Interview: Karl Urban Talks Bones McCoy’s Character in ‘Star Trek 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

karl urban star trek 2 interview Interview: Karl Urban Talks Bones McCoys Character in Star Trek 2

When he wasn’t busy punking me and the rest of the press core with rumors of a “Comic-Con YouTube exclusive sneak peak” from J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek 2, Karl Urban (who reprises his role as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the film) took the time to give some legitimate interviews about his role as the titular character in Lionsgate’s adaptation of Judge Dredd.

We had the opportunity to speak with the actor about the mask, violence, 3D and villains in Dreddso stay tuned for that interview. However, during the course of our conversation, we also touched upon the yet untitled Star Trek sequel.

You’ll notice that he brought up the Star Trek 2 “sneak peak” directly after I asked him if Benedict Cumberbatch is indeed playing Gary Mitchell in the film. As such, I suspect the hoax was created to draw attention away from any discussion about Trek’s villain and to cast a cloud over the legitimacy of whatever Urban may have (inadvertently or not) revealed.

As for myself, I like to see a film with fresh eyes (as difficult as that is in this job), so I respect the production’s attempts to protect the details of the story. At the same time, the identity of the antagonist from such a high profile franchise as Star Trek is something fans are bound to be curious about.

Take a look at our exchange with Urban below.

Are we going to see McCoy develop a little bit more in Star Trek 2 as the crew comes together? Are we going to see him be more of a presence?

“Good question. I think that everybody’s character gets to continue to develop, and you learn more about them and what makes them tick, and they get tested like they’ve never been tested before. And to me, that’s always the great sign of a good ‘Star Trek’ story. When the relationships between those crew members become strained, and how they would have to find the common ground within each other to overcome this. So yeah, I’m excited for it, we had a great time shooting it.”

 Interview: Karl Urban Talks Bones McCoys Character in Star Trek 2

I have to ask: Is it true that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Gary Mitchell?

“Ah yes, you know, I received a few phone calls over that one. I really – what was the legal term that was explained to me? ‘Not at liberty to discuss “Star Trek.”‘…. But (with an animated tone) I will say this: This weekend, there will be a Comic-Con exclusive – sneak peek footage of ‘Star Trek’.”

Oh really? Tomorrow?

“It’s either going to be today or tomorrow. It’s going to come out on YouTube. Check it out. ‘Star Trek’ Comic-Con Sneak Peek.”

All right, I’ll check it out.

Of course, that “sneak peek” was little more than a video of Karl Urban surfing – followed by 10 seconds of Star Trek 2 set footage.

Is it hard to be part of a project that has this much secrecy surrounding it?

“What’s the point of investing all this time and energy and, you know, money into something, if by the time it gets to the cinema, the audience has read the script and knows all the sort of twists and turns in the movie? So I can totally get it and I think that it’s a good way to be. Let’s just save it for the audience.”

Fair enough. And well played Urban. Well played.

Look for Star Trek 2 in theatres on May 17, 2013.


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  1. I never would of thought that Eomer of Rohan would of made such an excellent Leonard McCoy.

  2. The guy is just awesome.

  3. Teaser please.

  4. That’s true about knowing too much about a film and ruining it. The “DREDD” script leaked online more than two years ago and was read by many 2000 AD fans. They probably thought it couldn’t be true, but read it anyway only to find out more details later on and realize they had ruined any surprises for themselves.

  5. In my opinion, he was the best casting choice of the entire franchise reboot. One of many good ones; but definitely the best!

    • Zachary Quinto was pretty good as Spock

  6. Urban is the only reason I’ll see Dredd.

  7. I always thought the first time I saw Karl Urban in his Star Trek costume that he really looked more like Gary Mitchell then Leonard McCoy.

  8. Is that new a starfleet uniform I see Karl wearing in that picture?!

    • It’s the sweater McCoy wore in “Star Trek”

    • I believe he wore that outfit during Kirk’s Kobayashi Maru exam.

  9. Well played indeed Urban, well played. Surfs up dude!!!