One of the more controversial elements of the four-year run of Star Trek: Enterprise was the series finale featuring TNG guest stars. In a new interview, Enterprise actor Dominic Keating breaks from his co-stars and expresses "love" for the often-derided episode. The actor also talks about his auditions for the 2009 Star Trek movie. Details below.
Keating on "These Are The Voyages" and Star Trek 2009 auditions.
In an interview with the official Star Trek site, Dominic Keating talks about how he was "very satisfied with his four years plaing Malcolm Reed on Star Trek: Enterprise. This optimism even extends to the series finale. Keating appears to be in the minority of both fans and his Enterpirse co-stars regarding "These Are the Voyages," saying:
I loved it. I’ve said this at the conventions many times, but I had no issue with it. It was such a treat to work with Marina (Sirtis), who’d become a chum over the years on the convention circuit. They were shooting Nemesis next door to us during our first season. And I loved Jonathan (Frakes). I had that one scene with him in the kitchen galley when he was playing the cook, the chef, and that was one of the funniest days I ever had filming the whole show. He is a crack-up, a funny, funny man. We laughed. There’s nothing like two actors when they’re just having a giggle in between takes. He’s as sharp as a tack, that lad.
Keating in "These Are The Voyages" – he actually liked it!
Keating also talked about how he auditioned for a role for the 2009 Star Trek movie:
I don’t think they knew who I was, to be honest. I went back twice. It was to play Kirk’s abusive father, which became a voiceover in the movie. They cut him out of it in the end, but there were a couple of scenes back at the ranch when he was knocking the kid around and Jim decides to haul ass and get out of dodge. And there was a great scene when he’s riding away from the father in the dirt. I don’t think they knew my work. I have a feeling they might have done their due diligence once there was some interest there and realized that I was on a Star Trek show. And it went away pretty quickly.
Keating auditioned for the role of Frank in "Star Trek" (pictured) – which went to Brad Henke (and was cut anyway)