Keating Praises Braga's WritingBy Caillan
September 23, 2002 - 12:16 PM
Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) is very appreciative of the chances he's been given to flex his acting muscles on Enterprise, and for that he thanks executive producer Brannon Braga.
"They've given me so much to do on this show — like 'Shuttlepod One,'" Keating told StarTrek.com. "To be honest, it's the best work I've ever done in front of a camera. They've given me another episode like that in the second season, episode three — 'Minefield' — myself and Scott [Bakula] in a two hander on the exterior of the ship and floating in space. It's a fantastic piece of writing that Brannon [Braga] came up with."
The actor said Braga has a keen sense of where Malcolm Reed is going. "I talked briefly with Brannon about this, and I know that the one thing he appreciates about the way Malcolm Reed's developed is that he is truly at odds with his character and he is quite enigmatic. You cannot pigeonhole this character. You can, but he does have the ability to play at odds with himself and not have the audience say, 'That's not in character.' I think the one thing Brannon appreciates, and I certainly do, is that Malcolm Reed is very human. 'Shuttlepod One' allowed the audience to see that."
As the series progresses, Keating would like to delve further into his character, and maybe reveal a few dark secrets about the armory officer. "I think he can take this character any which way. I would love to see them explore a very dark side to Reed, something in the way of a Laurence-Harvey-tortured-man. And if anyone can write that for this character, it's Brannon Braga."
The full interview with Keating, in which he also talked about his first acting jobs, can be found here at StarTrek.com.