Chris Pine 'will front' drink-driving charge

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 11:04 13/03/2014

Hollywood actor Chris Pine is facing alleged drink driving charges in New Zealand.

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STAR POWER: Chris Pine with Katie and Jenna, staff at The Blue Pub, Methven.
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HOLLYWOOD STAR: Chris Pine, photographed in London in January.
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Hollywood star Chris Pine plans to "front up" to his drink-driving charge, says a Christchurch acquaintance.

The Star Trek actor had been staying in Christchurch after holidaying in Queenstown. 

He was now in Sydney but it was understood he intended to return to New Zealand to face a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol in the Ashburton District Court on Monday. 

Pine, 33, has been in New Zealand filming Z for Zachariah alongside Australian-born star of The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie, and Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years A Slave.

He was stopped by police apparently after leaving the Z for Zachariah wrap party, held at The Blue Pub in Methven, Canterbury, early on March 1.

He allegedly failed an evidential blood test.

The story of his charges has been picked up by international media including The Daily Mail, The Guardian, Hollywood Reporter and Huffington Post.

A Christchurch woman, who met Pine during his stay, said the bad publicity was a shame, as Pine was in fact a "lovely, very down to earth" and "charming" man. 

The woman said Pine seemed "a little bit worried" about his drink driving charge. 

"He just said that he needs to front up to it," she said. 

"Lots of people make mistakes [and] it's a real pity when all you hear about is the negative. 

"He is a nice, positive guy. . . just like us. I just hope people are kind to him."

The woman said she was impressed with how "normal" Pine was. 

He told her how much he loved New Zealand and wanted to come back to visit in future.

"He's just like any other man - very polite and obviously very nice looking [but] he didn't present as an A-lister Hollywood guy."

"He'd be a very good advocate for New Zealand."

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