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Old April 16 2007, 09:08 PM   #601
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Re: Cast the Characters of Trek Literature

For some time, I've imagined Final Frontier/Best Destiny's April as being played by David Warner. He's usually known for his villain roles, but I think he can pull off the more avuncular type too. I admit that might not be the ideal choice, though.
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Old April 17 2007, 07:53 PM   #602
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Interesting choice. Robert Shaw's played a lot of villains, too, so I don't see why that should disqualify him. He is a little old, though. Despite his almost grandfatherly quality, I picture April as being in his forties or early fifties.
I think I've only seen Warner in ST6 (and Klingon Academy), but I think he could pull off a captain that's both avuncular and forceful when necessary.
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Old April 18 2007, 03:46 PM   #603
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Have you watched the TNG two parter Chain of Command or Star Trek V yet? Because he was in both of those.
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Old April 18 2007, 05:27 PM   #604
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I watched TFF a while ago, but I don't remember his character. Haven't seen Chain of Command.
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Old April 18 2007, 06:47 PM   #605
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^^David Warner's character in TFF was rather forgettable, which may be why they gave him the meatier role of Gorkon in the very next movie. He was St. John Talbot, the Federation ambassador to Nimbus III, who was taken hostage by Sybok along with the Klingon General Korrd and the Romulan Caithlin Dar.
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Old April 20 2007, 08:02 PM   #606
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For some time, I've imagined Final Frontier/Best Destiny's April as being played by David Warner.
The man that springs to my mind for April as portrayed in those books is Peter O'Toole. He's a bit old to play the part these days (except maybe as the old ambassador), but O'Toole had the sort of soft-spoken intensity and commanding presence that the books portray.
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Old April 20 2007, 09:00 PM   #607
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^^David Warner's character in TFF was rather forgettable, which may be why they gave him the meatier role of Gorkon in the very next movie. He was St. John Talbot, the Federation ambassador to Nimbus III, who was taken hostage by Sybok along with the Klingon General Korrd and the Romulan Caithlin Dar.
Off-topic, but wouldn't you think it would have made more sense to have Warner play Sybok in TFF? Luckinbill was okay, but Warner would have been much more commanding and charismatic - not to mention sinister - IMHO.
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Old April 20 2007, 09:48 PM   #608
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I very much liked the fact that Sybok wasn't sinister.
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Old April 20 2007, 11:23 PM   #609
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^^Yeah, that was one of the few really good choices made in TFF. Sybok had to be a charismatic, appealing figure rather than a moustache-twirling villain; after all, he was a cult leader, someone who was able to win people over to his cause and make them believe it was right and noble. Also he was Spock's brother, and it was more poignant if he was sympathetic and misguided. For all the film's faults, Sybok was handled well and cast effectively.
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Old April 21 2007, 06:33 AM   #610
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Re: Cast the Characters of Trek Literature

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Well, not for yourself. But try to think of all the people that like to watch you perform!

Getting back to the topic at hand, while tying it to current events: I'm reading Final Frontier right now, and it makes me wonder what it'd be like if Captain April were in the upcoming Trek movie. I have Robert Shaw firmly cast as April, but he couldn't play the part in real life. So, how about some speculation as to a contemporary actor that would be a good fit for Captain April, as portrayed in Final Frontier and his other Trek lit appearances?
Strangely enough, I've always envisioned Michael Palin as playing April.

(as for Sybok: Sean Connery was originally to play the role. I wonder how different THAT would have been...)
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Old April 21 2007, 01:39 PM   #611
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^^Hey yeah, Palin would make a good April! Not the young goofy Palin from Monty Python, but the older, seasoned Palin from all those BBC world-travel miniseries he's done. In those, he's charming, avuncular, good-humored and unfailingly amiable -- a good match for Carey's April.


Connery as Sybok? Was that really going to happen or just something that Shatner or Bennett or whoever was hoping to pull off? Anyway, I can't see that. Although I've always wished that it could've been Connery rather than Jeremy Kemp who'd been cast as Robert Picard. Not that I have anything against Kemp -- it's just that Connery looks and sounds more like Patrick Stewart's older brother might.
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Old April 21 2007, 03:40 PM   #612
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Sha Ka Ree= Sean Connery.
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Old April 21 2007, 03:57 PM   #613
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Yes, but that's still consistent with the filmmakers simply wanting Connery involved, which is not the same as saying that he "was to play the role."
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Old April 21 2007, 07:05 PM   #614
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Sean Connery couldn't do ST V because he was busy filming Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
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Old April 22 2007, 01:04 PM   #615
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^ I think Connery may have been approached, but that's as far as it got. I don't think it was ever that close to a deal. Certainly, when you consider that he turned down THe Matrix and LOTR, it's unlikely that he would do ST.

I frequently see people on the BBS stating as fact that Connery was originally cast as Luther Sloan in DS9 but had to drop out. I'm sure that must be utter rubbish, as he hasn't done tv in years and is unlikely to agree to star in what was not one of the better known shows on tv at the time.
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