Actor Joshua Jackson, best known to TV audiences as Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek, is the star of Fringe, the upcoming sci-fi show created by Star Trek director/producer J.J. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. In an interview Jackson revealed that he auditioned for a role in Abrams’ Star Trek. He also discusses Abrams famous secrecy for Trek and Fringe.
Jackson not only auditioned for Trek, but he believes it was that audition that got him his current job on Fringe. From the interview:
I had auditioned for Star Trek, which I think was sort of my audition for [Fringe]. Nobody will say that but I think that is the truth.
Jackson did not specify what role he auditioned for, but a good guess would for one of the big three (Kirk, Spock or McCoy) and my money is on Kirk. Jackson also commented on the measures taken by the production team to prevent secrets from leaking out into the public.
As much as I am enjoying working for J.J. and Bad Robot right now, he is like a hunted man. Everything that he does or writes down, people are trying to get on the internet. I have never dealt with so much security. My script has my name printed on it, they have to change the letters inside the script to serialize them so they know who leaked it in case it gets out. I also had to sign a non-disclosure agreement for when I get my script every week.
According to Jackson, the chance to do “good work with good people” is what attracted him to Fringe, and he finds the script by Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman to be “excellent”. Jackson also sung praise for Abrams, stating:
You can’t really get any better than J.J. Abrams as a producer on television or film. Alias was pretty damn good, Lost is excellent, and Felicity was good as well. He’s definitely made his mark on television. That is the difficulty of television, maintaining quality and being able to keep cranking these things out.
For the complete interview, head over to Total Sci Fi.
Fringe premieres on September 9th on FOX.
New Fringe Posters
In other Fringe news, Fox has released three new posters for the show (click to enlarge)