That Time Halle Berry Refused To Believe A Comic Writer Wasn’t Michael Dorn

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I think it’s safe to say that a lot of guys out there would love to have Halle Berry smile and introduce herself. Celebs get pestered for autographs all the time, but to have one instead approach you, especially when she’s a lovely sex symbol such as Berry, that’s the sort of anecdote you’d be driving your friends crazy with for decades. So imagine that you find yourself in that exact situation, with Berry beaming at you and telling you she’s a fan…except she thinks you’re Michael Dorn. And when you politely tell her she’s mistaken, she…doesn’t take it well. Such was the sad fate that befell comics writer Dwayne McDuffie at an early screening of Star Trek VI back in 1991.

The surreal story was recently recounted on the late McDuffie’s official website, and it’s one for the ages. See, McDuffie was invited by a friend to see Star Trek VI early. The only problem was, his friend didn’t actually have a pass for him. Nevertheless, McDuffie managed to sneak in and hunker down inside the theater. He’s trying to be low-key, because he obviously doesn’t want to get kicked out. That’s when Halle Berry and another lady sit down in the row in front of him. It would have just been a cool star sighting for McDuffie, but the pair of them kept looking back at him and giggling. Finally, Berry turns around and introduces herself, telling “Mr. Dorn” that she’s a fan and has always had a huge crush on him.


A person who is not Michael Dorn

A less scrupulous guy might have taken the mistaken identity and run with it, but McDuffie just tells her that she was mistaken. She frowns and says he doesn’t have to lie. He insists, again, that he really, truly is not Michael Dorn. She insists right back that he is clearly Michael Dorn, and says she doesn’t know why he’s acting this way. Once again, McDuffie swears, honest to gosh, he is not Michael Dorn.

The movie finally starts. McDuffie thinks this whole uncomfortable episode might be over. No such luck.

The movie begins. Everyone is watching…

…when Halle Berry turns around again.

I can’t believe I had a crush on you! You’re a real jerk, you know that?

Everyone in the balcony is now watching Halle Berry and Dwayne.



Unfortunately for McDuffie, Michael Dorn is in that movie, playing a Klingon attorney who represents Kirk and Bones during their trial. So at this point Berry obviously realizes her mistake and apologizes to McDuffie for causing such a sce — no, we’re kidding. Instead she leaps to her feet, points at McDuffie, and starts screaming that she knew he was in the movie and that he is a huge phony. Then she and her friend storm out.

The good news? McDuffie at least got to watch the rest of the movie in peace.

But that story is surpassed by the coda that happened years later, while McDuffie was writing for the animated series Justice League Unlimited. Michael Dorn was in studio to voice Kalibak. So McDuffie pulls Dorn aside at one point and tells him the story. McDuffie apologizes for destroying Berry’s crush, thus ensuring that Dorn will probably never get a date with the stunning actress.

Once the tale is told, Dorn switches into his Worf voice and bellows, “I’ve killed men for less than that!”

This is Michael Dorn.

This is Michael Dorn.


  1. heronymo says:

    Haha, that’s hilarious. He loos nothing like Dorn!

  2. zubalove says:

    Honestly, I’ve never understood why Dorn hasn’t gotten more roles. He can act. Has charisma. And you don’t have to worry about a Star Trek stigma because most have never seen him without Worf makeup….

    • JT says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Dorn may be one of the most underrated Trek actors.

    • He does a ton of voice-over work. I’m sure he’s not hurting for work.

      • cappo says:

        Aye, I think it might be a similar situation as with Mark Hamill. The guy can find good steady work doing voice-overs, he’s good at it and he avoids all the craziness that film and tv stars deal with so why not.

        • Bill Bellamy says:

          Mark Hamill has said repeatedly that voice acting is more a passion for him than physical acting.

        • JMudder says:

          Hamill was also in car accident that cut up his face badly, and he lost facial mobility. That might be another factor.

      • syuvial says:

        He deserves more than voice-over though. He’s every bit as attractive and charismatic enough to be a real A-list actor.

    • Duane Cummings says:

      He’s getting his own Star Trek series soon.

      • Brian says:

        He pitched a Worf series, I think he’s the captain? Not sure. I don’t know what the movement has been on it but I thought it was a go.

  3. B0rNsTuP1d says:

    Dorn is now just that much cooler to me for his reaction.

    Too bad Berry was such a nutcase.

  4. Ed Erdelac says:

    A c-block of galactic proportions. High-larious!

  5. Actually I am surprised she didn’t mistake him for Geordi aka LaVarr Burton. He looks muck closer to him then Dorn.

  6. joeybot says:

    This story is completely awesome.

  7. John says:

    That is funny! Berry’s a real piece of work, isn’t she? 😛

  8. Miss Shelli says:

    Well just goes too show you we are all fans! Feel sorry for him tho!