Why J.J. Abrams insists: 'Star Trek has to be sexy'

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Apr 26, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT (Updated)

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is many things. It’s an action-packed sci-fi film with adventure and heart at its core. But Abrams also insists that Star Trek "has to be sexy."

In an interview with Playboy (how … amusingly appropriate), Abrams talked about the sexiness of his Trek movies and The Original Series.

Star Trek has to be sexy. That’s in keeping with the original spirit of the series. In the 1960s they were limited because of the time, but so much was insinuated. Part of the fun of our first movie was playing with the idea that Uhura and Spock were a couple. This movie takes that further and asks how that’s possible. Why would she be interested in that kind of guy, and why would she put up with him? It’s obvious what he would like about her. I mean, it’s fucking Zoë Saldana.
And it’s always fun playing the womanizing card with Kirk and seeing him in bed with girls who might not be completely human—you know, green skin or whatever. Nobody’s going to force Kirk to be a romantic and settle down. That would feel forced and silly. Kirk’s a player. We like him that way.
We also have Alice Eve joining us; she’s an incredibly wonderful, versatile actress and definitely in the sexy category. She’s a great complement to Uhura. Hey, it wouldn’t be Star Trek if there weren’t some hot young actors, women and men, in various moments of either undress or flirtation.

Do you agree with Abrams and that Star Trek "has to be sexy" and that it’s “keeping with the original spirit of the series? Are wearing an almost nonexistent skirt (and underwear) and having Kirk chasing around women of any species sexy?

To be fair, Star Trek: TOS has always been filled with sexy human and alien ladies for Kirk (William Shatner) to chase around ... and Star Trek: Enterprise had all those sexy-as-heck (and a tad inapropirate) decontamination chamber scenes where characters spent their time in scanty underwear rubbing ointments over each other ... and let's not forget those Trip (Connor Trinneer) and T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) sexy times as well.

Right. So, yeah, what do you guys think? Do you agree with Abrams?

(via Playboy)