Working with a great group of actors made Armin Shimerman‘s experience with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine a good one.
As reported by Newsarama, another thing that made Deep Space Nine such a good show on which to work was that writers could write stories featuring an individual, which led to more story opportunities for each actor. “I was very blessed,” said Shimerman. “It was an incredible group of actors. Another thing was the format in Deep Space Nine worked well for that cast. Basically it gave each individual in the cast our own episodes. This came from the producers, writers, and directors all knew they could hang entire episodes on each actor. This was different from Next Generation because they were also incredible actors, but they knew how to work together as an ensemble. They could share with each other without a problem. So many of their scripts were about the group solving problems. Deep Space Nine was all about each individual character solving a problem.”Shimerman considered his character Quark an “anti-hero.” “I don’t think I’ve ever played a hero per se,’ he says. ‘I’ve always been known for playing villains. Even in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Quark wasn’t really a hero. I was more a villain who did heroic things because he was forced to. He was an anti-hero, perhaps, not your traditional Star Trek hero that’s for sure. He did things in spite of himself.”
And what does Shimerman think of Star Trek XI? “I’m not professionally connected [to the new movie], yet as a fan I like seeing the franchise getting a shot in the arm,” he said. “I actually just went over to the website, looked at the footage, and was actually thrilled at what I saw. So I’m very excited about that. In fact, my neighbor, Bob Pine, is Chris Pine‘s father. Bob and I have known each other very well. So I know Chris, maybe not that well but enough to say that he was my neighbor.”
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