Re: Uncredited TNG, DS9 and Voyager guest star reveals he really wants to do Shakespeare

From: O Deus <odeus_at_bigfoot.com>
Date: 2 Sep 2002 21:21:45 -0700


"Count 1" <omnipitus2002_at_yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<aklg12$1icu3p$1_at_ID-130993.news.dfncis.de>...
> ROFLMAO!!
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> O Deus <odeus_at_bigfoot.com> wrote in message
> news:c6784f8f.0208282216.1a2a17b9_at_posting.google.com...
> > FanPress.net
> >
> > Michael Burton who's appeared on over 30 Star Trek episodes playing a
> > diverse collection of charachters, revealed in an interview with
> > FanPress that he would really like to do Shakespeare.
> >
> > "Star Trek fans may know me from Sacred Ground in which I had a
> > non-speaking part as one of the security officers, Captain Janeway
> > passes in the hallway or from Descent in which I was Borg #7, but I've
> > always wanted to do Skakespeare." Michael Burton revealed. "As a
> > student at the NYU Drama School, I found myself passionately attracted
> > to the works of the Bard. His ideas spoke to me across a barrier of
> > centuries. Unfortunately the closest I've actually come to doing
> > Shakespeare was when I appeared as an uncredited extra playing a guard
> > on a Voyager episode called Muse."
> >
> > Burton who graduated after a attending a three year conservatory at
> > the NYU Drama School he snagged a role on the TNG episode The High
> > Ground as Terrorist #3.
> >
> > "I had the chanche to go around the country with the Northerwestern
> > Shakespeare Festival or do the Star Trek episode." Burton said. "The
> > money was better for the Star Trek episode and even though I only had
> > three lines, it was still a speaking part. Unfortunately those lines
> > were cut before the episode aired and so I ended up with an uncredited
> > guest appearance with a non-speaking part. And my chanche to do the
> > festival had passed. Still I didn't give up hope."
> >
> > Michael Piller had been impressed by Burton's poise and asked him back
> > to play the role of Barclay in Hollow Pursuits. After reading for the
> > part, he lost out to Dwight Schultz, but recieved a consolation
> > appearance as an uncredited crewmember in engineering.
> >
> > "Of course I was disappointed." Burton said. "I had put my career on
> > hold to wait for this role and then it didn't come through, but I
> > wanted to maintain my relationship with the producers and so I took
> > the five second background appearance and collected my paycheck. I
> > only had one line which involved me telling Dwight that he was late,
> > but Levar flubbed his line, took mine instead and the director decided
> > to leave it in. And so I had another uncredited Star Trek appearance
> > with a non-speaking part. I swore that I was through with Star Trek.
> > This would never happen to me again."
> >
> > Burton had meanwhile auditioned succesfully for the role of Iago in
> > the San Digemos Playhouse Production of Othello, when his agent got a
> > call offering him a third part on the Next Generation. It was an
> > emergency situation. Shooting had begun on 'Remember Me.' Eric Meynuk
> > had come down with the flu and wouldn't be able to reprise his role as
> > The Traveler and the producers wanted Burton to come in and read for
> > it.
> >
> > "I didn't allow myself to get excited this time out. I just breezed
> > through the reading and when I was told that I had the part, I
> > experienced a lot of inner turmoil." Burton said. "I was looking
> > forwards to finally doing shakespeare and playing Iago who is such an
> > ambigious charachter. This was a small regional production that would
> > involve lots of travel though and my agent convinced me to take the
> > Star Trek role. It was a big mistake. One day letter Eric had
> > recovered and he was back playing the Traveler. The one day of
> > shooting featuring my interaction with Will was scrapped and the part
> > was cut down to accomodate the lost time so that Eric could still
> > reprise his role. I was furious of course. I swore I would never do
> > Star Trek again. I was wrong."
> >
> > Since then Michael Burton has played over 30 charachters on Star Trek,
> > all of them non-speaking roles, all of them uncredited.
> >
> > "It's like a drug addiction. This may seem like an extreme metaphor,
> > but there it is. You don't know how you got started and you can't
> > stop." Michael Burton said. "I've never gotten the chanche to do all
> > the things I dreamed of doing. I've never gotten around to doing
> > Shakespeare, instead I make minor uncredited appearances on SciFi TV
> > shows. The Next Generation, Babylon 5, DS9, SeaQuest, Earth Final
> > Conflict, X-Files, Voyager. From Vancouver to Los Angeles, I've done
> > all of them. Oh God I've done all of them."
> >
> > Indeed Michael met his wife of three years, Cynthia Burton while she
> > was making an uncredited non-speaking appearance on Voyager's Favorite
> > Son episode as Alien Woman #5. His son, John Burton has appeared as an
> > uncredited non-speaking appearance as a baby as an alien infant on
> > DS9's The Quickening.
> >
> > "This curse has entered my family like something out of a Gothic
> > novel. Sometimes I wonder if my life is worth living. All the dreams I
> > once had have turned to dust. With a resume full of uncredited
> > non-speaking parts on SciFi TV shows, all I can do is get more
> > uncredited non-speaking parts on SciFi TV shows. And when I do get a
> > speaking part, my lines are inevitably cut or the part ends up going
> > to someone else." Michael Burton said. "But as Shakespeare put it,
> > Brutus the fault is not in the stars but in ourselves. It is not star
> > trek that is to blame for my lackluster career, but me."
> >
> > "Well wish me good luck." Michael Burton said rising. "I'm auditioning
> > for a part on Enterprise as Vulcan #3. And who knows maybe this time
> > even one of my lines will stay in."

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odeus Received on Mon Sep 02 2002 - 21:26:02 PDT

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