Chris Pine stars as the new Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams' remake of the original "Star Trek." - Mark Seliger/Vanity …
Pine didn't slip effortlessly into William Shatner's double-knits. "There have been, like, three auditions in my life where I feel like I'm in a 'Saturday Night Live' skit," the actor tells Vanity Fair. One was for 'Avatar'" -- James Cameron's upcoming science-fiction epic -- "which was probably the worst audition I ever gave. Another was for '10,000 bc,' where I was just, like, on my haunches pretending to be in a loincloth in Burbank." Pine laughs. "Then the other one was 'Star Trek.' It was all this jargon talk of torpedoes and photons," which, needless to say, didn't quite trip off the tongue. Fortunately, he got a second chance seven months later and nailed it.
Pine, who graduated from U.C. Berkeley, comes from two generations of actors: his father, Robert Pine, has 200-odd television shows to his credit; his grandmother is B-movie actress Anne Gwynne, who was often seen in horror films. Chris Pine isn't jaded, but neither is he naive. "I know where I come from and what I want and why I got into [show business]. I know the reality of it. I just hope that I have longevity in my career."
The 28-year-old actor strikes a pose for Vanity Fair. - Mark Seliger/Vanity Fair
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