Famed actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan did not enjoy his time on Star Trek: Enterprise
You may know him as Sam and Dean Winchester’s father, or Bruce Wayne’s father in the Synderverse version of DC movies. He’s played the Comedian in Zack Snyder’s masterpiece Watchmen, as well as bringing the iconic Walking Dead villain, Negan, to life. Yet, many may no remember his part that he had in Star Trek: Enterprise.
Morgan played a Xindi-Reptilian in an episode of Enterprise called Carpenter Street. It was a one-off role, but apparently, the process of going from regular old Morgan to an alien was so traumatic for the claustrophobic Morgan, that he actually struggled with coming back to work.
These are feelings he touched on in 2012, talking to Entertainment Weekly, explaining he was claustrophobic;
"I was claustrophobic. I’d go home in tears. This was the job that made me want to quit acting."
"I’ve never been on a set where I went home at night and just thought ‘What am I doing? I’ve made the worst fu**ing decision of my life. I don’t ever want to be an actor again.’ Like, I was sure that this was just wrong, and it almost made me quit."
Thankfully he didn’t quit acting.
What’s interesting to note is that most of his bigger roles came after he was on Enterprise. Had he actually quit acting, we would have never gotten his take on the Comedian, his portrayal of Negan, no distant but loving John Winchester on Supernatural; not a single thing.
The process can’t be easy, which is why it’s important to celebrate the people who can in fact do it and do it for a career, like Star Trek: Discovery’s Doug Jones, who’s made a career of acting behind prosthetics. It’s not an easy thing to do, and Morgan’s inability to handle it is not a slight against him at all. It takes a lot out of you, especially if you deal with something like claustrophobia.
It’s good for us that we have actors like Jones who have no problem with doing such work and it’s equally as awesome that Morgan has stuck with acting, as he’s a unique talent with a ton of charisma.
Hopefully, he returns to Star Trek in a role that he’s far more comfortable doing.