Creation Entertainment held their Official Star Trek convention in New Jersey this weekend and many Trek stars were on hand to entertain the fans (primarily from TNG, DS9 and Enterprise). We have some pictures and some first hand reports including an interesting tidbit from Patrick Stewart on a certain magical part he turned down. Plus a hilarious video of Brent Spiner joking with Patrick Stewart…check it all out below.
UPDATE: Friday report: Keating talks Trinneer, Berman…and pants (by Pete)
Dominic Keating was very entertaining. He took every opportunity to (jokingly) rib fellow Star Trek Enterprise cast mate and friend Connor Trinneer (not in attendance). Keating joked “Connor ruined the whole show,” but later got more serious and “off the record” laid the blame for the demise of Enterprise on producer Rick Berman. In the Q&A Keating was asked “what brand?” (of Jeans) and “boxers or briefs?” to which he replied “Levis” and “actually nothing” respectively.
Dominic Keating during celebrity cabaret
Saturday report: Fun with Armin, Rene and Brent (by Jordan)
Armin Shimerman, DS9’s Quark, came out and went straight to the Q & A. He told a very touching story about his late mother taking him from his childhood home in NJ to Southern California so she could afford a decent college tuition. He also said that the DS9 set was “more serious” than the TNG set, where the actors seemed to have more fun. Rene Auberjonois (DS9: Odo) talked about a life in theater. Armin came back and joined Rene on stage, and they had a very funny rapport. They talked about the scene they had together on Boston Legal, which apparently was written as an homage to their Quark/Odo arguments. During the Q&A Brent Spiner (TNG: Data) appeared out of nowhere to ask one of the questions. There was a lot of ribbing back and forth (who’d’a thunk that actors spend a lot of time wondering if they look like they are aging?!?) and finally Brent gave us a slight “Shatner-on-SNL” moment when he mouthbreathingly asked “what is it like to get beamed?” A little zing at the fans, but lighthearted enough not to sting.
Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman, Saturday 3/8
Later Brent came on stage. He spent some time talking up his new CD. He was very enthusiastic about it and managed to slip a reference to it over and over again. This was done with enough self-aware humor so it was very funny. He also talked about how Carnegie Mellon University wanted to award him the “Robot of the Year” award. When he declined to fly out to Pittsburgh for the event, the award went to someone else. While Brent seemed tickled to be named Robot of the Year, he goofed around about how Patrick Stewart is winning the Gielgud Award, and HE is winning Robot of the Year. Oh, and he did a bit of his fantastic Patrick Stewart impersonation.
Brent Spiner, Saturday 3/8
Sunday report: Stewart for Gandolf? (by Pete)
TNG’s Picard, Patrick Stewart was there Sunday morning. He mentioned a piece of interesting trivia, saying that he met with Peter Jackson for Lord of the Rings. Apparently Jackson wanted him for Gandalf, but Stewart wanted another role (he would not say which role despite our begging). Stewart also said he said he criticized the script a bit so he wasn’t in it and doesn’t expect to be approached for The Hobbit if it ever gets made. Like he did on Saturday, Brent Spiner hilariously posed as a fan to ask Stewart some questions. Unfortunately Stewart had to leave before he finished signing to get to Brooklyn for his matinee of “MacBeth.”
Patrick Stewart, Sunday 3/9
Brent Spiner asks Patrick Stewart a question
UPDATE: MORE PHOTOS
Max Grodenchik (DS9: Rom) and Chase Masterson (DS9: Leeta)
JG Hertzler (DS9: Martok)
Robin Curtis (STIII: Saavik)
Photos and video by Frank