June 16 2024

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Marsters: I Blew Shinzon Role Audition

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor James Marsters has always been a big sci-fi fan, and admitted to coming to conventions as a young teen dressed as Spock.

The actor was also a huge fan of Sir Patrick Stewart, which worked against him when auditioning for the role of the Picard clone, Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis. “I just had to read the part,” he said. “It was basically mine. I was horrible. I was God-awful in the audition, because I was fanboying out so hard to be in the same room with Jean-Luc Picard. I could see [Stewart’s] face and he was pulling for me. He’s trying to get me to act with him. And I could see in his eyes, ‘Wow this is not working at all. This kid is terrible.”

Marsters never got to talk to Stewart about the terrible audition. “I never saw him again,” he said. “Tell Patrick I was not at my best.”

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