Keating Was Sure Of Enterprise's SuccessBy Christian
February 2, 2002 - 8:14 PM
See Also: 'Shuttlepod One' Episode Guide
Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) became sure his career would get a massive boost when he learned who would be heading the Enterprise cast.
"John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) and I were the first actors cast," Keating told journalist Ian Spelling for the Houston Chronicle. "[At] the last interview John told me he heard that Scott Bakula was going to be in it as Capt. Archer. The minute I heard that I thought, 'That's it. If Bakula takes the role, we're done. He's so perfect for this.' "
Playing Malcolm Reed is Keating's first regular role in an American TV show, though he already starred in the long-running British comedy Desmond's. Once he moved to the United States, he was only able to get into science-fiction and fantasy television, appearing on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, G vs. E and The Immortal.
"I've done a lot of sci-fi, but it was quite by chance," Keating explained. "There's a lot of genre work out there, and the producers of those shows are more likely to use a British actor than are the producers of E.R. or Philly or any other American show. The accent doesn't jump out quite as much on a genre show. Unfortunately, as an actor, until you're famous they really don't want to know if you can do an American accent or not."
With Enterprise, Keating will have a chance to get a higher profile, though he has so far been limited to a supporting role. But in the upcoming 'Shuttlepod One,' that is about to change. "This episode is some of the best work I've ever done, if I may say so. I'm really excited to see how it turns out. I think we've done something quite extraordinary."
More from Keating on 'Shuttlepod One' can be found in the full interview in the Houston Chronicle. Thanks go out to Shayne for this!