Is there any debate in sci-fi fandom as pervasive as Star Wars or Star Trek? Most sci-fi fans feel that they have to take a side but that’s not the same for actors as you’ll find out. Both series need one another as Star Wars creator George Lucas admitted some time ago when he said that Star Trek “softened up the entertainment arena so that Star Wars could come along and stand on its shoulders.” On the other side of the debate, William Shatner believes that Paramount only commissioned the original Star Trek movie after Star Wars showed that science fiction could be a major box office success. Today, both franchises pop out regular movies that are as popular now as the original movies were in the 1970s.
Greg Grunberg probably owes his appearance in both Star Trek and Star Wars to director JJ Abrams who he’s worked with for decades on shows like Alias and Lost. Of course, Abrams has been involved with both the rebooted Star Trek franchise as well as the sequel trilogy to Star Wars so Grunberg got involved with both project through him. He was originally going to play an engineer called Olson in Star Trek (2009) but prior commitments meant he had to wait until 2016’s Star Trek Beyond to make his appearance in that series. A year earlier, he’d Resistance pilot Snap Wexley in The Force Awakens.
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