What got cut from Star Trek's early scenes in Iowa

Jimmy Bennett, the 13-year-old actor who played the youthful miscreant James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, said that the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release will contain deleted footage that clarifies a few things about his early scenes, in which he steals his stepdad's Corvette and drives it off a cliff.

"There was a part that was a little confusing," Bennett said in a group interview over the weekend in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting Shorts. "The kid that I waved to when I was driving was actually my brother, and I wish that they would have [included] that scene. Because people were like, 'Who was that kid that you were waving to?'"

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 17 in sets with more extras than Trek has tribbles. In addition to commentaries, featurettes and a BD-Live feature that allows viewers to track NASA news about space exploration, there are at least nine deleted scenes.

Abrams didn't invent Kirk's brother, of course: The final episode of the original Star Trek's first season, "Operation Annihilate!" featured a Kirk sibling named Sam, who dies before we learn any relevant information about him. StarTrek.com lists the brother's formal name as "George Samuel," apparently after Kirk's father, George.

Bennett said that Abrams also shot a scene that involved Kirk's uncle Frank, played by Brad William Henke, which leads up to the sequence with the stolen car in the film and the character's momentary on-screen acknowledgement of his brother. "They ended up cutting out a scene where my brother runs away and I get in a fight with my uncle," Bennett said.

"I end up taking his car," Bennett continued. "Because I was washing it or whatever, and I find the keys in the mirror, and I put it in the ignition, and I just take off. Then that's how my uncle calls my mom, so that's kind of how that worked."

By the time the final cut of the film hit theaters, "Uncle Frank" had transformed into a stepdad voiced (on a car speakerphone) by Greg Grunberg. At least that's how we think it played out.

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