Urban on McCoy and 'Star Trek XI'

By T'Bonz
May 24, 2008 - 1:19 AM

Karl Urban hopes the quality of Star Trek XI leads to further films with his new castmates.

As reported by stuff.co.nz, Urban feels that Star Trek still has stories to tell today. "The essence of what Gene Roddenberry created is worth pursuing," said Urban. "With the kind of advances with storytelling technology there's a lot more we are capable of doing these days. I think that since it's been seventeen years since Star Trek has been on the big screen. It's the perfect time to bring it back and show these characters in their early years and get a bit of a back story."

Urban is glad to be part of the forty-year-old franchise. "To be part of a new wave or revival of the old Star Trek is just a really fantastic experience," he said. Star Trek's long history was an asset when it came to preparing for his role. "I am very thankful to have had such a legacy of work to look at," said Urban. "It was really wonderful having Leonard Nimoy in the film. He would not have been in it, and given the film his blessing if he did not think it was a worthy project. We were very privileged to have him."

Amok Time is one of Urban's favorite Star Trek episode. "Amok Time's about the relationship between Kirk, Spock and McCoy," explains Urban. "And I like how Bones saves the day."

McCoy's relationship to Kirk and Spock are a big part of the success of Star Trek, with McCoy's own positive traits making up for his occasional crankiness. "I guess in terms of the qualities Kelley bought to the role, what I really respond to is his sense of irascibility with a real passion for life and doing the right thing, which was a great thing for Kirk," said Urban. "We would have Spock's logic and McCoy's moral standing which gave Kirk the benefit of having three brains instead of just one."

Urban found working on the Star Trek XI set to be a pleasant experience. "I have never worked on a film that's been as funny as this one. We were constantly cracking up. I would dearly love the opportunity to carry on with that cast. They are really wonderful, but it's a bit too early to speculate on things. We really have everything going for us."

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