Hunky New Zealand Actor Karl Urban made his second appearance at this year’s Star Trek Convention put on by Creation Entertainment at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Urban, who plays Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek reboot films directed by J.J. Abrams signed autographs, posed for photo ops and spoke to a packed crowd in the convention’s huge ballroom.
The actor took questions from fans about the next Star Trek film, which he was unable to say much about due to the secrecy surrounding the project and his recent turn on the now defunct television show “Almost Human”.
Urban said that he imagines with the success of the recent films, he wouldn’t be surprised if they made it into a tv show sometimes soon. A fan asked if he would be on the show if that happened and he said he was definitely open to the idea. He also spoke about his love for the “Doctor Who” franchise and he actually called producers a few years ago and said “I love the show, can I be on it?”. Unfortunately due to his shooting schedule for “Dredd” at the time, he was unable to do it but would still love to be on the show.
Karl also spoke about on-set pranks that he has been a part of, including the now-famous “neutron cream” prank played by Chris Pine and Simon Pegg on the cast during the filming of “Star Trek: Into Darkness”. He also told the story of how he pranked “Lord of the Rings” co-star Viggo Mortensen by telling press in Spain that Viggo had purchased a goat farm and was going to make goat cheese. The next day when Viggo spoke to the same press people, they didn’t want to talk about his film, they all wanted to know about the goat farm! Urban said this was payback for a prank that Viggo had played on him 10 years prior during “Lord of the Rings.” He advised Chris Pine and Simon Pegg to watch out because “I’m coming for you.”
Urban Betting On Sequel – Ready To Play Bones For 25 Years
Karl Urban was the headliner for the opening day of the Star Trek con. The new Doctor McCoy started off revealing that he had dinner Wednesday night with the “TNG guys” and they also “hit the casinos” to do some gambling. And in that vein, with regards to the next Star Trek movie, he said he would “put a fiddy” on it getting made. He hinted that he “knows stuff” but refused to divulge any spoilers beyond saying that the film would be set during the time of the five-year mission and he was “super thrilled” about the direction it was headed. As for the future, Urban said he would welcome playing Star Trek for years to come even “twenty-five years down the road.”
Karl also talked a bit about how he was one of those duped by the famed Chris Pine and Simon Pegg’s infamous “neutron cream” practical joke, even lamenting how director JJ Abrams “was pissing himself” laughing over it. But Karl noted “I’m planning my revenge.”
Karl also talked about watching Star Trek since he was a Kid and so playing McCoy – who he said “anchored the show = “was humbling and an honor.” He also noted that he felt the original Star Trek “pushed the boundaries of television.”
Speaking of sci-fi doctors, the actor revealed that there was one point when he reached out to the producers of the new Doctor Who in hopes of getting on the show. There were some talks but in the end his schedule with shooting Dredd conflicted and he couldn’t do it.
Star from the JJ Abrams Star Trek films Karl Urban attends the 2014 Star Trek Convention at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino on July 31, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada