Chris Pine’s iteration of Steve Trevor in the upcoming Wonder Woman film is a character inspired by the iconic action movie hero Indiana Jones, the actor reveals himself. Since the fictional archaeologist played by Harrison Ford and created by George Lucas made its debut in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, it has been the prototype for a lot of media leading man due to his perfect mix of charm, wits and good looks. And it does not take that much to imagine Pine stepping into the shoes of such a charismatic character.
Trevor in the comic books, much like everything else, has a convoluted history. But he has always been attached to Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot’s first standalone film sticks to his original introduction in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941 – an intelligence officer for the U.S. Army Air Corps who crash lands on the island of Themyscira where he meets Diana. However, unlike the comics, the film immediately picks up with the two embark on a mission to end WWI, which is a great way to honor the origins of the character but not being shackled by it.
In an interview with CinemaBlend while promoting the new DCEU film, Pine recalled how director Patty Jenkins described how she exactly wanted Trevor to be in relation to Diana’s arc in the film. And with a tried and tested archetype, the actor was more than happy to comply. Pine also added that on top of Indy, Michael Douglass’s Jack T. Colton in Romancing the Stone is another character inspiration for his role.
“[Patty Jenkins] was pretty clear: I had to fall in love with [Diana], crack some jokes, and be the kind of light spirit — which I had no problem doing! In the vein of the Indiana Joneses, and Michael Douglas in Romancing The Stone, the kind of rough around the edges and jaded and a realist, but trying his damnedest to be good. I love the story that she was trying to tell. So yeah, [laughs] I enjoyed it!”
Despite not being the main character in the film, Trevor is such a pivotal character in the overall story arc of Gadot’s Diana – from being a bystander in Themyscira to being a focal personality in Wonder Woman‘s World War I setting. He introduces her to the real world and has become her support system as she familiarizes herself about the land of man. His charm, which was very prominent all throughout the movie, helps the film have some levity against such a gloomy backdrop.
Jenkins in a behind-the-scenes featurette released for Wonder Woman has nothing but praise for Pine’s work in the movie. The director called him the perfect guy to imbibe Trevor on the big screen in a way that he will be the perfect compliment for Diana. Gadot, on the other hand, says that Pine guided her during the whole process of filming. Due to their good working relationship, it is no surprise that his chemistry with Gadot was off the charts that fans believe his fondness of her right the moment he sees her.
In a film like Wonder Woman that celebrates woman empowerment, Pine’s take on Trevor is the perfect example that a man can still be a hero without the need to hog the spotlight to himself. The character proves that a strong, capable man can stand side-by-side with a more capable woman without feeling threatened or emasculated.