5/26/2009

I saw Star Trek and thought it was really good, but was confused when I saw Winona Ryder listed in the credits. I figured maybe she played Ensign Number Ten in Scene 14, but then I discovered she played Spock's mother. My first question was, "why?" First of all, why would they make such a big deal about hiring a nutjob like Winona Ryder? And then go to all the trouble of hiring her, and make her near-unrecognizable with old age make-up? And why would they hire a young woman and make her up an old woman when there are actual old women who would bludgeon their grandchildren to get an acting role like that? Well, the answer is that they originally had a scene with Winona as a young Spock's mother giving birth that got cut. But still. You're telling me Judi Dench wasn't available to play the older Mrs. Spock? Something's wrong in Hollywood, and Winona Ryder as Spock's mother in Star Trek is Exhibit A.

7 comments:

Mauricem said...

I thought she did a great job as the warm and loving mother of the cold Mr. Spock. I didn't know she was only five years older than the actor.

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Alison L. Costa Rica said...

I totally recognized her right away. Between the voice she uses and the old age makeup, in comparison to her aged role in Edward Scissorhands it is the same. It was only logical...

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