Several of the Star Trek actors spoke recently to MTV about Star Trek Into Darkness, and in the interviews, they revealed a bit more about Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character, the peril of the Enterprise crew and Kirk’s interaction with Alice Eve‘s character.
As usual, potential spoilers are behind the cut.
Cumberbatch’s revelation of details about his character, John Harrison, gives more insight into Harrison’s motivations and powers. “[Harrison]’s a terrorist,” he said. “He operates as a terrorist. He has extraordinary physical powers, but also mental powers. He can sow an idea, which is as powerful as gunshots or close-hand combat, which he’s masterful in. He tears into the fabric of both the world and the Enterprise family, and he leaves behind him a trail of devastation. It’s quite exciting to watch.”
Harrison is bent on vengeance of some sort, and Cumberbatch explained a bit about Harrison’s reasons for that vengeance, but tried to do so without giving away too much information. “Giving away the full motivation would ruin it,” he said; “but it’s personal. It’s also political, I think. He’s somebody who, at some point in the film, you should feel a certain amount of empathy towards his cause, if not his means. There’s no two-dimensional obstacle he presents purely and simply by the fact that he’s opposing our hero.”
Opposing our hero means using his crewmates against him whenever possible. “[Harrison] has an interesting relationship with Kirk, and with Spock in a way,” explained Cumberbatch. “He very much plays them off against each other. There’s an element of shadow to him and Kirk.”
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Meanwhile, Zachary Quinto warned fans not to be complacent about the fates of Kirk or Spock in Star Trek into Darkness. “There is reason to worry. The enemy that we face in this movie…is entirely different than enemies that we’ve seen this crew face in the past. There’s an insidiousness, and a ruthlessness and a fierce intelligence to his character that almost infiltrates and undermines the connectivity of the crew to a degree that the stakes are much higher and it’s much more urgent and there’s a lot more at risk.”
Quinto’s video may be seen here.
And finally, what about Kirk and Carol Marcus, who hook up in the Prime Universe? Will romance also blossom in the new Trek reality? “So much happens, the action and plot is so fast, there’s really not much time for Kirk to do anything other than try to save the crew and save his own ass because danger is imminent and all that,” said Chris Pine. “But clearly Kirk being Kirk; Kirk loves a blonde…so the flirting and the connection is there.”
Marcus has a more important role in the film than romancing Kirk. “Her scientific knowledge and her education, scientifically speaking, plays a big part in helping solve the crisis.”
Pine’s interview (together with Quinto) can be seen here.