Interview: Chris Doohan Wants To Fill His Father’s Space Boots February 2, 2007by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback
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.
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."