What impressed you about the screenplay?
I really liked it because it’s a big theme to tackle: “What now?” It’s a very mid-life thing. Motivations change, priorities change. Does the Federation mean anything? Should we be fighting for it? It was a combination of that – the action I never really care about – and the humour, because Simon [Pegg] is funny and Doug [Jung] totally got it. It was always fun coming up with chances to make people smile. We had good energy on this one – the composite energy of true Trek fans and then people who are just fans of stories. You throw those people together and a new energy is created.
We’re deep into the five-year mission now…
What Simon and Doug did so intelligently is show the flipside of these tentpole films. What’s Thor doing with his hammer when there’s no one to kill? What is this Enterprise crew doing on the days off? They’ve got got to repaint the thing that got busted and they’re getting coffee from the cafeteria… All these quiet moments, what it would be like to be on a submarine for six months. These guys are away for five years with the same people. We show a little bit of that, which is great. Nick Setchfield