Monday, June 20, 2016

Anton Yelchin, RIP

Anton Yelchin, me, and director Jeremy Saulnier during the Green Room press tour
Wanted to take a moment to acknowledge yesterday's very sad passing of actor Anton Yelchin following a freak accident involving his own car. Although best known as Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movies (with his third -- and now final -- turn in next month's Star Trek Beyond), Yelchin had been acting since he was nine, and racked up a whole array of very impressive film and television credits. He was particularly good as the title character in 2007's Charlie Bartlett, and he did a terrific job channelling Michael Biehn as the young Kyle Reese in 2009's Terminator Salvation.

Most recently he'd appeared alongside fellow Trek actor Patrick Stewart in this year's horror thriller Green Room, which I had the chance to interview him about just this past April. In all my time on this blog, this is the first time doing an "in memoriam" on someone I'd actually interacted with, which makes this feel more acutely personal than ever before. We only talked for fifteen or so minutes, but he struck me as very thoughtful and introspective. It was clear he took his craft more seriously than himself. He was a good actor, a good guy, and at age 27 there's no reason to think he wouldn't have had a long and fruitful career stretching well into the future. Just a sad, sad story.

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