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came out, they did a music video tribute to Data. It was to the
theme of Mr. Roboto. It was just basically a collage of clips
of Data (without sound) from the series and the movie.
Then, immediately after that,
he came out, and he was wearing a blue denim shirt and beige pants.
That red tint in his hair is gone and it was a nice silver-gray.
I was so far away though, I couldn't even see if he was wearing
glasses or not! He posed in about 20 different ways for photo
ops, most of which were pretty goofy.
First, he said that his thoughts
were with DeForrest Kelley (who I guess is quite sick??? correct
me if anyone knows I'm wrong, I couldn't hear very well). And
he gave his usual spiel about not asking questions about Star
Trek and his personal life, but added that he would answer any
questions about DeForrest Kelley's personal life!
At first, they were only lining
up people on one side to ask questions and he said to the people
on the other side, "Those are not good seats, are they? I promise
I'll make it worth your while." Which, of course, drew some whistles
and stuff and he turned back to them and said, "Not like that!"
Someone commented on how great
he was in 1776 and asked if he was doing any theater again and
he said he's on a short list for something on Broadway! (Of course,
he couldn't say what.) And that if we don't hear he's actually
doing it by the end of the summer, that means he didn't get the
Someone asked why Data is never
promoted. He said it was never really an issue. He joked that
he could be captain, but that'd mean he'd have to talk like Patrick,
then he did an imitation of Patrick (he did a lot of these!) Later
on, someone asked about it again and he said if he were promoted
to human captain, that would be OK with him.
He said they make fun of Patrick's
accent a lot. Patrick says, "what's the source" and they say it
sounds like he's saying "worchestershire". And Patrick says, "temporally"
when he really means "temporarily". I guess there was a big argument
on the set about that one day.
He said he can't wait to see
Star Wars and that he's a big fan.
They asked him if he's made
any progress on getting Paramount to do another project with the
cast (a non-trek project) and he's made no progress.
Will he do another album? He
says he's sung on the last 5 projects (OTS, Insurrection, 1776),
and then he got into his upcoming roles:
HE SINGS IN DOROTHY DANDRIDGE! He also says that he thinks Halle
Berry is the perfect person to play her and is really spectacular
in the movie, he remembers when Dorothy Dandridge died (it was
traumatic) and his part is really huge!
His next project is a TV special for Disney based on Pinocchio
and he plays Stromboli and he sings in this too!
People approach him on the
street and ask, "hey do you remember such and such episode" and
he says he really doesn't. He says he's only sent he first 20
eps and someday he'll move to a desert island and watch the 158
he hasn't seen, and hopefully they'll have electricity there.
At the end, they asked him what else he'd bring with on that desert
island and he said a bag of pretzels (and something else which
I couldn't hear). Then they asked what Data would bring and he
said, "Tasha Yar, her sister Ishara, and Spot."
He really wants to do a sequel
to ID4. He said he talked to Dean Devlin recently, and apparently
there has been some deal made with 20th Century Fox and he asked
Dean if he's dead and Dean said, "No. The first scene in the movie
is a hammer hitting a board and we pan out and they're re-building
the White House. The second scene in the movie is Okun waking
up from a coma." And Brent made a joke about how it's probably
Okun's Evil Twin, Lore Okun!
He talked a lot about OTS and
how he's friends with Walter Matthau, but Jack Lemmon doesn't
know who he is and calls him "kid". He said there wasn't a take
in that whole movie where Walter didn't make Jack laugh. And Walter
would ask Jack in the middle of a scene, "Are you really going
to do that?" And Jack said "Yes, I was planning on it." And Walter
replies, "Cause it really sucks." He said Walter really dominates
that team. He also said Estelle Harris (George's mother on Seinfeld)
is one of the smartest, funniest people he's ever met. Martha
Coolidge is a big fan of ST and she wanted him to have the part,
but Fox said no and they had him audition and then he won the
audition. Same thing happened with Dorothy Dandridge.
HE DID DO A VOICE ON THE SOUTH
PARK MOVIE!!! He says it's a very small part. They came to the
Insurrection set on the Paramount lot and asked him to do it and
he said yes.
They asked him what his dream
character would be. He said John Adams was one of them. Also,
he thinks he could play Picard, he knows he could do it and if
they just shave his head, nobody would notice anyway!
His favorite TNG movie is "First
Contact" because he thinks everyone was at the top of their game,
he got to spend his time with Jonathon and Alice Krige, whom he
really likes, and it was a good movie.
Someone said they think he's
the most brilliant actor ever, he could easily carry features,
he should get the best roles and lots of awards, etc. and Brent
replied, "Are there any producers here today? Are you listening
to this guy? Are you people fools?"
Someone asked him if he'd support
the upcoming special olympics (2nd week in June?) and might have
asked him if he'd make an appearance, but I couldn't hear the
guy very well, and Brent said absolutely and he should contact
one of the organizers of the con, or someone important like that
and get him the info.
Someone asked him if he'd ever
play any roles besides really geeky guys, and he laughed and said,
"I've cornered the market on geeky roles and I really like playing
them, because in real life I'm just such an attractive guy that
it's a nice departure from reality." And a bunch of women in the
At the end, some couple introduced
him to their little poodles who were in ST uniforms and whose
names were Data and Tasha. They gave him something, but I couldn't
see what it was. I think some sort of stuffed dog.
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