Although Chris Pine may best be known as portraying Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of “Star Trek,” he is now boldly going where he has never gone before: animated features. Pine voices Jack Frost in the upcoming DreamWorks release, “Rise of the Guardians,” due out Nov. 21.
In the film, Pine plays the spirit of winter, widely known as Jack Frost.
“He’s the spirit of mischief and fun and the guy that brings snow days and snow ball fights,” Pine said in a recent interview with the Explorer. “He’s been asked by the rest of the guardians of childhood comprised of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman, who is the bringer of dreams, to join them in order to fight off this enemy called Pitch, who is the bringer of nightmares and fear and anxiety.”
Rounding out the cast are Alec Baldwin as Santa, Jude Law as Pitch, Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, and Isla Fisher as the Tooth Fairy. Pine says the other talent involved was a large part of the reason he was eager to become involved.
“What excited me about the film was the opportunity to work with all these wonderful actors and film makers. I’m a huge fan of Alec and Hugh. And I know with Guillermo’s [Del Toro, executive producer] involvement it sounded like it was going to be a different kind of film,” Pine said. “I loved the idea that all of these characters, whom we all knew as children and grew up believing in, all knew one another, and I thought it was a unique take on a universally shared series of stories.”
Although Pine was initially excited to work with the film’s blockbuster cast, he was not given the opportunity to do so. Like most animated films, the cast recorded its lines almost entirely separately. However, Pine was given the opportunity to record a session with co-star Alec Baldwin, and says that while it was a great experience, he found that recording by himself was easier.
“I got one chance to work with Alec in a booth, and I actually found that it’s much easier to work alone than it is to work opposite the other actors,” Pine said. “I think in Alec’s case, I was so involved in his performance, I forgot that I actually had to speak and participate in the scene.”
With “Rise of the Guardians” being released at the end of the month, Pine is looking forward to his future projects. First up is the sequel to 2009’s hit remake “Star Trek.” The film is expected to be released in May, 2013, and Pine says that director J.J. Abrams is being secretive about the project, as per usual.
“I can’t say anything really. I think that’s really the great joy of J.J. and his team,” Pine said. “I think people sometimes take his incredible secrecy as J.J. toying with people and some kind of big game, whereas I think J.J. is a creator of magic, and magicians want to retain [their magic]. Nowadays, everybody knows everything and there are behind the scenes, sneak peak facts, and tabloids. I think J.J. wants to retain as much mystery as possible up until the last second so the experience of watching the film is as fun as possible.”
Also on Pine’s current slate is “Jack Ryan,” due out Christmas of 2013. The film follows Tom Clancy’s character from such films and books as “The Hunt for Red October,” and “The Sum of All Fears.” Pine takes the mantle of the role from previous leading man Ben Affleck, although Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin have also previously played the part. Although the film marks the fifth featuring the character, Pine is confident the character still has appeal.
“I think what makes Jack Ryan is his every man quality. Jack is not Jason Bourne, and he doesn’t have fancy fight moves. What he really relies on are his analytical skills and his brain, and it’s kind of a classic case of a normal man being thrown into extraordinary circumstances and trying to find his way out of the labyrinth in which he finds himself,” Pine said.
Although “Rise of the Guardians” may be an animated film, Pine is confident that parents and children alike will be able to find themselves attached to the characters and ideas.
“I think what’s interesting is to have all these characters from childhood linked up and united as kind of one force and seeing them together,” Pine said. “I think what people attach to, whether you are an adult or a kid, are these real pivotal questions that we all deal with, [like] growing up and getting older and going into the world [asking] Who am I? What am I meant to do?”