In an exclusive interview with Famous Monsters magazine, found in the upcoming issue #286, John Cho (Lieutenant Sulu) dishes on this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, the difference between J.J. Abrams first two Trek films and now with Justin Lin at the helm, and how co-star Simon Pegg does more than just share screen time with the star.
ON ADAPTING TO JUSTIN LIN’S DIRECTING STYLE AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF J.J.: “[Justin Lin] cared about the mythology, he cared about the world, he cared about getting it right, he cared about moving the characters forward. … I think we all had question marks; it’s tough to be told that the guy you made two successful movies with isn’t going to be helming the third one. But we were all just really pleasantly surprised as we eased into working with him.”
ON HOW SIMON PEGG’S WRITING STYLE MIND MELDS WITH TREK SENSIBILITIES: “What you’re going to get when you ask Simon Pegg to pen a script is a very human touch. And a warm touch. And that can come out in comedy, but doesn’t necessarily have to. And there are some funny moments. But I think he and [co-writer Doug Jung], from what I could tell, were constantly looking for connections between the characters. And that, from the cast perspective, was what was spectacular about asking Simon and Doug to do it. It just felt like they were looking for human moments.”
HOW STAR TREK BEYOND DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS FILMS: “When I read the script, my emotional impression was that it felt very much like the best of the original series. It felt like the series felt to me. And the first [film] that we made didn’t entirely feel like that to me.”
**All quotes from John Cho on STAR TREK BEYOND are courtesy of Famous Monsters #286 magazine**
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MORE TREK: This issue will also offer a major tribute to the iconic ‘60s TV show by acclaimed “TREK-sperts” Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward that includes exclusive interviews with Rod Roddenberry, the son of TREK creator Gene Roddenberry, and Original Series star Nichelle Nichols, aka Lt. Uhura.
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NEW GHOSTBUSTERS: Director Paul Feig takes on the Internet haters and defines his comedy criteria (hint: you must be hilarious) as he reboots a beloved franchise.
VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER: The ’80s anime classic has been revamped for instant-gratification bingeing on Netflix, and the super-fan producers share their excitement.
ALIENS: Director James Cameron reflects on the making of his 1986 Sci-Fi master-sequel in this exclusive, in-depth interview with Famous Monsters.
THE OMEN: Legendary director Richard Donner looks back at his 1976 film and weighs in on the reported “OMEN Curse” exclusively for FM.
LOGAN’S RUN: Michael York and Jenny Agutter deliver a special tribute to their ’76 Sci-Fi classic in a unique exclusive.
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MAN FROM ATLANTIS: Patrick Duffy revisits his classic ‘70s TV show with a brand-new novel.