I Don’t Wanna Play Riker: panel review #3

Spiner discussed being offered the role of Riker as well as Data, something I did not know…


Boy, Brent Spiner is just a delightfully snarky, entertaining presenter, ain’t he? I had a great time seeing Friday’s Spotlight on Brent Spiner panel (more of a celebrity interview type event than a panel per se). It was really cool to see him and to hear about his work, both Trekkian and beyond…

One very lovely moment happened when the noise from the other big theatre recurred often enough in the beginning that he asked the host who was next door. She replied, “Garrett Wang” (another Star Trek actor). He rolled his eyes and moaned, “Oh, great…” garnering much laughter from his audience.

Then Wang himself runs in onstage real quick, almost genuflects to Spiner, apologizes to him and asks him to forgive those from his audience coming in late to Spiner’s–it wasn’t their fault, etc….very cute moment. After Wang leaves, Spiner says “I don’t know him.” 

One thing he did say which surprised me was about how easy it was to play Data, because he pretty much had free reign, in that there was no such thing as “Oh, a robot would never do THAT”…something that never occurred to me, acting-wise. 

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