Monday, June 20, 2016

'Star Trek' and 'Green Room' star Anton Yelchin has died at age 27

2016 has been a really rough year. The year has been marred by a myriad of tragedies and every time I turn on the news, I'm fully expecting to see something awful. The Orlando shooting that killed 49 people was absolutely devastating, and watching the Happiest Place on Earth undergo a series of horrific events was heartbreaking. In addition to the violence and horror that has been unleashed on our world, we've seen a stunning number of celebrity deaths this year. Musical icons like Prince and David Bowie have passed away, comedian Garry Shandling died from a heart attack, sports legend Muhammed Ali left us at age 74, and of course, actor Alan Rickman's death hit me the hardest. Yesterday came news of another celebrity passing, one that was shocking, horrifying, and just downright sad. Late on Sunday afternoon, the news broke that Anton Yelchin, the young star of Star Trek and Green Room, had died at the age of 27 in a freak car accident. Yelchin was killed by his own car and while the details of the accident are still scarce, it sounds truly awful.

Yelchin, born in the Soviet Union in 1989, moved to the US when he was young and began a film career. His first credit on IMDb comes at age 11, and in the years since, he became one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood. Yelchin broke out in the mid 2000s with roles in Alpha Dog and Charlie Bartlett, but his big break came in the summer of 2009. He appeared in Terminator: Salvation as the young Kyle Reese while also starring as Pavel Chekov in J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek. Yelchin continued to grow his career in the following years, starring in Fright Night, The Beaver, Only Lovers Left Alive, and the acclaimed indie Like Crazy. Yelchin's latest star performance came in Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, one of the best films of the year so far. The actor had completed production on Rememory, We Don't Belong Here, Porto, Thoroughbred, and Star Trek Beyond, and all of those films are expected to hit theaters soon. No other upcoming projects are listed on Yelchin's IMDb page.

Yelchin's death really, really stunned me. I almost refused to believe the news at first. Seeing such a talented, promising, and charismatic young actor lose his life in such a random, almost surreal way hit me in a strange spot and I couldn't stop thinking about his passing for the rest of the day. It's just an awful reminder of how precious every minute of life is. But most of all, it's a terrible loss for the world of film and for the family of this brilliant young actor who, by all accounts from anyone who had ever met him, was also a great man. Yelchin was phenomenal as Chekov in Abrams' new Star Trek films, bringing a youthful energy that complemented the smarmy charisma of Kirk and the robotic iciness of Spock. But for me, Yelchin's finest hour came this year in Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room. His performance was the glue that held Saulnier's film together and watching Pat's transformation from being a scared kid to the reluctant, determined leader of this punk group was mesmerizing. I loved him and I loved that film so much. Yelchin has so much potential going forward. His passing is something that nearly cannot be put into words.

Rest in peace.

Image Credits: Screen Rant

1 comment:

  1. From many independent movies to TV series and other interesting roles, Anton Yelchin did manage to enter our hearts and now they are empty because he is not around us any more. He will always remain in our hearts as the perfect Chekov and one of the best actors in the Star trek trilogy. One thing is certain, we will never forget the hard work and commitment that Anton Yelchin had and how well he played the role of Chekov. Anton Yelchin will surely be missed by all of us!