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Old 05-10-2009, 07:37 PM
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Christopher Plummer, the Canadian actor who played General Chang in
Star Trek VI has written his memoirs and is on a book-signing tour (he
was also in some forgettable musical in the 60s about signing
mountains or something). He was in Ottawa today, so I went down to
meet him and get his autograph.

I was in line for about an hour, and when my turn came I had about
12.3 seconds to talk to him. I greeted him as "General Chang, sir",
and asked him to write "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war",
although he only wrote the first two since the rest would take "all
afternoon", according to him. Fair enough, it's a long line. I had
time to ask if his voice had the same resonance at 30 that it does
now, and he said something like "Oh yes, incredible resonance" and
then I was gone. When I looked at the page he signed, I found he'd
actually written something that looked like "Steve- Cry Hovas,
Cleecfphe Pluu(Squiggle)" (see picture - it's kinda fuzzy, but you get
the idea).

Kinda rushed, but still, it's another name to add to my list of Famous
People I've Briefly Been Within A Metre Of.

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/v...hasm/Chang.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/v...hasm/Hovas.jpg
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Wheee!

So, are the memoirs interesting?
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He had a pretty boring interesting childhood. The prose is a bit florid (like I should talk). I skipped ahead to the bit where he talks about Star Trek...for all of a paragraph. No on-set anecdotes, he just talks about how he insisted on not doing the full forehead-and-wig rigamarole, which is why Chang looks different from any other Klingon.
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By "boring interesting" do you mean that it was interesting, but the choices made by the writer made it seem boring? Or that he presented it as being interesting, but it really wasn't? Or something else?
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Well, he had a pretty spoiled upbringing in upper-crust Montreal, but the stories weren't all that enthralling.

I'm getting into his early acting career now, and most of it seems to be about other people. He does a lot of name dropping, but I'm not familiar enough with the theatre community of the 50s to recognise them.

I'm going to keep reading, though. It's getting interesting.
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