Despite Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto being on the red carpet, the May 9 Gotham preem of Paramount’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” at times seemed to be all about Benedict Cumberbatch. Fans lined the streets holding posters with Cumberbatch’s name on it and squealing at any glimpse of the British actor at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater.
Cumberbatch plays Khan, and prepared for the role by working his voice and watching previous “Star Trek” films.
“I wanted to do something that felt fabricated, out of kilter with normality and that was slightly other,” he explained. “There’s a sense of tribalism, but ‘Trek’ ultimately celebrates the idea of cross-national, cross-lingual and free colors, races and nationalities. The movie is about being human.”
Par’s Robert Moore insists the latest sequel is different from previous installments.
“It has some of the same elements from past ‘Star Trek’ movies and TV shows but ‘Into Darkness’ has a unique point of view and story, and anyone who knows the franchise will find it exciting. This one will break out internationally, which others haven’t done in the past,” Moore noted.
Pine is back as Kirk, of course.
“What I loved about William Shatner’s performance as Captain Kirk was humor,” said Pine. “It’s reflected in this film and it’s what (director) J.J. Abrams loves to infuse his films with. It has all that jaded real life stuff while leaving room for levity.”
Quinto was asked for the umpteen-thousandth time about his Spock makeup. And he answered once again, “It took a long time and I had to be uncomfortable, but that’s part of my job.”