Chris Pine: “I wasn’t a fan of Star Trek” before landing the iconic role of Captain Kirk
In an interview with Esquire UK, Chris Pine who will reprise his role as Captain Kirk in the upcoming film Star Trek Into the Darkness, admitted that he wasn’t too enthusiastic at being offered an audition for the previous 2009 film.
“I wasn’t a fan of Star Trek,” and “It didn’t excite me.”
“All I wanted at that time was a part that I really connected to and when my agent said, “Star Trek,” I said, “No! Have you not been hearing anything I’ve said? Star Trek is the furthest thing from what I want to do,”‘ the actor said candidly.
Once he landed the role in the J.J. Abrams as Kirk, he said he was filled with anxiety about stepping into the shoes of the legendary Captain, which was made famous by William Shatner.
‘Star Trek scared me a lot. It terrified me, really,’ he said. ‘Because of the scale, the responsibility, the fact that it was this iconic character. It was the bigger challenge. So I had to take it.”
Pine admits that he’s not the favourite of the cast – claiming that British star Benedict Cumberbatch gets most of the fan attention.
“When I went to Japan for Star Trek, the fans were at the airport waiting. But they didn’t scream until Benedict [Cumberbatch] got off the plane. And I was like, f**k man, what about me?” the actor recalled.
Source Esquire UK