Deleted ‘Evil’ Shower Scene in ‘Star Trek’ Is Revealed
Benedict Cumberbatch stripped down for 'Star Trek,' too (Photo: Paramount/TBS)
All that talk over Alice Eve's underwear scene has J.J. Abrams on the defensive. On TBS's "Conan" on Wednesday night, the mega director pointed out that Chris Pine (who plays Captain Kirk) was shirtless in "Star Trek Into Darkness." He even brought in part of a deleted scene to show O'Brien that when it comes to showing skin in "Star Trek," Abrams is an equal opportunist.
"You've been taking some heat for a scene – I personally didn’t see what the fuss was about myself, I was quite happy about the scene – there's this scene where Alice Eve, Kirk gets a quick look at her in her underwear," O'Brien said.
"The intent was, it’s Kirk, who is always this womanizing character," Abrams explained. "The idea was, have a beat like that in the midst of all this action and adventure … I don’t think I edited the scene in quite the right way. To me, it was a sort of balance – there's a scene earlier where [Kirk]'s not dressed either – so it felt like it was sort of a tradeoff. But some people did feel like it was exploiting her. While she is lovely, I can also see their point of view."
After showing a still image of Eve's now-infamous scene as well as an image of Chris Pine as Kirk in bed with a woman, Abrams added, "We had a shot of the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, where we saw him taking a shower … it’s not in the movie, but it’s one of those things we ended up cutting." Abrams brought the clip along, and the audience was treated to seven seconds of a nude Cumberbatch (from the waist up, of course) looking sinister as water streams down his face and body and menacing music plays on the soundtrack.
"He's not enjoying that shower very much," Conan quipped. Abrams replied, "No, he does the shower of evil!"
J.J. Abrams and Conan O'Brien (Photo: Screengrab/TBS)
Then O'Brien got Abrams to make the most awesome promise ever. The red-headed host brought up Abrams's love of hiding little puzzles for his fans – aka Easter eggs – in his work. Abrams then told O'Brien he'd put a "Simpsons"-related cameo in his upcoming "Star Wars" reboot. What!?