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Brent Spiner
By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I try to do as much as I can. I probably knew more about Earl Mills than anybody on earth besides people who actually knew him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

Certainly I find it most interesting to play a role that I can invent from nothing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

[Independence Day] was a sweet, sweet job, because it was one of those big surprises.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

As it turns out, sometimes that bites you. In this case, I saw pictures of Earl [Mills], and...I actually met him. He was quite old at the time, but he had this sort of curly red hair, so we did that in the film. I got a perm and had red hair, and... It was a mess.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

Generally, I have to be able to get the lines out of my mouth without making a mistake before I go to sleep.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

Of course, when you see [ musical numbers] in the movie [Out To Sea ], it's cut into a lot with other scenes, but we shot the number straight through, so here I am doing it, and sitting right in front of me in the audience was Donald O'Connor. And I was, like, "Oh, my God, I can't believe I'm performing a musical number in front of Donald O'Connor," who's one of the greats of the silver screen. But it was a thrilling experience, it really was.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brent Spiner

[Trey Parker and Matt Stone]called me one Saturday morning and said, "Can you do an impression of Conan O'Brien?" And I said, "I don't know." Because that was really... He hadn't been on the air that long, and to be honest, I hadn't watched much of him at that point. So I went to Santa Monica to their studio and said, "Well, what does he sound like?" They said, "Well, just try it one time. Read the copy." And I read the copy one time, and they went, "Okay, that's fine. Thanks a lot, that'll do. That's perfect.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brent Spiner

The woman who wrote the movie [Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains], her name is Nancy Dowd. She's a wonderful writer. She wrote Coming Home. And when I read the script, at that time, I thought, "This movie is going to do for girls what Breaking Away did for boys." I thought it was going to be huge. It was a great script.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

It was kind of an amazing class. I went to the Strasberg Institute in New York for a little while after I got there, and I've never seen anybody who was in any of my classes there ever again. I mean, that's not to say they didn't become somebody. I'm not sure. I mean, Sam Jackson could've been in my class, for all I remember.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I try not to make plans. Because, even the best laid plans etc. etc.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I always refer to [Stardust Memories] as Sharon Stone's and my first film.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

Rent Control was an interesting movie. It was directed by... I had done a couple of plays off Broadway, and this Italian director came, his name was Gian Luigi Polidoro, and he determined I was the person to play the lead in his low-budget comedy. He'd won an award at the Venice Film Festival, and... He was, y'know, a skilled director.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brent Spiner

They were nicely written and nicely directed episodes [Star Trek: Enterprise]. I enjoyed working with Scott [Bakula]. So it was good to do, and, as you said, it did serve to enhance the Soong legacy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I think it's the business part of the word show business that causes me the most concern.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

Can't argue with Gene Roddenberry. He was a pretty brilliant guy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

[ Felicia Day] is really figured it all out, and it was impressive. It was nothing like our set, because her set was like working on a real film.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I assumed, "Well, I must've sounded like Conan O'Brien, or a reasonable facsimile or something." And there I am in the movie [South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut ]. I was very lucky.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brent Spiner

We had lunch that day [with Chris Ellis], and I was talking about this idea. I toyed with it a little bit on Twitter in story form at one point. And he thought it was a great idea, and he thought, "Well, let's bring my friend Harry Hannigan in, who's a wonderful writer, and let's see if we can put something together.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I have to go with Data's makeup, because that was basically every day, 10 months out of the year, for seven years. There were only a couple of days that I had to endure for Dr. Soong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I had no idea I was part of what was going to be a big mega-hit. I thought I was doing a B sci-fi movie [Independence Day]. And, actually, it was Jeff Goldblum who looked at me one day and said, "You know, I think this is going to be really something." And I said, "Well, I hope you're right." And sure enough, it turned out to be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I didn't audition or anything like that. But I went into John Loganhis office... It was his screening room in his office, actually, and I sat and schmoozed with him for about two minutes, which I think is standard, and, y'know, we got on fine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I think everyone agrees First Contact was our best film, and even at that, they're kind of... I don't know, they're sort of movies. But they're kind of really Star Trek movies, if you take my meaning. It's hard for me to say. I was glad to be doing them. Whether they were good isn't really up to me to determine, and it doesn't matter what I think. I thought we had a really nice script on Nemesis, and the audience didn't seem to care for it, so what can you do?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brent Spiner

Voice acting is about the easiest thing to do. You roll out of bed, throw your clothes on that you had on the night before, you go into the studio, and nobody cares, just as long as you can speak.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I had a fantastic teacher in high school. I had one of those guys you dream of having, who molds your life and inspires you to go in a particular direction, and he was quite brilliant. His name was Cecil Pickett, and a lot of the kids from my high-school drama class are in professional show business and have done quite well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

[Billy Bob Conroy role] that was a favor. Actually, the lady who cast Night Court asked me to do it, because it was a Friday, and the person who'd been rehearsing it all week got sick and couldn't come to the taping. And she figured I could put it together pretty quickly - it was not all that big a challenge, frankly - and I said, "Of course." I owed her, after all. Gilda Stratton was her name. She was a really, really nice person. So I did it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

It just occurred to me that there are some beautiful shots [in Rent Control] with the World Trade Center in the background.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I don't think everybody wanted to be on [new Star Trek series] . I certainly didn't.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I'm an avid biography reader.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

Although I could be wrong. If Roland Emmerich's thinking about doing that at some point, I'd be glad to don the long hair again. But sometimes you can just go a little bit further out with something you're only going to be doing for a short run

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

It really was not that difficult a process, because I was playing [Data from Star Trek] something that doesn't exist. So it was really based on... Imagination was the key element in that, and whatever I could think of, I could do, because there was no precedent for it. It wasn't like someone was going to say, "Well, an android would never do that." They didn't know!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

That's what kids were like then. So I really like the movie [Dude, Where's My Car? ], I think it's genuinely funny, and I wish I hadn't been so arrogant about it. And, of course, I didn't know it was going to be my best work, either.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brent Spiner

There's such a grand fraternity of actors who've played the Joker, not the least of whom is Mark Hamill, who voiced it for so long and was so great. I did it one time and... I've gotten some feedback on it from people who've seen it and really enjoyed it, but I don't know.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

Rent Control is not a terrible movie, certainly not for the budget they had. And, again, it's such an '80s kind of thing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

[Out To Sea] was like a dream come true for me, because I got to work with Jack [Lemmon] and Walter [Matthau], who were unbelievable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I think there is something like 90% unemployment in the Screen Actors Guild, so we are the exception.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

Any job you can go to and have a laugh everyday has got to be a good job.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I don't read Science Fiction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I've toyed with this idea [of Fresh Hell] for a long time. I actually wrote a feature years ago with this sort of concept in mind, and it's gone through several incarnations, and... It wasn't 'til I met Chris Ellis, who directed me in a little thing that was actually for a ride in Universal Singapore, for those of you who happen to be going to Universal Singapore.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

If you look around at the people in show business today they are basically the people who didn't give up.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

[Out To Sea] began a relationship I had with [director] Martha Coolidge for a few years that was wonderful, and she certainly cast me in the best roles I've ever had in film.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I've gotten such good feedback from that [re-team with Wil Wheaton for Big Bang Theory appearance], and I hardly did anything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

Gian Luigi Polidoro and his girlfriend had written this script, it was an American comedy, and they decided I was the guy to play the part. I was young, they offered me the lead in the film, and I said, "Sure, I'll do it." And I'm telling you, there is a movie waiting to be made about the making of a movie like that, particularly at that time in New York. I mean, we shot all over the streets of New York without permits. We would literally grab a shot and run. But Rent Control... I think the total cost was $100,000, and to this director's credit, I think it looks like $200,000.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I think honestly, believe it or not, that Dude, Where's My Car? in a way represents its time better than almost any film made around that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I do know that when I look around in show business, I see a lot of people who were in my drama class in high school.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brent Spiner

I know a guy who writes on the show, it was his episode, and he called and said, "Would you do it?" And I said, "Yeah." There's not really much else to tell, except that I was thrilled to be on The Simpsons, because it's one of the greatest series in the history of television.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I wanted to look right. I remember a review - a very positive one - in The New York Times that said I was so good in the role [Earl Mills] that I "even managed to overcome a terrible red wig." I wanted to write her and tell her about the agony I'd gone through with the perm, but I thought better of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I've worked with some great people [in Star Trek], and I was paid handsomely, and it was a nice role. So the whole experience was positive for me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

Radical surgery is never fun.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brent Spiner

We were kind of never one of CBS favorites [with Threshold], even though we'd gotten really good reviews for the pilot. We were on at, what was it, 10 o'clock on a Friday night? That's kind of where you bury a show if you don't want it to last. But, wow, what a cast, huh? You could never get that cast together again.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brent Spiner

I think the potential for man is so enormous, if we can stay alive long enough, we're going to be seeing a lot of what Star Trek is projecting.