Karl Urban on Star Trek XI

By T'Bonz
December 21, 2007 - 5:16 AM

Karl Urban is enthusiastic about Star Trek XI, and believes that the presence of Leonard Nimoy, who is reprising his role of Spock, is an endorsement of the film project.

In a recent interview with The Deadbolt.com, Karl Urban, who will play Dr. McCoy in the upcoming Star Trek XI, was asked if his portrayal of McCoy would be different than the McCoy with whom the fans are familiar. Urban said "The film that we are making is very faithful in ways to the original series and the characters are the same archetypes which were established in the original series from the '60s."

According to Urban, the most difficult part of working on Star Trek XI is the high level of security associated with filming. "I think the hardest part really is maintaining the level of security and secrecy that we have all been forced to adopt," Urban explained. "I mean itís really kind of paranoid crazy, but sort of justified. We're not allowed to walk around in public in our costumes and we have to be herded around everywhere in these golf carts that are completely concealed and covered in black canvas. The security of it is immense. You feel your freedom is a big challenge."

Leonard Nimoy's return as Spock is an endorsement of Star Trek XI. "He wouldn't be involved if he didn't believe in J.J. [Abrams] and the authenticity of the project," said Urban. "Iím just really excited about this film," he added. "Everybody is thoroughly intrigued to see this one and itís going to be phenomenal."

Urban is keeping busy. In addition to his McCoy role on Star Trek XI, he will be seen in the upcoming three-part miniseries Comanche Moon, which is a prequel to Lonesome Dove, the novel written by Larry McMurtry. He will play Woodrow Call, a Texas Ranger.

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