For its special June/July summer double issue, OUT magazine sat with the action star of the summer, Chris Pine. Not only will Pine reprise his role as James T. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness, heÃ¢â¬â¢ll also be the newest A-lister to take on the role of Jack Ryan in the film franchise based on Tom ClancyÃ¢â¬â¢s CIA hero. Pine met with OUTÃ¢â¬â¢s Shana Naomi Krochmal to talk about the roles, masculinity, and his bromance with Zachary QuintoÃ¢â¬â¢s Mr. Spock.
In the beginning of his career, Pine, a third generation Los Angeleno from an acting family, came dangerously close to being typecast Ã¢â¬â not as a brooding, rebellious man of action, but as a watered-down romantic comedy prince. His first big break came with 2004Ã¢â¬â¢s The Princess Diaries 2, costarring Anne Hathaway, and the reaction was a wake-up call, he says.
Ã¢â¬ÅOne review said, Ã¢â¬ËHeÃ¢â¬â¢s a Rob Lowe lookalike with the charisma of a David Hasselhoff,Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â Pine remembers. Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢ll take the Robe Lowe lookalike, thatÃ¢â¬â¢s fine. But I remember the charisma part really f*cking well. It might have said Ã¢â¬Ënot even half the charisma of a David Hasselhoff.Ã¢â¬â¢ I donÃ¢â¬â¢t know why weÃ¢â¬â¢re programmed this way, but all I remember is the nasty shit. And, I swear to God, if people think itÃ¢â¬â¢s going to tear me down, itÃ¢â¬â¢s like kindling in my f*cking steam engine.Ã¢â¬Â
Kindling it was! Pine was soon cast by J.J. Abrams to take over the role of Captain James T. Kirk alongside Zachary QuintoÃ¢â¬â¢s Mr. Spock in AbramsÃ¢â¬â¢s reimagining of Star Trek, which went on to gross over $400 million worldwide. The chemistry between the two actors convinced Abrams they were right for the job, and Pine immediately recognized the bromance that was developing between Kirk and Spock. Ã¢â¬ÅThat relationship is the core of what Kirk goes through,Ã¢â¬Â Pine says. Ã¢â¬ÅThe arc and the trajectory of his journey is huge, almost Greek. But itÃ¢â¬â¢s through his relationship with Spock that he learns the greatest lessons, about loving someone to the point of being able to do away with all rules and regulations and constraints in order to save, protect, and do justice to your friend.Ã¢â¬Â
And that chemistry was mirrored off-camera as well. Back when Pine was getting side-eyed for stepping into ShatnerÃ¢â¬â¢s shoes, Quinto was sidestepping another question: when the semi-open knowledge that he was gay would be officially confirmed. Ã¢â¬ÅIt was something that I knew about Zach from the moment I met him,Ã¢â¬Â Pine remembers. Ã¢â¬ÅIt was just who Zach was and thatÃ¢â¬â¢s that. IÃ¢â¬â¢m sensitive, and I donÃ¢â¬â¢t ever want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Knowing that for Zach it was more about a career thing and that he was not comfortable at the time coming outÃ¢â¬âit was fine. It was something that we kind of tiptoed around and I just took it was a given, because thatÃ¢â¬â¢s what he wanted.Ã¢â¬Â
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