On Sunday April 9th, 2017, Star Trek Alumni and veteran actor Michael Dorn, who is perhaps best known for having played Trek’s first Klingon Federation Officer, Lt. Commander Worf, in Star Trek The Next Generation, sat down for an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” type-format with host Jim Helsinger, who is the Artistic Director for Florida’s Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
Dorn is currently playing the lead of Antony in Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater from March 29 through April 30, 2017. The event was billed as an “Evening with Michal Dorn” in which the actor talked in a very personal and relaxed setting to a full house of about 150 guests, with Orlando Shakes Jim Helsinger asking the well known thespian about his life, Star Trek, flying, his likes and dislikes, along with a host of other interesting topics.
Toward the end of the event, the floor was opened to questions from the audience, with perhaps half of the questions centering around Star Trek, while the other questions further explored the personal side of Dorn’s very interesting and notable career. Chief among the Star Trek related questions however was one which touched upon Dorn’s recent attempts at producing a Star Trek show in which his well known character, Worf, would in fact be the captain of his own ship. While Dorn’s attempts to get this show up and running have to date been uneventful, Dorn did say that Trek fans would in fact get to see him appear as a guest star in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, as a Klingon ancestor of Lt. Commander Worf, saying, “. . . the first episodes of the new series center around the Klingons.”
Dorn indicated that the producers from Star Trek: Discovery approached him about a year ago to see if the actor would be interested in guest starring as a descendant of Worf in the new series, which Dorn admitted he thought was a fun idea, which he hopes the fans will enjoy, with the many Trek fans in the audience erupting in gleeful cheers and applause.
As a side note, Dorn also indicated that he was however only paid .065 percent for his work on the show, of what he was earning when he left Star Trek, to which the crowd likewise responded with a unified, reassuring and somewhat humorous, “Aaaaawwww . . .” for the seemingly underpaid Trek actor.
Production on the Discovery began January 24th of this year and is slated to last approximately eight months, with the first episode itself premiering on CBS hopefully sometime in the last summer to fall of 2017, before airing all remaining episodes on CBS All Access.
According to a reporter from Trekmovie.com who spoke directly to Mr Dorns publicist. This is not the case.
Through his publicist Mr. Dorn tells us he was being misquoted. The actor confirms that there were “a couple of conversations with producers last summer” about a possible Star Trek: Discovery role. Those discussions lasted a couple of weeks, however they never led anywhere and there are “no plans for him to appear at this time” on Star Trek: Discovery.
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