Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos fulfils his dream of playing a role in â€˜Star Trek Beyondâ€™
Amazonâ€™s Jeff Bezos to make a cameo appearance in new â€˜Star Trekâ€™ film
Who doesnâ€™t love the science fiction series â€œStar Trekâ€? And, how many of us are lucky to play a Star Trek character in real life that they loved watching as a kid?
Well, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon is one such lucky man. He has got to live out every Trekkieâ€™s fantasy by playing an alien in the new soon-to-be-released â€œStar Trek Beyondâ€ movie. Bezos loved to play â€œStar Trekâ€ with his friends from the neighbourhood as a kid growing up in Texas, complete with cardboard tricorders and phasers.
Bezos is listed in the credits for â€œStar Trek Beyond,â€ the third instalment of the rebooted sci-fi franchise. The producer of the movie, J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin confirmed his appearance described as a â€œsingle tracking shot that includes his characterâ€, which suggests he doesnâ€™t have a speaking role â€“ to the Associated Press in an interview on Friday.
According to Bezosâ€™ newly updated profile page on IMDB, the Amazon-owned Internet Movie Database, he is playing a Starfleet official. However, Bezos is playing an alien in the film, the AP reports.
Lin said the billionaire CEO arrived with plenty of security for a day of filming and waited patiently for crews to shoot the single tracking shot that includes his character, which is a cameo in the film.
â€œâ€œHe was awesome,â€ Lin said. It was like a president was visiting, you know? He had a big entourage! But it didnâ€™t matter because he was so into it. He had to wait around all day because it was one day we were shooting like three different scenes and, it was also credit to Jeff because â€¦ he just nailed it every time.â€â€
Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk, told the news service about Bezosâ€™ visit to the set: â€œI was there for the bit with his like nine bodyguards and three limos. It was really intense. â€¦ I had no idea who he was. Not a clue. But he was obviously very important.â€
Given Bezosâ€™ love for the Star Trek franchise, it is no surprise that he decided to be a part of the film. Bezos has spoken in interviews of his passion for â€œStar Trekâ€ and said his childhood dreams of space led him to found his private space travel company, named Blue Origin.
As his own Washington Post noted in a previous story recounting his childhood pastime, Bezos is a â€œgiant, epic, subspace anomaly of a â€˜Star Trekâ€™ nerd.â€ For example, he admitted that the Alexa virtual assistant was inspired by the computer on the USS Enterprise.
This is not the first time a commercial space giant is making an appearance in a major motion picture. In the past, Elon Musk of SpaceX appeared as himself in â€œIron Man 2,â€ while Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic appeared briefly in â€œCasino Royale.â€
The third instalment â€œStar Trek Beyondâ€ in the rebooted movie franchise premieres in the U.S. on July 22.
Bezos has not commented publicly about the appearance yet. Similarly, Amazon and Blue Origin are yet to provide any clarification or more details on Bezosâ€™ appearance in the film.
Source ByÂ techworm…