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, he’ll also be the newest A-lister to take on the role of Jack Ryan in the film franchise based on Tom Clancy’s CIA hero. Pine met with OUT’s Shana Naomi Krochmal to talk about the roles, masculinity, and his bromance with Zachary Quinto’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 – not as a brooding, rebellious man of action, but as a watered-down romantic comedy prince. His first big break came with 2004’s The Princess Diaries 2, costarring Anne Hathaway, and the reaction was a wake-up call, he says.
“One review said, ‘He’s a Rob Lowe lookalike with the charisma of a David Hasselhoff,’” Pine remembers. “I’ll take the Robe Lowe lookalike, that’s fine. But I remember the charisma part really f*cking well. It might have said ‘not even half the charisma of a David Hasselhoff.’ I don’t know why we’re programmed this way, but all I remember is the nasty shit. And, I swear to God, if people think it’s going to tear me down, it’s like kindling in my f*cking steam engine.”
Kindling it was! Pine was soon cast by J.J. Abrams to take over the role of Captain James T. Kirk alongside Zachary Quinto’s Mr. Spock in Abrams’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. “That relationship is the core of what Kirk goes through,” Pine says. “The arc and the trajectory of his journey is huge, almost Greek. But it’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.”
And that chemistry was mirrored off-camera as well. Back when Pine was getting side-eyed for stepping into Shatner’s shoes, Quinto was sidestepping another question: when the semi-open knowledge that he was gay would be officially confirmed. “It was something that I knew about Zach from the moment I met him,” Pine remembers. “It was just who Zach was and that’s that. I’m sensitive, and I don’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 out—it was fine. It was something that we kind of tiptoed around and I just took it was a given, because that’s what he wanted.”
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