New Kirk Chris Pine Breaks Stuntman's Nose
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Chris Pine may be best known for kissing Lindsay Lohan in "Just My Luck" (she told me he bit her lip and he swears he didn't). Now, Pine is breaking out of the pack of young Hollywood hunks with the hottest role of the summer: young Captain Kirk in "Star Trek".
What makes him irresistible sides being drop-dead handsome his drop-dead sense of humor about his sudden boost to stardom.
Making Kirk a bad boy.
"I definitely err towards thoughtfulness more than I do impulsiveness. So it was fun to play the young Kirk as a guy who is a bit more dangerous than I am in terms of being a smart mouth and not being afraid to use his fists. But I think his great journey is that he starts at a place of self-destructiveness and then kind of finds his way to a level of maturity that he needs to command the Enterprise."
The day he forgot to pull his punches.
"There's a big fight scene in a bar with me and five stunt guys, who were the best in the business. I'm a little guy and they were big, honking monsters but I actually ended up breaking the nose of one of them. It wasn't like a full-on punch, but everyone's hands were going so fast and I just tagged him. We stopped filming and I felt really bad. But the guy was like, 'Don't worry about it.' Then, in the next shot, one of them hit me in the stomach by accident and knocked the wind out of me. It was stuntman payback. But it was fun."
Making peace with Captain Kirk.
"I wrote Mr. Shatner a letter very early on because I had heard there had been some acrimony between him and the studio over his not being in the movie. I was like, 'Look, I'm an actor and I got this role that you originated, but I'm not trying to usurp your status as the original Kirk. I'm just trying to do my part to further it.' He was very polite and wrote back, 'I wish you all the luck in the world. Best, Bill.' I have it up on my refrigerator but now I'm thinking maybe I should frame it."
Talk about a weird coincidence.
"Ironically, my father, who's also an actor, was cast in a Priceline commercial with Shatner two weeks after I got the part in "Star Trek." I don't think they spent a lot of time discussing me."
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"I knew I would be peppered with questions about "Star Trek" minutiae, but I can't tell you s*** about the Final Frontier. Immersing myself in what had gone before didn't help me portray my character. I didn't need a Ph.D in space science."
Delivering for the Trekkers.
"Certainly, in the beginning, I was trepidatious about not just being in a big summer action movie, but "Star Trek" to boot. Obviously, you have to be protective of the passionate fans out there who are expecting a lot. But the whole mandate was that this film was a re-imagining. I never felt the weight of the 150 million dollars that was spent. J.J. Abrams realizes that you have to establish strong relationships between the characters in order to sell all those special effects -- otherwise, there's no heart to it."
Kirk and Spock -- the bromance
"It's a relationship between two men that spend a lot of time together in space. It's sort of like Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany in "Master and Commander." It is very much a story about two men learning really to love one another, and in the end, they become fast friends. But, along the way they butt heads because they're alpha males. They strongly believe in themselves."
The toughest part.
"My friends have given me a lot of flack over my action figures. It's the first time that I've dealt with that. There's the Burger King miniature and the kind of Barbie and Ken ones, which are just miserable. I take mine tanning with me. I'm like, 'Just spray some tan on little Kirk, please.'"
What turns him on.
"I love skeet shooting. Maybe I shouldn't reveal that because people will think I'm a psycho."
Keeping it all in perspective.
"I guess my answer is I'm very grateful. And I take it with a grain of salt. And I know that it can be taken away at a moment's notice. And I'm going to do my best to enjoy every minute of it because I know it's as ephemeral as anything that is ephemeral. And I'm very privileged to get to do what I do. And it's fun."
First Published May 5, 2009 2:00 pm