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Monday 27 April 2015

Pine didn't jump at Trek audition

Chris Pine told Esquire he didn't want to audition for Star Trek
Chris Pine told Esquire he didn't want to audition for Star Trek

Chris Pine has revealed how he told his agent off for asking him to audition for Star Trek - because he wasn't interested in the film.

The Rise Of The Guardians actor is reprising his role as Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams' highly anticipated Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, which is out next month.

He told Esquire magazine: "I wasn't a fan of Star Trek. It didn't excite me. All I wanted at that time was a part that I really connected to and when my agent said, 'Star Trek', I said, 'No! Have you not been hearing anything I've said? Star Trek is the furthest thing from what I want to do'."

But he added on signing up for the role: "Star Trek scared me a lot. It terrified me, really. Because of the scale, the responsibility, the fact that it was this iconic character. It was the bigger challenge. So I had to take it."

Chris also joked that his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch made him feel a tad jealous because of all the attention he gets.

"When I went to Japan for Star Trek, the fans were at the airport waiting. But they didn't scream until Benedict got off the plane. And I was like, 'what about me?'."

:: The full interview appears in Esquire UK's Spring Style Special, on sale from Thursday and also available as a digital edition.

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