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Old June 7 2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

Ive seen a bunch of interviews and stuff on youtube, and he just seems like a bit of a tool to me. Then I remember hearing that it was him who pushed for Data's emotion chip so he could do more acting, and it was him who co-wrote Nemesis (the one with a ton of Data in), and it all sort of seems pretty likely.

Anyone else thing that about Brent Spiner.
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Old June 8 2010, 05:39 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

I think his twitter feed is hilarious.
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Old June 8 2010, 12:56 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

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I think his twitter feed is hilarious.
Agreed. Brent is one funny guy!
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Old June 9 2010, 01:59 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

He's funny, and I'm glad he got to be a bit more versatile than just the emotionless Data. I particularly like him as Arik Soong on Enterprise.
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Old June 9 2010, 03:46 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

I can't say I'm a huge fan of Spiner's.

He reminds me of that kid in drama class who always had to be hamming it up and all of his "Zap!" interuptions involved potty or sex humor. I had one of those in my class. Douche.

He did good with Data, okay with Lore and he was good as Soong but there's other times where he gets to "expand" where it's just like... "Really, Brent? Really?!" most notably in "Masks" and possibly in "Fistfull of Datas" as well.

And the bullshit in "Generations" was just so far past the line that if it had dialed it back to simply being "absurd" it'd be a vast improvement and then there's NEM. Sigh. :shakes head:

He acted good as Data, I'll give him that. He certainly has moments in FC (maybe Frakes was able to stand some ground or coach him in the right direction) but whenever he's let off his leash he goes so far out into left field he pretty much ends up on the moon.

There's times I've just yelled at my TV at Brent "DIAL IT DOWN!"

Good as Data, anyother time, for the most part, "meh."

Spiner unleashed? Kick me in the head.
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Old June 10 2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

Spiner has got a sly wit. No, I don't find him annoying in the slightest.
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Old June 10 2010, 06:49 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

I never had any issue with him as Data & Worf were my two fav TNG characters anyways.

Sure at times some of the things he'd do as Data would give you a head shake, but every character eventually ended up giving you those moments over one thing or another.

Trekker4747 - "He reminds me of that kid in drama class who always had to be hamming it up and all of his "Zap!" interuptions involved potty or sex humor. I had one of those in my class. Douche."

^ You mean the class clown?

I was one of them, but that mostly had to due with the school I was in sucking all holy hell and everybody else made life crap.... so I'd make the best of the situation even if it pissed the rest of the class off..... why would I care anyways?

But it could have been worse.... you could have been stuck with Jim Carry playing Data.... now there's a head scratcher. :P
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Old June 10 2010, 10:59 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

Then you'd have to say the same for Patrick Stewart. Another guy who really needed to be told to dial it down on the action hero/rewriting stuff for himself bent.
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Old June 11 2010, 03:36 PM   #9
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Could the OP find a video for us so we can see please?
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Old June 11 2010, 08:43 PM   #10
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

I've never met the man, so I find him about as annoying as he finds me. Not at all.

As far as his on-screen work goes, there were episodes where he hammed it up a bit too much for my taste, but he had a pretty tough job--playing an android. When he had to--The Most Toys, Brothers (sequence where he steals the ship), Conundrum--he really stepped it up. In a good way. The ENT Arik Soong episodes, great too, although Spiner in the old man makeup with the Mark Twain accent in TNG was, IMHO, not good.

And I loved his performance as the cruise director in Lost at Sea. Funny stuff.
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Old June 11 2010, 09:08 PM   #11
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I have met him in person, when he was on Broadway in the show 1776, and he was very nice.
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Old June 11 2010, 09:41 PM   #12
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

I've seen a few clips of him during conventions (or something like that) and he does seem rather annoying. He seems to have that super extroverted personality that's always joking or trying to get a laugh out of people. There's nothing wrong with that, but I do find it kinda grating on my nerves. I'd love to have a small chat with the man, but let's just say I wouldn't want to get stuck in an elevator with him.
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Old June 12 2010, 01:18 AM   #13
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

he comes across as a genuinely funny guy, and probably would have made a good stand up comedian if acting didn't turn out well

From watching a lot of the conventions on Youtube, with the TNG cast in it, most seem like funny people. Dorn, Frakes, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sirtis, McFadden, Burton, you name it.

he also is one of the better actors in TNG. He played Data, Lore and Soong well in Brothers, and all had distinct personalities and characteristics.
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Old June 12 2010, 04:16 AM   #14
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Re: Anyone else think Brent Spiner is annoying?

shatnertage wrote: View Post
...although Spiner in the old man makeup with the Mark Twain accent in TNG was, IMHO, not good.
That wasn't Spiner, that was a stage actor noted and acclaimed for his portrayal of Twain.
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Old June 13 2010, 12:06 AM   #15
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I think his twitter feed is hilarious.
Agreed. Brent is one funny guy!
He was great as "Bob Wheeler" on Night court
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