Originally Posted by wade8069
While the new Star Trek movie is receiving mostly approving reviews from film critics, director J.J. Abrams is apparently bracing for an onslaught of criticism from those he calls "Star Trek purists." In an interview with Australia's AAP wire service, Abrams has this advice for them: "Don't waste your time." He indicated that he has already heard from some who were particularly critical of the fact that he did not find a slot for William Shatner, the original Capt. Kirk, in the movie. "For them I say, 'Don't see the movie. You'll just get angry. It is not Shatner playing Kirk, so I do apologize." And actor Chris Pine, who plays Kirk in the new film, indicated that he went out of his way to avoid watching Shatner movie and TV appearances. "I know how I work and by watching a lot of Mr Shatner's performances as Captain Kirk I knew by osmosis I would get on set and try and impersonate Mr Shatner," he said. "It was not my job. I didn't want people to start paying attention to whether I was doing a perfect William Shatner."
I applaud J.J. for his honesty and determination. Especially in the face of the sort of opposition he has been getting.
Originally Posted by MonsieurHood
He's so abrasive when he says it though. I don't mind him having his opinion, and I respect and applaud his right to voice it. I just wish he would do so with a bit of tact. And just for the record I had no desire to see William Shatner play Kirk in this film, ever.
IMO, he is
tactful. I can think of ways in which Abrams could have expressed his opinion that would have been far more crass.
Originally Posted by ImperaME
He was rather polite in what he said...*snip*...He deserves some credit for his thick skin at the least.
I don't understand the amount of vitriol that is being splattered all over this board. Just as my liking J.J. Abram's vision of Star Trek does not mean that it or he is worthy of sainthood, so others' dislike for it should not mean that it--or again, Abrams--is deserving of condemnation to hell.
A hyperbolic statement, perhaps. Yet from some of the things that have been written here, one might think otherwise.
At the end of the day...And I can't believe I'm saying this, considering how much I adore Star Trek
...It's just a movie