Young Star Trek crew boldly walks red carpet

Tue Apr 7, 2009 5:07pm EDT
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By James Regan

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 11th Star Trek movie in 30 years had its world premiere on Tuesday, its markedly younger cast boldly going along the red carpet to a makeshift cinema in the Sydney Opera House.

Chris Pine, 28, who plays a cadet-aged James T. Kirk, admitted he'd never met William Shatner, who starred as the original Captain Kirk in the television series dating back to 1966 as well as the first Star Trek movies.

But he said he watched the TV show "quite a bit."

"All it was doing was making me think about what the best way I could do a William Shatner impersonation," Pine said. "It wasn't helping bringing this story to life."

Hundreds of fans, including one wearing "Spock" ears, waited for hours to meet the leading men who spent nearly an hour walking the red carpet, signing autographs and talking with journalists.

"It's hard to believe Eric Bana plays a meanie when he comes across as such a nice guy," said Alicia Wetherley, who drove from central Australia to the Opera House for the premiere.

Bana plays Nero, the film's heavily-tattooed Romulan villain bent on avenging the destruction of his planet.

He said all the film's cast "did everything they could" to come up with something fresh this time around.   Continued...

<p>Cast and crew pose at the world premiere of the movie "Star Trek" at the Sydney Opera House April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>