We’re well into the final push for J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to his 2009 franchise reboot, and the marketing department over at Paramount is in a full-scale frenzy. The latest offering for the sure-to-be-blockbuster is a character video focused on Karl Urban’s portrayal of the Enterprise‘s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy.
Urban calls his character both “irascible” and “cantankerous.” These two great old-timey words to use, so he gets points for that, but they’re each 100% accurate to boot. You might even call him crotchety, grumpy, perhaps easily exasperated.
Bones often bumps heads with Spock (Zachary Quinto) since the two represent the opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. Spock embodies cold, calculating rationalism, while Bones is all about giving in to emotion and passion and doing everything he can to help his friends in times of need. He always seems like he’s on the verge of an emotional breakdown, of really going off the deep end and unleashing tears. And that’s what makes the character so damn much fun, and you can tell how much Urban enjoys himself inhabiting the skin of DeForest Kelley.
My favorite part of this video, however, has to be the revelation of a brand-spanking-new Bones-ism. He’s full of pithy wisdom and quaint sayings, and in this clip he tells Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) that, “you don’t rob a bank when the getaway car has a flat tire.” Classic Bones.