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May 11, 2013

Check out the entire interview with Zoe, and bits of Chris mixed in over at SUNTIMES.COM

“We do a lot of beaming in this film,” says Saldana who plays the young Uhura, in love with Zachary Quinto’s Spock. In one key scene, she must beam herself somewhere to save his Vulcan behind.

“All the ‘beam me up Scotty’ stuff is really super funny,” she says. “They can hardly ever use the first or second take.

“I’ll start laughing. Chris Pine will laugh. Zach laughs. Even [director] J.J. Abrams will burst into laughing now and then because you’re standing there wearing the costume, perfectly still, and you have to imagine your every molecule being sent into space.

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“This movie goes deeper. It’s richer. We’re really tested in a way that I don’t think the audience will see coming,” says Chris Pine, who plays James T. Kirk. The captain finally is at the helm of the Enterprise but can he keep the commando seat? Or will his brash personality and refusal to follow the rules come and bite him in his Spandex?

“Kirk is still Kirk,” Pine says. “He’s brash. He loves the ladies of all species and he has a hard time listening to authority, which is a plus and a minus in his world.”

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A case in point on the “Trek” set was the day she dared to sit in the Captain Kirk chair.

“The set is bigger now. Fancier. Our budget was healthier. The captain’s chair was even better.

“I think all of us sat in the captain’s chair every now and then. Then Chris would walk across the bridge and say, ‘Can you please get out of my chair?’ ”

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May 08, 2013

Continue reading over at MIRROR.CO.UK

It can’t be just a “gig”, surely, when you’re portraying one of most iconic, muchloved characters in science fiction?
Actually, I didn’t know much about Star Trek previous to the first movie and I learned a lot about it while doing it.

I think the way I deal with it is that I never even think about it. If I fixate on it, I start to have real panic attacks [laughs]… no seriously, I get all choked up around my neck. It happens!

So what can we expect from Star Trek Into Darkness?
If you liked the first, you’re going to go head-over-insane for what JJ has done this time around. It is out of the world.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t even seen the final cut yet, just bits and pieces, but it looks truly insane.

And we’ve got some new blood in Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch, who both bring such an amazing energy.

Benedict, particularly, has some really tough, tough scenes to go through. I was so impressed with his prowess.

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If the first film was an origins story, how would you describe Into Darkness?
We had to spend a lot of our time in the first film establishing these characters in their relationships and where they might go. And in the second film we have more license and freedom to get into the nitty-gritty of these people and where they go. The first one was almost a collective experience of all these people and it was about a family that was about to embark on this journey whereas this one is about individuals going on their own separate journeys.

Spock has his story to tell, I have mine, and Benedict’s character, John Harrison, is really the instigator and it’s like going down this weird psychological rabbit hole that’s like Dante’s Inferno for all of these characters.

What does that mean for Kirk?
Kirk has to face his own demons on this journey. In the first story we established Kirk as a confident, brash, young man whose greatest gift was his gut instinct, his heart and his ability to fight with everything he has, not only for himself but for others, for what he believes is right. But all the confidence that he has in the first film is flipped around and Benedict’s (Cumberbatch) character shows all the cracks in his armour that seemed so secure.

And very soon Kirk is brought to his knees and faced with his own self-doubt: am I worthy of being a leader

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What elements of this story resonated most with you?
PINE:
What I was most excited about was that, for someone like who Kirk, for someone who you’d expect to be a strong and confident leader, and who, certainly from the first film had that self-assuredness, in this one I got to explore the flip side of that. The flip side is self-doubt and fallibility and this kind of existential crisis about whether or not he’s meant for the captain’s chair and whether or not he’s good enough. To begin a film and to carry the hero, or one of the heroes, from such a place of weakness, I thought that was an interesting challenge and one I looked forward.

Kirk and John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) have a lot of scenes together. Were you at all surprised by just how many scenes the characters shared?
PINE:
I guess I wasn’t at all that surprised because I knew how important John Harrison was to this story and, at least selfishly, to development of Kirk in this story. Kirk is unhinged. Kirk is filled with self-doubt. Kirk is the little dog barking all too loudly. And you needed to see that. The only way you could see that, really, is when has his fingers put to the fire. That’s in verbal combat with Benedict’s character. We’re separated in a lot of our scenes by a glass partition, and it just goes to show you how powerful his character is, that he can wield the strings like a puppet master over poor Jim Kirk with nothing but a batting of the eye and the inflection of a word.

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April 30, 2013

You can find the snippets straight from the official press releases of Chris’s upcoming television appearances on both morning and late night talk shows to promote Into Darkness.

The Graham Norton Show
Thursday, May 3rd:

Together on Graham’s sofa in this episode are Hollywood star Chris Pine, who plays Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness; the villain of the movie, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch; Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall; and 2013 British Eurovision hopeful Bonnie Tyler.

The Today Show
Thursday, May 9th (7-9AM):

Chris Pine talks about “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Zach Galifianakis talks about “The Hangover: Part III.” Stick to it Today: Products. How to unspoil your kids. Spanning the world with Len Berman.

The Late Show with David Letterman
Friday, May 10th (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT):

Actor Chris Pine; comedian Tom Dreesen; musical guests She & Him (n)

Jimmy Kimmel
Thursday, May 16th (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT):

The show hosts a special “Star Trek Into Darkness” week with guests Zoe Saldana, J.J. Abrams, Alice Eve, Simon Pegg and Chris Pine.

The Ellen Degeneres Show
Thursday, May 16th

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April 20, 2013

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.”

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April 20, 2013

CHRIS PINE
Hungry man, indeed: The Star Trek Into Darkness actor isn’t content to take in a film without some sizable snacks on hand. “Give me that great big bag of popcorn and the Red Vines,” Pine said. “I need both for this movie.”

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April 16, 2013

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.”

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