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Old May 15 2009, 02:32 PM   #16
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

I am not a fan of Frakes, but I loathe that episode, particularly Campbell's role (sorry, Okona lovers!) - so much so that when I found out he had been in the running for Riker, I was actually relieved that we ended up with Frakes.

Which is a sentence I (and probably WillsBabe ) never thought I would see coming from my keyboard.
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Old May 15 2009, 05:18 PM   #17
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Which is a sentence I (and probably WillsBabe ) never thought I would see coming from my keyboard.


Welcome to the Dark Side, Kate.
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Old May 15 2009, 05:24 PM   #18
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

^

I happened be watching that episode a week or two ago when my husband (who is a much bigger Riker hater than I am - I at least can sometimes enjoy the scenery when I'm looking at him) happened to walk through the room. I said, "I recently heard that the guy playing Okuna there was in the running to play Riker." He stopped, looked, gagged, shook his head in disgust and said, "He's worse than the one we got!"

So I guess there's two more souls on the Dark Side. Sort of.

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Old May 15 2009, 06:59 PM   #19
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WATCH "THE ROCKETEER". NOW.
No thanks.

I much prefer Frakes in the role of Riker.
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Old May 15 2009, 07:17 PM   #20
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

for a better idea of Campbell's TV work try and find Crime Story on DVD. it only lasted two seasons, but its a very good hard edged crime series set in the early 60s Chicago and Vegas.
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Old May 15 2009, 09:47 PM   #21
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

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. . . sorry, Okona lovers!. . .
They exist?
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Old May 15 2009, 09:48 PM   #22
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Given how bad he was in his single appearance, I'm glad he didn't get it. Awful acting, awful character in an awful episode.
I thought he did a good job on the 4400. I know I've seen him in other stuff but I really only remember him from the 4400. I could see him as Riker but I can see where they would think he's a little too "soft" versus Frakes.
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Old May 21 2009, 06:24 PM   #23
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

Speaking of actors who almost got main parts on the show, Colm Meany was in the running to play Geordi. The guy who played Hugh Borg (I forget his name) was in the running for Wesley.
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Old May 22 2009, 02:45 PM   #24
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

I think Tim Russ was also in the running for Geordi. The actor for the Traveller was in the running for Data. The pirate captain in "Gambit" was in the running for Picard.
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Old May 22 2009, 05:19 PM   #25
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

in that episode campbell had to be a swashbuckling type. i'm sure had he gotten the part he'd have played it differently. but i like frakes and i think he played the role the best way he could in relation to what he was given and the rest of the characters. riker fit in with everyone else. and for me the chemistry of the characters was a big part of why the show worked. he had a tough role, he had to be understated as 2nd in command and yet had to provide leadership when called upon. i think the role requires one to be "stuffy" if it is going to be played with some realism. i think he did a great job and he let others shine......the striaght man to the funny guy who gets all the laughs. he did his job.
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

I'd love to see the second choices for all the roles. Even Troi and Crusher.
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Old January 16 2014, 12:55 AM   #27
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

Jonathan Frakes was the perfect choice. I seriously doubt anyone else was really considered after his audtion(s). He's brought so much to STAR TREK, as well, both as actor and director. Every spin-off has a Riker episode in it and it's not surprising ... everybody just loves him!
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Old January 16 2014, 01:10 AM   #28
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

Since somebody necro'd a 5-year-old thread, I guess it's fair to respond to a 5-year-old post:

Hermiod wrote: View Post
Given how bad he was in his single appearance, I'm glad he didn't get it. Awful acting, awful character in an awful episode.
It's not fair to judge the actor by this one role in what many consider to be a bad episode of Trek. He was also the co-lead of the critically-acclaimed drama Once & Again with Sela Ward, who won a best lead actress Emmy for her part in the show.
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Old January 16 2014, 01:15 AM   #29
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The pirate captain in "Gambit" was in the running for Picard.
Rostov of Invasion USA as Picard?
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Old January 16 2014, 09:11 AM   #30
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Re: Billy Campbell almost got Riker?

Really? I always found Riker bland and uninteresting.
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