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Interview with Karl Urban (McCoy)...

Here's a short interview with Karl Urban in which he discusses his role as Dr. McCoy in Star Trek XI

Karl Urban: From Comanche Moon to Star Trek...

IGN TV: You're obviously a very different physical type than DeForest Kelley. How are you approaching the role?

Urban: Again, it comes down to the script and it comes down to following J.J.'s lead and working in conjunction with this great cast that he's assembled and being faithful and honorable to the very essence and spirit of those characters that were created back in the late '60s. Again, it is a case of not doing some sort of facsimile or carbon copy, but really taking the very essence of what DeForest has done and honoring that and bringing something new to the table.

IGN TV: This is similar to my Comanche Moon question, but I'm curious if you re-watched old episodes of the show before you began working on the film?

Urban: Well, I've been watching Star Trek since I was, oh gosh, seven years old so I was very familiar with the original series and with those characters. I didn't actually even have to go out of my way to re-watch old episodes. I've just been watching them for over 20 years! [Laughs]

IGN TV: You might not be able to answer this question, but are you looking forward to saying "Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor!"?

Urban: Oh, you'll have to wait and see! [Laughs]

IGN TV: McCoy was usually more hands off than Kirk and Spock, but you have done some pretty physical roles. Should we get ready for a more bad ass McCoy here?

Urban: I can't divulge any secrets. I would love to spill the beans, but I'm really not at liberty to say. But I just will say that the project as a whole is very faithful to the original series and I think that J.J. has a very fresh and exciting approach and I think that he's an incredibly talented visionary. I believe that he is going to reinvigorate this franchise in a really healthy, positive and exciting way. I really think that the Trekkers and the long time fans will be really pleased with it, because it really does honor the very spirit of what we are all really quite crazy about, in a good way.

IGN TV: How's it working with your fellow cast members?

Urban: J.J.'s assembled an absolutely awesome cast. Everybody is really great. It's very exciting to be a part of.

IGN TV: I happened to go to high school with Chris Pine, so I was excited to see him cast as Kirk.

Urban: He's very good. He's very good. I'm so pleased that we've got someone of his caliber and ability in the role of Kirk, because he's extraordinarily talented and funny. I think he's got a big future ahead of him."