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Interviews | LeVar Burton

As an actor how did you cope with learning lots of very technical lines?

Picture Technobabble brings with it its own challenge. Because it really doesnít mean anything. Well I mean it does to the technically and scientifically proficient, but it really didnít mean much to me, because Iím not an engineer, I just played one on TV.

The methodology that I found most successful was to really spit it out as fast as I possibly could. Giving the illusion that I knew what I was talking about when, in fact, I really didnít.

But Brentís technique is completely and totally different. Brent never went to sleep in seven years of doing this show, unless and until he was letter perfect. He could go through every line he had for the next day without making a mistake.

I would go over it the night before and then, in the morning, I would pick it up again. More often than not, Iíd learn it right before having to deliver it.

It does sound cool, for characters like Data and Geordi to walk around sort of spitting out this jargon that is sort of flying and floating above our heads, but with that sort of ease and grace that speaks to the fact that theyíre totally and completely comfortable in this world.

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