After a long career playing many outlandish characters, Brent Spiner can currently be seen in the comic webseries Fresh Hell, in which he plays someone who should be very familiar to him — himself. But he hinted this week that the role may actually be one of the more challenging he’s ever played.
“I’ve played myself before this — and I’ve played myself since, for that matter — and playing yourself one of the most difficult characters you can play, ’cause God knows most of us don’t know who that is,” Spiner jokingly told the AV Club. “The one on Fresh Hell is a little easier, because we make it up. It’s a strange kind of hybrid of the real me and… Well, obviously it’s me standing there, and it’s my voice and my face, but it’s also kind of filtered through Harry Hannigan’s take on the character, the one he’s writing. The character of Brent Spiner. We certainly collaborate on the concept of that, but he basically writes the script, then it’s sort of a combination of his voice and my voice.”