Discovered Document

Cast Options


A memo from Gene Roddenberry to Emmet Lavery (dated March 6, 1968) which includes Bob Justman’s notes on casting options (dated February 26, 1968).

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  1. Jason8957 says:

    Pretty harsh about Nichols’ weight, but I guess that’s how the business works. Glad my employer doesn’t consider my, um, midriff when accessing my performance.

  2. Melissa says:

    I thought it interesting/amusing that though the salaries are blocked out it’s obvious that they’re all four figure deals, whereas Nichols’ is only three.

    • Durakken says:

      Not quite true.
      The 3 main stars had 4 figure deals because they were under a full contract and all the but 2 were 4 figure at that scale.
      Looking at scales for the other 4…
      Doohan reaches 4 figures before Takei indicating Takei was paid less and Doohan more, and probably more consistently more considering he played multiple roles a lot of times and appeared more often.
      Koenig and Nichols both have 3 figure deals through out the scale, but you can not say which is paid more or less.

      This, to me seems fair when you think about their roles and how much they did. The real question this brings to mind is why was Takei paid more than Nichols and Koenig? All of them were essentially extras that could have been replaced by any actor for the day. The only thing I can think of is that they thought they might do more with Takei, but ended up doing little with, or there was some backroom politicing with regards to him or “the asian fighter guy” is considered a more memorable character than the others.

      That being said I wouldn’t be surprised Nichols was paid less than Koenig, nor vice verca I can see reasons why either might have ended up that way. What I find more interesting than that though is that the actress who played Rand is on here…