Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold-Episode 119: Alec Newman

Alec Newman, From Scotland to Star Trek

Alec Newman has gone from Scotland to Star Trek, along with some other sci-fi names on his wonderful resume, and he stopped by Trek Untold to tell us all about it! Alec played Malik on three episodes of “Star Trek: Enterprise,” referred to as The Augment trilogy. He was the #1 son of Soong and had some great memories of his time performing on that set.

 We learn about Alec growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, with his famous musician father, Sandy Newman from “Marmalade,” what he remembered and learned from his first on-screen role in “Taggart,” how he found his way from the UK to Hollywood, working on the “Dune” mini-series as Paul Etraides and his unique approach and method behind how he performed that character, along with how the epic fight between him and Matt Keesler was put together, and likewise what Alec did differently from his predecessors when performing as Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein in the Emmy award-winning “Frankenstein” movie alongside William Hurt and Donald Sutherland.

 Then it's time for Trek Talk, and Alec explained how he got cast as this augment, wearing the wig and tight spandex, working with Brent Spiner, his fight scenes with Scott Bakula, being directed by Levar Burton, “The Wrath of Khan” homage in the episodes, and more from his time on Enterprise. This was a fantastic chat with an absolutely fantastic performer you will love hearing from!

 NOTE: Apologies for anyone watching the video version, a few times in the interview, the Zoom connection got weird, so some parts are wildly out of sync, but 99% of the interview is fine.

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