Chris Pine: ‘Star Trek’ Terrified Me
In the new issue of “Esquire UK,” Chris Pine talks about his struggles warming up to the “Star Trek” franchise.
“I wasn’t a fan of Star Trek,” Pine, 32, tells the latest issue of Esquire UK. “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 haring anything I’ve said? Star Trek is the furthest thing from what I want to do.’”
When he landed the role and into the giant footsteps left by William Shatner, Pine switched from dislike to nerves.
“Star Trek scared me a lot. It terrified me, really. 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.”
Fast forward to four years later: Pine, Abrams and company are gearing up for the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, a picture that is expected to make big bucks at the box office when it opens in May.
“When I went to Japan for Star Trek, the fans were at the airport waiting. But they didn’t scream until Benedict got off the plane. And I was like, “f*** man, what about me?’”
The May 2013 issue of Esquire UK, featuring Chris Pine on the cover, hits newsstands this week.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters May 17.