Pine: Evolving Kirk

Coming from show biz parents, Chris Pine received some valuable advice from his mother when it came to acting.

Acting, like any other profession, is a job and even though there are days when it’s hard to put forth one’s best effort, it’s better to do so according to Pine to avoid seeing the results of a bad day on film.

“My mom always said, and it’s great note, I think, that there’s no asterisk or ticker tape on the bottom of the screen when a movie plays,” said Pine. “If you’re having a bad day or a long day and you’ve got to be in love with a woman or, whatever the scene calls for, it’s best just to bring it. It’s best just to do your job as well as possible and not try to blame anything or anyone or be the victim of anything because no one cares. At the end of the day, it’s on celluloid, and there it is.”

There were no mistakes in Pine’s portrayal of Kirk in Star Trek XI. Pine is eager to see where the character goes next, but he is not worried about what will happen, trusting the writers to get Kirk right. “I look forward to his development and bringing to light all his idiosyncrasies and thinking up new ways to surprise people with this character,” said Pine. “I just trust Damon (Lindelof) and Bob (Orci) and Alex (Kurtzman) and J.J. (Abrams) and everybody behind it to create (another) good story, because they’ve already done it. I appreciate Kirk’s humor and I think that’s a legacy from Shatner’s Kirk, from the original and only Kirk, which I would love to bring into the future incarnation.”

Would Pine like to see Shatner in the next film? “It just isn’t, quite honestly, my decision to make,” he said. “I think Mr. Shatner will forever be Captain Kirk. I think it would be, certainly, an interesting thing to bring him back. I don’t know if he necessarily wants to at this point or not. But it’s not my decision.”

Pine’s latest work, Unstoppable, in which he can be seen with Denzel Washington, opens this week.


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