'Star Trek' Interviews: Chekov, Sulu and Nero speak
I gotta be honest, after arriving at the hotel for the "Star Trek" press day, there was a tinge of disappointment in my heart when I learned that Leonard Nimoy had gone home for the day. A huge fan of Nimoy's work, especially his directing endeavors, I'd hoped to get the 3 1/2 minutes alloted in most video interviews to talk to the man who originated the iconic role of Spock. Those questions and praises will have to wait for another day (the Enterprise escape sequence in "Star Trek III"? Brilliant!). Instead, Paramount provided a chance to chat with the film's villain, Eric Bana, and the new incarnations of Sulu and Chekov, John Cho and Anton Yelchin respectively. And who would say no to that?
You'd never know it from the tape, but Yelchin was sick as a dog during this interview and no, it wasn't swine flu (although kidding, I obviously wasn't the first one to ask that day based on his reaction). The actor, who burst on the scene after his underrated performance in "Alpha Dog," put on a brave face though in chatting about his first franchise flick of the summer. He'll return later this month as the younger version of Kyle Reese in "Terminator: Salvation."
Sulu is a big break for John Cho. The role finally breaks him out of the comedic roles he's been pigeon-holed in. He discusses sitting down with George Takei, the original Sulu, and he's clearly a classy guy.
Playing a Sci-Fi villain is a tough gig for any actor. How do you avoid the cliches and caricatures created by so many over-the-top thespians before you? Especially in a "Star Trek"movie which has a laundry list of bad alien warmongers? Bana is up to the task, however, and chats about what made him take on the role and how he discovered some secret "Trek" fans in his family after he got the role. Also, just for kicks, Bana discusses his part in Judd Apatow's new comedy "Funny People" which will be hitting theaters in late July.
Enjoy the video interviews below and for more of a "Star Trek" fix, check out these six clips from the movie.
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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