Kirk to the rescue
CHRIS Pine is thankful for his acting career because it could have been a big flop. The 32-year-old American was known for minor movie parts until 2009 when he portrayed a young Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movie remake. Pine is currently lighting up screens in Australia in the second instalment of the sci-fi drama, Star Trek Into Darkness. Looking back on his career, Pine feels fortunate. He believes fans could easily have snubbed his interpretation of the character originated by William Shatner. ‘‘I’ve been really lucky and kind of get swept up in the ocean of Hollywood,’’ he says. Pine says he’s glad he took the chance. The first film raked in more than $US385 million at the box office. He credits director-producer JJ Abrams with making the risk worthwhile. ‘‘I think we all took a giant leap off the cliff,’’ Pine says. ‘‘What JJ’s done is . . . made a story that’s accessible, real, and human, very earth-bound and of the hereand-now that I think will appeal to people above and beyond Trek fandom.’’ Pine also admits the fame that comes with such success can be overwhelming. But he’s finally coming to terms with his high profile. ‘‘It’s a great ride,’’ he muses. ‘‘But you surface and you’re like, ‘Where the hell am I? What is this all about?’’’
Star Trek Into Darkness is screening now.
Chris Pine as Kirk and Bruce Greenwood as Pike in Star Trek Into Darkness.