Last year we received the tragic news that Anton Yelchin, best known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek reboot trilogy, had died at the age of 27, after being crushed by his own vehicle. The tragedy was devastating for both fans of the actor and his Star Trek cast members, who at that point were very close to one other. A year after that deadly incident, one of his co-stars, #KarlUrban, decided to remember the actor in a public and poignant way.
Urban made an appearance at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention to discuss his future in the final frontier and his other upcoming endeavors.
During the panel, he took the opportunity to honor #AntonYelchin by opening up about how he felt about him, and the impact he had on the entire cast. Urban shared a heartwarming story of the young actor during production of 2009's #StarTrek.
"Anton was such a beautiful man. He is irreplaceable – irreplaceable. When I met Anton he was literally just a kid. He had his mom on set on the first movie and I remember them arguing with each other in Russian with lots of hand gestures. And then through the course of the films he got older but he was still fundamentally a kid at heart. He was the smartest guy in the room but you wouldn’t know it."
Yelchin was definitely a gifted person. He may have been better known for his acting career, but he was also a proficient guitar player and an accomplished photographer.
Promoting Star Trek Beyond In The Wake Of Yelchin's Passing
Yelchin passed away shortly before the press tour for #StarTrekBeyond kicked off. The film's cast canceled an appearance at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, but they decided to continue with the rest of the promotional tour in order to shine the spotlight at what would be one of Yelchin's final performances. As #SimonPegg explained during an interview with Fox News:
"We came to the conclusion in the end [that] if we withdraw, we're going to risk not helping a film that should be seen, not least because it stars Anton Yelchin. That's how we found the strength to be here ... It's hard to talk about, but we don't want to not talk about it. If we don't talk about it it's like we're ignoring it."
Despite their noble desire to honor their costar, however, promoting a movie so soon after his death was an incredibly painful experience for the entire cast. Urban explained just how difficult it was during the Las Vegas convention:
"We were obviously devastated at his loss, absolutely devastated. It was brutal. And to literally four weeks after we lost him to gout out there and promote Beyond was the toughest thing we ever had to do."
A noticeable feeling of sadness and mourning permeated their interviews at the time, the actors made the effort to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for their fans, and they achieved that.
Losing such a talent is always tragic, but Yelchin will live on through his performances. In fact, we'll have the chance to see him once again in Rememory, a film that centers around a detective (Peter Dinklage) who uses technology that allows people to extract memories from other people's minds to solve the murder of the man that invented said tech.
The movie is expected to be released on September 8, 2017.
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