From Huffington Post (Canada)
All too often, TV actors who've played the same character for a long time grow resentful and dislike talking about their experiences in the role. Not so for Michael Dorn, who played the Klingon Worf on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" for 11 years.
Amiable and incredibly friendly, Dorn's booming voice and imposing physical presence belie his gentle nature. HuffPost TV caught up with the sci-fi legend to talk about why "Star Trek: TNG" never seems to get old, and he finally clears the air regarding that online rumour about an impending Klingon "Star Trek" spin-off.
So, all these years later and "Star Trek: TNG" is still huge. Are you surprised at its longevity?
No, not really. The time thing is the interesting part. Like you said, it's been 25 years, but we didn't get the humongous amount of adulation until about 1994 or 1995. Then it was huge. We could see that it was getting bigger and bigger, and the fans were multiplying. We thought that, after [the series] was over, we'd have a couple of years of fan conventions and then it would die out. Obviously, we were wrong -- but this 25th anniversary stuff really did rekindle interest in the show.
(More After The Break)
What is it about "TNG" particularly that makes it stand out from the others?
The actors they hired for the show were this group -- and I don't want to sound egotistical about it - they're wonderful actors. It's like a fantastic combination of acting and chemistry. I don't think anyone did it on purpose, it just happened that way. The writing and producing are the other pieces of the puzzle. Absolutely brilliant. I recall one show where [Worf] was going to let this Romulan die, even though he needed my blood to survive. I went to Rick [Berman, a writer] and I asked, "Are you sure you want to do this? This is quite a departure." And he said, "Yes. We want to show that Worf doesn't have the same sensibility as human beings." That's the type of thing that made us stand out from the others. As good as the others were, they just didn't rise to that level.
How fondly do you look back on your time as Worf?
It's part of me, in terms of my career. It was the most brilliant 11 years that I've ever spent on television. The seven years spent on "TNG" were the best years of my life. "Deep Space" was also a great experience.
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