Trekkies celebrate a real star: The space shuttle
LOS ANGELES -- There's only one object which can upstage a party full of Star Trek stars -- the space shuttle Endeavour.
But Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams along with stars Leonard Nimoy, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve were thrilled to celebrate the movie's DVD and Blu-Ray release Tuesday night in the shadow of the massive spacecraft permanently retired at the California Science Center.
"Oh my God, this is insane," a wowed Abrams said while addressing the crowd from the podium beneath the shuttle's wings.
Earlier in the evening, the director talked about how fitting it was to celebrate his second successful foray into the Star Trek franchise near the craft.
"It's just incredibly humbling to realize that space travel is not just a fantasy. It's something very real and very now," he said.
Pegg too was floored by the location. "It's amazing to be here," said the British actor who plays Scotty in the movies. "It's amazing to see the space shuttle. It's so connected to our desire to explore space. And it's wonderful on many levels."
Nimoy took a moment to reflect about the original groundbreaking television series, which just passed another major milestone.
"Two days ago, on Sept 8, we celebrated the 47th anniversary of the debut of the show, which was Sept 8, 1966," said Nimoy. "Forty-seven years later we are still here doing this."
Nimoy said he celebrated the day talking to old friends about the anniversary. "It's just a great feeling to be involved with something so enduring," he added.
The show will continue to go on. Abrams says he is in plans to produce his third Star Trek movie. His team is already working on a story and there are plans to be in production in 2014.