J.J. Abrams Built A Wall So We Can’t See Benedict Cumberbatch (Or Star Trek 2)
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:46 am, March 23rd, 2012
J.J. Abrams is seriously concerned about wildlings. And by wildings I mean, paparazzi. The director recently felt the need to erect a wall on set of Star Trek 2 because of all the leaked shots surfacing online. Hit the jump to find out what it looks like.
Abrams was apparently extremely upset after he noticed that pictures from the secure set had found their way onto the internet. The photos depicted returning actors Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana as well as the film’s new villain, Benedict Cumberbatch. Saldana told MTV, ”J.J. was very upset. I have to say that. It’s not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it’s such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise.”
So, he built this. Or rather, had a team of workers build this.
“The director ordered the installation of 30 large shipping containers, strung together to form a fence around the perimeter of a major outside shooting location,” reports MovieWeb. “While for the moment, all we have to look at is this photo of those shipping containers, the paparazzi has accepted this as a challenge, promising fans that they will get a ladder and beat J.J. at his own game. A breach is promised soon, with more pics too come.”
I enjoy a good set shot now and then but I can absolutely understand Abrams’ frustration. And frankly, this is one film I’d rather go in fresh to or at least see official shots rather than stolen ones from paparazzi.
So, bets on how long until they get another shot? Perhaps Abrams should hire the Night’s Watch next time.