Star Trek Beyond Director Justin Lin’s Thoughts on Star Wars


Star Trek Beyond is currently enjoying a very successful run in theaters, and the director of the film, Justin Lin, mentioned Star Wars, of all topics, in a recent interview…

It’s no surprise that fans of Star Wars and fans of Star Trek usually tend to argue, quite heatedly I might add, over which franchise is the best.  However, now that super-director J.J. Abrams has revived both Star Trek (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Star Wars (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), the battle-lines between the two fanbases are beginning to become more blurred than ever before.

In that regard, Justin Lin, the director of the most recent Star Trek film — Star Trek Beyond — sat down with Steve Weintraub from Collider, and talked about, among other things, Star Wars.

Lin is asked about what he thinks about Disney/Lucasfilm’s decision to make standalone Star Wars films, and the director goes into some detail about what it was like growing up liking Star Trek because it was on TV and free, while Star Wars was in theaters or on VHS and cost money to watch. That bit starts around the 7:40 mark:

I like how Justin Lin waxes nostalgic about his childhood, growing up in a working class home. It speaks to how I personally grew up as well. However, I was a Star Wars fan from the moment I watched my very first film, and after that, Star Trek was just a second-rate knock-off.

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There is the fun bit about Lin’s son being a huge fan of The Force Awakens. I suppose being personal friends with J.J. Abrams, there was no chance he wasn’t going to love the film. And, there’s the whole thing about TFA being the biggest film in the history of films…so you know…whatever Trekkies, whatever (I’m kidding).

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