Star Trek crew comes of age

Tue Apr 7, 2009 11:21am EDT
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By James Regan

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - The eleventh Star Trek movie in 30 years held its world premier in a makeshift cinema in the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, with a cast markedly younger-than-ever-before.

Chris Pine, 28 who plays a cadet-aged James T. Kirk, admitted he's never met the original character for the role, William Shatner, who starred in the 1960s television series and the first Star Trek movies, though he watched the TV show "quite a bit" -- almost to a fault.

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

Hundreds of fans (only one wore Spock ears) waited for hours to meet the leading men, who spent nearly one 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 be on the steps of the Opera House for the premier.

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.

The plot follows the young lives of the original cast from Gene Roddenberry's TV show as they find their places on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise as junior officers.   Continued...

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