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Old June 23 2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Voyager Actors Deliberately Unemotional?

Garrett Wang has spoken to the official Star Trek Web Site and recounted a conversation with the newly cast VOY crew in which Rick Berman suggested they underplay their human characters to make aliens seem "more real".

Garrett Wang:

When casting ended on Voyager, all the actors were invited by executive producer Rick Berman to attend a congratulatory luncheon. It was during this lunch that Berman informed us that he expected all actors portraying human roles to follow his decree. He told us that we were to underplay our human characters. He wanted our line delivery to be as military — and subsequently devoid of emotion — as possible, since this, in his opinion, was the only way to make the aliens look real.
My first thought was, “That’s not right! What the heck was Berman talking about? Was he pulling our legs? The human characters shouldn’t be forced to muffle their emotions. We were human, not androids!”
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If true, this directive would seem to be at best misguided. Thoughts?
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Old June 23 2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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In other words, better than Humans born in the 20th Century.
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Old June 23 2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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If that was his direction it didn't last very long. It's a poor idea anyway. Two crews lumped together in one ship as far away from Earth as the galaxy allows; yes they're going to obey orders because their lives depend on it but automatons? The series wouldn't have lasted a season.
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Old June 23 2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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The fact that Garrett doesn't understand why the human characters have to be underplayed to make the alien ones appear more colorful, therefore more bolder adversaries only cements what a poor training and skills as an actor Garrett has.
Actors like Mulgrew & McNeil still managed to make their characters stand out against many of the alien ones. I'll even wager more viewers remember Tom's wise cracks over anything Harry said in 7 years. Garrett didn't even have enough acting chops to stand out in an ep. surrounded by humans. (Non Sequitur)
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Old June 23 2011, 03:34 PM   #5
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Re: Voyager Actors Deliberately Unemotional?

I'd like to hear Berman's version of this.
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Old June 23 2011, 03:51 PM   #6
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I'd like to hear Berman's version of this.
I'd like to hear a version of this by any reliable witness without a dirty little axe to grind.

Gee, what next - maybe Beltran trashing his erstwhile bosses in exchange for a modest speaker's fee and some salted peanuts?
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Old June 23 2011, 06:56 PM   #7
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With Wang's acting ability, who'd know the difference?
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Old June 23 2011, 07:56 PM   #8
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With Wang's acting ability, who'd know the difference?
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Old June 23 2011, 08:17 PM   #9
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Dennis wrote: View Post
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I'd like to hear Berman's version of this.
I'd like to hear a version of this by any reliable witness without a dirty little axe to grind.
This. I swear this guy makes everything sound like a Days of Our Lives episode.

Plus this direction obviously didn't pan out even if it was true.
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Old June 24 2011, 06:40 PM   #10
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Garrett did say that in the 1st season some stuff was reshot because the actors were too "emotional," so I wonder what the scenes would have been like if there hadn't been reshoots, just curious.
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Old June 24 2011, 08:17 PM   #11
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I'll wait to see if anyone corroborates his story before commenting on it.
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Old June 24 2011, 11:51 PM   #12
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With Wang's acting ability, who'd know the difference?

My first tought too.

He is certainly no Pacino.
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Old June 25 2011, 12:48 AM   #13
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The fact that Garrett doesn't understand why the human characters have to be underplayed to make the alien ones appear more colorful, therefore more bolder adversaries only cements what a poor training and skills as an actor Garrett has.
Yeah, make the humans more unemotional so they contrast more with the vulcan.
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Old June 25 2011, 12:50 AM   #14
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It is kind of funny that the EMH hologram was the best character on the show.
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Old June 25 2011, 12:51 AM   #15
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I agree Picardo stole it.
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