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Old February 8 2009, 03:13 AM   #1
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Frakes On 'Leverage'

Leverage, the TNT show about a team of Robin Hood-like thieves, hackers and grifters, will feature a Star Trek: The Next Generation star as well as one from Star Trek: Voyager in guest roles next week.

As reported by TrekMovie.com, The Next Generation's Brent Spiner (Data) will have a guest role very different from that of Riker, while Deep Space Nine's Armin Shimerman (Quark) will be a corrupt doctor in next weeks Leverage: The Juror #6 Job episode. "That was my idea," explained Frakes. "I asked [Producer] Dean [Devlin] if I could offer it to Brent, and he was already big fan of Brent's because he used him in 'Independence Day.' And I suggested to the casting director to offer [the corrupt doctor] to Armin and why don't we give [Armin’s wife] Kitty [Swink] the judge, she also had a recurring role on DS9. Everyone signed off on it. These are wonderful actors who just happened to be on 'Star Trek.' And this interview is a perfect example of what happens, the bloodlines from 'Star Trek' to 'Leverage' are connected and I think that is interesting for people. It will be great for Data fans and fans of Brent to see him play a slime-ball sleazy character."

Frakes is hoping that Leverage is picked up for a second season. He is a fan of heist movies. "I love heist movies," he said. "'Leverage' is influenced by 'Oceans Eleven' and [Steven] Soderbergh. Dean established that in the pilot and that is something that we have all maintained as the template, it doesn't hurt that we have a great cast to work with. The characters are very well defined thanks to [writers] Chris Downey and John Rogers. I think it is a great show."

Having worked on Star Trek can be both good and bad. The bad is being so well-known for his Riker role, that it becomes hard to find other roles. "I am looking for a[n acting] job," said Frakes. "It has been good to direct, but, you know 'Star Trek,' as you know from talking to all the people from all the shows, is a double-edged sword. It makes you famous and you run the risk of type-casting."

The Juror #6 Job, directed by Frakes, airs Tuesday, February 10th at 10 P.M.

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Old February 8 2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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News reports indicate that Leverage has indeed been renewed - TNT is said to have ordered 15 more episodes on 2/2/09.
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Old February 8 2009, 10:00 AM   #3
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Re: Frakes On 'Leverage'

Maybe its just me, but it sounds like Frakes is trying a little too hard to get Trek actors into none trek roles and prove they can act outside of their trek stereotype as if he's trying to compensate for something. perhaps he takes it way too personally...
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Old February 8 2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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Maybe its just me, but it sounds like Frakes is trying a little too hard to get Trek actors into none trek roles and prove they can act outside of their trek stereotype as if he's trying to compensate for something. perhaps he takes it way too personally...

EDIT: My bad, it wasn't posting so I kept clicking, hence it turned into a double post.
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Old February 8 2009, 11:47 AM   #5
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Re: Frakes On 'Leverage'

Frakes was in it the other week, sitting in a waiting room at the hospital. Although he didn't say anything, it was just a cameo.
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Old February 8 2009, 06:07 PM   #6
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Re: Frakes On 'Leverage'

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Maybe its just me, but it sounds like Frakes is trying a little too hard to get Trek actors into none trek roles and prove they can act outside of their trek stereotype as if he's trying to compensate for something. perhaps he takes it way too personally...
I don't think he's trying to prove anything at all. He already knows they can act up a storm outside of Trek, so there's nothing to prove. It's simply a matter of helping your friends get some work. Not to mention getting to work together.
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Old February 12 2009, 07:07 AM   #7
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Well, I have enjoyed the episodes of Leverage that I've seen so far so I'm glad it's been picked up for next season.

As for the guest spots from various Trek stars, I don't have a problem with it. I've enjoyed most of the things that Spiner has done over the years. And, Shimerman seems like a decent fit for the frequently lighthearted nature of the show.
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Old February 12 2009, 11:13 AM   #8
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Why haven't I heard about this show?!


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Old February 13 2009, 07:14 AM   #9
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Dunno... they seem to do quite a bit of advertising.
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Why haven't I heard about this show?!


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It's pretty good. You should check it out.
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