Chris Pine: ‘Star Trek’ Terrified Me

When J.J. Abrams was casting for his 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise, Chris Pine was probably the last person who wanted to have anything to do with it.

“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.

The sequel also has a new villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (of Sherlock Holmes fame). And on a recent film tour with his co-star, Pine discovered that he’s become somewhat of an afterthought — overseas, anyway.

“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.

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