Well known and loved in the sci-fi community as Tuvok from TV's 'Star Trek: Voyager,’ Tim Russ is enjoying an amazing career as both an actor and director. Born in Washington, DC and raised all over the world, his very impressive filmography includes roles in TV’s 'Samantha Who', and the films 'Star Trek Generations', and 'Live Free or Die Hard.’ Fresh off his highly anticipated project 'Star Trek: Renegades,' Russ took time off to chat about this exciting pilot which he states has a different look and feel compared to previous series. Hot actors such as will play heroes pushed to the limit such as Adrienne Wilkinson, Bruce A. Young, Walter Koenig, Robert Picardo, Sean Young, Corin Nemec, Edward Furlong, Richard Herd, and Tim Russ himself.
Q. Tell all my sci-fi readers about the TV series pilot 'Star Trek: Renegades'. When can we expect to see a trailer for it?
A. The trailer is out right now, on the "Renegades" site. Official trailers one and two. "Renegades" is a pilot presentation. The story takes place 11 years beyond ‘S.T. Voyager.’ It involves a threat to Earth that has to be dealt with, but that mission is not sanctioned by the Federation. It's underground, and carried out by a rag-tag, rogue crew, some of whom are on board for their own reasons…initially…It's a somewhat different look and feel compared to previous series, and that was a deliberate design.
Q. I see that you have a long resume as a director, including an episode of 'Voyager' and, of course, 'Star Trek: Renegades'. What is it like to be the director and actor in a television series? What are some of the challenges and rewards?
A. I am not a fan of directing and acting in the same project. I would rather either do one of the other. It's too distracting when I have to work in front of and behind camera at the same time. If it's a series, as a director, you have to basically shoot the look and feel of the show, since that has already been established. As compared to shooting an independent feature film. And you are directing a regular cast on a series, so they pretty much have their characters established.
Q. What can you share about the project called ‘Unbelievable!!!!!’?
A. This is a campy comedy that features a….puppet… a very funny puppet…! A handful of some of us Star Trek series actor's are also on board. The story based about an unfinished 50's sci-fi movie that has been discovered in studio archives.
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