‘Firestarter’ actor Kurtwood Smith on that point he met Captain Kirk in ‘Star Trek VI’

December 2021 marked the thirtieth anniversary of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Nation, the ultimate big-screen voyage of the unique Enterprise crew underneath the command of William Shatner’s Captain Kirk.

The thrilling sequel facilities on Kirk, Spock, and McCoy’s battle to cease conspirators and assassins from thwarting the delicate peace talks between the Klingons and the Federation. Star Trek VI, directed and co-written by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan helmer Nicholas Meyer, culminates in a race towards time that finds Kirk actually diving into the trail of an murderer’s bullet (er, phaser blast), to avoid wasting the lifetime of the Federation President, performed by Kurtwood Smith. It is one of the vital thrilling scenes in all of Star Trek, and it proved to be a really memorable second in Smith’s profession as properly. Whereas selling his new film, Firestarter, which arrives in theaters and on Peacock this Friday, Smith shared with SYFY WIRE his expertise taking pictures that tense scene and the way he was forged in among the best Star Trek sequels. 

“So far as that movie went, [director] Nick Meyer, I had labored with him on a movie simply previous to [Trek VI], he stated ‘Hey! Wish to do Star Trek?’ I stated ‘Certain, why not,'” Smith explains.

The actor went on to say that, regardless of his restricted display screen time, engaged on Star Trek VI was a enjoyable and thrilling time for him. Particularly when he met Shatner moments earlier than taking pictures the aforementioned climactic scene. 

“The primary time I met Shatner, they launched us. [Someone] stated ‘Invoice, that is Kurtwood.’ That is the scene the place they had been going to attempt to shoot me and [Kirk] saves me and knocks me on the ground. They stated ‘OK, Kurtwood, are you able to get on the ground in order that Invoice can lie on high of you?’ I stated ‘Wait a minute, what sort of film are we doing right here?’ So, that was my introduction to Invoice Shatner.”

Smith would later seem in Star Trek once more, this time enjoying a time-traveling villain on Voyager‘s well-known two-parter episode, “12 months of Hell.” Not one to fret about being pigeonholed inside the venerable franchise, Smith considers the alternatives Trek afforded him as an actor to be on par with those who actors can have when performing Shakespeare, which is ironic, contemplating what number of of The Bard’s references seem in Trek VI.

“Once I began out as an actor,” Smith recollects, “Once I was an actor in school, I began working at a Shakespeare competition and I continued working that Shakespeare competition for about seven seasons. You already know, enjoying a wide range of roles. I see Star Trek in that very same form of method. It offers with larger-than-life questions and solutions. The characters appear a little bit bit larger-than-life. It’s at all times smelled of Shakespeare to me in a really optimistic method. Consequently, it’s enjoyable.”

Firestarter hits theaters and Peacock Might 13. 

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