After a series of supporting roles in productions including The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Just My Luck (2006), and Smokin' Aces (2007), actor Chris Pine shot up to lead billing when he signed for the coveted lead part of Captain Kirk in J. Abrams' much-anticipated reboot of the Star Trek franchise, released in 2009.
The film sees Shatner interview Pine about his career and how it felt to take the role of Kirk for the 2009 movie. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving on March 17, stating that he drank four vodkas at a local pub.
Their interview features a scene where the pair arm wrestles; pictures of this incident "went viral" leading to Internet headlines such as "Kirk v. Pine was disqualified from driving in New Zealand for six months and ordered to pay NZ in reparation.
In 2007, he starred opposite Scott Wolf in the Los Angeles production of Neil La Bute's play Fat Pig, winning positive reviews for his depiction of a competitive, alpha-male friend.
In the fall of 2009, Pine began filming the Tony Scott-directed and Mark Bomback-written action film Unstoppable, which was released in November 2010.
In the film, he played a young train conductor who helped a veteran railroad engineer (Denzel Washington) stop an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying toxic liquids and poisonous gases from wiping out a nearby city.
His maternal grandmother, Anne Gwynne (née Marguerite Gwynne Trice), was a Hollywood actress, and his maternal grandfather, Max M.
Gilford (born Max Goldfarb), was an attorney who was elected president of the Hollywood Bar Association. , a short film, and in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.