J.G. Hertzler, best known to Trek fans for his recurring role as Klingon General Martok from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has announced he is running for Congress. Hertzler is currently an elected member of the Town Board of Ulysses, N.Y. and hopes to unseat Congressman Tom Reed of New York’s 23rd District. And according to the report from his weekend announcement, the actor is planning on campaigning “in character,” but not as a Klingon:
Hertzler says he’ll run not just as himself, but “in the persona of Mark Twain,” and present his ideas “through the brilliant humorist for all ages.” Twain, born Samuel Clemens, spent much of his life in Elmira, about an hour south of Trumansburg and the Ithaca area. He says his plan is also a tribute to Hal Holbrook, who has portrayed Mark Twain for over 60 years, including at the Clemens Center in Elmira a few years ago. He won a Tony award for his portrayal of Twain fifty years ago, and is said to have portrayed Twain longer than Clemens himself did.
Republican Tom Reed has held the seat since 2012. In 2016 he carried the district with a 15-point margin. Hertzler has filed papers to run as a Democratic, which means he will first have to win the nomination by running in a primary against local teacher Rick Gallant who announced a run in May with the support of local Democratic Party County chairs.
Patrick Stewart Drinks Shoe Champagne At Canadian Grand Prix
Sir Patrick Stewart is making news today for his bravery. Over the weekend the Star Trek: The Next Generation star was at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal where he was conducting the podium interviews after the race. Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo decided to celebrate by drinking some champagne from one of his shoes and then invited Stewart to drink from the other. Amazingly, Sir Pat did. Watch him drink sweaty shoe champagne in the video from Formula 1 below.
Nichelle Nichols To Appear In Downward Dog
ABC has announced that Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols will be a guest star on their talking-dog sitcom Downward Dog. She will appear in the June 20th episode titled “Old” where she will be playing a local celebrity singer named Deejay Devine.
Downward Dog airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8:00 PM.
More Celeb Bits
Star Trek Enterprise’s (and previous Tony-winner) Scott Bakula presented at the 71st Annual Tony Awards at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night.
The Mummy, directed by Star Trek writer/producer Alex Kurtzman, opened over the weekend to poor reviews and ended being beat at the domestic box office by Wonder Woman (co-starring Star Trek’s Chris Pine) in its second weekend. However, internationally The Mummy did relatively well bringing in a total of over $173M for the weekend. The eponymous mummy is played by Sofia Boutella who revealed that when she played Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond she brought a massage table to relax on while her makeup was applied, which she did again for The Mummy (as can be seen in this new Instagram photo she shared over the weekend).
Speaking of Chris Pine, he is getting a lot of good buzz from the highly-rated Wonder Woman, for example: Business Insider declaring the actor is “suddenly at the top of his game.”
And speaking of Sofia Boutella she will be re-uniting with her Beyond co-star Zachary Quinto in the upcoming film Hotel Artemis. Empire reports he and Sofia have joined the cast along with Jodie Foster for Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce’s directorial debut in what is described as a near-future thriller.
Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana stars in “Free Me,” an emotional new music video from Sia about dealing with HIV.
That’s it for this week’s celebrity roundup, but keep up with all the Star Trek celebrity news here at TrekMovie.