Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
What If I told you that Wil Wheaton appears in JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek? You’d probably say that you didn’t believe me. Heck, we saw the movie, twice even, and didn’t see or hear a not-so-young anymore Wesley Crusher at all, not even in the corner of the screen. Or at least we thought that was the case. It had remained a highly guarded secret until this week when Wheaton blogged about his experience providing his voice for the Trek reboot:
“Back in the old days, before Twitter exploded into the phenomenon that it is now, I got a message from Greg Grunberg.” … “He sent me a private message that said something like, “JJ needs voice actors for Star Trek. Would you be interested in doing that?” … “I replied in the affirmative as quickly as my fingers could get the thoughts out of my head.” … “About 24 hours later, JJ Abrams called me. It was an entertaining conversation; I couldn’t believe he wanted me to do work on his film, and he couldn’t believe that I wanted to do it. He asked me if I’d be interested in playing some Romulans, and I think I held my hand over the phone so he couldn’t hear me squeal in delight before I calmly told him that, yes, I thought I could do that. I don’t recall precisely why, but we agreed that it would be extra cool to keep it a secret until the heat death of the universe, an uncredited bit of awesome that only a handful of people in the world would know about … unless we told them. (In fact, as far as I know, only a dozen people in the world knew about this until some meddling kids and their dog at Viacom found out about it this summer, and said we had to give me credit and stuff.)”
Yes, Wil Wheaton actually dubbed various voices for Nero’s Romulan crew. TrekMovie was nice enough to post an actual clip of Wheaton’s voice in Star Trek, which you can watch after the jump.
“They digitally-altered my voice to sound like different people, but when I saw the movie, I could definitely tell that it was me underneath the effects. In fact, there’s one moment near the end of the movie where one of the Romulans is yelling at Nero, and it’s my plain old voice without any alterations. I bounced in my seat when I saw that in the theater just like … well, you know.”
Here is the clip: