Armstrong Would Like To Be On Trek AgainBy Christian
October 4, 2005 - 10:11 PM
Although in recent years actor Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest) was best known for playing the role of Admiral Forrest on Enterprise, before that he established a record for being the actor to portray the most different characters on Trek. Armstrong recently revealed that if it were up to him, he wouldn't mind extending that record even further.
"I think they should give [Star Trek] a rest for a few years to build up some anticipation," Armstrong recently told Cliff Morris at Moviehole. "I think we were a bit inundated with two new shows airing episodes every week and two in reruns. When Next Gen came along it had been some time since anybody had seen anything new. They'd been watching reruns of a show that only had three years of episodes. Now we've got plenty to suffice for a while. What it will be when it comes along in it's new incarnation, I've no idea. But I hope they include me somehow....if I'm still alive."
Armstrong first tried to get involved with Star Trek before The Next Generation even was on the air. "I first auditioned for the role of Riker in the pilot of Next Generation almost 18 years ago. Needless to say...I didn't get it." But the actor seemed pleased to have been able to tackle so many roles on Trek. "Each has a different evolution," he said. "I wish I could have done two different roles on the same episode. That would have been a wonderful challenge."
Now that Enterprise is off the air, Armstrong is still maintaining a connection with the franchise by playing in the Enterprise Blues Band. "[It's] one of the best things that has ever happened to me," the actor said. "We could be together for a very long time. We open in Germany for around 2000 people at the Galileo 7 convention next weekend. I have Casey Biggs (Damar), Richard Herd (Admiral Paris), Steve Rankin (Colonel Green), Ron B. Moore (the 5 time emmy award winning special effect director of the show) and Bill Jones. Bill is the only member of the band that didn't get to do Star Trek. But he's a wonderful actor. And these guys are great musicians! We are having a ball."
More on the Enterprise Blues Band can be found on the band's official web site. Meanwhile, more from Armstrong can be found in the full Moviehole interview, including his thoughts on working with Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer), and what it was like working on Quantum Leap. Please follow this link to read it.