Chris Pine has said that he was originally not keen to audition for the role of James Kirk in JJ Abrams 2009 reboot of Star Trek.

Speaking to Esquire magazine, he said: "Star Trek scared me a lot. It terrified me, really.

"Because of the scale, the responsibility, the fact that it was this iconic character. It was the bigger challenge. So I had to take it."

He added: "I wasn't a fan of Star Trek. It didn't excite me.

"All I wanted at that time was a part that I really connected to and when my agent said Star Trek I said, ‘No! Have you not been hearing anything I've said?

"Star Trek is the furthest thing from what I want to do.'"

Pine will reprise the role in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, which is released on May 9, alongside fellow his former co-stars Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg.