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Old February 24 2008, 04:12 AM   #1
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Paul McGillion On His Star Trek XI Role

Although J.J. Abrams had someone else in mind for the role of Montgomery Scott, he wanted to have Paul McGillion in Star Trek XI and offered him a small part.

As reported at Trekmovie.com, McGillion will have a small role in Star Trek XI although just who he plays and what role his character has is a secret. "As you know I have signed pages of confidentiality clauses," said McGillion. "I can say that I had a scene with Kirk and that was pretty of cool. And I am not a 'red shirt' so there you go. I was around for about a week."

McGillion had tried out for the role of Scotty, but that role went to Simon Pegg. McGillion was offered another part and when he arrived on the set, Abrams came up to him and said, "Paul, thank you so much for doing this. Sorry I couldn't give you anything bigger but I wanted to have you in the movie and the fans love you. But I had Simon in mind." McGillion was impressed by Abrams. "He really doesn't have to say any of that. It really shows you that nice guys can get ahead too. From the short time I spent with him I really can't say enough good things about him. There is a reason he does so well. He sets a tone for a really great environment and hopefully that will turn into a great movie."

In addition to Star Trek XI, McGillion is currently appearing in Stargate: Atlantis again, in the two-part episode Kindred. "'Kindred Part 2' is a heavy episode for Carson [Beckett] and I think the fans are going to love it," said McGillion, "especially the 'save Carson Beckett' fans who spent so much time to get the character back.

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Old February 24 2008, 04:35 PM   #2
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Re: Paul McGillion On His Star Trek XI Role

Although I'm glad that Paul at least has a small role in in the film (and glad to know that he's not a redshirt!) I still think he'd have been a better choice for Scotty.

Last night, the Missus and I started to watch a movie and there was a preview on it for a movie that starred Simon Pegg. Watching it, I just didn't get the feeling that this was the right guy to play such a beloved character.

There must be some reason why J.J. had him in mind. We'll just have to see how this turns out when the movie is finally released.
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Old February 25 2008, 01:24 AM   #3
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The fact that he's in SG:A is kind of a spoiler. That is it would be if Skiffy hadn't spoiled everyone in their frakkin' promo!
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Old February 25 2008, 02:00 AM   #4
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Frakkin' Skiffy!


Yeah, talk about taking the air out of the sails with that dumb-ass promo they ran. I knew McG was going to be back, but didn't know which ep; it would've been cool to have watched that show and see them find Carson at the end w/o knowing it was coming.

So now, the question is, is it really Carson or not?
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Old February 25 2008, 08:31 AM   #5
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Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
The fact that he's in SG:A is kind of a spoiler. That is it would be if Skiffy hadn't spoiled everyone in their frakkin' promo!
Ah, the glorious incompetence of the Sci-Fi Channel. Frakin' losers.
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Old February 25 2008, 10:54 PM   #6
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I'm not really sold on Pegg as Scotty but I'm willing to give him a chance. I just think McGillion was a better fit.
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Old February 25 2008, 11:21 PM   #7
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You want to talk stupid spoiler promos? Jimmy Smits, post-character death, was going to make a surprise appearance at the end of an NYPD Blue episode. He wasn't even given guest star billing at the beginning of the episode. But of course ABC promoted the episode all around his appearance.
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