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TrekToday March 7 2008 11:28 PM

'Star Trek XI' Actors Look To Their Predecessors
Many of the actors taking on the role of <i>Star Trek's</i> original characters in <i>Star Trek XI</i> have tried to connect somehow with the original actors who made the roles famous.<p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF="">USA Today</A>, actors in <i>Star Trek XI</i> have looked to the original actors for inspiration, clarification and affirmation. <p><font color=yellow>Chris Pine</font> (Kirk), who has had his hair lightened to more resemble <font color=yellow>William Shatner's</font> Kirk, wrote his predecessor a letter. "I'm not trying to copy what you did," the letter said. Shatner responded by writing back and wishing him luck. He did advise Pine to "Just act straightforward."<p><font color=yellow>Zachary Quinto</font> was able to see <font color=yellow>Leonard Nimoy</font> personally, as Nimoy is reprising his role of Spock in <i>Star Trek XI</i>. Nimoy's advice to him was to avoid wearing the Spock ears when not on film, so that his chances of being stereotyped would be less.<p><font color=yellow>Zoe Saldana</font> met <font color=yellow>Nichelle Nichols</font> and called meeting her a "life-changing event." "She came to visit," said Saldana, "and we were able to talk and hold hands. She's an icon. I have nothing but appreciation for what they were fighting for."<p>The actor playing Chekov, <font color=yellow>Anton Yelchin</font> has not yet met or communicated with <font color=yellow>Walter Koenig</font>. "I haven't met him," he said. "No letter yet. I just hope he's OK with me doing this. I guess I'm afraid I'd get a letter back saying, 'Yeah, thanks a lot!'"<p>To read more from the new <i>Star Trek XI</i> actors and to see a picture slide show, head to the link located <A class="link" HREF="">here</A>.<center></center>

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