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Old 02-28-2008, 01:08 AM
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How would you feel if you were in the shoes of one of the seven new crew members of the Enterprise? I would feel happy, yet stressed at the same time. I would want to make the part my own, yet still give credit to those that came before me. In a way, it's a lot like being the new James Bond. Filling in the shoes, yet adding your own twist to the role to make it your own, rather than just a direct copy.
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I think we'll see that. Using Bond was an excellent example.

Craig at least read, or was coached on the Bond of the novels, who acted alot like he did in the film. His portayal gave us insight into what caused Bond to act the way he does, but did little in the way of violating cannon, partially because I think they were "starting over" the Bond franchise with Casino, and partly becuase this was a "modernized" prequel.

This could happen with TOS, JJ has some play in the days before established TOS lore. I could tolerate minor cannon violations, if the script is good and strong, and the acting belivable and well done.
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As an actor I guess you would want to make the part your own, and not tread on the heals of the old actor. At the same time, as the actor, you would have respect the character. So, I would be a little stressed. But, I think that is why some of the old actors have visited the set, so kind of put the new actors at ease.
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So, I would be a little stressed. But, I think that is why some of the old actors have visited the set, so kind of put the new actors at ease.
Unfortunately, not all the new actors of the main cast had the chance to meet with or speak to the original actors who played their characters (like Simon Pegg and Karl Urban). At least Pegg was able to chat with James Doohan's son. The pressure must be tremendous indeed, especially if you're a fan of the franchise like Urban, Pegg and Cho.

I just hope that the new actors won't give us carbon copies of the characters as we know them. They have to bring something of themselves to the role. Because, as someone else said once, these new actors may eventually be remembered by a whole new generation of Star Trek fans as being the real deal when it comes to Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the others.
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I don't know if the stress they are feeling necesarily comes from trying to please fans. These actors are given a script, information about the character and whatnot, and have to interpret the character. Different actors have different interpretations; that doesn't make it disrespectful. Take Shakespeare for example: every actor who plays Macbeth, or Romeo or whatnot are going to take a different interpretation of the character, and then embody it. Now, if it is different than how the original actors may have played the parts, is that disrespectful?

Now these actors are professionals, and will know what essentials to embrace and portray, even if in real life, the actor is not like that at all. After all, that's what ACTING is.

I think more of their stress comes from a rigorous filming schedule, and the norms that come with making a feature film.

I think Abrams having the old actors visit is more for US rather than for them. I think that he knows that Star Trek fans can have some eccentricities...
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I just hope that the new actors won't give us carbon copies of the characters as we know them. They have to bring something of themselves to the role. Because, as someone else said once, these new actors may eventually be remembered by a whole new generation of Star Trek fans as being the real deal when it comes to Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the others.
Most of the interviews I've read so far indicate the actors are perfectly willing to mix familiar elements of their characters while investing in them their own personalities and the needs of the story. Comments show 'impersonations' aren't desired, but respect for the origin characters, in many ways, is their goal. Being true to the spirit of the characters the TOS actors created, rather than aping the actors themselves. Sure sounds like a smart way to approach it, both for the cast and the story creators.
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I would be nervous but you can only be yourself and bring your uniqueness to the role. Trying to copy the role inch for inch is boring and could get a lot of people angry at you in the process. I think the best you could do is talk to the original or a friend or family member of the individual in McCoy and Scotty's cases and also research the role from television and just do the best possible. Like Craig, many people criticised him for being blonde put after the movie was released they called it one of the best performances of any Bond. I would call it nervously excited.
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I would want to do as much just to the roll as I could...I would study the manerism and give the fans as much of what they remembere....I want it to be seamless for them
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Try to make it as perfect as possible it would seem but that is pretty hard to pull off especially in this case.
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I don't know if the stress they are feeling necesarily comes from trying to please fans. These actors are given a script, information about the character and whatnot, and have to interpret the character. Different actors have different interpretations; that doesn't make it disrespectful. Take Shakespeare for example: every actor who plays Macbeth, or Romeo or whatnot are going to take a different interpretation of the character, and then embody it. Now, if it is different than how the original actors may have played the parts, is that disrespectful?

Now these actors are professionals, and will know what essentials to embrace and portray, even if in real life, the actor is not like that at all. After all, that's what ACTING is.

I think more of their stress comes from a rigorous filming schedule, and the norms that come with making a feature film.

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