Best known for playing Q in the Star Trek franchise, actor John de Lancie says his role as a father in Breaking Bad resonated with him and with fans.
With the news that John de Lancie would reprise his role as the enigmatic trickster Q in Star Trek: Picard, the actor reflected on how another of his characters, from Breaking bad, touched the heart of a fan.
De Lancie played air traffic controller Donald Margolis in seasons 2 and 3 of Breaking bad. Margolis was a troubled father who struggled with his daughter Jane’s heroin addiction. Of Lancie said Variety, “I would have loved for that character to have continued.”
“Let me tell you that it is very interesting what different characters can do for someone,” he said. “In this case, imagine a shy, nervous 22-year-old boy who comes up to me and says, ‘Hey, are you Jane’s father?’ And I said, ‘Uh, yeah.’ And he looks at me sideways and says, ‘Yeah, well, now I think I know what my parents went through.
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De Lancie went on to say, “I’m sure his parents did everything they could to try to keep him away, you know, ‘Please, you can’t keep doing this, you’re going to ruin your life.’ And he couldn’t hear any of it, but he might be affected when he saw it in a story. So I’m very happy to have played that role. “
Distraught after Jane’s death, Margolis made a mistake that caused a mid-air collision that killed 167 people. The last reference to Margolis in Breaking bad It was a news report that he was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot, leaving his fate unsolved, although it is possible that he will appear in the prequel. Better call Saul.
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