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Fleshing Out 'Future Guy'

By Lisa
February 15, 2002 - 9:09 PM

Playing an enigmatic character can be a confusing experience, as James Horan found out when he played 'Future Guy' in the first Enterprise episode 'Broken Bow'.

"They didn't give me the script; they just gave me my pages of dialogue!" Horan told Star Trek: The Magazine (via TrekWeb).

"They weren't telling me anything, so I had to pull what little info I could. He's from the future and he's trying to manipulate the past, using the Suliban; beyond that I know nothing about who he is or what race he belongs to."

The actor managed to impress the Enterprise castors at the audition for the mysterious man from the future, listed in the credits as 'Humanoid figure.' "At the audition I said, 'Who is this guy?' and they just said 'We don't know!' I said 'Well, is he a hardass, is he a commander? What does he do?' And they said 'Yeah!' So I gave it a go, and I said 'Something like that?' They said 'Yeah, exactly like that!'" he explained.

"I gave him a bit of a stentorian tone to his voice because the lines seemed like he was in charge, and he was admonishing this Suliban to keep him in line. I just played him with a little bit of a edge, I suppose."

Horan came to the show with an impressive background making guest appearances in all three other modern Trek incarnations. He first appeared as Dr. Jo'Brill in the Next Generation's 'Suspicions,' and a year later as Lieutenant Barnaby in 'Descent, Part Two. The actor played Ikat'ika in two DS9 episodes, and appeared in Voyager's 'Fair Trade.' Outside of Star Trek, the actor has appeared in Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles and The Young and the Restless.

More from James Horan can be found in the current issue of Star Trek: The Magazine on newsstands now. Extracts have been made available here at TrekWeb.

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