• Video interview: Chris Pine
Chris Pine has already gone where one man has gone before. In 2009, and again last year, he took on Captain Kirk, a part until then synonymous with William Shatner. So tackling Jack Ryan, the CIA agent played by various actors over the years, wasn't such a big deal. "I think I learned my lesson doing Kirk," says Pine. "You can cage yourself in if you start thinking, 'I've got to copy this or that.' But just knowing what others have done – having the pillars of the character – helped."
Set in the modern day and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit deals with the agent's origins. But it is not a prequel to the previous big-screen adventures:
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges
Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi team up once again (although never on screen at the same time) in Black Friday, a strange little horror movie that doesn't always quite work. But when it does work, it’s absolutely brilliant.
Karloff plays Ernest Sovac, a brain surgeon who is about to put to the chair but before he dies, he gives his notes to a news reporter that tells the story of how he got to this point. His best friend Professor George Kingsley (Stanley Ridges) was in a terrible car accident and the only way to save him was to transpose part of the brain of criminal
Having featured in a variety of films, from action to romance, Pine is definitely a whole lot more than just a pretty face.
With Star Trek Into Darkness opening in cinemas across the UK today (May 9), we wanted to find out a little more about our new favourite hunk.
1. Christopher Whitelaw Pine was born on August 26, 1980, in Los Angeles. Pine hailed from a family of actors. His father Robert is an actor who played Sgt Joseph Getraer in the TV series CHiPs, and his mother Gwynne Gilford and sister Katherine Pine are also actresses.
It was, however, his maternal grandmother Anne Gwynne who was huge in Hollywood - notable for being one of
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome a.k.a Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure, 1947.
Directed by John Rawlins.
Starring Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne, Boris Karloff, Skelton Knaggs, Edward Ashley, June Clayworth, Lyle Latell, Tony Barrett, Jim Nolan, Joseph Crehan and Milton Parsons.
Ralph Byrd returns as Chester Gould's popular comic-book lawman in the fourth and final installment of Rko's Dick Tracy quadrilogy. Joining him as the villain of the piece is horror icon Boris Karloff, who stars as the corpse-like gangster Gruesome, leader of a criminal gang in possession of a nerve gas that freezes its victims and makes them appear dead. Lyle Latell returns as Tracy's assistant Pat Patton, becoming the only actor to appear in all four movies, while Joseph Crehan reprises the role of Chief Brandon and scream queen Anne Gwynne joins
The Star Trek hunk has acting in his blood - his maternal grandmother Anne Gwynne was a famous 'scream queen' in the 1940s with roles in numerous horror movies, while his father, Robert Pine, made a name for himself starring in U.S. cop show CHiPs.
And Pine admits he was overwhelmed when he showed up for work on his movie debut Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, because it was filmed at Universal Studios - the former employer of his acting relatives.
He tells Details magazine, "My father calls acting a state of permanent retirement with short spurts of work. My grandmother was an actress, too. In the thirties and forties she was under contract with Universal Studios. Crazy credits, lots of them.
"My dad was also under contract with Universal Studios. And my first film was shot on the same stage they both worked on at Universal. Crazy, right?"
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