Like many actors, Meaney liked to keep busy. He wasn’t happy being the star of a popular “Star Trek” show. He also had to ply his trade elsewhere. It is also worth noting that he directed both of the aforementioned “The Snapper” and “The Van”. Stephen Frearsare the second and third parts of the Barrytown series, which consists of adaptations of Roddy Doyle’s novels, which Alan Parker started in 1991 with “The Commitments”, in which Meaney also appeared. He was also loyal to the series. He also loved Hollywood action, intense dramas, and pretty much anything he could study. Trekkies may be surprised to see how prolific Meaney actually is.
He told StarTrek.com that he was allowed to appear in as many films as he wanted, as long as he talked to Rick Berman first. He remembers Berman being very helpful. He said:
“I tried some convincing, but Rick Berman is very persuasive. He said, ‘If there’s something you really want to do, bring me the script.’ My concern was that I wouldn’t be able to make the movies I wanted to make. Rick basically said, ‘If it’s a script you really want to make, I’ll find a way to make it work for you.’ And he was a man of his word.”
The interviewer asked Meaney if he was tired of frequently leaving to shoot movies halfway around the world while appearing on a popular TV series. Meaney was not discouraged by the overload of work, but rather energized. For Meaney, stepping away from “Deep Space Nine” gave him a change of scenery. He said:
“[I]Making films was important because it refreshed you. Instead of doing the same thing over and over again, you were doing a variety of things.”