James Horan on working with J.G. Hertzler


James Horan didn’t recognize J.G. Hertzler at first on the set of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in his full General Martok makeup and gear.

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James Horan has played a role in every modern Star Trek series. Horan was Barnaby in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tosin in Star Trek: Voyager, as well as appearing in Star Trek: Enterprise. In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine James Horan played Ikat’ika the leader of the Jem’Hadar at a Dominion prison camp which held Word, Bashir, Garak, and of course General Martok. Martok was of course played by J.G. Hertzler, but this wasn’t the first time Horan and Hertzler worked together.

Both Horan and Hertzler had parts in the early 1990’s Zoro television series. The series filmed in Spain and Hertzler played Alcalde Ignacio de Soto while Horan played Don Gilberto Resendo. It wasn’t until years later on the set of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “By Inferno’s Light” that the two actors ran into each other again.

While speaking at Treklanta this weekend Horan remembered the hilarious circumstances under which their how their second meeting occurred.

"“I was waiting for the fight scene with Worf and John comes up. He just says “Hertzler” and I didn’t know what he meant. I thought he might have been saying something in Klingon. With all the makeup I didn’t recognize him. I just sort of stared at him until he finally said “Hertzler, Zoro, Spain.”"

Apparently J.G. Hertzler was so deep into character as Martok that he even fooled other actors who had worked with him before.

We also asked James Horan about his upcoming projects hoping to hear a little something about Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek spoof series Orville, but Horan was tight lipped on the subject. If you want to know more about Horan’s upcoming work you’ll have to keep an eye on his website.

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