Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Sci-Fi Movies Space

J.J. Abrams Reacts To Death of Star Trek Actor Anton 'Chekov' Yelchin (hollywoodreporter.com) 221

On Sunday morning 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed in a freak accident with his own car in the driveway of his home in Studio City. "It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death," a police spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter. This afternoon J. J. Abrams tweeted a picture of a handwritten eulogy addressed to Anton. "You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren't here nearly long enough. Missing you..." Zachary Quinto, who plays Mr. Spock, also tweeted a link to a picture posted in memorial on Instagram, where he called Yelchin "one of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know... wise beyond his years, and gone before his time..."

Stephen King called him a "crazily talented actor gone too soon," remembering Yelchin from one of his last roles in a 10-episode adaptation of King's "Mr. Mercedes". Yelchin will play a mentally deranged ice cream truck driver who's also an IT worker for a Geek Squad-like company named "Cyber Patrol".
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

J.J. Abrams Reacts To Death of Star Trek Actor Anton 'Chekov' Yelchin

Comments Filter:
  • by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Sunday June 19, 2016 @06:46PM (#52349249) Homepage Journal
    He was brilliant.
    • Re: Brilliant (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 19, 2016 @06:52PM (#52349273)

      He visited a movie set I was working on just before Star Trek came out. I have it filed away in my list of 'really cool shit that happened in my life'. What stands out for me in that memory isn't that I got to meet Pavel Chekov and Kyle Reese, it's that he was a really cool guy. Oh, and as a bonus, he was impressed with what we were doing. I enjoyed calling my parents that weekend and telling them about it.

      Farewell Anton, thanks for being a really cool guy.

  • A tragedy (Score:2, Troll)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 )

    A very talented actor is gone, and it will not even save us from having to endure that unnecessary reboot of Star Trek. They'll probably just recast and not even bother to explain in any way. Nobody really gives a shit anymore it seems.

    • What's the alternative though?

      It's that or you get something creepy like the Fast & Furious movies where they use CGI to add the dead actor's likeness over a body double. As an aside, I recommend watching the film The Congress [imdb.com] which explores such a concept.
      • That movie depicts one of the possible futures of our planet. Space is vast and big. We know now that FTL travel is an impossible thing.

        But why explore space if we can just put ourselves on drugs and live in a phantasy world?

        Computer games are just the beginning. VR is the second step.

        • That movie depicts one of the possible futures of our planet. Space is vast and big. We know now that FTL travel is an impossible thing.

          One guy writes a paper saying the impossible is truly impossible, and you believe him?

      • They *may* have suitable footage in the most recent film to include Chekov's death in the film. If so, some script changes, and minor reshooting later...

      • Why does it have to be the same few characters on the same ship? TNG was pretty successful having an entirely new cast, playing (mostly) entirely new characters in an entirely new era. And it was brilliant.

    • There is a saying... Life must go on. Sadly people die, however the rest of us who is alive should continue. Now his death is a great loss as he probably didn't peak his acting career and his friends and family will miss him.
      Now if you don't like the Star Trek movies... Don't watch them. Enough Lower sales will either kill the series or cause a rework.
      You didn't like it. Then stop eating it and classify it as bad fan fiction done on a huge budget.

  • Neutral (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dan East ( 318230 ) on Sunday June 19, 2016 @06:57PM (#52349291) Journal

    He exited his car while it was in neutral on his steep driveway, and he got pinned between his car and the brick mailbox. This goes to show how incredibly easy it is to make one tiny mistake and pay for it with your life. If I had to guess, I would say he was trying to hop back into the car to stop it. It could have happened to any of us - in one instant, before you realize, it's too late. RIP and if anything can come of this, hopefully the rest of us can learn to take one extra moment to make sure that what we think of as a mundane, simple thing is not overlooked.

    • Sounds unlikely. How would he get pinned behind the car and a mailbox if we was by the side of the car? Unless he got out the get something from the trunk.
      • Steep driveway, a Manual transmission and not applying the parking fully or at all. He may have walked a long way before the car picked up momentum?

        • Correct. But how do you end up pinned between the car and the brick mailbox? Don't you just, um, get out of the way when the car starts rolling?
          • You would think. Back to the car with the engine running. Ear buds in maybe?

          • by gfxguy ( 98788 )
            I assume it was an open door, as they surmised he started the car and then got out... if you were going to just run right in the door to your house to grab that thing you forgot, it's very possible you'd leave the door open. Slow enough to not rip the door off, but steep enough to crush you between it and the mailbox. It's definitely plausible. Keep in mind - stranger deaths have occurred, and it was referred to as a "freak" accident.
          • by DarkOx ( 621550 )

            He might have foolishly tried to slow or stop the car, or maybe he was walking to the mailbox to get mail after exiting the car, its possible it did not start rolling immediately and picked up speed before he heard it coming.

            So here is your PSA. When parking a car with a manual transmission always set the parking break AND leave the vehicle in first gear or reverse. This protects you in case the parking break should fail and if you make it habit to do both its very like you will always remember to do at l

          • Unfortunately this type of accident isn't uncommon - it happened locally recently. In that case the car door was open and pushed them back - they caught a leg under the car when falling down and then the door continued to drag them down the driveway into some large immovable object (I think it was another car - can't remember the details). They couldn't get out of the way of the door and moving sideways wasn't an option because of a fence.

            As the thread person points out. In the blink of an eye something

    • It nearly happened to me once - I got out of the car and forgot to set the parking brake. My (stupid) first reaction was to try and stop the car physically, since it was on a very gradual slope. Luckily for me, I didn't get caught by anything, nor tripped up, and the car rolled out of the driveway, across the street, and into the uphill driveway on the other side, at which point it slowed enough that I could hurriedly open the door and jump in before it started rolling forward again.

      But I can easily see h
    • We should celebrate his life and work, and take the most important reminders we can from his unnecessary death at only 27 years old. It is fitting, and not only because learning and growing and facing the evils of life with hope were always at the core of Star Trek.

      There are three I see: (1) life is short and can be over at any time, (2) we should build every day on the work we leave behind, because see #1, and (3) use your parking break and never get out of your car without verifying that it is holding it

      • Welcome to the 27 club. It's a curse that claims mainly musicians - Amy Winehouse, Brain Jones, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson,

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      RIP and if anything can come of this, hopefully the rest of us can learn to take one extra moment to make sure that what we think of as a mundane, simple thing is not overlooked.

      Thanks, but no thanks. That I might get a costly dent and paint job is plenty to make me remember the parking brake, if you genuinely worry it might kill you then you'll end up a basket case. Freak accidents happen but if I was worried that every car might be a drunk driver that'll ram me or that every person I pass by might be a recently released mental patient off their medication I'd be a nervous wreck before I got to work.

      At some point you have to realize that living to see tomorrow is not 100% certain

    • Re:Neutral (Score:5, Interesting)

      by rsmith-mac ( 639075 ) on Monday June 20, 2016 @01:14AM (#52350353)

      For what it's worth, the reports say that the car was a recent model Jeep Cherokee. Recent Chryslers vehicles have an incredibly stupid automatic shifter.

      http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a28121/nhtsa-investigates-jeep-dodge-chrysler-shifters/ [roadandtrack.com]

      https://tech.slashdot.org/story/16/02/09/2033249/jeepchryslers-new-gearshift-appears-to-be-causing-accidents [slashdot.org]

      It's entirely a drive-by-wire shifter that acts more like a joystick, and what you do is that you essentially dial in the gear you want, at which point it always goes back to its default position. So people are having a heck of a time telling when it's in Park, because if they didn't dial it correctly, they'll get Neural instead.

      Mr. Yelchin may very well have been the latest person to discover this the unfortunate way; there were already 30 injury reports back in February.

      • Re:Neutral (Score:4, Insightful)

        by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Monday June 20, 2016 @05:53AM (#52350959) Homepage Journal

        For what it's worth, the reports say that the car was a recent model Jeep Cherokee. Recent Chryslers vehicles have an incredibly stupid automatic shifter.

        What's astoundingly pathetic is that they had push button automatics which left absolutely no doubt about which gear you'd selected in the 1960s, my first car was a 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix (2dr) which had this feature. So there is actually a superior interface which Chrysler has used in the past which they could have used here. It would have been both retro, and superior to the garbage they finally did implement which has been injuring and perhaps even killing people.

        Marchionne will be remembered as an incompetent douchebag who killed both Fiat and Chrysler.

        • For what it's worth, the reports say that the car was a recent model Jeep Cherokee. Recent Chryslers vehicles have an incredibly stupid automatic shifter.

          What's astoundingly pathetic is that they had push button automatics which left absolutely no doubt about which gear you'd selected in the 1960s, my first car was a 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix (2dr) which had this feature. So there is actually a superior interface which Chrysler has used in the past which they could have used here. It would have been both retro, and superior to the garbage they finally did implement which has been injuring and perhaps even killing people.

          Marchionne will be remembered as an incompetent douchebag who killed both Fiat and Chrysler.

          You might want to read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org] on that topic.

          • You might want to read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ [wikipedia.org]... on that topic.

            OK, I did. The word "button" appears once in the article, under the section on "mechanical causes". To wit:

            The system of detents was often used in conjunction with the "push button" shifters used on many automatics in the 1950s.

            Perhaps you could explain why you found that relevant?

            The vintage Chrysler push-button automatics didn't even have a "park" setting, so they left absolutely no doubt as to whether the vehicle was in park or not: it wasn't. My 1960 Dart had a driveshaft-mounted parking brake.

        • Some consumers worship change believing that every change is an "innovation."

        • Marchionne will be remembered as an incompetent douchebag who killed both Fiat and Chrysler.

          and Chekov :P

      • I'm really not understanding what the heck Chrysler is thinking these days. A few weeks ago I rented a car with Hertz and they gave me a Chrysler 200. It has a rotary shifter. Basically it's knob you turn to shift. I hated it. But I will say that it wasn't all that hard to get the car into the right gear. I just didn't like the shifter at all. Turning a knob to shift is weird.
      • "Park" is not a parking brake.

      • by lazarus ( 2879 )

        And there was a voluntary recall, and his Jeep was one of the ones affected [gizmodo.com].

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Sunday June 19, 2016 @08:43PM (#52349603)

    ... the red shirt.

  • Darwin Award (Score:2, Interesting)

    by EEPROMS ( 889169 )
    Yes it is a bit dark as humour goes but you have to wonder as it was the first thing that popped into me head when I read how he got killed.
  • Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by xbytor ( 215790 ) on Sunday June 19, 2016 @10:24PM (#52349947) Homepage

    Why is he dead and all of the Kardashians still alive?

  • Something something, nuclear wessles.

  • Sharapova was disqualified, the same about the football team. Fans were beaten up in Marseilles. Russian Olympic team was banned from Rio Olympic games. Now this... Anton Elchin was also from Russia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

Unix: Some say the learning curve is steep, but you only have to climb it once. -- Karl Lehenbauer

Working...