This weekend TNG stars Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis beamed into the Sacramento Creation Sci-Fi Convention to the delight of Northern California Trek fans. The pair spoke with a great deal of enthusiasm and frankness about their time with the franchise.
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Sirtis On Nemesis Troubles
During the Saturday Night dinner, Sirtis sat at our table and lamented about the filming of Star Trek Nemsis. Apparently the trouble started from the first day of filming when she and director Stuart Baird got into an argument. Baird asked the actress to take off her shoes in a scene between Troi and Shinzon (to make Shinzon look taller and more menacing). Later in the day Baird decided to have a wooden box for her to stand on. She asked Baird "Why don’t I just put my shoes back on?" to which Baird threw his hat down and stormed off the set, claiming she was being difficult.
Sirtis also told us that Baird and LeVar Burton almost came to blows because Baird kept calling him "Laverne," plus he infuriated other actors by referring to them only by their character names (e.g. "We need Troi and Crusher on the set"). Lastly she told us that Baird didn’t really know anything about Star Trek, and didn’t seem to even like Star Trek.
Sirtis on Generations (where she got to helm the ill fated Enterprise D)
On Stage Marina Sirtis recalled getting the script for Star Trek: Generations.
I called my best friend Dornie (Michael Dorn) and said ‘I get to drive!’ He asked me if I had read the whole thing, and I told him not yet. He told me to finish it before I got too excited. So I read the rest of it and I couldn’t believe it! They let the blind guy drive and he did fine, but when I drive I kill everyone. I’m telling you, that planet came out of nowhere!
Frakes and Sirtis banter…including next film
Frakes came out into the audience with a microphone and peppered Sirtis with good natured interruptions and wisecracks. The two obviously haven’t lost any of their on-air chemistry over the years. Frakes spoke of his current projects, including a new The Librarian film, and answered questions from the appreciative audience. He also did a dead-on impersonation of an indignant Patrick Stewart. Later when Frakes talked optimistically about J.J. Abrams and his new Star Trek film, Sirtis chimed in “Are you kidding me?…Star Trek is about going forward, not backward!”