Brent Spiner played two different roles in the first season of Star Trek: Picard, and Paramount+ has confirmed he is back for season two. The actor has been talking about what it’s like to reunite on set with his Next Generation co-stars Sir Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes.
Spiner: Picard is in “good hands” with Jonathan Frakes
Thanks to the chatty John de Lancie and Jonathan Frakes, we know that Brent Spiner has already been filming Picard season two, with two episodes directed by Frakes. And in an interview with Showbiz Junkies, Spiner told them about being directed by Frakes on both TNG and Picard:
Jonathan really learned his stuff; he is a fine director. I always feel I’m in good hands when Jonathan’s directing. I just finished doing an episode with him and it was just great! We have a shorthand, of course, and it’s great to work with somebody I’m that close to. He’s really skilled now and it’s not just me saying that about my friend; I think if you ask anyone on the set – any crew member, any other actor – they all take pleasure in working with Jonathan. Definitely my favorite TNG director.
Spiner also talked about the closeness of TNG cast playing out again on set for Picard:
We really did have a special bond. We were working 16-hour days on sets that had no windows. We really could’ve gone crazy. I think what we chose to do instead was have a good time. We really did. We laughed all day long, every day. There were prickly moments here and there, but really nothing much. This camaraderie has survived. It’s transcended time, really; we’re as close now as we ever were – if not more so. We still get together for dinner. I still speak to one or more of the cast members every week… As it happens, we’re also working together again, which is great.
Our most recent Picard update clarified that Spiner is likely playing Dr. Altan Inigo Soong again in season two of Picard. In the new interview, he spoke about his decision to reprise the role of Data in season one after saying that after Star Trek Nemesis, he would not play the role again:
I was influenced by the fact that I thought it was a really amazing group of people writing the show. Indeed, the stuff I did was beautifully written. Basically, I had a little wink in the first episode. In the last episode, there was this phenomenal scene written by Michael Chabon that I thought was fantastic, so why not? We do change our minds from time to time. I’d like to take a lesson from Sean Connery, who said, “Never say never.”
Spiner also talked about his legacy as an actor and close association with the role:
I’m very fond of Data. I’m very happy I played that role. It offered me – and continues to offer me – a lot of opportunity and a lot of challenges, but I prefer, if I had my choice, to be remembered as Brent Spiner. Just because that is actually who I am. Data is – I know this is hard to take – a fictional character. And I am, believe it or not, a real person. As much time I’ve spent as Data, I’ve spent so much more time as myself. That would be my preference.
Star Trek: Picard season two will arrive in 2022.
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