraying a perfume on your body,” he says. “I think it’s just that it’s really fortunate that I have the luxury of being involved in the brand where I get free stuff.”

He adds: “I’m definitely of the less is more mentality, and what I really appreciate is that fragrance is chemical, and it changes with your body throughout the day. It’s a very deeply personal thing. One smell on one person isn’t the same on another, and I appreciate the uniqueness of that experience.”

Source: People.com

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October 20, 2016

Chris Pine—a telegenic hunk whom you may know from Star Trek, but do not know from Captain America (because that’s Chris Evans, silly!)—is the new face of Armani Code Profumo. He’s repped the Code Collection for Armani since 2014, which means he is kind of an expert.

So when I find out that I’ll have a chance to interview him, I know I need to brush up on my fragrance know-how. This man is a pro!

To prepare for our chat, I sink into a foam-padded office stool that I pretend is a leather-bound loveseat and brainstorm. An entirely invented, but in-my-mind solid gold monocle over one eye, I read the press materials for Profumo: “Intense and vibrant, Armani Code Profumo, the new masculine fragrance for men, envelopes itself in warm colors and draws us into a world where seduction is an art, a lifestyle. The flawless mastery of every code.”

“What a lovely and masculine haiku for men,” I think. I continue, taking notes now. “Armani Code Profumo resonates with a real and present masculinity,” the one-sheet reads. It makes for a “magnetic attraction.” It has a base of tonka bean.

Pretty soon, it’s time to talk to Chris. We’re chatting over the phone, but that’s fine because there is a very nice photo of him at the top of this press release so I can visualize him. He is like the Mona Lisa. No matter where I’m standing in this tiny conference room, his eyes follow me. I look down at the rest of the one-sheet, in search of inspiration: “Code Profumo illustrates the seductive vibrato played out between a man and a woman. In a sensual wake, he charms, the atmosphere warms,” it reads. Chris! Behave!

Anyway, I force myself to pay attention and get serious! I have an interview to conduct.

Moments later, my iPhone rings. It’s Chris! We exchange pleasantries and I pause for a few seconds, waiting for the air around me to warm. It doesn’t happen. I blame that on my over air-conditioned office and carry on. Since this new masculine fragrance for men is all about “a world where seduction is an art, a lifestyle,” I decide to kick off our conversation by finding out when Pine last exercised this talent. International man of mystery that he is, he isn’t very interested in telling me.

“I don’t know what that means,” he says. “That’s not really reflective of what I like about especially this new fragrance, Profumo, which is really wonderful and intricate and complex.” He “just [thinks] it smells really nice.”

“Succinctly speaking,” he continues, “this line of [the Armani Code] fragrances runs the gamut from the top citrus notes to the deep bottom base notes of tobacco and leather and patchouli, all these things that I tend to love. If you like fragrance and you like it to be well-made, I think you’ll find it here.

“You’re a very seductive salesman,” I am tempted to say, but I stop myself. Instead, I ask him what Profumo reminds him of.

“It’s perfectly timed for this fall, as a fall fragrance, I guess,” he says. I immediately think of pumpkin spice lattes. I can’t help it! I’m sorry. “I’m just kind of making that up,” Pine says. “But I say that insofar as it has those kind of notes that are redolent of smoke and leather chairs and sitting around the fire and sharing a great meal and conversations.”

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May 16, 2016

So far the reviews coming in from Cannes Film Festival paint Chris in a very positive light regarding his role in Hell or High Water, which makes me extremely proud. Check out some quotes below:

Variety.com: Directed by Daniel Mackenzie, from a script by Taylor Sheridan (who wrote “Sicario”), it’s a gripping independent production that, with its fusion of offbeat star power and audacious storytelling, has the potential to be a mainstream hit, and possibly an awards contender.

Chris Pine, with his moody sleek glamour and bright blue bedroom eyes, has struggled to find serious dramatic roles that fit him as snugly as Captain Kirk, and this one is undoubtedly his breakthrough. As Toby, who’s divorced with two kids he hasn’t seen for a year, Pine is playing a sexy bad boy with some mileage on him, and he’s quietly mesmerizing. Toby knows how to spring into action, but his downbeat look expresses the pain of every mistake he’s ever made. Ben Foster, wearing a biker ‘stache and a spooked stare that dares you to stare back, makes Tanner an even badder boy, a thief who has spent years in prison and doesn’t have the patience — or faith — to go straight. He’s a sociopathic screwup who knows he’s a screwup (which sort of redeems him).

TheGuardian.com: Mackenzie’s direction and Giles Nuttgens’s cinematography create a kind of horizontal vertigo in the dizzying sweep of the landscape and there is a great soundtrack with original music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It’s an action-thriller with punch; Bridges gives the characterisation ballast and heft and Pine and Foster bring a new, grizzled maturity to their performances.

Telegraph.co.uk: Pine, ever-improving, notches up new respect here for his stalwart underplaying, and Foster’s on fire: his late action scene with a machine gun is hilariously bad-ass, and shot with satisfying, let’s-do-this verve by Giles Nuttgens. The film also shares a cast member the Coens used: a venerable Texan actress called Margaret Bowman, who gets one film-stealing scene, credited as “T-Bone Waitress” – she spits out her lines with such deadly sass it’s only fair not to spoil her punchlines.

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May 04, 2016

Lionsgate and CBS Films have set an August release in the U.S. for the heist thriller “Hell or High Water,” starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster.

The movie, directed by David Mackenzie, will open Aug. 12 in limited release, expand on Aug. 19 and go wide on Aug. 26.

The film will premiere later this month in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.

Pine and Foster portray brothers — a divorced dad and an ex-con — who embark on a daring bank robbery spree to save their family farm in New Mexico. Bridges plays a Texas ranger in pursuit.

The script, penned by Taylor Sheridan, was named to the 2012 Black List. Mackenzie previously won BAFTAs for “Starred Up” in 2014 and “Young Adam” in 2004.

Producers are Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn. Production companies are Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Film 44, LBI Entertainment and OddLot Entertainment.

The project was previously titled “Comancheria.” Shooting began last May in Clovis, New Mexico.

Source: Variety.com

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February 03, 2016

Over the course of his career, Chris Pine has played an impressively wide variety of characters. He’s been an intergalactic spaceman, a CIA analyst, a post-apocalyptic heartthrob, a reluctant rock god and a mid-century Coast Guard officer. Ask the 35-year-old Pine which role has made him happiest, though, and he’ll inform you that given his druthers, he’d always prefer to sport a hairpiece.

“Anytime I get offered a chance to wear a wig, I will do it,” Pine says one sunny Los Angeles morning, referencing his shaggy, bedraggled character on the Netflix original series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. “I really love doing comedy. It’s just not a bad way to spend the day.”

Of course, any day that Pine, who also moonlights as the face of Armani Code, finds himself on camera seems to be a good day—at least for moviegoers. And in the coming months, we’re poised to see plenty of him: first in the dramatic Disney offering The Finest Hours, out now, and then reprising his role as Captain James Kirk in this summer’s Star Trek: Beyond, his third film in the franchise.

In Hours, a 1950s period piece based on the true story of a heroic Coast Guard rescue, Pine plays Bernie Webber, who is sent out in a blizzard to rescue a crew stranded on a sinking oil tanker off the coast of Massachusetts. Reader, if you’re prone to seasickness do not see this film in 3-D. Despite the rocky waters, Pine disappears into his role completely, offering a strong and memorable performance that showcases his dramatic chops and adds significantly to the film’s heart. This is a harrowing story—and it’s one Pine didn’t take lightly.

“If the Coast Guard crew was tasked with doing the same mission the next night and the night after that, they would have done it,” Pine says with reverence. “That’s their job, but they don’t have their names engraved in stone and they don’t take a selfie of the moment. I think that it moves us as artists to remind and re-remind our community that being selfless is something that should be done because it’s the right and good and human thing to do.”

That basic principle is also at the forefront of the big-screen adaptation of Wonder Woman, which Pine is currently filming in London and is slated to premiere in 2017. In the film, Pine plays Steve Trevor, whom he describes as Wonder Woman’s “partner in crime… who falls in love with her.” And despite his history as a leading man in action movies, Pine says he’s just fine playing sidekick to Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s fearsome female lead.

“Action is so synonymous with violence and revenge and eye-for-an-eye; the masculine footprint in the world is so violent and obviously it hasn’t really gotten us anywhere,” Pine says. “A woman at the forefront naturally leads with this compassion, and [is about] giving life instead of taking life. To have a strong woman who represents those qualities, I think we can start injecting this world with a little bit more of the ideology of compassion, love and positive moral strength rather than something destructive.”

It’s a positive energy that Pine’s not only hoping to bring to this world, but to other galaxies as well. Discussing his role in Star Trek, he notes that as the franchise creeps toward its 10th birthday, it’s become an increasingly comfortable gig. “It’s gotten so much better and so much easier,” he says. “This family we built has gotten tighter, stronger and stranger; we fight more and we make up more. It’s a great marriage—we understand each other and what we all do best… And now that J.J. Abrams has left, the kids have taken over the asylum.”

As for what will come next—and whether it’ll involve a wig—Pine says he’s not quite sure, and he isn’t rushing to make any decisions.

“When I was a younger actor, I meditated and marinated over the effect on the long-term and the short-term, the this and the that,” he says. “I thought myself out of so many things I could have done. Now, if a couple of things pop to me, if my internal speedometer is going in that direction, then I say yeah. Let’s rock ‘n’ roll.”

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January 29, 2016

BostonGlobe.com — The director and a few of the stars of “The Finest Hours” were in attendance at AMC Boston Common Thursday for a Disney-hosted special screening of the big-budget, made-in-Massachusetts movie.

Clad in attire decidedly drier than the togs they wear in the high-seas adventure, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck joined director Craig Gillespie, screenwriter Scott Silver, and producers Dorothy Aufiero and Jim Whitaker to promote the film about the Coast Guard’s dramatic, real-life rescue off the Cape Cod coast in 1952.

Pine pointed to “the endurance of going through it, dealing with the cold, and the discomfort” as the toughest part of making the film. “Obviously, what those guys went through was so real and so difficult, and to have a little taste of it was a small price to pay to be able to tell this story.”

Shot around Quincy, Chatham, and elsewhere on the South Shore, the movie stars Pine as Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber, whose crew helped save the lives of more than 30 men on board an oil tanker torn in half by the ferocity of a winter nor’easter.

For Pine, “the sheer facts of the story” set it apart from other potential projects. “It was four men on a 36-foot boat in the dead of winter, going against extreme cold, rain, sleet, snow, and they went out in dangerous waters in a terrible storm, to rescue these people and got back to shore with only one fatality.”

Affleck, who stars as the tanker’s first assistant engineer, believes it’s crucial to keep bringing tales of true heroism to the big screen.

“I don’t have anything against superhero movies,” Affleck said, smiling. “It’s important that these kinds of movies are made, and that we don’t give ourselves over entirely to explosions and violence.”

“Perhaps the most surprising thing about [the shoot] was that a nor’easter came while we were making it,” Whitaker said, laughing. “Most times when you’re making a movie like this, a storm comes and you’re upset, because you have to take time off, but we welcomed the storm. We took full advantage.”

Real-life heroes from the Coast Guard attended Thursday’s screening, including Rear Admiral Linda Fagan, Commander, First Coast Guard District; Air Station Cape Cod’s Petty Officer 3d Class Evan Staph, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient; and Petty Officer 2d Class Derrick Suba, Air Medal recipient. Also there were Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, whose nonfiction book is the basis for the movie, which opens Friday.