In a video interview with Japanese site GyaO! which is not available for streaming outside of Japan, Chris Pine talked about the passing of time since the last film and how he used his experiences from the last one into this one for Into Darkness. The interview was originally found by Trek Movie’s Tokyo correspondent and translated. The following may contain spoilers!

star trek into darkness kirk“I’m different because I am five years older and hopefully a bit more mature and I have had many more experiences since the first film and you can only help that experiences to bear on the character you are portraying at the time. So Kirk is definitely different this time around.”

Chris Pine was asked what was the most difficult thing about the film.

“The most difficult aspect of this film was firstly the fact that it was a very physical film so the action sequences are very hard and very long. And then I think too, the journey that my character goes through is a very difficult one and very painful to let myself go through those experiences that Kirk goes through during the course of the film”

With the film in 3D and being much bigger than before, he reflected on that.

“With the 3D involved it just makes it that much grander and bigger. And the story I think gives these characters a lot more room to expand and grow and explore. So the size of the action and the size of the characters and what they go through is a lot bigger.”

Chris Pine also talked about Benedict Cumberbatch’s character John Harrison on contrast to Eric Bana’s character Nero from the first film.

Nero and John Harrison“Benedict is a great actor and portraying a really complex and layered bad guy in this film. And I think that is what really sets him apart, especially from [2009’s Star Trek] where Eric Bana did a great job playing our bad guy Nero. His kind of selling point was he was a really mean, brutal, physical bad guy and Benedict plays a guy who is just as physical and just as strong but who is real weapon is the fact that he is a master manipulator and is able to use the weaknesses of the crew to his advantage and against them. A psychological force to be reckoned with.” 

Original source TrekMovie.com