JJ Abrams wasn’t a Star Trek fan
This can be quite difficult to believe noting the success of his two Star Trek movies. However, he did subsequently become a fan as he made his two takes on the beloved franchise (and thus escaped the wrath of die hard Star Trek fans).
The Benedict Cumberbatch and Steven Spielberg connection
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch known for his role in the modern BBC adaptation of “Sherlock” , wasn’t the first choice to play the movie’s main villain. In fact, it is rumored that Oscar winner Benicio del Toro was first offered the role but turned it down (smart move there Mr. Toro). Steven Spielberg suggested Cumberbatch to the producers (who appeared in Spielberg’s “War Horse”) and eventually got the part.
Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, needed to pluck as well as shave his eyebrows in order to make them look like the iconic Vulcan brows. Can’t help but wonder how long those bad boys took to regrow.
Scotty James Doohan’s son, Chris Doohan, has appeared as one of the extras in the two Star Trek movies that Abrams has directed.
Made in the USA…California to be exact
Star Trek Into The Darkness was shot entirely in California, USA whose visual effects where handled by Industrial Light and Magic. Filming took place on location in Los Angeles, and around the area at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore. Additional locations included Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, as well as at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. You can stamp this movie with “Made in the USA” and be completely accurate (a rare treat)!