LAS VEGAS – Just hours after two bomb blasts provided a deadly conclusion to the Boston Marathon, principals from Star Trek Into Darkness were doing their jobs: putting on happy faces and plugging their big-budget film on the opening night of annual movie-theater convention CinemaCon.
We were all on the way out here just talking (about how) it is hard to go and pimp your movie on a day like this, when the nation is sort of coming together, said one of the movie’s writer-producers, Damon Lindelof.
Chris Pine (who plays Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), series newcomer Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus) and John Cho (Sulu) made it to Sin City for the convention.
Cho had mixed feelings about hyping a movie on the same day as a national tragedy.
This is part of the job for us, Cho explained. (But) it was a weird feeling. I’m just going to say that. It’s so sobering.
Perhaps one reason is that, like the Boston bombings, Star Trek Into Darkness is propelled by a terrorist.
The story pits Kirk against John Harrison (portrayed by Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch), a one-time top Starfleet agent, who threatens the survival of both Earth and Kirk’s Enterprise crew.
Terrorism is a huge part of our lives, noted Pine, and we all know the effects of that.
For Quinto, the Boston bombings struck closer to home. He recently completed a theatrical production of The Glass Menagerie there.
I mean, I just lived in Boston the last three months, Quinto said. I was horrified. It’s just unfathomable. It’s an amazing city, and I know it’s stronger than one tragedy like this. But it is certainly enough to set everybody back in an unfortunate and profound way.
There was no mention of the deadly blasts Tuesday at the National Association of Theater Owners convention in Las Vegas.
New York’s Tribeca Film Festival is set to open tonight as planned, though organizers issued a statement Tuesday offering thoughts and prayers for the victims of the two explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon.
Boston native Mark Wahlberg attended a New York screening of his new film, Pain and Gain, Monday night, and the end-of-the-world Tom Cruise-Morgan Freeman thriller Oblivion is set to open Friday as scheduled.