Star Trek: Voyager star Garrett Wang played Ensign Harry Kim. To get the role, he almost killed Star Wars actor Harrison Ford. Earlier this year, Wang joined former Voyager co-star Robert Duncan McNeill to launch The Delta Flyers, a new podcast where the stars rewatch Voyager and share behind-the-scenes stories tales. In the podcast's first episode, Wang told the story of how he got the role of Ensign Kim. The casting process was almost cut short when he nearly ran the Han Solo actor over with his car while speeding through the parking lot at Paramount Studios because he was late for the audition.
"I'm actually speeding around the parking lot, and I come around this one bend, and this guy in a suit walks between two cars right in front of my car, so I slam on my breaks," Wang recalls in the podcast episode. "You know when you almost have an accident; your heart is beating a thousand miles a minute? I lock eyes with this dude in the suit, and it's Harrison Ford! I look at him, and I go 'Oh my god! I almost killed Han Solo!' I would have been hated by nerds everywhere!
"I remember reading the Variety paper, our Hollywood trade paper, the next day, and on the front page was a photo that said 'Harrison Ford at Paramount Studios for the Clear and Present Danger screening.' He was there for that, based on the Tom Clancy novel, wearing that same suit I almost maimed him in. He could have been a cripple, because of me."
Luckily for everyone involved, Wang avoided hitting the iconic actor. Ford continued his illustrious career, and Kim journeyed through the Delta quadrant for seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager.
"Would I love to reunite with some of those characters? Sure, I think that'd be great," Voyager and Star Trek: Picard star Jeri Ryan told ComicBook.com. "I don't necessarily need to do a Voyager show again. I think that I've done that. But I'm not a writer. I can't really tell you anything. I'm having a great time on Picard. It's a very happy set. It's a very relaxed set, which has been great. I didn't have a phenomenal overall experience shooting Voyager. I don't look back on that as a super fun four years for me, unfortunately, so to be revisiting this character in a more pleasant work experience is great."0comments