Kirk to the res­cue

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.

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