Three main cast Star Trek stars were at Phoenix Comicon and we have highlights, photos and full audio of the panels for Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, plus Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Duncan McNeill. Check it all out below.
Leonard Nimoy tells his life story
On Saturday Leonard Nimoy appeared at Phoenix Comicon filling up the big hall with a capacity crowd in the thousands. The veteran actor, director, and photographer had a pre-planned presentation with photos telling the story of his life from his beginnings in Boston, through his early struggles in acting, into the Star Trek years and to today. Nimoy delighted the crowd with fun stories and anecdotes and engaged them with more serious reflections as well.
Here is the full audio (via VTWProductions)[audio:http://media.blubrry.com/alphageekradio/media.vtwproductions.com/archive/conventions/2011phxcc/vtw-agr-05-28-11-1.mp3]
And here are some photos
George Takei on Shatner, Star Trek and more.
On Sunday at Phoenix Comicon I had the honor of moderating the panel for Star Trek’s original Sulu, George Takei, in the big hall for the event. George talked at length about his new series Supah Ninjahs, his upcoming play Allegiance, and working with Tom Hanks on his film Larry Crowne (coming out this summer).
One of the more interesting comments came from when I asked George (who worked with Jeffrey Hunter on the film Hell to Eternity), if he thought Star Trek would have been as successful if Hunter decided to return for the second pilot, or if Shatner made the big difference. Here is what he had to say:
Actors are important to a project, but the core to the success is the idea and what it is all about. It is really Gene Roddenberry that made Star Trek a success. Jeffrey is a wonderful actor and a very good looking guy and a nice guy and I enjoyed working with him. Bill is a singular kind of actor and has his own qualities [audience laughs] I am trying to be diplomatic, tangential, nice. I think that is such a wonderful part. I would have liked to have seen what Jeffrey would have brought to it since he is such a great actor. But what made Star Trek this long-lasting is that core idea that Gene Roddenberry had of a human future.
George also said he was still not interesting in going on William Shatner’s Bio show Raw Nerve, saying "there is no reason to go on his turf"
Here is the full audio (via VTWProductions)[audio:http://media.blubrry.com/alphageekradio/media.vtwproductions.com/archive/conventions/2011phxcc/vtw-agr-05-29-11-1.mp3]
Robert Duncan McNeill on Paris, Voyager, and Chuck
Robert Duncan McNeill, Star Trek: Voyager’s Tom Paris, had his own panel on Saturday and shared a panel on his show Chuck with actor Adam Baldwin on Sunday. Both panels well well attended and well received with lots of Trek fans at both.
Here are highlights from the two talks:
- On transitioning from actor to director, McNeill says he owes "everything to Star Trek"
- Began bugging Rick Berman to direct in Season 1 of Voyager. Berman said maybe by Season 5 but he got his chance during Season 2 when Jonathan Frakes had to drop out to direct Star Trek First Contact
- Says that Tom Paris is the favorite character he has played on TV or film because he was "rotten on the outside, but not on the inside" (vs. TNG character he played who was the opposite)
- Happy with the arc for Tom Paris but wanted to do more Captain Proton, but producers were worried they would over-use it
- Hoping to bring more Star Trek actors in for guest spots on upcoming final season of Chuck, especially Wil Wheaton and Jeri Ryan
- Was open to the idea of appearing as himself on Chuck "possibly doing a signing or mini-con at the Buy More"
Here is the full audio (via VTWProductions)
Spotlight on Robert Duncan McNeill[audio:http://media.blubrry.com/alphageekradio/media.vtwproductions.com/archive/conventions/2011phxcc/vtw-agr-05-28-11-8.mp3]
Chuck with Robert Duncan McNeill and Adam Badlwin[audio:http://media.blubrry.com/alphageekradio/media.vtwproductions.com/archive/conventions/2011phxcc/vtw-agr-05-29-11-3.mp3]
Photos by Anthony Pascale (TrekMovie.com) unless otherwise noted