'Star Trek Into Darkness' crew gets a class on Klingon
05:00 AM, Sep 06, 2013
Zoe Saldana mastered the alien language of the Na’vi for James Cameron’s Avatar, so naturally she was tapped to learn Klingon, too.
An exclusive clip from the new Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray release (in stores Tuesday) delves into how Saldana had to learn the guttural language from Trek lore for a scene featuring her Uhura running into a crew of Klingon warriors while on a galactic hunt for John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).
“It’s always scary at first but you’re curious to get into it and really to know what every word means. That way you get the intonation right,” Saldana says.
Marc Okrand, a consultant who made up Klingon conversation for all the Star Trek films, was impressed with the actress’ ability. “She’s learning lines incredibly well. She’s a very quick learner.”
There are arguments among fans about what is the true Klingon language, director J.J. Abrams adds, although “I let that fight be fought without me.”
Other bonus features on the Into Darkness Blu-ray include a peek on how Abrams and his filmmakers reinvented the Klingons, a behind-the-scenes look at an attack on Starfleet Headquarters, what went into keeping John Harrison’s true identity a mystery and a profile on Abrams’ charity efforts with The Mission Continues organization.