Scott Bakula, Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise, is out promoting his role in the new movie The Informant!, and in a new extensive interview he gets into what effect being part of Star Trek and Quantum Leap has had on his life, excerpts below. Bakula also says that he expects that he would not be involved in any future version of Quantum Leap. And in a separate video interview, Bakula talks about Quantum Leap, Chuck and more, including the Enterprise reference in the new Star Trek movie.
Bakula on fandom and turning down sci-fi
To many, especially genre fans, Scotty Bakula is best known for his roles on the sci-fi shows Quantum Leap and Star Trek Enterprise. In an extensive interview with Moviehole, the actor discusses fandom, and he has turned down more sci-fi roles.
Question: How was it for you dealing with some of those hard core fans from both of those show? I mean, the Trekkies are a bunch unto themselves.
Bakula: Yeah. Well, you know, science fiction fans, if they love you, they’re – you’ve got ’em.
Question: But God help you if they don’t.
Bakula: Well, they let you know, you know? And they don’t really – you know, they really don’t hang around if they don’t like you, because they’re just – if they’ve – if you’re in, you know, then you’re in forever. And they’re demanding fans. They expect that you be honest in your science fiction, and correct in your science fiction. And they expect you to be available, and a part of the world of science fiction. And they claim you. So, there’s kind of a responsibility about that. But I knew that. I knew when I took Enterprise that I was perpetuating that. But they’re loyal, and they ask you to be really good. And they really watch. And, you know, for a performer, that’s – you can’t really ask for more than that. They’re not casual. They’re intent. And you better have – you better not screw up your facts, your logic, they’ll ring you up on that one. And so – you know, that’s who you work for. We work for our fans, and for an audience. And so I love them. They’ve been great to me.
Question: Are you a fan of those genres yourself?
Bakula: I am. I look back now, it’s like, "How did I end up in all these science fiction things?" And then I look back at the stuff that I loved when I was a kid, and the TV shows that I liked, and the books that I liked and Ray Bradbury, and all the things that I loved reading. And then I say, "Well, you know, it’s kind of"- when I open up a script that says, "The guy – he wakes up and he’s in a bed, and nobody knows – he looks in a mirror and he’s somebody else, and they can’t figure it out, and this hologram appears," I’m just sucked right in. I’m not going, "This is stupid." I love it. So, it’s – I’m drawn to it. It’s hard for me to say no to science fiction stuff.
Bakula: Which I have to do. You know? You just can’t – because – and people are always like, "Well, let’s send him a script about some sci-fi thing." Or, "Let’s write him another sci-fi show." And it’s like, "Well, hang on. I just can’t keep doing that over and over and over again." But to be in those two franchises have been just remarkable.
Read much more, including how expects he would be recast in any future version of Quantum Leap, at Moviehole.
Bakula on Archer reference in Star Trek
Bakula also talked to Collider, where he discussed The Informant, Quantum Leap, Chuck and more, including the reference to Archer (and Porthos) in the new Star Trek, of which Bakula stated:
Totally surprised by that, I didn’t see it coming. I bought a ticket and saw the movie with my boys and–it was so fast to be quite honest–I wasn’t sure that I heard it, because there was so much going on in that movie–great movie incidently, I thought they did a wonderful job–but I thought "did he just talk about my dog dying?" And the you are on to something else.