Actors who would have made great Starfleet Captains

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  1. bbjegglebells

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    Tom Hanks and Christopher Lee would be nice. I was going to choose Michael Fassbender but I can't see him as anything more then a Commander, and Brian Blessed would make a better Klingon than a Captain.
     
  2. Merlanthe

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    Bonita Friedericy!!! :)

    She would be so awesome.

    So woudl Brenda Strong i really liked her as Captain Deladier in starship troopers she had a sense of grace and professionalism and gave me a sense of a female picard almost but with more obvious sense of humor.
     
  3. WillsBabe

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    Samuel L Jackson and Carolyn Seymour spring to mind for me. Maybe Jensen Ackles.
     
  4. TheSubCommander

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    Hugo Weaving
    Keith David
    Gary Sinise
    Bill Paxton
    Robert Patrick
    Tony Todd
    Ray Stevenson
    Powers Booth
    Michael Caine
    Tom Berenger
    Thomas Jane
    Keifer Sutherland
    Kurt Russell
    Yaphet Kotto
     
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    I'd pay good money to see him Generations, in command of the Enterprise-D when the saucer hits reentry. "Ah well, who wants to live forever?" Cue the boisterous, maniacal laughter. "DIIIIIIIVE!!!"
     
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    Have you seen the footage of her as Janeway that they released on the Voyager DVD set? It was quite painfully bad...
     
  7. TheSubCommander

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    Female actresses I think could have a good command presence as captain

    Cate Blanchet
    Amanda Tapping
    Linda Hammilton
    Lena Headey
    Liv Tyler
    Gillian Anderson
    Anna Gunn
    Sigourney Weaver
    Suzie Plakson
    Kate Beckinsale
    Uma Thurman
    Michelle Pfiffer
    Charlize Theron
    Reiko Aylesworth
    Jessica Lang
    Daryl Hannah
    Lucy Liu
     
  8. BigJake

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    Carolyn Seymour is a perfect choice -- she was a badass Romulan commander, why not a Federation one? (Sam Jackson can do anything he wants, but somehow I feel like I'd be waiting to hear a Starfleet Captain use the word "motherfucker." :) )

    TSC, that's a really strong list of female candidates. Cate Blanchett, Lena Headey, Charlize Theron, Gillian Anderson are all definitely certified with the necessary charisma and energy. Linda Hamilton and Sigourney Weaver too, although I admit I have trouble separating them from their pre-existing action-icon roles. (I have the same deal with Amanda Tapping, who built a great scientist character on the original Stargate but who I came to identify so much with that role that buying her as a commander got harder. Probably totally unfair, but it's there.)

    A couple of the others I haven't actually seen in action (Anna Gunn, Reiko Aylesworth). I also have a feeling Jessica Chastain should maybe be on a list somewheres? But that's mostly on the strength of her look and her rep from Zero Dark Thirty, which I haven't actually seen. There's a couple others like that -- Annie Ilonzeh is another one who just looks right but I don't actually know anything about.
     
  9. BigJake

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    I have admittedly heard it was pretty bad. Haven't seen it though. I would have loved to believe otherwise, she had a pretty strong, regal presence in her prime...
     
  10. bbjegglebells

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    Great thread idea, and lots of good names, though some would make better commanders or chief engineers (Richard Burton, think about it) than captains. Is it too late to turn this thread into "Starfleet Officers" instead of Captains?

    And Tony Todd wouldn't make captain TheSubCommander, Jake would have to join starfleet first.
     
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  11. BigJake

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    I've certainly got no problem broadening the net to "officers," although admittedly I find "captains" an especially interesting question because of the x-factor someone needs to anchor a whole ensemble. Thanks everyone for the great answers, I'm discovering (or rediscovering) great actors I would never have come up with otherwise.
     
  12. TheSubCommander

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    Anna Gunn played the role of Skyler White from Breaking Bad.

    Reiko Aylesworth played Michelle Dessler from 24.
     
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    Mark Harmon would have made an interesting alternative Archer.

    Jason Isaacs? (Or maybe Science Officer:))
     
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    Reiko Aylesworth also played a military woman in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. She was the best thing in that film.
     
  15. BigJake

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    Right. I do know who that is.

    Funny, I don't think of Skyler White as a particularly strong character (at least in as much of that show as I've seen), but I can see how Gunn could have that kind of energy.
     
  16. BigJake

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    A solid call for Villainous Admiral or Renegade Captain, maybe? ;) Although casting him as a simple good guy would be refreshingly against type...
     
  17. bbjegglebells

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    Captain Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Jeff Bridges, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Don Cheadle would be great too.
     
  18. BigJake

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    Yeah, Clooney, Harris and Washington especially would be perfect choices. Jeff Bridges in either younger or older versions too (Young Hotshot Captain vs. Grizzled Veteran Commodore-or-Something). Cuba Gooding Jr. as a Cocky Rival Captain maybe?
     
  19. BigJake

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    *light-bulb* Harry Lennix. I can't believe I didn't think of Harry Lennix.
     
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    I could live with that. Presumably he would portray an admiral who wasn't a jackass.