Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on May 5, 2016 (Photo: Associated Press)
As CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos likely can pay his own way to the moon. However, even though he’s founded a private space-travel company called Blue Origin, the mogul recently discovered a far easier way to achieve his outer-space dreams — via a cameo in the about-to-be-released Star Trek Beyond.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) July 20, 2016
A devoted Trek fan, Bezos tweeted out a Vine this morning of himself in full alien makeup while participating in Star Trek Beyond’s production. In the short clip, Bezos enjoys a quick behind-the-scenes bite to eat, thereby adding visual confirmation to last week’s Associated Press story about the Amazon CEO appearing in the alien guise for a single tracking shot in the movie.
At a press conference for the film, Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin talked about the hoopla surrounding Bezos’ arrival on the set:
“He was awesome. It was like a president was visiting, you know? He had a big entourage! But it didn’t matter because he was so into it. He had to wait around all day because it was one day we were shooting like three different scenes and, it was also credit to Jeff because … he just nailed it every time.”
To further confirm his own story, Lin also tweeted out a photo of Bezos-as-alien on a starship bridge opposite actress Lydia Wilson.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) July 20, 2016
Chris Pine, Trek’s Captain Kirk, was similarly impressed with the commotion caused by Bezos’ one-day production stint, even though he confessed that, at the time, he didn’t quite know who, exactly, was causing such a stir.
“I was there for the bit with his like nine bodyguards and three limos. It was really intense. I had no idea who he was. Not a clue. But he was obviously very important.”
Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on Friday.
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