On Wednesday, Star Trek Beyond stars boldly went where no Star Trek Beyond stars have gone before – to the White House.
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed actors Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban to 1600 Penn Ave. for a special screening of Star Trek Beyond, the anticipated new installment in the sci-fi film franchise.
The screening, hosted by the first lady as part of her “Joining Forces” initiative, was attended by a group of more than 100 veterans, military members and their families. After the trio of actors introduced the first lady, she took a moment to address the elephant in the room – that being the overwhelming attractiveness of Pine, Pegg and Urban.
“Isn’t it cool that they’re here? … They’re stars. There are movie stars here,” she raved, drawing laughs from the crowd in the South Court Auditorium. “See, I still do this when movie stars show up. I’m like, ‘You’re really here!’ “
“And they’re actually, like, normal-height people, handsome – let’s just admit it, ladies, they’re very handsome, aren’t they? I mean, we’ve got to just let that out. I could tell you wanted to just release that,” she added as the crowd applauded.
Audience members later participated in a meet and greet with theStar Trek cast members, who also made a cameo on the first lady’s Snapchat account to say hello to all the fans at home.
“This is just a small but hopefully special way that we can show you how much we here at the White House and how many people, including all of the creators and the stars of Star Trek, how cool they think you all are,” Obama told the veterans, families of the fallen, and active duty military service members and their families. “And this isn’t just here – this is everywhere around the country and, quite frankly, around the world. We can’t say it enough, we can’t say it loud enough, but hopefully a cool movie in the White House is a good beginning.”
“May the Force be with you,” she added in conclusion. It’s unclear whether her reference to the other outer space franchise was a joke, but the dashing Urban quickly stepped in to save the day.
“And live long and prosper!” he added, quoting one of Star Trek’s most famous lines.