Karl Urban Talks STAR TREK 2, DREDD, Will He Visit the Set of THE HOBBIT, and Karaoke

     May 2, 2011

Karl Urban interview STAR TREK 2, DREDD, THE HOBBIT, Karaoke slice

At this weekend’s press junket for Priest, I was able to speak with Karl Urban about playing one of the villains, Black Hat.  While I’ll have the full interview online next week, towards the end of our conversation I got some quick updates on the sequel to J.J. Abrams Star Trek, what it was like to play Judge Dredd in Pete Travis’ Dredd, will he visit the set of Peter Jackson’s  The Hobbit while they’re filming, and what’s his karaoke song.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.  And make sure to click here for all our Priest coverage which includes clips, posters, and plenty of video interviews with the cast.  Priest opens May 13.



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  • JLC

    Urban was the most pleasant surprise about Star Trek. When they announced he was playing Bones, I said, “the big blonde guy from LOTR? What?” But I was 100% wrong- he totally nailed it. Can’t wait to see him in the next one.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

    I hope that the Jerry Goldsmith theme music from the Star Trek Insurrection end credits will be used at the end of the 2012 Star Trek sequel. It would be a bonus if they include Russell Watson’s ‘Where My Heart Will Take Me’ (the excellent album version).

    I hope James Kirk will have better fighting skills in the sequel and be a hardcore badass like Liam Neeson in Taken. I hated watching him lose the fights against the Starfleet officers, Spock and Nero. In particular, the fight between Kirk and Nero was pointless and anticlimactic. A wasted opportunity for an amazing and action-packed fight which would have made Kirk’s triumph at the end by avenging his father all the more emotional and uplifting. The Picard/Shinzon fight at the climax of Star Trek: Nemesis was more satisfying and even the Riker/Reman Viceroy showdown.

    Four amazingly gorgeous and talented actresses (Jennifer Morrison, Rachel Nichols, Winona Ryder and Diora Baird) were wasted in the last movie and should have had more screentime.

    The sequel needs a larger all-star cast with many recognisable actors making cameo appearances.

    There need to be larger space battles with more starships.

    I hope that James Kirk has several (human) love interests like James Bond and that they are played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses.

    I hope that Lady Gaga has a cameo in Star Trek 12 as a singer and her character could have dark connections to the Orion Syndicate (the mafia of the Star Trek universe) who should be the villains of the sequel. With her futuristic music and style, she would fit right in.
    Midway through Star Trek 12, I’d like to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy go undercover to a concert of hers on a distant planet like with Diva Plavalaguna in The Fifth Element (1997). When she sings Bad Romance, Paparazzi, Poker Face or Just Dance, her show could be raided by Syndicate henchmen who have a thunderous phaser fight with Kirk, Spock and McCoy.

    I was really disappointed that they killed off George Kirk in the last one. Chris Hemsworth gave a tremendous performance and the scene at the beginning of the film was heartbreakingly sad. It is unfortunate that they won’t revisit the character and now Hemsworth’s career is going to explode when Thor is released, it is highly unlikely he will ever reprise the role. It would have been good to have even done a film centred on George Kirk and shown how he got together with Jennifer Morrison’s character, Winona Kirk. When it was announced that James Kirk’s parents would be included in the film, it seemed that there would be several flashbacks with his parents in them but this did not turn out to be the case.

    There better not be any scenes cut from the sequel. All of the cut scenes should have been included in the last film. J.J. Abrams made a bad call removing the Rura Penthe scenes. He said that the test audiences were confused by those scenes in particular. I am at a loss as to what was so confusing about the inclusion of the Klingons in the film. It was absolutely shocking to leave such a huge plot hole regarding where the villains were for 25 years. It makes them look lazy and stupid on top of the fact that they were superficial. Nero and Ayel would have had more depth at least as well.

    • Shinzon

      If you are that disappointed with it all, why not just write a screenplay for the new Star Trek yourself? Include all the big name stars – the casts from all the CSI shows, Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel, the Rock, Will Smith, the crews from Dangerous Catch, The cast of Teen Mom, The Jersey Shore cast, Lady GAGA, the cast of GLEE, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, Tyler Perry just to name a few. This way you can be satisfied with the movie as you see it. Or, you can choose to not see the next movie because it is not made the way you want it.

    • Iueras

      Lady Gaga in a freakin Star Trek movie? What the HELL is wrong with you? Please stay as far away from anything to do with Star Trek as you can. Moron.

  • Sheldon Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D.

    Karl Urban must say the following lines in Dredd:
    “I am the law!”
    “I knew you’d say that.” (in five scenes)
    “I knew they’d do that.”
    “Full auto. Rapid-fire.”
    “Armour piercing”
    “Double whammy.”
    “Signal flare!”

    I hope one of the following recognisable actors with comedic experience plays Fergee:
    Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Piven, Paul Rudd

    I hope that they include some of the following villains in Dredd:
    Angel Gang, Mean Machine Angel, President Booth, Oola Blint, Judge Cal, Dark Judges, Judge Death, Rico Dredd, Armon Gill, Judge Grice, Morton Judd, Kleggs, Judge Kraken, Stan Lee, PJ Maybe, Nero Narcos, Sov Judge Orlok, Shojun the Warlord, Judge Sinfield

    I look forward to seeing some of the following characters as well:
    Judge Beeny, Judge Buell, Galen DeMarco, Dirty Frank, Chief Judge Fargo, Judge Francisco, Judge Giant, Judge Goodman, Judge Griffin, Judge Guthrie, Judge Hershey, Judge Janus, Judge Karyn, Judge McGruder, Mechanismo, Judge Niles, Judge Rico, Judge Shenker, Judge Silver, Judge Solomon, Judge Volt, Chopper, Vienna Dredd, Fergee, Yassa Povey, Jacob Sardini, Otto Sump, Walter the Wobot

    As Judge Dredd, Karl Urban should be a hardcore badass like Liam Neeson in Taken.

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  • Paul

    Cool guy. Why waste time on this interview with a question about favorite kareoke song? Seems silly and a loss of precious time.

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  • Bryan

    I think Urban’s talent is wasted on a Dredd movie. I’m not a fanboy and I’m not familiar with the Dredd comics, but after Stallone’s *cough* masterpiece, I have no desire to become more familiar. I like that Urban is extremely versatile and his age from movie to movie ranges from early 20′s to mid 40′s.

    Maybe I’m old school, but Blade Runner still stands out as the classic police movie of the future to me, gritty, dark, and thought provoking. I even really enjoy the 5th Element, that mixes character depth and humor with some wild CG effects for a well blanced and fun movie. I understand being faithful to source material, but sometimes things in the comics look ridiculous in real life, like Dredd’s bike. Why does it have to be so silly, cumbersome and impractical looking? They should get OCC to design the damn thing, so at least we’ll believe it. They need to find some middle ground so the audience focuses on the story and not cheesy costumes and plastic props.

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  • RickC

    @ Paul…

    I’m with you on the karaoke song thing dude. The first few times I heard Weintraub ask that I was like…ya, that is cool and original. But he asks it of every person he talks to now.

    Is this his ironic meta-attack on the way press-junkets are all the same canned responses over and over?

  • JoeS

    Considering there’s only 4 questions in this rather bitty soundbyte ‘interview’, can we have something a little more stimulating thanwhat’s your favoutrite karaoke song? and where are you going on your holidays?
    What a waste.

  • Dreddhead

    Your loss Bryan!

    Dredd is an amazing character, something the Stallone film simply didn’t do justice to.

    Considering Dredd as a concept was created a good 5 years before Blade Runner it just proves how influential the character is and how a faithful movie of the source material is more than justified.

    And yeah-you sound like a fanboy! Otherwise how can you form an opinion on something you clearly know so little about?

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