5 Things You Should Know About 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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Check out these five fun facts that you might not know about the latest film from the Star Trek franchise. 'Star Trek Into Darkness' beamed into theaters on May 16. Here are five things you should know about Star Trek Into Darkness!

1. JJ Abrams Was Not Originally a Star Trek Fan
J.J. Abrams, the man who single-handily rebooted Star Trek and brought us the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that he "was never really a huge fan of it [Star Trek]" when he was growing up. He said, "I came to love it working on it." J.J. confessed, unlike Star Trek, that "Star Wars was something that I loved when I was a kid." J.J. is currently working on the Star Wars reboot due out in 2015.

2. Chris Pine and Simon Pegg Punked the Evil Benedict Cumberbatch
Chris Pine spilled the beans to Jimmy Kimmel about a prank that he and Simon Pegg played on Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the movie's villain. Chris says that Simon told Benedict that since they were filming in a national laboratory they had to wear a "special neutron cream" in order to stay safe. The "special neutron cream" basically was sun screen.

3. Star Trek Into Darkness Has Gone Where No Other Star Trek Film Has Gone Before
In those immortal words: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. And this latest installment has gone where no Star Trek has gone before. Into Darkness marks the first time a Star Trek film has shot outside the United States. The film shot special effects sequences in Iceland.

4. Star Trek Into Darkness Makes History
Producers of Into Darkness asked director J.J. Abrams to make the film in 3D, but Abrams wanted to shoot the movie in IMAX. In the end, the two parties compromised and made film history by filming the movie in IMAX and then converted it into 3D. Into Darkness broke from tradition as well by not using numbers in its title in order to avoid repeating the sequel numbering like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

5. Mistakes Within Star Trek Into Darkness
If you're watching Star Trek Into Darkness look for some of these fun filmmaker mistakes, like Sulu's seat belt appearing, then disappearing and then reappearing during the final battle sequence. There is also a moment in the film where Kirk is at the windowed door of the warp core, and Spock puts his hand on the window to match Kirk's. Spock's fingers do the Vulcan sign. But in the next shot, he's not doing it anymore.


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