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"We made this movie from a place of respect and from a place of celebration for what came before,"
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"My mother used to watch 'Star Trek' when I was a little girl; the reruns were always on when we would travel to the Caribbean to visit family ... it was always in Spanish,"
A fan since her youth, Saldana's mother was ecstatic when she landed the high-profile gig. "She was thrilled like a little girl. It was as if you told the 5-year-old version of her that the daughter she didn't know she was going to have was going to play Uhura," Saldana laughed. "It was mind-boggling for her."
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"It's really unbelievable the tricks the camera can play," Pine said of those action scenes. "And what technology can bring us."
But, as Saldana's mother was quick to remind her daughter, to stay true to the original "Trek" they'd have to be careful to never allow the eye-candy to overshadow the brain-candy. "She'd leave voice mails as I was driving to set, and she speaks with a very cute Spanish accent. She'd be like, 'Zoe, so for this scene when you are in front of Spock, Uhura has to be stoic because she is elegant and remember she's a translator so she is very sociable. OK?' " Saldana remembered with a laugh. "She would leave these messages and I was like, 'Who is this lady? She's such a sci-fi geek!' "
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