When actor Chris Pine signed on for the role of Capt. Kirk in the J.J. Abrams remake of Star Trek, he knew he had some big shoes (and tight pants) to fill.
Portraying a young James Tiberius Kirk, Pine’s trying to live up to the image portrayed originally by William Shatner, while still leaving his own mark on the character. “There was no sense in trying to re-create what Shatner had done because it was so specific. He was unique, singular, it was his take,” Pine told the L.A. Times.
However, Chris claims his interpretation with not be a copycat performance. “I’m going my own way. My name is not William Shatner,” the young actor adds. To wit, in this video of Pine and Shatner’s first face-to-face encounter, Chris introduces himself to the sci-fi icon with a simple declaration of, “I’m Chris Pine.”
Meanwhile, I love that this seems to be taking place at some kind of country hoedown. Yee haw!
Gallery Info: Chris Pine signs autographs for fans outside The Late Show with David Letterman.