Former Niagara resident Paul McGillion laughs about the first time he told his parents he was going to star in a new TV show called “Stargate Atlantis.â€
Despite correcting them countless times, they thought he said “Star Trek.â€
A few years later, he now has both franchises on the resume.
The rugged, Scottish-born actor was being seriously considered for the part of Scotty in the new “Star Trekâ€ film, being directed by “Lostâ€ creator JJ Abrams. The part eventually went to British comic actor Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead,â€ “Hot Fuzzâ€), but Abrams was so impressed with McGillion’s audition, he gave him another small role in the $160 million revamp, which hits theatres Christmas Day.
McGillion has been in big productions before – “The X-Files,â€ “Smallvilleâ€ – but nothing like this.
“It does feel huge,â€ he says from his parents’ home in Niagara-on-the-Lake this week, before starting work on Season Five of “Stargate Atlantis.â€
It’s about the only thing McGillion is allowed to say about the secretive production – he had to sign a 10-page confidentiality agreement when he joined the cast.