Star Trek: Insurrection : Behind the Scenes Information

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All the starship special effects were completely computer generated. This is the only Star Trek motion picture where no physical models are used.
The Son'a genetic manipulation room was later recycled as the Kyrian museum in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Living Witness."
The Enterprise sick-bay is a redress of the sick-bay and Counselor Troi's office is a redress of Captain Janeway's ready-room aboard the U.S.S. Voyager from Star Trek: Voyager.
Worf had been given very few lines in the "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episodes "Covenant" and "It's Only a Paper Moon", which "Star Trek: Insurrection" lies in-between as to not "overload" his character.
Brent Spiner had put on some weight in the two years since "Star Trek: First Contact" and had to reuse his uniform from that movie. As a result, his uniform is noticeably too small.
For seven years, Data's station had been the operations console on the main bridge of the Enterprise. He is not seen at that position at all during this movie.
Brent Spiner performed the "walking into the lake" stunt himself, only to have the footage in the movie shooting Data from behind and being performed by a stunt player.
There are several references to the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation made in this movie, such as Riker shaving off his beard, Geordi back at the helm of the Enterprise, the re-kindled love affair between Riker and Troi, and Data looking at the world through the eyes of a child.
Riker and Troi's chair consoles on the bridge of the Enterprise were removed for this film, but would reappear in Star Trek Nemesis.
Armin Shimmerman, who plays Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, filmed a small cameo for the film's ending where he beams down to the Ba'ku planet with two Dabo girls. He claims the Ba'ku planet would make a very profitable vacation planet, but Picard has him beamed up to the Enterprise and asks Worf to deposit him back at Deep Space Nine, to which Worf asks "Must you?"
There are several deleted scenes that are available on the Special Edition DVD, including an extended face-lift scene introducing Ru'afo, a scene where Picard spills blue cheese from a salad onto himself and a P.A.D.D. displaying a map of the Briar Patch, an extended library scene where Riker and Troi throw paper balls at each other and are shushed by a librarian (the scene also featured a cameo by Max Grodenchik ["Rom" on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]), a kiss between Picard and Anij during the "slowed-time" scene, an extended Captain's Yacht scene where Data reports his status, Picard's objections to the Federation's "top-level review" aboard the Son'a ship (which includes the line of "There will be no cover-up!" from the trailer), and the alternate ending in which Ru'afo falls into the Ba'ku planet's rings and grows younger. Another scene, which is not available on the DVD, featured Data offering the Son'a officers on the planet his phaser only to punch them off the cliff, but the scene was replaced with Worf knocking them off their feet with an isomagnetic disintegrator.
The Briar Patch would later be referenced in "Cold Station-12", an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.
This film marks the first appearance of the Captain's Yacht. The Enterprise-D blueprints also contained such a vessel located in the same place as it is on the Enterprise-E, on the dorsal side of the saucer section.
There are several references to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine during the course of the movie, such as the Dominion War, the Federation's opposition with the Cardassians, a Trill officer, a Bajoran officer (complete with Bajoran earring), "I don't know how they do it on Deep Space Nine. . .", "perilous times for the Federation", and the Son'a producing quantities of ketracel white (which would later be revealed on DS9 to be supplied to The Dominion).
The script originally called for Picard to ask Worf of his new wife (Jadzia Dax on Deep Space Nine) at the reception at the beginning of the film and later when Picard plans to beam over to the collector, he tells Worf to remain on Ru'afo's ship as he didn't want to tell his new bridge that he wouldn't be coming home. Both lines were cut when Jadzia Dax was killed off in "Tears of the Prophets."
Jonathan Frakes on the theme of "Star Trek" - " comments on what's going on now in the world and place that in the future."
Jonathan Frakes on what you'd find in "Star Trek: Insurrection" - "Fabulous space battles, incredible special effects, our good Captain being incredibly heroic; both cerebral and romantic, the Enterprise saving the day, incredible villains; F. Murray Abraham, I think, is the best villain we've ever seen on 'Star Trek' and, you know, lots of beaming in and out!"
Jonathan Frakes on the differences between "Insurrection" and "First Contact" - "This ("Insurrection) is actually a bigger movie which we realized when we went through the script. There are eighteen new sets, must be another fifty visual effects. . .but the story itself is more romantic. . .fewer boom-booms, but more visual effects. I think the tone is different. The tone is more like 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home', which sort of had an undercurrent of romance and I think we're hopefully achieving that in this one as well."
Herman Zimmerman on the aliens in the movie - "It's a story of two races of people we have never seen in the 'Star Trek' universe before. This is a gentle, spiritual people who have great longevity who live in this village. The other race of people are the Son'a and they are just the opposite; very materialistic, very wealth oriented, very technology oriented."
F. Murray Abraham on wearing the Son'a make-up - "...but what that mask does is insist that you allow a certain freedom to just come out in any form that it will because you're not afraid of looking like a jerk. You're not afraid of looking like a fool, because it's not you. It's this other creature. It's really thrilling."
Brent Spiner on Data's role in the film - "Data lost it in the both films, in one way or another in both of the previous films. I think I lose it all of the time, I think it's good when I lose it!"
Patrick Stewart on the chemistry between the actors - "There is a history now that is in it's eleventh year and something has to bleed into the work that we do from all of those histories. And I'm happy to say that after eleven years, the bond between all seven of the principle actors, and the producers and the studio and Jonathan (Frakes) now is our boss, is stronger than it ever was."
Marina Sirtis on director Jonathan Frakes - "Well, it's like being cocooned in a little safety blanket. You know he's looking out for your best interests. You know he's not going to throw anything from left field because he knows your character almost as well as he knows his own, so you know that any note or any suggestion he makes comes out of the truthfulness and the reality, it's not just out of the air. There's a lot of trust there and that's so important because as an actor you want to try new things and when Jonathan says "that's not working' or 'that's great, keep doing that" you know that it's the right answer. You just have this security,"
Gates McFadden on shooting the mountaintop scenes - "I loved it. I had just come from this small theatre box in New York and it was such a pleasure to be in these mountains. . .I actually am the only one in the cast who had the courage to, after shooting, go down that snowy hill. The ski lifts were closed, but I went up there with my tray and I trayed down the hill."
F. Murray Abraham on the theme of the movie - "We're just talking about the tension between natural life and technical life. And in fact, the tension is healthy. The problem is trying to find a balance between the two. That's the touchy one. The technical ones just want to take over and the nature lovers want to take over. It shouldn't be a question of that, it should be compatibility and living together so we don't lose our humanity and that too, is one of the most important aspects of 'Star Trek'; they never lose track of their humanity,"
Patrick Stewart on Picard as a role model - "A member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Corp commented that 'in Picard...' they've 'seen the development of a new brand of hero; brave, courageous, committed, dedicated. . .all of those things you'd expect from a leader, but a man who stands for personal moral values to a very extreme attitude and is fearless about defending what he believes in as well as what his office represents. If we've been involved in creating a new genre of hero, that makes me happy."
Donna Murphy on how the audience would respond to the movie - "The people who are fans of this franchise. . .don't do it in any kind of a small way. I'm hopeful that the elements of this story that are both new and faithful to the 'Star Trek' style of exploration will be something they perceive in a positive way."
Brent Spiner on how the audeince would respond to the movie - "I know the fans have a love for  destroying all the secrets for themselves before they go to see it. But, I really think they should wait. It's like opening your presents before Christmas; what do you have to do at Christmas?"
Patrick Stewart on how "The Next Generation" cast works together - "If you work with a group of people over an extended period of time, the quality of the work has to be better, assuming the ingredients are right to begin with. You develop a depth of understanding, a shorthand of communicating, a trust in one another."
Michael Dorn comments on the rather "rushed" way Worf arrives in the movie - "I asked them how it happened just so that I could get an idea on how to play it, and they just said 'Well, he was here. He was on the planet. . .and that's how he got up here.' They should have taken a little more care, I think, to do it, because people are asking 'What is that about? He just gets there? He's just in the neighbourhood? What type of universe is this? Or what type of Starfleet is this where people can just go 'Oh, I think I'm gonna off and I'll see you later.'?'"