When it comes to Trekkies, William Shatner might have said it best when he went on "Saturday Night Live" in 1986 and addressed his fiercely loyal fans thusly: "Get a life, will you people? For crying out loud, it's just a TV show!"
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"I was never really a fan of 'Star Trek,' " admitted
"I wasn't really into sci-fi; I was probably a geek in other ways,"
"Here's the beauty of it, and you might find this quite shocking," echoed Eric Bana, the film's villain. "I have not seen a single 'Star Trek' movie."
Bana and several others in the new "Trek" crew confess, at most, to only having an affection for the original "Trek" TV show. And those who were hard-core on Abrams' set opened themselves up to some "get a life!" comments.
"It was between Karl or Simon,"
"We'd be sitting on a 14-hour plane ride, and we'd just hear 'snap-snap-snap,' " Pine laughed.
"I didn't know there had been 10 films," laughed Abrams, explaining that although he and his stars all held the "Trek" canon sacred, they were freed by their lack of awareness. "I've gotta tell you, approaching it from a non-fan point of view allowed me to be a little less precious about it. I didn't feel like I had to adhere to exactly what had been done already for four-and-a-half decades. Instead, I could go into it with a little bit more of an open mind.
"Our goal was to honor and respect what [the 'Trek' fans] love so much," Abrams said. "And yet, make our own statement."
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