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Interview: Chris Doohan Wants To Fill His Father’s Space Boots

When Chris Doohan, the son of the original Scotty James Doohan, saw reports that Paramount is looking for a new Scotty he decided he should throw his hat into the ring. To that end Chris has started a grassroots campaign asking fans to write Paramount and suggest a Doohan for the iconic engineer. Chris tells TrekMovie.com that the idea actually came from fans: "In the back of my mind I thought this would be kind of neat to be in the movie, but never thought as the role of Scotty. Then a lot people on MySpace kept saying I should try it, and so I thought what the heck I will give it a try." Even though he has just started the campaign he says that he has got hundreds of responses from people saying they have written to Paramount on his behalf. Doohan has been surprised at how much interest his campaign has garnered, but is still realistic about his chances, saying "it is probably a shot in the dark and I know my chances aren’t good, but it is something you throw out there into the universe and see what comes back"

Wouldn’t be his first time
Doohan, who is the frontman for the band Muddflaps, mainly considers himself a singer and works professionally as a vascular technician. That being said he does have some experience as an actor (a role on the show “Your Big Break” and two appearances on the reality show "Breaking Bonaduce"), but says he is not interested in getting into acting full time. He realizes that Paramount will likely go with a more experienced actor for the role of Scotty, especially if it is more than just a cameo type role. Mostly he wants to have any kind of part in Star Trek XI, even as an extra, as homage to his father. "I think my dad would get a real kick out of this, he got my brother and I in the original Star Trek movie and he loved it and we loved it so why not try again," enthuses Doohan. Both Chris and Montgomery Doohan (who are twins) did have uncredited extra roles in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (see photo below). On the chance that he did get an audition for the role of Scotty, Doohan says he is ready with a Scottish accent. "Aye laddie I’ll give it all I can" demonstrates Doohan in a reasonable impersonation of his father’s trademark brogue.


The Doohan Brothers in ST: TMP
 

Father would be flattered
Doohan is supportive of the idea for Paramount going back to the original series for the new feature saying "I think its great." He also believes that his father would be ok with the role he made famous being recast. "I don’t think it will take away from my father’s original work, he will always be known as the original Scotty, he would be flattered," says Doohan. And so who does Chris think would be the best choice (besides himself) to be the new Scotty: "Michael Meyers, I think he would do it and I think he looks the part and he does a great Scottish accent."

For more on Chris Doohan’s campaign for a role in Star Trek XI check out his MySpace Page . Also to learn more about his band Muddflaps go to their official site.  

 

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Viking
February 2, 2007 7:15 pm

Yeah, well my late dad sang at The Met, but I’m not going up there on a ‘lark’ to fantasize that I’m the next Pavarotti. Just keep that day job snaking catheters into peoples’ whuznits, Chris.

Kelvington
February 2, 2007 7:47 pm

Viking, that was hilarious and well said. If it’s just a walk on, I think that would be OK, but if this is suppose to be a new franchise and Scotty would be a real part, then I think we need a real actor… maybe Sean Pertwee could do it… oh wait.

Xai
February 2, 2007 7:50 pm

#1 Viking…. what a sentimental soul you are.
The man just expressed a dream… a desire. He knows he’s not likely to get it. Cut him a little slack for trying.
I’d give him a walk-on…. but my vote don’t matter. JJ’s does.

February 2, 2007 8:07 pm

GO Chris Doohan! He’s got my vote for Scotty. :)

Kathy
February 2, 2007 8:58 pm

I say, why not!! He looks like him and if he can act and do a decent accent I say go for it too. Not bad on the eyes either.

February 2, 2007 9:08 pm

I think that this would be a fantastic choice that would not only honor the Great James Doohan, but his millions of fans! I give Chris a thumbs up to be cast in the next motion picture. Don of Don’s Collectible Corner

Still Kirok
February 2, 2007 9:08 pm

It’s only an audition. Let him have one. The worst case is that they say no, which of course is what we all would expect. This isn’t a fan made video. If he gets the part, it will be because he was a competent actor. And it sure would bring more positive buzz to the movie. It would be a nice thing.

That said, I don’t expect it.

If he doesn’t get it, he should talk with the New Voyages group. Yeah, they have a Scotty, but so what?

LauraD
February 2, 2007 9:11 pm

Let’s see Chris looks like his dad, sounds just like his dad did when doing the Scottish accent, and oh he grew up with his dad and around Star Trek. Probably knows what it is to be Scotty better than anyone else.

I definitely think they should at least give him an audition. And if he’s good and they cast him in the role the publicity for the movie would be amazing! Just imagine the publicity of the son of the original Scotty being the one to revise it!

EdDR
February 2, 2007 9:19 pm

How about Trek Movie.com giving us a little video of Chris doing his Scotty. I think if people are going bring up other people in these responses tryout Paul McGillion from Stargate Atlantis.

jonboc
February 2, 2007 9:20 pm

Hell, let him read for it. If he’s good and clicks why not. He shouldn’t get any preference because of his name, but he shouldn’t be ruled out for it either.

February 2, 2007 9:22 pm

I’d love to see Chris in this role. I have been a huge Star Trek fan for as long as I can remember. Seeing “Scotty’s” son take over his role would be wonderful!!!!

February 2, 2007 9:37 pm

Agreed, let him read for the role!!! What harm can that do?

Jon
February 2, 2007 10:05 pm

Even if he doesn’t get the part of Scotty,the fact that his heart’s desire is to honor his dad is very touching.If they cast him as Scotty’s chief assistant that would be real sweet.

trekkerguy
February 2, 2007 10:07 pm

I think if he has any apptiude for acting at all he should be given the role or in the spirit of fairness for other actors at least a good audition so he can get looked at, wouldn’t make a great headline anyway; “Son of legendary Trek actor to fill fathers role” that would be incredible.

J! Lyn
February 2, 2007 10:44 pm

What a great legacy that would be! What great publicity also!

Tracy McClane
February 2, 2007 10:50 pm

I would love to see Chris Doohan get an audition. I would love it even more to see another Doohan playing the part of Scotty. I’ll hold hope that the folks at Paramount will give him a chance.

February 3, 2007 12:01 am

Great idea!

Gary Barclay
February 3, 2007 12:21 am

I met Chris Doohan in LA at the BEAM ME UP SCOTTY…one last time Star Trek convention that celebrated James Doohan’s Star on the Hollywood walk of Fame. Chris was very kind and took the time to talk with me several times. He and his band the Muddflaps played for the Friday night cocktail party. They were very entertaining and certainly added to the ambiance of the celebration.
Chris even looks like a young Scotty. He would have to shave off his facial hair though. It is logical to choose Chris because he is not Herbert.

Mark
February 3, 2007 12:49 am

I hope Paramount are watching and listening to this. They know they need to make a good film here to kickstart their stagnant franchise. Chris would be an ideal choice for Scotty but he deserves a smaller role at least if the main characters are to be portrayed by well known faces.

Michael Appleton
February 3, 2007 1:31 am

Yes, but CAN HE ACT???

Tyler
February 3, 2007 5:01 am

Chris is Great & I think he would do a Fantastic job. Paramount give him a shot…he has a fan base already pulling for him…so with that, already means ALOT more tickets will be sold because of Chris.
Good Luck Chris !
Cheers,
Ty

Jesse
February 3, 2007 6:35 am

I’m only going to watch Star Trek XI if:

1) I see Scotty in it
2) I Chris Doohan in it
3) There is no sight of Mike Myers in this movie

Hey, Star Trek is nothing but a cheap show without Scotty. And it’s got to be the real Scotty. Who could get closer to the original than his own son. I think he could do a pretty good job if given the opportunity. And he’s already got all the fans on his side.

Beam me up Scotty!

George S.
February 3, 2007 6:53 am

I can’t say I know Chris, but I’ve seen him once or twice when he was a little boy. If only briefly and I doubt he remembers. He was busy playing spaceman. I’d like to see it happen again. Now that he has literally grown into his father’s boots. His Dad must be smiling down at him now, just delighted by the very idea of it. Don’t you see the Scotty spirit in young Doohan’s eyes?

February 3, 2007 1:14 pm

great article if its not obvious that chris should play his fathers role then i think someone must be blind. i think chris would be great for the role and it would be a great tribute to james.

February 3, 2007 3:54 pm

Chris is perfect for the part. You go Chris!!!

Pat
February 3, 2007 4:15 pm

What better way to bring Star Trek into the next generation, than to cast the next generation……. I think it would be a wise choice for Paramount.!!!

Roger
February 3, 2007 4:20 pm

Gotta love Star Trek! Chris sure looks like he could fill the part, IMO

Viking
February 3, 2007 5:40 pm

If you want to go for the whole enchilada, a la Gary Sinese as McCoy, I’d vote for Paul McGillion from Stargate Atlantis. The guy not only looks more like Jimmy Doohan than Chris, he’s also a gen-u-ine Scot, fer chrissakes. He’s a pretty good actor and HIS brogue is REAL. I think the guy could nail it to the wall as Scotty.

Sean
February 3, 2007 6:17 pm

I’d love the fact that someone named Doohan (preferably Chris) continued the role of Scotty on into the 21st century (okay … the 23rd as well).

Xai
February 3, 2007 7:09 pm

#21… wet blanket.
Well let’s find out… and if he can’t. He can say he tried.

Leigh Barrett
February 3, 2007 8:05 pm

Chris Doohan has mentioned himself that he’s probably too old to play Scotty in the new film, but doggone it, Paramount casting is more foolish than I can imagine if they don’t see the publicity potential here: Cast him as anything and he’d be glad to do it, and you guys have a lovely promotional angle!

Come on, folks. Use your heads.

Kathy
February 4, 2007 12:20 am

Okay,I must admit that Chris is 46years old, but he sure doesnt look like it. I would guess he was 32 tops! and considering his dad was 46 when he started his role as Scotty, I think Chris is perfect. If Paramount doesn’t give him a chance they’re crazy! What a public Relations coo. Go for it and give Chris a part.

ScottyGirl
February 4, 2007 3:00 am

What a splendid idea. I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.

My proposal to Paramount: Tell a story that uses a VERY young Scotty and have it told by a Scotty in his mid forties (a TOS era Scotty) and have Chris play that part. He looks like TOS Scotty’s twin brother.

And if Paramount writers aren’t good enough to get the job done, they can always come to me for ideas. I’ve got plenty of good ideas.

I really want Scotty… sorry I mean Chris to get the part. Honestly, I don’t care about Star Trek, if I don’t get my Scotty and it’s got to be Chris Doohan. No Doohan in it -> No ScottyGirl watching the movie. You better believe it.

Dom
February 4, 2007 4:13 am

I’d like to see Dougray Scott play the engineer! It’d be a slightly different take on the character, but that’s no bad thing!

Nemo
February 4, 2007 8:01 am

A’ye
Give the lad a chance!

Vifx Twokay
February 4, 2007 10:49 am

Give me a break- the dude lists among his reasons for being right for the role: I like money. This is the kind of guy you want playing Scotty? How about he plays a background extra. He already did that in ST:TMP. Then his non-acting experience is not going to endanger the film whatsoever.

Kathy
February 4, 2007 12:40 pm

If you read his blogs you would know that he was joking. Unlike you, he has a sense of humor.

Trevok
February 4, 2007 1:54 pm

Don’t forget Scottie is older than KIrk, so his age isn’t that big a deal, even if he doesn’t get the Scottie role I’d like to see him have a small role, how about someone like Kyle.
LLAP

DEMODE
February 4, 2007 2:10 pm

I think it would be cool for him to audition… but I have to ask, has anyone ever seen him act in anything before?

rebeldevil
February 4, 2007 5:43 pm

Well it seems that most of us here agree, that Chris deserves a shot at the role of “Scotty”, and if not that one then possibly another role in the movie, would be a great honor for James Doohan to have his son play any part in the movie…And we all think that Chris will do a great job of it…..So Go Chris!! …….:) And yes I definately would pay to see a movie with Chris Doohan in it~especially Star Trek XI.

THEETrekMaster
February 4, 2007 9:30 pm

He deserves a shot at it…why not?

Let the man audition and let his talents speak for themselves.

TTM

Kyle Roddenberry
February 5, 2007 7:57 am

In regards of Chris Doohan playing the role of Scotty in ST: XI, in my professional opinion, he is the best candidate for this role. Chris has much passion, as his father did. That is what Gene Roddenberry admired, and looked for in a character.

Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you Chris.
KFR

February 5, 2007 7:19 pm

I agree with Kyle 100%. It makes sense…those against on here aren’t funny and are probably jealous never-were’s. Of course an audition is necessary, but what can it hurt to give him a chance? Works for me.

Barack
February 6, 2007 7:36 pm

I just made a comment on the McAvoy story and then I saw this. I too think Paramount should give Chris a try.

Chris
February 9, 2007 5:50 pm

Thanks for all your support. I know it’s a long shot, but thanks to all of you, I may just have a chance.

I will call Anthony Pascale at trekmovie.com if I have any news.

Thanks again, Chris Doohan

LauraD
February 9, 2007 6:07 pm

Wow, this is great all these comments. Keep ’em coming and spread the word for others to leave them. It can only help. Chris is a great guy and really deserves a shot at this!!! I wish him the best!

Kas Sandra J.
February 12, 2007 11:21 am

Can you honor a person any more than to have their child given the opportunity to actually walk in his/her foot steps. I say at bare minimum, give him an audition.

Deb G.
February 12, 2007 1:48 pm

Give him an audition and if he has the chops then let him play Scotty! Think of the buzz this would get…

February 13, 2007 8:56 am

Hi guys, it’s me again. I just want to tell you about the gig I have in March. See below.

CHRIS DOOHAN & THE MUDDFLAPS

Miss USA / Muddflaps!! Wanna come?
THIS IS IT!!! WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!!

Okay, maybe it’s me that has been waiting for something like this to happen.

The smart, clever and ever so talented people over at corporate Hard Rock saw us play during the filming of Breaking Bonaduce 2 and LOVED US!!! Well okay, that may be a stretch, but they did liked us a bit and they knew we would do this for free, because we never say no to a charity event that has beautiful young women walking around.

So anyway, we ( The Muddflaps) are playing at the Miss USA Party at the Universal City Walk Hard Rock Cafe on March 12th
at 8:00pm

I know, this is sooooo cool and guess what? YOU GUYS CAN COME!!! Not only will all the Miss USA Contestants (be still my heart) be there, but they’ll be loads of Celebrities too.

Try to be early. You never know how many people will show up and I want to make sure all of our Myspace friends get in.

There is a $10.00 cover charge which is being donated to charity.

Can’t wait to see you guys there.

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