Spiner Still Close to Colleagues, Thinks Data Is Done

By Michelle
September 12, 2006 - 6:17 PM

Brent Spiner reiterated that he would be happy to play an ancestor or relative of Doctor Soong in a future Star Trek project, though he has said that after Star Trek Nemesis his days playing the ageless android Data are over.

"I'd be happy to," Spiner said in answer to a question at GMTV. "Let's start a letter writing campaign. Address them to J.J. Abrams care of Paramount Pictures."

Spiner said that it was relatively easy to portray a robotic character for so long, saying that it was only "a matter of concentration and focus" to play Data, and saying that knowing the cast of The Next Generation was the most rewarding aspect of his work on the series. "I spoke to Patrick [Stewart] yesterday - so we keep in touch," he said, explaining that he remains close with all the actorss= but Michael Dorn (Worf).

Spiner mentioned that he appears in the film Material Girls and joked that he was ready to return to the recording studio for another CD. "I've been waiting patiently until I was ready to lose a lot more money, and now I'm ready," he said. "I'm conceptualising my next recording now."

He reiterated that he doubted that the Next Gen cast would reunite for another film. "I would enjoy playing [B4] if I ever had the opportunity but I think that's doubtful," he admitted. He did add, however, that personally he had no intention of dying. "If it happens I don't want to be buried - I'd like to be stuffed ... with crab meat, if possible."

Spiner also told BBC News that he thought Enterprise was "a very decent show" that was improving when it was cancelled, but that selfishly, he did not want that or any other Star Trek show to become more popular than The Next Generation.

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