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Chris Pine, the star of J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek" film, is interviewed in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. Landing the role of Captain Kirk didn't come easily, but he certainly wasn't going to give up on it.

Check out a slideshow of his photoshoot by Mark Seliger here.

In fact, he says he's had quite a few auditions that haven't gone so well. He tells Vanity Fair, "There have been, like, three auditions in my life where I feel like I'm in a 'Saturday Night Live' skit. One was for Avatar [James Cameron's upcoming science fiction film], which was probably the worst audition I ever gave. Another was for '10,000 BC,' where I was just, like, on my haunches pretending to be in a loincloth in Burbank. Then the other one was 'Star Trek.' It was all this jargon talk of torpedoes and photons." Pine then got a second shot at the role seven months later and booked it.

A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and coming from two generations of actors, Pine says, "I know where I come from and what I want and why I got into [show business]. I know the reality of it. I just hope that I have longevity in my career."

While we wait for him to show us what he's got, we know his dreamy good looks will keep his career going at least for a little while.

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