February 24 2024


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Star-struck Spiner

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When Brent Spiner came to Hollywood, it wasn’t just to become a famous actor.

The actor, best-known to Star Trek: The Next Generation fans as Data, also wanted to meet his favorite movie stars.

When Spiner was asked about his most memorable role, he explained that part of his attraction to a role was the coworkers involved in a project. “They’re all memorable for different reasons,” he said, “but mostly they’re about who you meet, who you get to work with. I’m a fan, just like anyone else. And when I came to Hollywood, what I really wanted to do was meet some of my heroes.”

His role in 1997’s romantic comedy Out To Sea, in which Spiner played tyrannical cruse director Gil Godwyn, was the most memorable to Spiner, because he got to work with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. “I got to work with these giants,” he said, “my heroes since I was a kid.”

Spiner also spoke briefly in the interview about playing Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he said that he didn’t find it difficult to play an android without emotions, and about baseball. Spiner played baseball in high school.

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