Star Trek Blog: Day 3
The third and final day of Star Trek Into Darkness press week was filled with quick chats with a lot of the cast and JJ Abrams trying to not to spoil too much but also giving us some new info on the film.
The press day started at 12:45 p.m. and I didn't speak to anyone until about 3:30 p.m., so you can imagine a lot of the cast would have been exhausted with answering the same questions over and over and all day, especially when each interview is only five minutes long. My interviews started with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine who were paired together. Chris was feeling the burn of the day, and luckily I had had a nice chat Zack the night before so we had a bit of a rapport, and even though he was exhausted we chatted a little bit about being able to play with the character a little more this time around. I tried to get something out of them by asking, "When you got the script, was there any scene that really stood out that you wanted to shoot more than anything?" Zach saw what I was doing and just said, "No." Smart man, but we got back on track and chatted a little more. It was then over to Zoe who was a real delight, we talked about her process as an actress, and how she gets to kick ass a little more this time around as Uhura.
JJ Abrams was next and after writing down a million questions on everything from the film, to the future of cinema and how he likes to direct actors, I realized in five minutes I really could only ask about the film. He's one of those people that I just feel knows more about the future of film than anybody else. He's a true visionary. We ended up speaking a little bit about not going with Khan as a villain and a lot about the nine minutes you'll see in theatres opening with The Hobbit this Friday. Alice Eve, Karl Urban and John Cho were up next who were hilarious and fun and having a great time. They really seemed to be enjoying spending the day together. I had spoken with Karl Urban at TIFF and he really brings energy to the room, not to say the others don't, but I could see how the other two would be on top of their game just being around him. Alice Eve was truly hilarious as you'll see in the video when we post it and in doing my research I found out that John Cho is in a band called Viva La Union and they have an amazing Queens of the Stone Age-esque tune called “Chinese Baby” that is tremendous. The last stop was Benedict Cumberbatch who even though, until yesterday, we didn't know his character's name, was truly grateful to be there and gave me as much as he could when I asked, "So who is John Harrison?" I would tell you all about his answer, but that would spoil the surprise because I'm going to spend my day flying back to Toronto on Wednesday editing the videos that we'll have posted on the MSN Exclusives page later this week or early next week. You won't have to wait long to find out all about Star Trek Into Darkness from the people who made the film possible. If I may, I'll leave you with a final thought. I've seen about 25 minutes of the film in finished form or not and every second of it is heart-wrenching, action-packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat.