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Published On: Tue, Jun 26th, 2012

Chris Pine talks ‘Star Trek’ sequel and playing Jack Ryan

While promoting his latest film, “People Like Us,” Chris Pine gave fans an update on “Star Trek 2” (an unofficial designation since no title has been announced) as well as his thoughts on a Jack Ryan reboot.

Chris Pine will return as Captain James T Kirk in "Star Trek 2" before starring in the Jack Ryan reboot Photo/Paramount Pictures

During an interview with Red Eye Chicago published Monday, the “This Means War” actor revealed that fans haven’t always been kind to Pine playing the iconic Kirk.

“I will say my favorite comment that I get from hardcore fans, and they mean it as a compliment and it is, but it’s quite funny when it comes out on their lips, is, [talking quietly, seriously,] “You know, when we found out you were going to play Capt. Kirk, we were so angry. We were so sad. We were so nervous. But you turned out to be pretty good.” That’s the most backhanded compliment of all time.”

Pine was quick to defend the fans as the “Star Trek” role was a huge step to bolster his resume stating he “hadn’t done anything in my career that would—“Star Trek” fans are very protective, and understandably so. I’m sure there was nothing in my great, teeming body of work to prove that I could take on the character.”

While his family is part of show business and Pine confesses that he’s not a fan of the television series or a “trekkie,” but came to discover the magnitude of the role and “sitting in the chair” as the crew responded to the performances.

“…the first time that all of us were on the bridge and I sat in the captain’s chair … looking around, it was like points of light in the audience. When that moment happened, there were real fans in the crew, grips and gaffers, the art department people, they had come just to watch that moment. Because for them it was a really momentous occasion, and I, not really understanding the gravity or the coolness of it, was kind of unaware until I saw these people light up … What it means to sit in that chair is quite powerful. Anyway, the chair became this wonderful, beautiful touchstone that was reflective of not only the journey in the film but also who you are and what you are as a person and how you want to sit in your own chair, for lack of a better metaphor. It was really cool.”

The California born actor told Newsday last week that there was no way he could have been prepared for the fan frenzy when he joined “Trek.”

“I don’t know if I had any sense of what I was stepping into, not being a fan when I got into the process. I watched that documentary “Trekkies” and thought, “Wow, I had no idea how the fans were so loyal and related to the world.” Because the fans loved the original actors so much, we were afraid we would not live up to their expectations. We all wanted to do well by it. But after it came out, people seemed to be pretty receptive to it. Although some people had a problem with my version of Kirk that was more rebellious than Shatner’s Kirk.”

With another “Star Trek” under his belt, the young actor is signed on to the Jack Ryan reboot which has “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh attached. Pine follows Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford as the title character from the famous Tom Clancy novels. Pine gave fans some insight in how he sees the character.

“I was watching Ford in “Clear and Present Danger” the other night. I think what he does so well is he’s the perfect embodiment of the reluctant hero, and he does that well in the Jack Ryan series. There’s a part of him that doesn’t want to be in the limelight, but he’s got to be. There’s a gruff, real-man quality to him that’s very appealing.”

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