EXCLUSIVE: Last February we ran our first article about Chris Doohan (son of the original Scotty, James Doohan) about his somewhat tongue-in-cheek quest to land the role first played by his father. Doohan later publicly endorsed the selection of Simon Pegg for the role, but that wasn’t the end of the story. In November we reported that Doohan auditioned and we can now report he will appear in the film. Doohan speaks to TrekMovie.com about his upcoming Star Trek role.
TrekMovie.com When do you shoot and do you know where you will appear?
Chris Doohan: At this point, I’m tentatively scheduled to go in later next week to film, but, like James Cawley, I still don’t know exactly what I’m going to do. I can tell you that my father would be happy with my position on the ship.
TrekMovie.com Have you seen your costume yet?
Chris Doohan: I went to Paramount Studios a couple of weeks ago for my fitting. After my déjà vu moment, I stood there in awe of the rows and rows of Star Trek uniforms that seemed to be everywhere. The uniforms are incredible and extremely well made. When it comes to wardrobe, they definitely spared no expense and I can only imagine what the Enterprise set will look like. I can’t wait to see it.
TrekMovie.com Have you met Simon Pegg (the new Scotty), or (director) JJ Abrams yet?
Chris Doohan: Simon Pegg and I have exchanged a few emails and we may get together to toast my Father. I guess I’ll need to bring some green food coloring to put in our drinks. I’m really looking forward to meeting the rest of the cast and J.J. Abrams. I not only think that he was the right guy to do this movie, I believe he’s the only one who could do it in a way that respects Gene Roddenberry’s vision. The fact that he asked Randy Pausch to be in the film proves that for me. Definitely a class act. Being on this film is a dream come true and I can’t thank him enough.
Trek déjà vu
This will be Chris Doohan’s second appearance in a Trek feature, the first being as a background character (along with his brother Montgomery) in Star Trek The Motion Picture in 1979. This makes him the only other person besides Leonard Nimoy to appear in both films and possibly the only other person to appear in the new Star Trek and any other Trek film.