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BildJames Cawley, grundaren till webbserien Star Trek: Phase II, berättar idag på deras facebooksida att han kliver ner från rollen som James T Kirk i den populära webbserien. Men bakgrunden till detta är något mycket tråkigt.

 

Han berättar om de många roliga delarna med detta engagemang som han haft, bl.a. att ha fått spela med George Takei, Walter Koenig och Barbara Luna vid olika tillfällen, och han fick verkligen leva ut sin barndomsdröm om att få vara James T Kirk! Men han har också haft svåra motgångar, särskilt från mängder av fans som klankat ner på honom och hans skådespelande med ytterst grova ordalag. I alla möjliga sammanhang (forum, facebook, webbplatser) har Crawley fått ta emot onödigt hård kritik för hans roll i webbserien. Särskilt då Crawley är en amatörskådespelare så känns detta som oförståeligt att trekkers runtom i världen kan uttrycka så mycket hat.

 

Den sista gången vi får se honom i rollen blir i det kraftigt försenade avsnittet Kitumba som kommer den 1 januari 2014 och i nästföljande avsnitt, The holiest thing, den 14 februari 2014 kommer skådespelaren Brian Gross ta över rollen som Kirk.

 

James Cawley kommer att finnas kvar i produktionen som exekutiv producent (eng. Senior executive producer) och vi önskar honom och Star Trek: Phase II lycka till i framtiden!

 

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Intressant att det dröjt så länge tills Gross tar över. Vad jag förstår ryktas det vara en del bråk inom produktionen av Phase II, som har fått inspelningar och klippningar att ligga på is.

Gross utannonserades om Cawleys efterträdare redan i juni 2012:

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Jag har läst om kritik mot Cawley, och mycket fult sådant. Jag skäms över de människor som skriver så om honom. Han har gjort ett fint arbete och jag tycker han påminner Kirk, dock inte utseendet, men det är inte huvudsaken. Roddenberry skulle vara ledsen om han såg hur en del Trek fans beter sig.

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Hans hela meddelande från Phase 2 sidan på facebook:

''Subspace Communication from Executive Producer James Cawley!

Hello Everyone, First off I would like to say Thank You So Much to all of you who are our Friends, Fans and Supporters. I have been reading many of your posts today and wanted to take a moment to try and answer some of your questions regarding the series, New episodes, and my involvement.
Many of you know that I started this series more than 10 years ago so I could live out my childhood fantasy of getting to play Captain Kirk. I wanted to continue that 5 year mission and finish off those last two seasons we never got. Well, I enjoyed playing the part immensely. I got to live my dream to be Kirk. I got to appear on screen with my heroes George Takei, and Walter Koenig, and Barbra Luna! I will forever be Grateful to them. However, during the course of playing the part I was subjected to many, many cruel comments posted on several websites as to my acting abilities, or my looks and quite honestly it was becoming much to much handle. I was devastated by the venom. I could not fathom, how my fellow Trek fans could be so hurtful towards me for just playing a part! So I decided to step down as an actor, and take my show to a new level and find a new young actor to fill the role, not an amateur but a pro! I found that in Brian Gross. A Terrific and very talented guy with many guest appearances on many prime time TV series! He is still getting settled in, but I assure you it is a pleasure watching him settle into and find the swagger of the character, I feel over the next three episodes he will be completely in the groove and what I like is that he is making Kirk his own and NOT doing a Shatner impersonation! I am still here, guiding the series as Senior Executive Producer and I have more time to devote to the creative side of the series. We are Releasing the long delayed episode "Kitumba" on January 1, 2014, which will mark my finale as Kirk, and then on February 14, 2014 we release "The Holiest Thing" with Brian Gross taking over.
In post production we have "Bread and Savagery" which is next in line for release. "Mind-Sifter" will be shot and completed in late June of this year with Brian Gross. The episode "Origins" has been placed on hold, pending a complete re shoot due to complications with actor availability.
Again, let me say Thank You to all of those who I have worked with over the last 10 years and to those of you who have enjoyed our work.
I look forward to many more voyages together, Live Long and Prosper Friends!
James Cawley''

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