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Meyer regrets Roddenberry relationship

June 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM   |   Comments

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HOLLYWOOD, June 11 (UPI) -- Director Nicholas Meyer said he regretted run-ins with "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry over the snarky tone of "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."

Meyer told the audience at a Hollywood film festival Friday night that he wished he had been more diplomatic with the aging Roddenberry during a sit-down prior to shooting for the 1991 sci-fi classic.

"This was not a meeting in which I felt I'd behaved very well, very diplomatically," Meyer said at the Hero Complex Film Festival. "I came out of it feeling not very good, and I've not felt good about it ever since."

Meyer said the script's inclusion of snarky and "xenophobic" attitudes by the Enterprise gang toward their alien nemesis the Klingons clashed with Roddenberry's more-idealistic views of humanity, the Los Angeles Times said Saturday.

"That was all deeply offensive to him because he thought there isn't going to be that," said Meyer. "In fact, in his original 'Star Trek' concept, there wasn't any conflict."

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