“THERE’S A LOT MORE MCCOY IN THIS MOVIE”

Karl Ur­ban is back as Bones

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You were a big fan of the orig­i­nal Star Trek. How thrilling is it to be in the 50th an­niver­sary film?

Ob­vi­ously Si­mon and Justin were huge fans of Star Trek from long ago, and I had a long-stand­ing deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for it. We wanted to make sure we got the bal­ance right be­tween pay­ing re­spect and homage to what had come be­fore and mak­ing it fresh. De­liv­er­ing new ma­te­rial that new au­di­ences can ap­pre­ci­ate, and that Star Trek au­di­ences hadn’t seen be­fore.

How did you make Bones more dy­namic?

There’s a lot more McCoy in this movie than prob­a­bly in the last two movies com­bined. My re­la­tion­ship with Cap­tain Kirk is not in­ferred — it’s there, you see it. You see him be­ing a sup­port­ive friend, a con­sigliere, even a psy­chol­o­gist in a way. Also, for a huge part of the film, I get to spend time with Spock, which is some­thing new. To see these two char­ac­ters, that tra­di­tion­ally don’t see eye to eye, thrown into great jeop­ardy and have to de­pend on each other to sur­vive.

How does the tone of Star Trek Be­yond com­pare to that of its pre­de­ces­sor?

It’s a lot more fun. There’s a lot more hu­mour, more char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and depth. It’s a few years into the mis­sion, we’re all a bit older. Kirk is los­ing his hair. McCoy has pre­scribed him Prope­cia. It’s mak­ing him im­po­tent, so McCoy’s had to treat him for his im­po­tency [laughs]. There’s a won­der­ful sub­text that Si­mon’s im­bued in the script. Joseph McCabe

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