Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine Compare Their ‘Star Trek’ Bromance to Buddy-Cop Classic ’48 Hours’

There’s no doubt bromances have become a beloved mainstay on the big screen, from crime-fighting buddy-cops, to old-school rat-pack pairs, to superhero sidekicks.

But within the world of science fiction, one bromantic story stands out from all the rest: Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk and Spock. In J.J. Abrams reboot of the celebrated cult franchise, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto resurrect that iconic intergalactic relationship, beaming it to brand new heights in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, in theaters now.

“I think at the beginning of this movie the characters are really positioned at diametrically opposite ends of the spectrum of perspective,” Quinto told Celebuzz’s Cory Lopez. “And it’s through the adversity that they face and the villain that they have to defeat that they come to realize how reliant they are upon one another in order to be their full and truest selves.”

Though that dynamic is distinctive, Pine sees some similarities between Spock and Kirk — or Spirk, if you’re feeling fancy — and one of the more renowned bromances in movie history.

“I think what makes the characters interesting is that they are so black and white. Maybe there’s a little Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in 48 hours, right?” he explained, giving Quinto a giggle. “You’re Nick Nolte,” Pine clarified, and “I’m Eddie Murphy.”

But in Star Trek Into Darkness, their bromance is paralleled by Spock’s romance: Kirk must share Spock’s half-human, half-Vulcan heart with his lady love, communications officers Uhura (Zoe Saldana). So does Spock’s romantic relationship supersede his brotherly bond with Kirk?

“In this particular movie, neither of the relationships is particularly thriving in the beginning,” Quinto admitted. “Luckily by the end, they both get resolved and find their way back to balance.”

But resolving a romance is not so much an issue for Kirk. Apart from the occasional fling with an alien, love has yet to find young U.S.S. Enterprise captain.

“I’m just fighting crime too much,” Pine explained. “Fighting crime, saving the world, keeping the team together. Just no time.”

“Much like his real life,” Quinto chimed in, shooting a sly smile to Pine.