Star Trek The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes will be appearing at the Boston SuperMegaFest this weekend and in a new interview to promote the event he talked about various things Trek from his auditions, to his beard, to his future as Riker. We also have pics of Frakes and some TNG co-stars from the wrap party from Frakes’ third Librarian TV movie.
The Bearded one speaks
excerpts from the WorcesterTelegram & Gazette
Frakes on his his level of Trekdom
I was not much of a sci-fi fan. I had certainly heard of ‘Star Trek’ but I didn’t know anything about the place it had in the popular culture. I know (Michael) Dorn (who played Lt. Commander Worf) was a big trekkie, and Wil Wheaton, (who played Wesley Crusher), obviously. But, for the rest of us, it was a gig. As it became successful, we realized that we really stepped into something, and it was a privilege to be part of the legacy and the family.
…on auditioning for TNG:
There were a lot of auditions for the show. I auditioned seven times. Patrick (Stewart who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard), I think, auditioned both with and without a wig. I’ve often said getting the job was harder than doing the job.
…on the beard (introduced in Season 2)
The beard was my idea. After, it was approved by Gene (Roddenberry) And, of course, in the great tradition of producers it became their idea.
Between the Klingon and the android and the bald English captain and the beautiful empath and the red-headed doctor and black guy with this little visor, you had to chisel out your own little territory yourself,” Frakes said.
…and when asked if he would play Riker again, he said:
I just need to be asked.
Librarian & Leverage wrap party
Frakes who directed many Trek episodes and two Trek feature films continues to direct, recently completing the third of the Librarian TV movie series for TNT. The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, starring Noah Wyle airs Dec. 7 on TNT. Frakes has also directed two episodes of Leverage, a modern day Insurance guy turned Robin Hood show, for TNT.
On Wednesday TNT held a wrap part for both the Librarian and Leverage, and Frakes was there along with a couple of his TNG co-stars.
Marina Sirtis (Troi)