Good Night, Anton Yelchin: 4YE Pays Tribute To A Wonderful Talent

Anton Yelchin
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Anton Yelchin, best remembered for his role as Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot, has passed away. He was 27 years old, and his passing has taken the whole world by surprise, leaving us heartbroken and speechless.

It’s truly hard trying to put into words the heartache and shock of this tragic news, but in times like this, we can only celebrate his work and thank him for his talent and the joy he brought to many hearts all around the world.

Yelchin first stole our hearts in House of D, next to Robin Williams, where he played the younger version of David Duchovny’s character in a coming-of-age drama loved by many and hated by others. He later starred in Charlie Bartlett alongside Kat Dennings and Robert Downey Jr, but his big break came with the crime thriller Alpha Dog, where he played Zack Mazursky, based on real-life murder victim Nicholas Markowitz. Yelchin’s performance was praised by critics, putting him on the spotlight for future projects.

He made the jump to fandom world in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek reboot where he played Pavel Chekov, a role that suited him perfectly, and thus won the hearts of the Trek fandom as well. He reprised his role in Star Trek: Into Darkness and we will see him in the Enterprise once more this summer in Star Trek Beyond. His passing was a big punch in our Trekkie hearts as well, as we were also really looking forward to seeing him at the premiere in San Diego Comic Con next month.


But as much as I love Star Trek and my Trekkie heart is in pain, Yelchin made a huge impact in my life thanks to his performance in Like Crazy – by far, my favourite romance/drama film. It follows the story of Jacob and Anna, an American student and a British exchange-one who fall in love and struggle to keep their relationship going when distance and life in general get in the way.

The beauty of this movie is not only the realness of the story and how relatable it can be, but that there was no script per se; Yelchin and his co-star Felicity Jones were given an outline with the backstory, plot points, scene objectives, emotional moments, and minimal dialogue, meaning they improvised most of their lines based on the direction of the story. The result is one of the best movies you will ever watch and a great example of Yelchin’s immense talent and charm.


Among his yet-to-be released projects are Star Trek Beyond, We Don’t Belong Here, Porto, Thoroughbred, and Guillermo Del Toro’s animated series Trollhunters, where he lent his voice to a character named Jim.

Fans all over the world as well as various actors and directors have been paying their respects to the young actor, while we all try to come to terms with his passing. In all honesty, I can’t believe this happened and a part of me refuses to believe something as horrible as this happened to such a young, talented soul.

Good night Anton Yelchin. You are deeply missed and we will never forget you, your talent, your charm, and your beautiful soul.


Adrienne Tyler

Audiovisual communication student, focusing on filmmaking. Writer-at-large at 4YE and full-time fangirl.

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