Kirk Thatcher Interviewed

By Christian
March 15, 2000 - 11:12 PM

Kenneth Plume at IGN FilmForce has put up part one of a two-part interview with Kirk Thatcher, who served as Associate Producer on 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home'. In that film, he also made a cameo appearance as the 'punk on the bus', and in the interview he tells how he actually got that role:

was this little bit in the movie, and I walked into Leonard's office and said, "I want to play the punk on the bus." Leonard's got a great sense of humor...he's very he looks at me with this big smile and says, "Reaaally." I said, "Yeah, I think I'd do a great job. I'll shave my head, get a mohawk, whatever." He said, "Let me think about it."

I said okay, and I was going crazy, because... in 2 weeks...he didn't say anything -- and I promised him I wouldn't bother him. I said, "Look, I'm not going to bother you, I'm only going to ask you this one time," so I really had to live with it and not bother him. I never brought it up, never hinted at it, nothing. So...about 2 weeks later...I walk to his office like I did every day, and he said, "Oh, by the way, you can do it." I said, "What. You mean...?" "Yep, you can play the punk." I was like, "Ohhh thank you, thank you." So I went out, shaved the sides of my head, dyed my hair orange and got a mohawk -- because they don't really make a mohawk hairpiece that looks real. So I actually had a bright road cone orange mohawk for about 6 months

In the full review, Thatcher talks a bit more about the punker part, but also shares some other memories about Star Trek IV.

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