Karl Ur­ban


The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

How tricky was it cap­tur­ing the essence of Dr. Bones McCoy in the “Star Trek” movie re­boots? Well, that was the chal­lenge with Dr. McCoy, was to try and iden­tify what the essence and spirit of what the late, great DeFor­est Kelley had done so won­der­fully well and then try and im­bue some of those qual­i­ties in a younger ver­sion of him and ob­vi­ously in an al­ter­nate timeline. And for me, it was re­ally im­por­tant that the char­ac­ter be rec­og­niz­able. You know, I think if I wasn’t in the movie, I would have felt some­what dis­ap­pointed had I have gone to see it and not seen char­ac­ters that were rec­og­niz­able. There was a story go­ing around that your au­di­tion for McCoy moved Leonard Ni­moy to tears. Is that true? Oh no. What hap­pened was we were go­ing to a char­ity event and I was walk­ing in with Leonard, and his won­der­ful wife Su­san sort of leaned over to me and said, “Hey Karl, I just want you to know that when we were at the screen­ing the other night, when you came on Leonard was moved to tears.” And that blew me away, I guess just by virtue of the fact that what I’d done re­minded him of his friend DeFor­est, who’s no longer with us, was I guess just the best sort of val­i­da­tion that I’ve ever had in my ca­reer in terms of, “You’re on the right track with this char­ac­ter.”

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