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Answers Your Questions
Once again, STARTREK.COM users were asked to participate in a special Q & A session. For the latest installment of our Star Trek: Voyager chats we are proud to bring you Robert Beltran (Commander Chakotay).
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Robert Beltran chat. In the future, other Star Trek stars and luminaries will also be answering your questions, so keep coming back for the chance to ask a question of your favorite Star Trek personality. And now, without further ado, here's Robert…
Question: Hello! I was wondering what you thought of Star Trek conventions-are they fun?
Elizabeth D., UK
Robert Beltran: They are fun. I do them because it's nice to have person-to-person contact with such loyal fans.
Q: Is that Captain's Chair really comfortable?
RB: I rarely sit in it, so I don't know.
Q: Have you ever thought about going into politics?
RB: I have, but only if they quit getting so deeply involved in politicians' personal lives.
Q: If you could choose a role in a Shakespeare play, what would it be?
Q: Are you getting excited about your upcoming Galaxy Ball [Robert's charity event]?
RB: Absolutely. We're going to have a lot of fun. It will be very exciting.
Q: What CD's do you have in your CD player right now?
Jorg and Laura
RB: I'm sort of tired of pop music and what generally people listen to in the pop world. At the moment I mainly listen to jazz and classical music. Right now, I'm obsessed with Brahms.
Q: Does it ever get confusing on the set with three cast members sharing the same name?
RB: Yes. We have to make sure the director is talking specifically to one of us. McNeill is Robbie, Picardo is Bob and I'm Robert. That's how the directors distinguish us.
Q: In your free time, do you play or enjoy watching any sports?
RB: Yes, I'm a football fanatic-American football. I also like soccer-the World Cup and European Cup. For myself, I like to run. I used to play a lot of basketball, but I don't get to very often these days.
Q: Would you please recount your most embarrassing moment on the set?
RB: I'm pretty hard to embarrass, because I'm pretty tough-skinned. I suppose if some bit of technobabble gets the best of me it's a bit embarrassing.
Q: How old were you when you started your acting career? And do you have any advice for someone who is just beginning?
RB: I think I started acting when I was brought out of the womb. I slapped the doctor back after he slapped me! My advice: Study, study, study.
Q: Does Chakotay's tattoo have any meaning, or is it just an invention?
Rob and Sally F.
RB: It's just an invention. It has no meaning, except that we know that his father wore it and that it has something to do with identifying with his tribe.
Q: Are you married?
Q: How can Chakotay be a boxer, when he's so "Captain, we can do this peacefully"?
RB: Some of the most gentle people that I've known are boxers. It's very easy to separate what one does as a workout for relaxation and the way one conducts their personal life. If Chakotay was going around boxing people in his personal life then I would say there is a contradiction. As a form of exercise, I don't see any contradiction.
Q: If you could portray any historical figure, either in film or on stage, who would it be?
RB: I would like to do Abraham Lincoln or Cesar Chavez.
Q: What episode has been the most enjoyable to film?
RB: "Unforgettable" with Virginia Madsen.
Q: If you could do one more role or project before you had to retire, what role or type of role would it be?
RB: I would like to do the life of Napoleon in a three-film series. (Three two-hour films, like a mini-series.)
Q: Are you going to direct an episode of Star Trek: Voyager in season seven?
Q: After your contract with Voyager is up, would you consider being a part of a touring company, or do you prefer to work in California only?
RB: I've toured before and it can be rigorous, but I would definitely consider it again. It's also a lot of fun.
Q: Do you think Chakotay will fall in love?
RB: Well, he already has. I just hope someday it will be reciprocated.
Q: Do you ever read Shakespeare?
RB: I always read Shakespeare. I'm usually working on a scene from Shakespeare in my acting class. So yes, it's very much a part of my life.
Q: What is, or might be, your real-life animal guide?
RB: Probably an elephant.
Q: How did you like living in Fresno?
RB: Well, luckily for me I lived across from the girl's dorms so it was a lot of fun.
Q: If you (Robert Beltran) could sit down with Chakotay, what advice would you give him?
RB: Forget about the Captain and find a nice ensign.
Q: Do you think you will be heading "Down Under" for a convention in the near future?
RB: I hope to. Maybe next summer.
Q: Are you glad that this is Voyager's last season?
RB: I am going to be sad to miss the people that I work with. But I'm looking forward to moving on to different projects and material.
Q: If it were up to you would you make Voyager get back home at the end of this season?
Caroline L., Canada
Q: What was your favorite "away mission"?
Q: What do you plan to do when Voyager ends?
RB: Keep working!