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This Galaxy Quest Actor Never Wants A Sequel, And Here’s Why

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GalaxyQGalaxy Quest never seems to get the credit it deserves. Sure, you’ll be hard pressed to find a science fiction fan who didn’t like it, but, some 15 years after it hit theaters, Galaxy Quest remains a beloved cult classic…but also just a one-off. In this age of sequels and shared cinematic universes, it seems amazing that we never got more Galaxy Quest than we did, even though rumors and whispers about a sequel continue to pop up every now and then. But there’s one Galaxy Quest actor who is just fine with Galaxy Quest being the one and only Galaxy Quest.

The folks over at io9 were interviewing actor Enrico Colantoni about CBS’s Person of Interest recently, and they decided to shift the topic to Galaxy Quest. We loved Colantoni as Veronica Mars’ long-suffering P.I. dad back in the day, but he was also stellar as the Thermian leader Mathesar in GQ, who kidnapped Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) and the rest of the Galaxy Quest actors to help save his species from some very real and very nasty alien warriors. But Colantoni isn’t keen to return to the role. He told io9:

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Justin Long Has Very Strong Feelings About Galaxy Quest 2

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justin longDespite the fact that he looks like he’s about 15-years-old, Justin Long has had a relatively lengthy, eclectic career. He’s done horror like Drag Me to Hell and Jeepers Creepers, comedy like Accepted and Idiocracy, and even co-starred with Bruce Willis in a freakin’ Die Hard movie. Sure, it was Live Free or Die Hard, but it’s still a Die Hard movie, even if barely. One of our favorite of his 70 credits on IMDb, however, is still his first, 1999’s Galaxy Quest, and it’s one he has fond memories of as well.

Long is currently on the promotion path, stumping for his new film, Kevin Smith’s Tusk, which opens this weekend and sees the perpetually youthful thespian surgically turned into a walrus. (This premise calls to mind two things, one, The Human Centipede, and that episode of South Park where Kyle’s dad is surgically transformed into a dolphin.) As part of his tour, he did an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, and as things tend to do on the Internet, the nerdier component too over, and talk soon turned to Galaxy Quest and the possibility of a Galaxy Quest 2.

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Galaxy Quest 2 Could Still Happen, Tim Allen Says There’s A Finished Script

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Galaxy Quest15 years ago, a strange little movie called Galaxy Quest opened in theaters. A spoof of maybe the most beloved single television show in history, Star Trek, Dean Parisot’s film was a moderate hit at the box office, but has become a fan favorite over the years. It was even voted as the 7th best Trek movie by attendees at a recent convention, beating out the like of Star Trek Into Darkness, Generations, and even the first motion picture in the franchise. There has been sporadic talk about Galaxy Quest 2 from time to time—the adventure of the crew of the NSEA Protector will actually be continued in comic book form—but one of the stars insists that there was in fact a finished script at one point.

At MTV, Jordan Hoffman put together an oral history of Galaxy Quest. Not only is it a fantastic read, it’s an exhaustive examination of the production, release, and lasting impact of a cult favorite. It’s a long piece, but totally worthwhile, and there is talk throughout of a potential follow up. Tim Allen, who plays the William Shatner-esque Jason Nesmith—an actor who, in turn, plays the Captain Kirk-esque Commander Peter Quincy Taggart—says, “There’s a sequel somewhere. It’s written, but I haven’t really gotten a straight answer about it, but Hollywood is a very peculiar place. It is none of my business.”