‘Star Trek’: For young Nicholas Meyer ‘the guy with the pointy ears’ was a dealbreaker

June 22, 2011 | 5:23 a.m.

Nicholas Meyer, left, on the set of "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." (Paramount Pictures)

The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is in the books and what a weekend it was.

Robert Downey Jr. shocked the crowd for a surprise “Iron Man” reunion; Jon Favreau made jaws drop with 10 minutes of footage from “Cowboys & Aliens” ; Warren Beatty stretched a Q&A to nearly two hours and declared his need to “vomit” a “Dick Tracy” remake/sequel; “Superman” director Richard Donner wowed the crowd with sparkling stories about the classic film and the late, great Christopher Reeve;  Marvel won the crowd over with the world premiere of a new “Captain America: The First Avenger” trailer and the coolest give-away of the year;  ”Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer confessed a painful regret about the late Gene Roddenberry,  while the new “Trek” creative team looked to the Federation’s future on the big screen; comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee spoke directly to fans for the first time about the huge new plans for the DC universe; artist Mike Mignola talked about his long-awaited ”Hellboy” return and the killer post for this year’s festival; and Pixar revved  up the crowd with a “Cars 2” preview and a free screening of “The Incredibles.”

We’ll be revisiting some festival moments with video highlights. Today, it’s Meyer and how he originally came to direct in the “Star Trek” franchise.

– Geoff Boucher

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