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Montgomery Plans To Broaden His Horizons

By Caillan
March 23, 2003 - 12:03 PM

Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather) has been a busy guy recently — not only does he have a regular gig on Enterprise, but he and his production partner are working on several non-Trek projects.

"I'm in the process of writing my animated feature and I've created an animated series," Montgomery told Star Trek Monthly (via StarTrekUK). The actor has also optioned a book which he plans to produce as a feature film with his business partner. But don't expected to see these new projects appear overnight, as Montgomery knows nothing in Hollywood is set in stone. "All of this is going to take time. I don't like to talk about it, I like to be about it."

The actor has also turned his eye towards Star Trek's "directing school". Ever since Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker) helmed "The Offspring" in Star Trek: The Next Generation's third season, Trek actors have been lining up for the chance to call the shots behind the camera. Many of Trek's budding directors have gone far — Frakes will soon be helming the Thunderbirds feature film, while his TNG co-star LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) is set to direct Blizzard, starring Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan).

"I know that Star Trek has been fantastic for allowing people in the past the opportunity," Montgomery said, "if they took it, to help broaden themselves, I'm looking at everything behind the scenes a lot differently."

That doesn't mean that Montgomery is unhappy with the way things have been going for Travis on screen. The actor said he now feels "more comfortable" in the Boomer's skin, but wants his character to get some more action scenes.

"I want one episode for Travis to actually be able to kick a little butt, instead of having something broken on him," he said. "I don't want to see Travis getting into fights just to get into fights. That's foolish, that's not what the franchise is about, that's not what this legacy is about. I love our show — it's about showing that you can resolve things peacefully, there are other ways, alternative methods to taking a violent route. But, if faced with, then I want Travis to be able to come out a little bit ahead every now and again."

The full interview, in which Montgomery also talked about his role in "The Seventh", can be found in issue 103 of Star Trek Monthly. Alternatively, excerpts are available here at StarTrekUK.

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