For many fans, one of the best parts of Star Trek: Beyond was the interaction between McCoy and Spock, which was reminiscent of the relationship between the two in the original series.
But speaking at Star Trek Las Vegas as recorded by TrekMovie, Karl Urban revealed that he wasn’t keen at first to come back for the third movie.
“Firstly, I was a little disappointed with the lack of development with McCoy in [Star Trek Into Darkness],” said Urban. “So it was that. Even though I had an amazing experience working with J.J. and the cast, at the end of the day I didn’t have much to do. So when they came to me with the offer for [Star Trek Beyond] I was literally in the final stages of negotiating another film.”
Justin Lin convinced him to take on the role of McCoy again. “They were basically asking me to take a leap of faith with them and I was unsure,” said Urban. “I knew that if I didn’t do it I would regret it. As I said before, it’s like family with those guys and it’s so much fun. It was really Justin Lin. We got on the phone and even though I couldn’t read a script he told me the story and when he explained the situation of Bones and Spock being shot out of the turbolift into space and crash landing on a planet and being marooned together I was like ‘In! I am in – in a big way!’
“It was sort of me letting them know I expected a somewhat higher caliber of contribution for the character of McCoy.”
Urban will be back for a fourth movie if it’s made. But “The ball is in Paramount‘s court,” he said.