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06.02.2016
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Say it ain't so! Karl Urban, one of the best elements of J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK universe, almost didn't return to play Dr. McCoy in STAR TREK BEYOND. It's not hard to understand why Urban wouldn't be pumped to return for more STAR TREK, although he filled the role to perfection (in my opinion at least) neither STAR TREK nor STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS made the best use of the good doctor. Karl Urban recently told IGN that he was initially on the fence about doing the film, until he spoke with STAR TREK BEYOND director Justin Lin, who he called a "breath of fresh air."

I was on the fence about doing the movie until I spoke with Justin. I had a conflicting schedule, and I had a decision to make about which film to do, and I was no longer under contract to do a third picture. So I had a decision to make, and it was talking with Justin that enabled me to commit to it. It was fantastic. It was a breath of fresh air, and I really appreciated Justin's intimate knowledge and understanding of the character dynamics.

Although it's dangerous to judge a film by its trailer, the latest one hinted that we'll be seeing much more of Dr. McCoy this time around. Karl Urban comes across as one of the bigger Trek fans among the cast and he was glad to find a kindred spirt in Justin Lin as "he gets it [Star Trek]." Urban also said that Justin Lin, Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, and himself were able to form a "wonderful collaborative team" and that "there's a lot of material in this film that long-term fans are going to be very happy with." When asked about this favourite STAR TREK film, Urban surprisingly selected STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.

For the longest time I felt that it was too slow, but with age I've come to a great appreciation of it. I really love it. It's still, you know, the essence of exploring the unknown. There's great character dynamics, with Kirk being a little rusty, being out of the chair, feeling threatened by Decker, and McCoy really calling Kirk on his insecurity. You know, Spock returning from Vulcan not having achieved the Kolinahr and coming back to his calling and his friends, and also having an agenda that's outside of the mission, his own personal agenda. I mean, there was a lot of interesting stuff in there. And then V'ger itself, the concept of something, an Earth probe, that was sent out and has become self-aware. I just think it was a really fantastic Star Trek story.

STAR TREK BEYOND is due to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.

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12:54PM on 06/03/2016
I really enjoy the cast of the reboot. Growing up Khan was my favorite where I could watch at any given moment but Urban hits the nail on the head how I always felt about TMP...there are things in that one that IS what made Star Trek, Star Trek...but I would have to sit down and devote the time to watch it from beginning to end because that's hiw I lived to view it...Khan I've seen so many times it's like Ghostbusters...always can jump in at anypoint, very quotable, etc...yeah, maybe Urban
I really enjoy the cast of the reboot. Growing up Khan was my favorite where I could watch at any given moment but Urban hits the nail on the head how I always felt about TMP...there are things in that one that IS what made Star Trek, Star Trek...but I would have to sit down and devote the time to watch it from beginning to end because that's hiw I lived to view it...Khan I've seen so many times it's like Ghostbusters...always can jump in at anypoint, very quotable, etc...yeah, maybe Urban will become the Frakes of this version of the franchise...I could dig it.
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11:14AM on 06/03/2016
I can totally understand his issues with the new franchise. While overall I've enjoyed the reboot of this franchise (I do acknowledge that Into Darkness is not good though), it's been great to see Star Trek refreshed. But the first film really introduced McCoy as Kirk's would-be best friend. But when the plot picks up, the story abruptly shifts to Kirk and Spock trying to find common ground. Then we jump ahead to Into Darkness and McCoy's role is almost non-existent. Star Trek was always
I can totally understand his issues with the new franchise. While overall I've enjoyed the reboot of this franchise (I do acknowledge that Into Darkness is not good though), it's been great to see Star Trek refreshed. But the first film really introduced McCoy as Kirk's would-be best friend. But when the plot picks up, the story abruptly shifts to Kirk and Spock trying to find common ground. Then we jump ahead to Into Darkness and McCoy's role is almost non-existent. Star Trek was always about the top three characters, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (that's why they're the only names to appear in the opening credits).

We just didn't really get that in the first two movies. Based on the trailers so far, it looks like we'll be getting back to the classic character dynamics of the original series/movies. I'm hoping to see Spock and McCoy stranded together for a good portion of this movie so we can enjoy that character dynamic of two characters that are so fundamentally different.
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9:43AM on 06/03/2016
It used to be that the "Big Three" of the Original Series was Kirk, Spock and McCoy. I understand the need to add meat to the only female crew member but McCoy really lost a lot of screen time in the process, which was a shame because Urban was perfect in the part. Glad that Lin rectifying this.
It used to be that the "Big Three" of the Original Series was Kirk, Spock and McCoy. I understand the need to add meat to the only female crew member but McCoy really lost a lot of screen time in the process, which was a shame because Urban was perfect in the part. Glad that Lin rectifying this.
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9:40AM on 06/03/2016

It's about fucking time...

... He has more screen time in the nu-Trek movies !
I've said it many time (and will continue to), but the 'holy Trek-nity' was always Kirk/Spock/Bones !
I get it that they wanted a strong (and sexy) female lead character for the 'new old Trek', and Zoe is great at both, but without the threeway bromance of the Brain/Heart/Soul of those three, it's not really Star Trek IMO, as much as I like the nu-Trek movies, and JJ !
... He has more screen time in the nu-Trek movies !
I've said it many time (and will continue to), but the 'holy Trek-nity' was always Kirk/Spock/Bones !
I get it that they wanted a strong (and sexy) female lead character for the 'new old Trek', and Zoe is great at both, but without the threeway bromance of the Brain/Heart/Soul of those three, it's not really Star Trek IMO, as much as I like the nu-Trek movies, and JJ !
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8:38AM on 06/03/2016
Have to say, they did a really nice job casting the Trek reboot, finding actors that really worked as versions of the classic Enterprise crew. Certainly Kirk, Spock and McCoy were really great choices. I'd question whether having Spock in an ongoing relationship with Uhura is really true to the roots of Trek, Spock's character specifically, but I guess maybe this Spock seeing Vulcan implode was emotionally affected by it in a way that the Nimoy version wasn't in his younger years. I do like new
Have to say, they did a really nice job casting the Trek reboot, finding actors that really worked as versions of the classic Enterprise crew. Certainly Kirk, Spock and McCoy were really great choices. I'd question whether having Spock in an ongoing relationship with Uhura is really true to the roots of Trek, Spock's character specifically, but I guess maybe this Spock seeing Vulcan implode was emotionally affected by it in a way that the Nimoy version wasn't in his younger years. I do like new Trek, and hope Beyond can be as entertaining as the first two.
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1:34AM on 06/03/2016
Hehehe! I'm reminded of his last shots in the previous movie where his character was angrily muttering about the duration of their space voyage almost as though he was actually saying "If i have to put up with JJ Abrams a third time I'm totally bailing, unless he's replaced!"

Can't wait to see Karl Urban in action again.
Hehehe! I'm reminded of his last shots in the previous movie where his character was angrily muttering about the duration of their space voyage almost as though he was actually saying "If i have to put up with JJ Abrams a third time I'm totally bailing, unless he's replaced!"

Can't wait to see Karl Urban in action again.
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10:11PM on 06/02/2016
After reading Karl Urban's explanation of why he liked ST:TMP I'm thinking maybe he should be the one directing a Star Trek movie.
After reading Karl Urban's explanation of why he liked ST:TMP I'm thinking maybe he should be the one directing a Star Trek movie.
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9:09PM on 06/02/2016
Relieved that Urban chose to return for Star Trek Beyond! From the off, Urban's McCoy was my favourite of the new cast. Of course I agree his screen time has been limited in the past two films, probably due to Zoe Saldana's Uhura getting more screen time than Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. I certainly don't mind Saldana getting a lot of screen time, but considering the original series had a focus of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic, it was shame it was Urban that lost out.

Fingers crossed McCoy
Relieved that Urban chose to return for Star Trek Beyond! From the off, Urban's McCoy was my favourite of the new cast. Of course I agree his screen time has been limited in the past two films, probably due to Zoe Saldana's Uhura getting more screen time than Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. I certainly don't mind Saldana getting a lot of screen time, but considering the original series had a focus of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic, it was shame it was Urban that lost out.

Fingers crossed McCoy gets more screen time this time around. From what I remember both Pine and Quinto have signed for a fourth film (assuming one gets made), so here's hoping Urban signs on too.

Ooooor, maybe, just maybe (knowing he wasn't sure about this one) they do the unthinkable and actually kill him off. In a permanent way, so a 'oh look, have some Khan blood' kinda way? What has happened to Dr. Marcus?

(Sidenote - very pleased Urban is in the next Thor film too)
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8:33PM on 06/02/2016
Really glad he signed back on; he's one of the very many best parts of the franchise and I think at this point it any of the core cast members walked away it would ruin the group dynamic.
Really glad he signed back on; he's one of the very many best parts of the franchise and I think at this point it any of the core cast members walked away it would ruin the group dynamic.
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