Chris Pine Talks Star Trek Into Darkness: “A Lot is Riding On It To Be A Success”

Chris Pine, who returns to the role of Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, recently sat down with the European beauty and fashion website to discuss his new film Rise Of The Guardians, the success of the 2009 Star Trek film and the pressures he’s feeling leading to the release of Star Trek Into Darkness next May.

With the worldwide success of Star Trek (2009), Pine talked about the pressure of the next film as it’s release date approaches.

“It’s a multi-million dollar movie – a lot is riding on it to be a success.” Pine said.

“What helps the anxiety is that you have J.J. [Abrams, director] who’s a great leader, you have a really good team behind you and I really authentically like the people that I work with.”

He went on to discuss working with director Abrams, the Bad Robot crew and the entire cast again. “I’ve grown to have a great affection for them and going to work tends to be fun. So you deal with the anxiety and then you get there and it just becomes another gig.”

“There’s almost so much pressure that it dissipates because you can’t live in that space of ‘Holy sh*t what am going to do?’” he added.

It’s been well publicized that Pine wasn’t a Star Trek fan before accepting the iconic role of Kirk that William Shatner made so famous. However, according to Pine he says he’s since learned a great deal about the franchise.

“I didn’t know much about the series before, but I’ve learned a lot about it since. I try not to think about it.” he said.

Chris Pine on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness
Chris Pine on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood and Alice Eve, hits theaters on May 17, 2013.

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