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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Scotty Fired
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/31/1997 4:06:00 PM  

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Don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but since it's been in
the trades I thought people might want to know...apparently Paramount
was unhappy with Jimmy Doohan doing a part on Homeboys from Outer Space
(I think that's the title) that had a scottish accent and a mustache
and was kind of a parody of Scotty...and they pressured the production
company to terminate his contract. And now he's off the show.

It's hard enough for actors to find work on the best of days.
But this sort of thing is just appalling. If there are fans of Jimmy
Doohan's work who are less than thrilled with this heavy-handed
treatment (which has many folks in the Industry out here annoyed as
well; Bill Mumy was nearly speechless when he heard it) and who want to
note this with the studio, you're certainly free to do so.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Scotty Fired
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/8/1997 5:37:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

"BTW, it is VERY enheartening that you speak out for the actors--good
show!"

I think you *have* to. The reality is that these individuals
were the core of the ST phenomenon. It wasn't the EFX, good as they
were...it was the characters, and the capacity of viewers to care about
those characters, as portrayed and given life by these actors. They
deserve recognition for creating something that has endured for 25
years, and to be rudely treated by the studio seems to me vastly
inappropriate. (Did you know that until just recently, when the bulk
of the original ST actors took action against the studio, they had
individually received as little as $16,000 total as their share of the
25 year multi-billion dollar ST franchise?)

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Scotty Fired
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/10/1997 2:32:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Do we ask the EFX to sign autographs?
> Do we go to conventions for laser light shows and things
> exploding? And HE didn't get fired, did he?
> Do you know what the latest of this is, from "inside"?
> Are any of Doohan's buddies sticking up for him?
> Is he protesting this?
> Is Paramount getting truckloads of mail in protest?

There's nothing more new on this in the trades, which is all I
know about it...everybody rolled over, apparently, and that's that.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Scotty Fired
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/15/1997 11:42:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

Your understanding of the situation is correct.

jms

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