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J.J. Abrams Talks 'Khan-troversy' Surrounding Khan's Identity

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12/03/2013 6:28 pm
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J.J. Abrams Talks 'Khan-troversy' Surrounding Khan's Identity
Media Courtesy of The Guardian

Roxanne Powell Staff Writer

J.J. Abrams admits that keeping Khan’s identity a secret was not in the best interest of the film—or the fandom. The Star Trek: Into Darkness director says that not revealing the character during the sequel’s build-up led to a lot of hurt feelings. MTV interviewed Abrams, who said, "The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront 'This is who it is. It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that's what the thing was." But Abrams can’t take all the blame. Paramount claims that, if Benedict Cumberbatch’s role as the main villain were revealed, it would scare away a good percentage of the casual fans. Abrams continues, "The truth is because it was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you've really got to know what 'Star Trek' is about to see this movie...That would have been limiting. I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it.” J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness is available to own on Blue Ray and DVD.


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