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Chris Pine is hoping lightning strikes twice.

Since Star Trek has not been on television since the 90’s and the only decent box office remnant of the show was the 2009 J.J. Abrams version that Chris starred in, he has high hopes for success twice over. By all accounts though, he should be fine.

After grossing about $260M for his first go-round as the world famous Captain Kirk, Chris is gearing up to do it once more in the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness releasing on May 15, 2013. 

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While dealing with the promotion of the upcoming film, Chris stopped by the UK offices of Esquire Magazine to talk a bit about his role in Star Trek, how he has been dealing with the “Trekky” fame and even his initial audition for the role. 

Some of the standout pieces from the interview:

On how he felt while filming Star Trek:

“Star Trek’ scared me a lot. It terrified me, really. Because of the scale, the responsibility, the fact that it was this iconic character. It was the bigger challenge. So I had to take it.”

When discussing his audition as the famous Captain Kirk:

“I wasn’t a fan of ‘Star Trek.’ It didn’t excite me. All I wanted at that time was a part that I really connected to and when my agent said, ‘Star Trek,’ I said, “No! Have you not been hearing anything I’ve said? ‘Star Trek’ is the furtherest thing from what I want to do.”

When taking about Overseas Star Trek fans:

“When I went to Japan for ‘Star Trek,’ the fans were at the airport waiting. But they didn’t scream until Benedict [Cumberbatch] got off the plane. And I was like, ‘F*** man: what about me?'”

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The May issue of Esquire UK is on newsstands now if you want to check out the full interview. On the other hand if you would like to see his pictures from the Yu Tsai photographed spread, look no further than the gallery above.