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FIRST LOOK: Idris Elba talks about his Star Trek Beyond villain, Krall

April 19th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Idris Elba has opened up about his villainous character in Justin Lin’s upcoming movie Star Trek Beyond. 

The actor, who is seemingly everywhere these days (he’s just starred in The Jungle Book and has action/comedy Bastille Day coming up), plays Krall, an antagonist who really, really hates the Federation – but for good reason, according to Elba.

Speaking to EW (via Squareeyed), Elba said: “I play Krall. This is a man with a definite purpose. I say a man, but he’s not a man. Or is he?”

He added: “What’s interesting about him is that he has a real beef with what the Enterprise stands for.

“Krall’s a character who’s deeply steeped in hatred – in my opinion, a well-earned hatred – for the Federation. It felt quite political.”

The actor went on to say: “There’s a relatability to what’s happening in our world. Not everybody’s happy with what everybody calls the good guys.

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“Krall is predatory. He’s not one for big speeches. He is one for going to get what he wants. If that means having to do it himself, outside of his army, he is not afraid to do that.”

Elba also shed some light on what it was like to spend several hours a day in the make-up chair.

“Typically, my day would start at 4:15 in the morning. I’d be in the chair until around 7:30, shoot about 8:30. Shot ‘til around 9 at night, maybe later. Get home, unwind, get to sleep, and then wake up in the morning and do the whole thing again.

“It was definitely an extensive process. I learned so much about working with prosthetics, and how that can influence the performance. I’m claustrophobic by the way; I don’t like rubber masks on my face.”

Star Trek Beyond hits UK cinemas on July 22, 2016. Watch the trailer below:

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.