As Star Trek’s Captain James T Kirk his mission was to boldly go where no man has gone before, now Chris Pine has been where no Hollywood actor has gone before – a New Zealand court.
The crowd outside the Ashburton District Court on Monday made the scene resemble a fan convention rather than a solemn legal occasion, as fans sought the 33-year-old’s signature and selfie pictures with him as he left court.
He had just been disqualified from driving for six months after pleading guilty to drink-driving. The restriction will only apply to New Zealand roads.
Pine, famous for his lead role in the 2009 and 2013 Star Trek movies, was also ordered to pay $NZ93 ($A89.35) in reparation but was spared a fine because he had already made a sizeable donation to charity Cure Kids.
Cure Kids raises funds for medical research to discover cures for diseases commonly affecting children.
Pine was swarmed by media and fans as he entered and exited the court house and at one point stopped to sign an autograph.
Pine had spent just 20 minutes in court after media spent 40 minutes arguing cameras should be allowed in court, according to reports.
Judge Joanna Maze refused their request.
Judge Maze also refused to discharge Pine without conviction, after his lawyer had argued a conviction would affect his ability to travel and work in Canada.
At a routine traffic stop on March 1, Pine returned a positive breath test of 113mg per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 80.
Pine had been attending a wrap event for the film Z for Zachariah at Methven’s Blue Pub.
The court was told a hungry and tired Pine had drunk four vodkas before making the wrong decision to drive the 2km to where he was staying.
The Blue Pub says Pine was with about 80 actors and crew.
The party, which was not open to the public, finished around 3am and was described by pub staff as a “great night, not a wild party”.
Blue Pub manager Casey Crawford said he had spoken to Pine several times throughout the night and described him as friendly and happily posed for photos.
“He was a really nice guy. There was no lack of volunteers to drive Chris home amongst our female staff members who were clearly impressed with him,” Mr Crawford said.
The pub says it takes its responsibility to ensure the safety of patrons seriously.
“Chris Pine did not appear to staff to be intoxicated to a level where intervention might have been warranted,” a spokeswoman for Blue Pub said.