One of the things that’s come out over the thirty years Star Trek has been around is how manipulative a lot of the actors in the franchise have been. Read the memoirs of most of the original cast and you’ll see how petty Shatner and Nimoy could be at times, resorting to counting lines (to make sure they had the larger part in any given script) to asking for rewrites if they didn’t like how something came across.

I don’t think anyone expected that trend to continue as J.J. Abrams took over the franchise for his new movie. After all, Abrams is a notable control freak – usually because he’s the only one holding all the puzzle pieces to some great mystery. I don’t expect Trek to hold a surprise on par with the mysteries of Rambaldi or Lost’s island, but Abrams is still maintaining that control – helped by his casting of lesser known actors in some of the roles.

Our Cinema Blend Sundance team got a chance to talk with the new James T. Kirk, Chris Pine and, during the conference, Star Trek inevitably came up. Here’s what Pine had to say about working on the new movie and the upcoming pressures of playing Kirk:

"I'm having a great time. It's a lot of fun. J.J.'s wonderful. I haven't really thought that far ahead just because I'm neurotic and just try to concentrate on the day-to-day thing. That kind of keeps me in check. Whatever happens will happen. I have no control over it. All I try to do is good work and that's that.”

It’s good to see new-Kirk isn’t starting with the same ego old-Kirk had and is letting the person in charge actually run things. Pine needs to focus on making the best portrayal of Kirk he can and leaving everything else in Abrams’s capable hands, which is exactly what it sounds like is happening.

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