When working as cast, crew, or an extra on a show as awesome as, oh, let’s say “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” of COURSE you’re gonna want to try and take a couple of pics or some video of yourself on set before you get out of there. But you’d get permission before just going for it. Right?
Not if you’re Greg R. Stone…
Stone (above), a special effects technician who’s worked on films like Pumpkinhead, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Phantasm II & III, Hellraiser III, Hellraiser: Bloodline and Forever Young, worked on “ST:TNG” for three episodes (“Conspiracy, Q Who, Booby Trap”) during the 1988-1989 season and decided to break the rules by sneaking back on to the set one night with a buddy to shoot his own behind the scenes video that included a tour of the Enterprise itself.
Donned in what may have been Jonathan Frakes’ or Michael Dorn’s uniform (because, let’s face it, few people on Earth could fit into the slim and trim uniform worn by Patrick Stewart) and referring to himself as “Captain Stone”, Stone takes us on a rough tour of the ship, which was housed in Stage 9 of the Paramount lot.
When I say “rough,” I mean ROUGH…these two guys have zero idea what they’re doing and at one point you can hear Stone say to his camera guy in a quickly whispered, “We don’t have much time,” meaning “We’re not-a supposed to be here.”
According to Star Trek’s wiki, Memory Alpha, Stone’s little stunt had repercussions for fans hoping to someday work on “ST:TNG” as production staff, as Paramount occasionally hired die-hard “Trek” fans to work on the series…until the late ’80s, that is.
In 2011, makeup artist Doug Drexler and stand-in Guy Vardaman talked about the incident with Trek Radio, with Drexler saying, “They (ST:TNG) also had serious problems, like, I remember there was a videotape that was made by, I am not going to mention any names, of someone who snuck onto the stage wearing a Starfleet uniform, and took videos of himself and going through the sets and giving a tour of the ship,” and when Vardaman adds, “And breaking the clam shell in sickbay (which he does in the video at the 12:30 mark) and messed up our shooting schedule the next day, do you remember that?” Drexler confirms and says that was pretty much the last straw for the studio hiring fans on the series.
Now had this been a fan, I’d be a little more understanding but the fact is that this was a PAID crew member who knows that messing with set and props is a HUGE no-no and EXACTLY how much money is wasted when production has to be halted in order to fix stuff that shouldn’t have been broken in the first place.
Stone is not fit to wear the uniform…nor will he ever be.
Source: A.V. Club
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