spock magazine

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Popular Science USA - July August 2016

PS: DO ANY OF THOSE BUTTONS ON THE ENTERPRISE SET DO ANYTHING?
SP: One calls for pizza, but we’re not sure which one it is. Occasionally pizzas just turn up and we know that someone’s pressed it, but it isn’t clear. They actually all work. If you press things, they light up. But nothing causes the spaceship to fly.

PS: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GADGET ON SET?
SP: My Scotty watch. I’ve worn it in every film, but I don’t think anyone’s seen it. If you press it, it goes all blue and flashy. I like to press it sometimes when I’m bored. I’ve tried to put it in the shot, but it never got in. So it’s an unseen, beautiful thing.

PS: DOES THE STAR TREK ENTOURAGE EVER HANG OUT IN REAL LIFE?
SP: We’ve all known each other for a long time, and we get on very, very well. In Vancouver, where we shot this one, you’d often walk into a nightclub or a restaurant and see the entire crew of the Enterprise. We went into one club and sat at this big horseshoe table—me, Chris [Pine], Zach [Quinto], John [Cho], Anton [Yelchin], and Deep [Roy]—and on the screen above this table, they put Star Trek on, and we were like: “What the hell, man?! We don’t really want to say, ‘Hey, we’re here!’”

PS: DO YOU THINK SCOTTY’S A LITTLE JEALOUS OF THE KIRK-AND-SPOCK BROMANCE?
SP: I don’t think he cares. I kind of feel like he lives in his own world, Scotty. I think he likes being in the guts of the ship fixing stuff. And obviously in this iteration, he’s got his little pal, Keenser, who’s like this little oyster or bivalve creature. Now he’s a regular fixture as Scotty’s right-hand man…or right-hand bivalve. So he’s fine.