Wesley Snipes came close to playing Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation before LeVar Burton finally landed the role. Although Burton was already famous for hosting Reading rainbow and starring Estate, Geordi turned into a career defining role for Burton with the actor reprising the role in a number of films after the television show ended its run. It’s hard to imagine someone else in the role right now, but if Burton hadn’t auditioned, the visor engineer might as well have been a sniper.
In a recent interview with Collider, Wesley snipes He was asked directly about rumors that he was up for the role of Geordi La Forge. He confirms that he had, in fact, auditioned and was “disappointed” that he wasn’t cast, but looking at him now, he’s grateful for the way things finally turned out. From the interview:
“Yeah that’s true. I think it was in the eighties. Yeah. And I was disappointed that he didn’t get it. Not as disappointed as he wasn’t getting the part in the first one. Coming to america, but it actually turned out pretty good. Because I think if I had gotten the [Geordi] I would have had a role on television more than in film, and maybe I would never have had the opportunity to do everything else that I have done.
Snipes was then asked how close he came to being cast as Geordi La Forge and if he was among the last.
“Yes. That’s how I remember it. Yes. He was close. But yes, an actor older than me made him famous. I applaud him, my friend, great and wonderful.”
Geordi isn’t the only role that Snipes missed in the 1980s. As mentioned above, he also auditioned for the role of Eriq La Salle as Soul Glo’s heir, Darryl Jenks, in the original film. Coming to america film. While he missed that audition, he was able to shine more than three decades later in the sequel. Coming 2 America like General Izzi. Many fans say that Snipes steals the show in the sequel, so perhaps this makes up for the loss of Darryl’s role to La Salle in the original film.
If Snipes had been busy playing Geordi La Forge in the Star trek universe, he may never have had a chance to star in the Sword movie trilogy. That role had become synonymous with Snipes as his own career-defining role. For years, Snipes had been trying to get a new Sword The movie took off before Marvel opted to reboot the series with Mahershala Ali taking over the role. Still, as we have already seen with Coming 2 America, Snipes will once again have more opportunities to shine elsewhere.
As for Burton, the Geordi actor is among the most popular candidates to serve as the new permanent host of Danger! after Alex Trebek’s death. A popular request from fans has called for this to happen and Burton himself recently said that he has been preparing his entire life for work. Several other celebrities have been named as interim guest hosts until a permanent host is named, but Burton was not among them. You can read the full interview with Snipes at Collider.
Topics: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek