Shimerman Reevaluates Quark's Role

By Caillan
September 5, 2001 - 7:12 AM

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In the two years since Armin Shimerman (Quark) served his last glass of synthehol the actor has had some time to reflect on his time spent aboard Deep Space Nine.

"When I left the show, I felt particularly under-used as Quark," Shimerman told Starburst's Nick Joy. "I was very happy with many of the episodes about him - there were some great ones - but I wasn't particularly happy with the last couple of major Quark stories. All the characters seemed to progress in some way, but Quark just sort of was [...] the bartender. Even his potential for harm disappeared."

Despite his initial qualms about the last few Quark episodes, Shimerman has come to appreciate his work. "Everyone thinks of Quark as cheating people and doing black market things, but you never saw him do any of that," he said. "In hindsight, and having had the chance to talk to people about the Quark shows, I've come to realize that they were much better than I originally thought."

The Ferengi family may have gone their separate ways at the end of the series, but Shimerman still keeps in close contact with his former relatives. "Of all of the people I worked with on Deep Space Nine, the members of my Ferengi family stay in touch very well," he said. It's a sentiment shared by Max Grodénchik (Rom). "We see each other all the time," he said. "And because we continue to play in 'The Ferengi Family Hour,' a little stage musical we perform at conventions, we are constantly rehearsing together. So we're never really very far apart."

The full article, which also includes comments from Aron Eisenberg (Nog) can be found in Starburst Special No. 49, out now. The issue, which also includes a Voyager episode guide and a ten-page Enterprise feature, can be ordered online.

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