How aware were you of the original Star Trek back in the day?
Can you please elaborate on your comment about Abrams asking you, in a parking lot, to be in Star Trek Into Darkness?
Let me go back a step. I was finishing a Ph.D in Italian Renaissance Art History at UCLA and I’d put aside six months to finish it when I got an offer to do Fringe, to do a one-off episode of the show. I don’t really do one-off episodes of anything. I did a couple of them, like Psych, but they’re not really interesting to me. I’ll do long arcs, but, not to be a snob, but the work of doing one episode doesn’t really turn me on. I’d thrown the script in the trash can. I came home and my wife was crying, saying, “You’ve got to do this. You’ve got to do this.” It’s about this guy who has an argument with his wife. He gets out of the car and the woman dies in a car wreck. I thought, “Come on, nobody wrote that. That’s too much like us, except that nobody died, thank God.” I read it and I start crying. So I agreed to do it.
Later, you were at Bad Robot to meet with (Bad Robot executive) Kathy Lingg…
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