'Voyager' Cast Realistic About The FutureBy Caillan
July 10, 2001 - 12:27 PM
Echoing the sentiments of their fictional alter egos, several of the Voyager cast members are keen to continue to remain part of a family, but in this case they're talking about the extended family of Star Trek.
"I'd love after Star Trek: Voyager is over to come back and direct the next series, like Jonathan Frakes, and LeVar Burton have done," Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris) told Cinescape's Anna L. Kaplan. "To continue to be involved as a director in the Star Trek world. I love the crew here. It's going to be a lot of our crew going onto the next show. I'd love to stay a part of the Star Trek family that way."
McNeill's castmate Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres) is already slated to direct for Enterprise, but she didn't know if she'll ever play the fiery half-Klingon engineer again. "I have no idea," she said. "There are a lot of 'ifs,' but I don't think it has even been talked about or discussed on any level at this point."
For Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), however, the prospect of a Voyager feature film was an alluring one. "I would love to shoot a Star Trek motion picture," he said. "Growing up, when I think Star Trek, I think Star Trek movies, because that's what I went to see. I am a sci-fi fan. I saw all the sci-fi movies. I very rarely watched sci-fi television shows."
However, Wang acknowledged that the cast of The Next Generation may be on the movie screens for some years to come. "The only way for us to do a theatrical film, would be if Patrick Stewart said, 'I'm done. Thank you, it's been great. Picard is over – end of picture and end of character. Put him in the history books.' The rumour is that after this film is completed he's over with it, and that Brent Spiner [Data] is also done with it. But I don't foresee that happening, though."
The actor explained why he thought there was little likelihood of a Voyager feature film. "If someone came up to me every four years and said, 'Hey, here's $15 million. Go back and do that one character you can do like the back of your hand. You've done if for so long. Have another $15 million Patrick.' I think he'd do it, unless he really, really just felt that he wanted to distance himself from the character. Unless he steps down, I really don't see a future for a Voyager film. I just don't think it will happen."
The full article, which also includes thoughts from the actors on 'Endgame' and their favourite episodes, can be found here at Cinescape.