Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Supporting Cast of Star Trek
Ok, I know, Star Trek's been out for over a month. But, to be honest, my love of science fiction only comes out with a few friends and really mostly when I'm on my own in a movie theater. Today I had the afternoon to myself and, before I went to get my haircut, instead of going back to Brooklyn, I went to see Star Trek at a 12:30pm screening at the Regal Union Square Cinemas. Now, I have to tell you, I saw all of the original William Shatner/Leonard Nimoy Star Trek movies and none of the others, so I was pretty excited. Plus everyone has been drooling over the leads Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto and it's directed by J.J. Abrams of Lost (yes I watch Lost). So I thought, "Fun action/science fiction movie, and a couple of hot guys equals pleasant afternoon." What I was not expecting is that I would be so into the supporting guys (and one girl). Let's go through them one by one:
1. John Cho - Probably the hottest Asian man on film ever. Period. As Sulu he has this really amazing sword fighting scene (with Chris Pine aka Captain Kirk) where he is also the first non-ninja, non-martial-arts Asian movie star ever. Hott. With two ts.
2. Karl Urban - My friend Kerry has been in love with the Kiwi Karl since his role as Eomer in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (did I mention that at the time those films came out I was living in London and came back to New York so that I could be here for the opening night performances? Nerd? Me?). I wasn't feeling his swarthiness in those films (I was way more into little Elijah) but now with the clean cut look he's sporting as Dr. McCoy, I say A+!
3. Anton Yelchin - First time seeing this little Russian newbie/twink (apparently he's also in the mega-flop Terminator Salvation), but I'm hoping this isn't the last. So cute and feisty as Chekhov! And the intense accent doesn't hurt. More Anton Пожалуйста.
And for those of you who like the ladies:
4. Zoë Saldana - I've loved her in so many movies I don't know where to begin. Oh, maybe I do: Center Stage. Love.
So, needless to say, I'm looking forward to a sequel.