Monday Morning Quarterback Part II

By BOP Staff

May 12, 2009

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Kim Hollis: Which Star Trek cast member gets the biggest bump from this movie's performance?

Josh Spiegel: Chris Pine and, to a slightly lesser extent, Zachary Quinto. I was never too thrilled at either actor being cast as Kirk or Spock (mostly based on their past work, as sparse as it may be), but both actors were not only phenomenal as the two most recognizable characters from the series, but they could easily fit into other big movies. Pine, especially, would seem to fit the typical leading man role, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up with some high-end projects in the future. Quinto also was great as Spock; he might not fit the same leading man mold as Pine, but I would be surprised if he doesn't capitalize on this film's success for some other projects.

David Mumpower: Zachary Quinto is never going to be a box office draw. He's a weird looking dude who has the bushiest eyebrows in North America. He's not TV-pretty, which means he's certainly not movie-handsome. He's a role player or a villain, not a frequent male lead. If someone does see a spike from this, and I'm not willing to cede anyone will, it's Chris Pine. He is a handsome guy who has already played a romantic lead opposite Anne Hathaway and Lindsay Lohan. He has the looks and now he has a blockbuster on his resume. If he picks his next couple of projects (prior to Star Trek 2) correctly, he could become a big name. Otherwise, it's the Paul Walker scenario from The Fast and The Furious where he does completely forgettable work in between popular Trek films. The other folks I could see getting a bump from this are Zoe Saldana, already destined for greatness thanks to being a major player in Avatar, and Anton Yelchin, the Hearts in Atlantis kid who is all grown up and a couple of weeks away from another monolithic title in Terminator: Salvation. Star Trek is a great example of casting people who are less famous now than they will be a couple of years from now.

Pete Kilmer: Saldana and Yelchin stand to gain big from this. I agree with David, Quinto will never be a lead actor. But he will be a great support actor or lead bad guy from here on. He really nailed the role of Spock and played really well off of Pine. Pine, who had a great role in Smokin' Aces, I'm not sure about. It will all depend on scripts for him, of course.


Tim Briody: Everybody in the main cast apart from Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. They had to understand this coming in, but they're going to be forever known as (the second) Kirk and Spock until audiences get tired of these movies or they get tired of the role (which would be career suicide). I expect some pretty big things from Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana in the future.

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