Abrams, Bana and Greenwood sit down with IGN for a chat about Star Trek.
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Star Trek Video Chat: Part Two
J.J. Abrams: One thing that the thing that appealed to me because I was not a Star Trek fan at the beginning of this process. What appeals to me you know really was characters and that was the thing that that for me you know just stopped me and I realized that all of the visual effects were fun and the spectacle was awesome but the characters to me were the things that I had the most excitement about.
There are these two characters, Kirk and Spock who are essentially broken. That Kirk is as aimless, talk about lost, I mean he’s lost. He has no idea where he is. No idea what his purpose is, he’s got sort of you know full potential but no goal. And then you’ve got Spock who is this half-human, half-Vulcan in character, he’s in conflict because he’s—I didn’t even realized when I started this that Vulcans have to choose logic. It’s not just sort of this biological imperative but this is like a decision that they make.
Well, to be half-human and to basically make a choice that gives up that part of you, you know who you are, how do you reconcile that and that was really interesting to me. So those two characters you know have those issues. Then there’s Nero who has lost everything. He’s lost the woman he loves certainly but he’s also his home, his planet.
Eric Bana: I guess I was always drawing on a script and essentially treating that as that kind of Bible you know and a lot of the ideas I had for Nero emanated from you know the cracks of the story and conversation that I had with J.J and you know his desire to make him — you know we all knew that he was later the Romulans but we wanted him to be at some way understandable to the audience so that when we say hi — his villain, he’s now the villain that we understand why he’s the villain. And how much he relates to that Romans that were referred to I guess that’s how the equation to answer. But you know essentially to me, the most important thing was that we understood him and that we understood where he was coming from.
Bruce Greenwood: I think he did seems like the crew guy but without the confines of sort of the rigid rules that exist within Starfleet and that’s one of the things that appeals to Kirk about it. And he says as much right. Even the characters that have appeared for a moment in Star Trek occupy a very distinct place in the lore right so to say, he was only on two, three episodes.
He’s like saying he’s to diminish something that can’t be diminished right. That you can’t go there. So I loved it what Jeffrey Hunter down of course then I looked at all the television series, the whole thing. And I realized that the dilemmas for Hunter Spike and Green with Spike are different which was a gift right. But otherwise, I mean you’ve got a —I mean you’re this ground has been—that trail has been broken.
J.J Abrams: You’ve got these three characters that I feel like, you know two of them you know are going to come together because we’re all born just knowing Kirk and Spock work together. But in this film, they’re really at odds when they first meet. And then you’ve got Nero who essentially has become someone who’s going to avenge the lost of his planet. And he wasn’t born to be a villain that wasn’t his destiny, his goal. And all of a sudden this thing happens that— you know so I feel like you’ve got to see the evolution of these two characters Kirk and Spock, at how fuse this it’s been a crazy venture they come together and the evolution of this character who again, starts off as an average worker. He’s a blue collar worker and he gets you know sort of sucked into literally, something to change his destiny and ends ups you know being a story of how they all kind of going up against each other.