Shimerman Is Grateful To DS9

By Michelle
July 19, 2005 - 7:31 PM

Despite the layers of prosthetic makeup he wore on Deep Space Nine, Armin Shimerman said that he gets recognised as Quark "probably every other day."

Speaking to Dreamwatch (via Sci Fi Pulse), the actor who played Quark said that Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman had "changed my life so much for the better by choosing me for Deep Space Nine. I wouldn't have been on the map for a lot of roles I did after Star Trek if I hadn't played Quark." Among those have been Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a number of films, most recently Geppetto's Secret.

When asked who he would like to be if he could switch lives with someone else, he named fellow DS9er Rene Auberjonois, who played Odo and is currently starring with William Shatner on Boston Legal. "I'd like to be as tall as he is, I'd like to be as talented as he is, and I'd like to be as suave and sophisticated as he is. Rene is still a very good friend," said Shimerman.

The actor said that he is always happy to be recognized, but believes that Quark would not be impressed with him. "I'm not really a guy who's after a lot of money; I don't think he would understand my artistic goals. He also wouldn't be impressed by my shyness and my sensitivity to other people," he observed. But Shimerman credits Quark for providing one of his most embarrassing career moments, dressing as a woman in "Profit and Lace."

The original interview is in issue 131 of Dreamwatch. These excerpts are courtesy Sci Fi Pulse.

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