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Exclusive: Trek’s Chekov Talks

Anton Yelchin, talks about playing Pavel Chekhov in the upcoming Star Trek XI.

It’s not that Anton Yelchin doesn’t want to talk about his role in the new Star Trek; it’s more that whatever the 19-year-old actor does say about playing Starship Enterprise navigator Pavel Chekov – and he’s obviously sworn to secrecy on any major disclosures – is likely to take on a existence of its own: life, Jim, but not as he knows it.

“The odd thing about Star Trek is you can reveal too much by not revealing anything at all,” he notes. “It’s nuts because the Star Trek fans pick everything apart that you say, like you’re revealing something super-top-secret. I partially can’t wait for this movie to come out so that they can just see it.

What he can discuss a little is his take on playing Chekov, the role made famous by original Trek actor Walter Koenig. “I wasn’t a Trekkie at all,” he explains. “But I watched a ton of the old show and got what I wanted to get from Walter Koenig.”

“It’s different because it’s not like I’m creating this role. This role was already there and so you’re interpreting it. I wanted to bring something of mine to it and also wanted to take a lot from him, so the fans wouldn’t be like, ‘Where’s the Chekov that we’ve known for 30 years?’ He’s there but there’s also part of me in there too.”

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