Edward James Olmos – Star Trek, Scarface and More


Edward James Olmos has always been very selective about his roles, which is clear from the way he’d turn down major roles that were clear to go on to be successes.  Whether he turned them down because of a moral stance or because he didn’t want to become associated with a particular type of role, EJO new what he wanted and when didn’t want it, he had no problem saying no – abit like Lt. Martin Castillo.

EJO, turned down a regular role on “Hill Street Blues” (1981), although he did make several guest appearances.  He also turned down major roles in Scarface (1983) and Firestarter (1984).

He also declined an offer from director Michael Mann to reprise the role of “Lt. Martin Castillo” in the movie version of Miami Vice released in 2006, even though he was the only cast member from the original “Miami Vice” series who was approached to appear in the movie version of Miami Vice.

While he accepted the role in Battlestar Galactica, when offered the role of Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987), he made an big decision to turn it down, as he would have been bound contractually to work only on the series and stay out of other projects while he was under contract.

Olmos likes his freedom and flexibility to work as he likes and on many projects, which lead to him declining the role.  Patrick Stewart was eventually cast in the role – and did a good job too.

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