Hundreds of fans screamed and waved as the cast of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" beamed into Berlin on Monday (April 29) to promote their latest adventures on board the Starship Enterprise.
Fans holding banners and even their own model Enterprises looked onto the red carpet in central Berlin, eager to catch a glimpse of Chris Pine and co-star Zachary Quinto, who play Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock in the sequel to J.J. Abrams's highly acclaimed reboot of the famous franchise.
The cast said they enjoyed being able to work together again.
"We broke the ice so quickly, and we became friends and we sustained that friendship throughout the years so that by the time we got to do the second instalment , it was like we were a family, and that's why when we were up there taking pictures, I almost got emotional because it's a gift to be able to work with the same director, the same actors and reprise the role that you've done before, again. It hardly ever happens," Zoe Saldana who plays Nyota Uhura told Reuters TV on the red carpet.
"Into Darkness" follows the crew of the Enterprise starship as they return to an Earth left in chaos, with Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew setting out to capture those responsible.
Actor Chris Pine who plays Captain Kirk said that movie fans should not see the sequel as a purely science fiction experience and that it should appeal to those who wouldn't traditionally follow Star Trek.
"Even though this is Star Trek and this is science fiction, this is really an earth-bound action adventure and the stories and the journeys that these characters go on, whether it takes place in the future or in the past, or now, are very very much human and I think they are relatable, there's humour, there's romance, there's a bit of everything for everyone," he said.
The classic sci-fi drama, which began almost half a century ago, has spawned six television series and 11 blockbuster films that have racked up more than a $1 billion, according to the website Box Office Mojo.
But Zachary Quinot, who plays the famous Spock role in the film, said that he was never really a Star Trek fan but has now been turned.
"I was too young, Star trek was the generation before me in a lot of ways. There were re-runs when I was growing up but I was a Star Wars child, I was into that, but now I'm into this, I love this world," he said.
Director J. J. Abrams, who revamped the franchise in 2009 with "Star Trek" and is also slated to produce the next "Star Wars" movie, has confessed that he had never been a Star Trek fan but has used the word "surreal" as well to describe the experience of working with the same stars on the same sets.
English actor Simon Pegg, who takes on the role of Scotty, seemed quite overcome by the reception given to himself and his colleagues in Germany.
"It's extraordinary, it's overwhelming and I feel an immense amount of pride and shock really, it's wonderful to come to a city in a different country from where the film was made and find this much love and affection for the movie. This makes me believe that Gene Roddenberry's vision could come true, that we could all live together and get on. It's a wonderful thing," he said.
But what was it actually like, working on the most famous spaceship of all time - the Starship Enterprise? Alice Eve who plays Dr Carol Marcus explains:
"It's kind of intense. None of the buttons work so you're first thing is to go on there and press the buttons and they don't work so then you look around and you can sort of walk through because they make a maze that you can go from the Med Bay to the Enterprise to all the different things, so you kind of walk around the corridors. And then it seems real."
To date, 11 Star Trek movie installments have grossed more than $1 billion in the United States since 1979, including $256 million from Abrams's 2009 film.
Star Trek: Into the Darkness kicks off in Germany cinemas on May 9.
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