Due to an infrequent bout of typecasting, actor James Cromwell has gone on to play 3 science fiction characters, that would redefine the way mankind existed. All hail the harbinger of change, as we take a look at those 3 globe shaping roles.
THREE ROLES - THREE REVOLUTIONS...
STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (1996)
In the second cinematic outing for Picard's crew, James Cromwell played Doctor Zefram Cochrane, the inventor who is responsible for creating the Warp drive. This is the engine technology that allows humans to travel at speeds faster than light, for the first time. A massive achievement in interstellar travel, Cochrane's first flight has a significant intergalactic result, which leads to a series of events, forever changing the Earth's rank in the universe.
In I-Robot, Cromwell plays Doctor Alfred Lanning, a robot inventor and the Director Of Research, for the company; U.S. Robotics & Mechanical Men. Unfortunately for Lanning, he is murdered by his own A.I. creations, but his robots, at their best, are now woven into every facet of human life. From pet to companion, from health carer to dog walker, Lanning's robots have become part of the public status quo.
Doctor Lionel Canter (Cromwell) has invented an avatar technology, that allows human beings to control a robot version of themselves. Whilst the robot counterpart (which can be designed to look like anyone) is out interacting in the real world, the real human being sits at home (or wherever) attached and wired to a station chair, controlling the robot.
TDD, RC & IK talk: