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 73: David Benjamin Tomlinson, Linus from “Star Trek: Discovery”

What makes a fan-favorite character in a TV show? No one really knows the magical secret, but in this case, all it took was a runny nose. In this episode, we chat with David Benjamin Tomlinson, the actor behind the Saurian crew member on “Star Trek: Discovery.”

 In addition to being Linus, David has also played a Klingon, a Kelpien, and a Betelgeusean on DISCO, although he has yet to show his humanoid face on screen.

Tomlinson walks us through the audition process and how he eventually landed the role of Linus, the intense makeup process to become the Saurian and which alien took the longest, how he discovered the character of Linus, working with the cast, including stories about Doug Jones and Soneqhua Martin-Green, how much of David is in Linus and how much of Linus is in David, and more Trek tales. Plus, his secret origin story told at last, and discussion of some of his other work before Trek, including a unique theatrical improv experience, called “Blind Date.”

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