Keating On Settling Into 'Enterprise'By Caillan
December 16, 2001 - 2:50 PM
Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) is easing himself into the role of Enterprise's resident weapons expert, but at times he doesn't know what he's gotten himself into.
"There are moments that catch me off guard," the actor told the Star Trek Communicator (via DominicKeating.com). "I'll be looking at the panel and think, 'Oh my God! I'll be looking at this same panel for seven years!' But that is not how you should look at it. You need to take things one day at a time, one scene at a time."
Keating acknowledged that he often won't be the centre of attention. "This is an American show, and I can understand a certain sense of the role of the Brit. on an American show. I don't think I'll be completely a talking head but I know that the first season will focus greatly on Archer, T'Pol the Vulcan beauty and Trip to build them up. I anticipate having a nice leisurely wind-up into a long running series. I'm happy about it, to be honest."
Star Trek's unique style has taken some getting used to. "This is a different kind of acting altogether," Keating said. "It's quite demanding and I didn't realize that before we started. I don't want to say it's technobabble, this dialogue makes sense, but you really have to read it and think it through to get it across."
As for the trigger-happy weapons officer, Keating is looking forward to getting to know him better. "It strikes me that there's something ominous about someone fixated with blowing s**t up," he said, laughing. "Not like that unabomber to be sure, but Reed has to be a complicated man. I can play complicated really well."
The full interview with the actor can be found in issue 135 of the Star Trek Communicator, on newsstands and available for online ordering now. Alternatively, a transcript can be found here at Dominic Keating.com.