'Star Trek' cast, celebrities pay tribute to co-star Anton Yelchin
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Celebrities, including the cast and crew of Star Trek, mourned and paid tribute to the science fiction franchise's own "Pavel Chekov," Anton Yelchin, who died Sunday, June 19, in a car accident.
JJ Abrams, the director of the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel Into Darkness (2013), posted a handwritten note: "You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you."
In a statement given to Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker who also is producer for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film, also wrote on behalf of the cast and crew: "Anton was our little brother. But only by years; he was as wise and clever and intellectually curious as anyone we ever knew. His laugh was preposterous – you couldn’t hear it and not laugh yourself. He was funny, edgy, wild and talented beyond measure. His focus and dedication was admirable, as was his love of family, friends, literature and music.
"We loved Anton, at work or at play. We are all shocked and numb and devastated by the world’s loss of an extraordinary young man."
It was signed, "His Star Trek family."
Cast member Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the movie, also wrote a tribute to his co-star.
"Our dear friend. Our comrade. Our Anton. One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know. So enormously talented and generous of heart. Wise beyond his years. And gone before his time. All love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief," he wrote.
Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura)
Devastated by our friend's loss. We are mourning his passing and celebrating the beautiful spirit that he was. #RIPAnton— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) June 20, 2016
John Cho (Hikaru Sulu)
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins.— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Karl Urban (Leonard McCoy)
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond director
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 19, 2016
Michael Giacchino, Star Trek composer
So sad to hear this news... pic.twitter.com/fyQajch5kN— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Kat Dennings, who was paired with Anton's character in Charlie Bartlett, posted this on Twitter:
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can't say anything that conveys what this feels like— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
Guillermo de Toro, filmmaker
The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you'd ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked. https://t.co/uyg2NlmhqP— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Such sad news about Anton Yelchin. I only admired from afar, but a true artist and a real star in my eyes. Such a loss. Such a tragic loss.— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) June 19, 2016
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016
Anton, 27, also appeared in films such as Alpha Dog and Green Room. He was also a member of the band HammerHeads. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com