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 Dredd, so 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."
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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