Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto play lovebirds Uhura and Spock in "Star Trek Into Darkness." Credit: Zade Rosenthal Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto play lovebirds Uhura and Spock in "Star Trek Into Darkness."
Credit: Zade Rosenthal

J.J. Abrams was on "Conan" last night, where he admitted that Alice Eve's underwear scene could have been better handled. he insists, though, that the "Star Trek Into Darkness" team are actually equal opportunity pervs.

"To me it's a sort of balance," he said, pointing out that Captain Kirk also appears shirtless in the film. What's more, he actually filmed a scene of Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the villain, in the shower, though it didn't make it into the final cut of the movie. Watch below:

 

The camera does pan slowly and lovingly up Benedict's bare damp torso, but any sexy effect is sort of ruined by the squinched-up "Mummy, I don't want to take my bath" expression on his face. Has Benedict never showered before? He looks really bad at it. Abrams says his grumpiness was intentional: It's a "shower of evil."

The new “Star Trek” film, which opened last weekend, has some fans riled up because of a scene in which Alice Eve, who plays Dr. Carol Marcus (who? Well, exactly.) wanders around seminude while talking to Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Many are calling the scene unnecessary and misogynistic, and producer Damon Lindelof took to Twitter to admit they’ve got a point.

“I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress,” Lindeloftweeted.

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