Zoe Saldana's Star Trek speech problem

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana found it difficult to keep up with her character's snappy dialogue in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and was forced to re-do scenes by director J.J. Abrams.

J.J. Abrams made Zoe Saldana re-do her scenes in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

The actress - who reprises her role as communications officer Nyota Uhura in the hotly anticipated sequel to 2009's 'Star Trek' - found it difficult to keep up with the film's fast-paced, snappy dialogue as English isn't her first language and she often had to film numerous re-takes of her scenes.

She told Empire magazine: "He writes these mouthfuls of dialogue and it's hard for me because Spanish my first language. So there were moments, at least once a day, where we'd have to cut and he was like, 'Zoe, it's not traject-ory, it's traj-ECT-ory.'

"Or he'd say, 'That was great, but this next take, say it all 30 per cent faster!' It was a trip."

Despite finding it difficult to keep up with the director - who is known for being a perfectionist - the actress praised Abrams' ability to lead such an ambitious film.

She said: "He's a wonderful leader because he's very demanding, but with such kindness and care that his crew and his cast feel a part of him."

'Star Trek Into Darkness' is out on May 9.


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