I have friends who would probably see this film because you’re in it, not so much Star Trek fans, so how would you sell this film to them?
I would say that it’s, first of all, that there’s a big knock against science fiction and that it’s geeky realm or that normal, cool people don’t go, but if you think about Transformers or Iron Man or Green Lantern or Batman — it’s all science fiction, it’s all other-worldly and not a world we know. Our film is really an action-thriller that takes place a lot of it on Earth, and the emotions that the people go through are very Earth-bound and real, and the terrorism these people face is a lot of the same stuff we deal with in our own lives. It’s just the world, the kind of milieu that our film is about — it’s about space, spaceships and people in the future — but the things they deal with are very, very current, and very real, and very here and now.
How has Kirk matured?
I think Kirk’s journey is huge in this one. He goes from, in the beginning, that kind of kid we know from the first film, who was a real brash, young punk, having a great old time captaining this ship, to realising how real, how mortal, how scary and how vulnerable that position is as a leader. He doesn’t know, and for him not to know that he’s a good leader, not to know that his strengths are his strengths, and find himself in this quicksand of self doubt, is really scary for him. He’s got to work himself out of it, and I think he does in the end.
How hard was it to keep the film’s secrets while shooting?
We are absolutely part of the cult. If J.J. wants to keep secrets while filming, if he wants to hide things from fans to make the experience of them going to the film that much more exciting, I’m all for it.