The reason Avery Brooks changed his look on “Deep Space Nine”
Fans love to debate “Star Trek“is the best. Some believe that loving a particular show is a generational thing; writer Keith Wilson used data analytics and polls show that the birth of a person has something to do with it; good writing and good acting make a great show.
From what he collected, Wilson showed that the Trek shows that fans preferred “The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine”. Wilson spoke to fans and reported that DS9 had the best writing, followed by TNG.
So the theory that Trek shows a fan has grown up determines who their favorite is is not a valid argument, using data from Wilson. To think that if one had grown up in the 2000s that meant “Star Trek: Voyager” would be a favorite makes just as much sense as the old one. The curse of the Bambino against the Boston Red Sox. Instead of a silly curse, it turned out the Red Sox just needed a stable of great pitchers to get some World Series Rings.
As they are both highly regarded by fans, it might not be a coincidence that the two shows have had a bit of a fight when it comes to their lead men’s hair. According to Trek lore, the lack of hair on Patrick Stewart’s head was controversial for the team that launched the new show in 1986.
According to Rick Berman, who took over the franchise after the death of Gene Roddenberry, the creator “didn’t like Patrick Stewart” or “the idea of a bald Englishman taking over and putting himself in his shoes. William Shatner “.
Berman said they were watching 50 or 60 different actors for the role of Picard and pushed for Stewart, even though Roddenberry was against it. Berman noted that before the final audition he asked Stewart to wear a wig because he didn’t want “this guy to go bald.”
“So Patrick… made a call to London, where his wig lived,” said Berman, “And he had the wig shipped… FedExed from London. I remember the box arriving at my office. Patrick walked in. , and somebody was there to help him, and he put on the wig.
Stewart read for the role, and Paramount’s John Pike – the same guy who created the now famous TNG molding sheet – said: “Go with the English guy. But lose the wig.
Berman said that “those were the three best words we could have heard.”
After Stewart won the role, audiences reacted to his baldness as well. So that, according to writer David Pescovitz, Roddenberry said, “In the 24th century, no one will care. “
Avery Brooks’ “important” hair
Since Stewart couldn’t grow her hair out, the producers figured it was best to leave her head alone. But when they picked Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko for the spinoff series “Deep Space Nine,” hair once again became an issue.
Brooks was known at the time for his role in “Spenser: For Hire” as Hawk. Ultimately, Hawk has his own show. For the part, Brooks sported a shaved head and goatee. It’s the same look he had on seasons 4-7 of “Deep Space Nine”.
According to at ScreenRant, it was part of Brooks’ contract with Paramount that he keeps his hair. It turns out that Brooks and DS9 showrunner Ira Steven Behr prompted Sisko to shave his head.
In the documentary “What we left behind“Berman told Behr that there had been a lot of” conversations about African American men and facial hair. It was something very important. “
In the documentary, Behr said it took Paramount three seasons for Brooks to shave his head and grow his goatee.
“It’s a look he’s been very clear about,” Behr said. “This is how he felt comfortable as a person in life. “
In the film, Behr lobbied the former Paramount Television chairman Kerry McCluggage to find out why it took them three seasons to give in and allow Brooks to adopt his “look”.
“I think coming in, especially because it was from ‘Hawk’, we were also in the 24th century, that we thought it would be a mistake to go … to … for lack of a better word “street” ”says McCluggage.
Later in “What We Left Behind”, Penny Johnson Jerald, who played Sisko’s wife (Kassidy Yates), said after Brooks shaved his head he was “incredibly sexy.”
“I always wanted to touch it,” Jerald said.
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