Abrams conducted a short interview with MTV where the Star Trek director discussed several aspects of the film, including its humor, Leonard Nimoy’s involvment and the difference between his ‘Trek’ and Trek films of the past.
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Here’s some of the interview, click here to read the rest.
MTV: Having been fortunate enough to view a few scenes recently, do you think fans will be surprised by the amount of humor in the film? [Editor’s note: In one sequence, an allergic reaction to medication results in massive swelling of Kirk’s hands and face … think “Nutty Professor.”]
Abrams: It’s funny, because when you see a quarter of something or less, it’s easy to draw conclusions about what the whole thing is. The thing with the hands is probably the most extreme sort of borderline-silly thing that happens in the movie. But the humor in the movie is constant within the wit of the characters. And I think when you look at the original “Star Trek” show, there was actually a great deal of humor.
MTV: We’ve seen Nimoy delivering his classic “Live long and prosper” line in the trailer. Is he fundamental to the story line, or is it more or less a glorified cameo?
Abrams: No, it’s no cameo. He’s in the movie, and his role is critical. I always think “cameo” feels like a role that the movie could exist without. This is critical, emotional and also a story element.
MTV: When you look at the other “Star Trek” films, what are they missing that you wanted to bring to yours?
Abrams: There are a number of things that I think are unique to this movie. There’s a level of relevance that I think is really because of the actors playing the part. I didn’t want to just re-create or reset everything, I thought going back to those characters was important. [In previous films] when we met those characters, we met them pre-established. They’d already been working together, they already knew each other. They had this history. And for some reason, the origin of those relationships of those characters was something that probably would have helped me, at least, connect to them and understand why I should care about them and who they were.
So on those fundamental levels, none of the movies have had that before. But on a much more practical level, “Star Trek” has never had the opportunity, nor the resources, to be realized in this way. Things like the ships and the battles and the planets and the chases and the action sequences … and do them in a way that felt thrilling and terrifying and entertaining in a way that the show and the prior movies simply couldn’t afford to do. I feel we were able to bring to life, in a way we’ve never seen before, what it is to be a member of Starfleet. And that’s kind of cool.