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 +<wrap lo>​**TONY TODD** left //Axanar// citing several problems with producer Alec Peters.</​wrap>​
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 +====== Tony Todd ======
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 +//**__ __**// <wrap lo>**By [[user>​cpedraza|Carlos Pedraza]]**</​wrap>​
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 +Actor **Tony Todd** portrayed [[cast|Admiral Ramirez]] in the short film, //[[Prelude to Axanar]]//, and was slated to reprise the role in the full-length follow-up, //​[[Axanar]]//​. He is well-known for his roles in //​Candyman//​ and various roles in the Star Trek franchise.
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 +<wrap lo>​**More About Tony Todd**\\
 +[[mema>​Tony Todd|Roles in Star Trek series]]\\
 +[[imdb>​Name?​nm0865302|Internet Movie Database profile]]</​wrap>​
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 +<wrap lo>//See also: [[todd_dragoncon|Tony Todd Wants Axanar to Stop Using Him to Sell Merch]]//</​wrap>​
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 +===== Why Todd Left ‘Axanar’ =====
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 +Todd left Axanar in September 2015,​(([[http://​www.prlog.org/​12489801-tony-todd-exits-star-trek-axanar.html|PRLog press release, "Tony Todd Exits Star Trek Axanar"​]],​ 9/1/15)) though his departure from the project was not publicly acknowledged by //Axanar// producer [[Alec Peters]] for several months, even though Todd's photo remained a prominent part of Axanar'​s ongoing [[crowdfunding platforms|Indiegogo campaign]].
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 +Eventually, Axanar fan Michael Perles asked Peters: "​Please explain to us why Tony Todd left the project several months ago."​(({{::​peters-tonytodd.jpg?​linkonly|View screenshot of Michael Perles'​ Facebook post, Axanar Fan Group}}.)) Peters claimed Todd left over a money dispute, and a diminished role:
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 +> Because he wanted $15,000 a day and we wouldn'​t pay it. And FYI, we have only begun casting. No one is signed to be in Axanar. Tony Todd would'​ve had a tiny role, and so it has been written as another character.(({{::​peters-tonytodd.jpg?​linkonly|View screenshot of Alec Peters'​ reply to Michael Perles'​ Facebook post, Axanar Fan Group}}.))
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 +That "tiny role" appears at odds with how //Axanar// press materials about the feature'​s [[cast]] (still available in its e-press center) described Admiral Ramirez:
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 +> //​Axanar//'​s producers were thrilled to have Tony join the cast where he’ll be able to showcase his firm determination and strength as Admiral Ramirez, supreme commander of Starfleet.(([[http://​axanar.e-presscenter.com/​cast-and-crew/​tony-todd-admiral-marcus-ramirez/​]],​ retrieved 2/21/16.))
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 +==== '​Something'​s Not Right' ====
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 +In an interview on the Mortis podcast, Todd explained he was initially not interested in the role, and only took it after being convinced by //Prelude to Axanar// director [[other attorneys|Christian Gossett]], who also eventually left the project:
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 +> It’s a very delicate situation because when they approached me about [//Prelude to Axanar//], I didn’t want to do it. I don’t believe in creating content and not sharing in the residual opportunity,​((Actors normally earn residuals from broadcast and sales)) which is what we do. But I had dinner with [[imdb>​Name?​nm1501183|Christian Gossett]], who is the director [of //Prelude to Axanar//], who… I could look him in the eye, and he convinced me he was going to be very professional,​ and it was going to take just one day of my time, and I agreed based on his influence.(([[http://​mortis.buzzsprout.com/​42360/​354909-mortis-bonus-minisode|Tony Todd interview, MORTIS podcast]], released 2/21/16)) <wrap lo>[IMDb link added]</​wrap>​
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 +Asked about his departure from the project, Todd criticized Axanar'​s management of the project, particularly its production delays and change of directors:
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 +> It’s hard for me to say too much about it, but <wrap hi>​something’s not right on that ship.</​wrap>​ ... I get a lot of interest, a lot of offers on my table, so people, certain people dragging their feet, I can no longer commit to that. I have got to move on. And then again, <wrap hi>when Christian left the project, that validated my feeling.</​wrap>​(([[http://​mortis.buzzsprout.com/​42360/​354909-mortis-bonus-minisode|Tony Todd interview, MORTIS podcast]], released 2/21/16)) <wrap lo>​[emphasis added]</​wrap>​
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 +==== Twitter Revelations ====
 +Back in December, Todd replied on Twitter to Peter'​s claims on Twitter:
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 +[{{ ::​todd-twitter.jpg?​250|**[[twit>​TonyTodd54|TONY TODD]]**'​S avatar on Twitter.}}]
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 +> [[twit>​TonyTodd54/​status/​682335902811598848|@TonyTodd54]] \\ @StarTrekAxanar since you made this personal my quote is far above 15k a day. I could no longer waste my time. #​movingforward \\ <wrap lo>3:02 PM - 30 Dec 2015</​wrap>​
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 +In that wake, and with the filing of the CBS/​Paramount [[lawsuit]],​ Todd publicly aired several problems that left him disenchanted with the project.
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 +> [[twit>​TonyTodd54/​status/​682286369385807872|@Tony Todd54]] \\ Wish #​Startrekfans all the best,  but, There' are  reasons I withdrew from #Axanar beyond #​creativedifferences #​Tellthetruth \\ <wrap lo>11:45 AM - 30 Dec 2015</​wrap>​
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 +> [[twit>​TonyTodd54/​status/​682292428871602176|@TonyTodd54]] \\ #​Startrekfans I left 3 months ago. No longer ​ supportive of #​Crowdfunding no accountability \\ <wrap lo>12:09 PM - 30 Dec 2015</​wrap>​
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 +[{{::​cxgabmowsaingim.jpg?​300 ​ |**ALEC PETERS** disputes Tony Todd's allegation about Axanar'​s accountability problems.((Facebook post))}}]
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 +> [[twit>​TonyTodd54/​status/​682292936273301504|@TonyTodd54]] \\ if u know me im not intimated easily. My issues came long before lawsuit. ​ #Axanar should'​ve been completed long ago. \\ <wrap lo>12:11 PM - 30 Dec 2015</​wrap>​
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 +> [[twit>​TonyTodd54/​status/​682330466834190337|@TonyTodd54]] \\ ... Mr. Peters was never forthcoming about my leaving. \\ <wrap lo>2:40 PM - 30 Dec 2015</​wrap>​
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 +> [[twit>​TonyTodd54/​status/​682335231030919170|@TonyTodd54]] \\ learned time ago only as good as weakest link. Couldn'​t perform w a lead [//Peters was [[cast|originally slated]] to play the lead//] w dubious acting talents. \\ <wrap lo>2:59 PM - 30 Dec 2015</​wrap>​
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 +===== Role on the New Series =====
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 +In the MORTIS interview, Todd also revealed he is on the casting "short list" for [[cbs#new series|CBS'​ new Star Trek]] series, due to premiere in 2017.
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 +> It’s a year away. They’re not even going to get official cast until, probably, the fourth quarter of the year. And my only concern about it is that it’s going to be that online thing [CBS All Access]; I don’t understand that part. I’ve never done a series regular — I’ve always avoided it because I like playing different characters — but this is one year that we’re looking at some stuff, so I’m sure that we’re going to be popping up and everybody’s going to move on something real soon.(([[http://​mortis.buzzsprout.com/​42360/​354909-mortis-bonus-minisode|Tony Todd interview, MORTIS podcast]], released 2/21/16)) {{:​axamonitor-ico.gif?​nolink|}}
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