Stargate Atlantis actor Paul McGillion, who was first reported here to have a small part in the new Star Trek, talked a bit about his role with a hometown paper. The actor told the Canadian Welland Tribune “It does feel huge” to have worked on Trek. McGillion promises that the role will be an ‘amusing cameo’ for his fans, but still isn’t giving many details. He did talk a bit about the historic nature of being in Trek.
On working on Trek
It’s something I’ll look back on and say, “That was neat to be part of that.” It’s like being in a ‘Star Wars’ movie or something – even if you’re in a little bit of it, it’s a little part of history.
Regarding his role, Paul only repeated what he said in his recent TrekMovie.com interview, that he has a scene with Kirk (Chris Pine) and that he doesn’t get killed off (leaving room for showing up in the sequel). On Abrams, McGillion again noted that the director was “a terrific guy” who went out of his way to tell him that he wished he had “something bigger” to offer but wanted to be sure he still had a part in the film.
McGillion is currently in Canada preparing for his return as a recurring character in the fifth season of Stargate Atlantis.
McGillion explains Star Treks and Gates to parents
Here is a bonus video of McGillion at the January ‘Pegasus 3’ convention in the UK. Paul is retelling the story of explaining to his Scottish father how he is in Star Trek, but that (gasp) an English actor (Simon Pegg) is playing Scotty.