Why Halle Berry screamed at a comics writer for not being Michael Dorn

Apparently, Storm is really into Klingons.

Truth really is stranger than fiction. When the late, great comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie went to see Star Trek VI, he had what might well be the strangest encounter of his life.

It was 1991, and Undiscovered Country was about to be released wide in theaters when a friend of McDuffie's offered him a chance to see the movie early. It would be tricky -- Dwayne could get into the New York City premiere, but he'd have to sneak in without an official invite. If, at any moment, someone figured out he didn't belong there, he'd get the boot!

But McDuffie still managed. He hunkered down and waited for the movie to begin. That's when the unthinkable happened -- Halle Berry (and her friend) sat down right in front of him. And that's when things got ... weird. It seems Halle Berry kept turning around to look at McDuffie and then began giggling. Why? Well, it turns out she thought Dwayne was Michael "Worf, son of Mog" Dorn. This, allegedly, is the play-by-play:

Halle Berry turns around again. BIG smile on her face.

HALLE BERRY

I’m sorry to bother you, Mr. Dorn. I’ve always had a huge crush on you and I’m a huge fan.

Beat.

DWAYNE

(softly, trying to keep a low profile)

I’m sorry. I’m not Michael Dorn.

HALLE BERRY

You don’t have to lie. I know who you are.

DWAYNE

I’m not Michael Dorn.

Halle Berry’s smile fades. Now looks angry. She turns around and talks animatedly with her friend. Dwayne hopes this is over.

Halle Berry turns around again.

HALLE BERRY

I don’t know why you’re acting like this. You’re OBVIOUSLY Michael Dorn.

DWAYNE

(pleading)

I am telling you. I am NOT Michael Dorn.

But it gets better!

The movie begins. Everyone is watching...

...when Halle Berry turns around again.

HALLE BERRY

I can’t believe I had a crush on you! You’re a real jerk, you know that?

Everyone in the balcony is now watching Halle Berry and Dwayne.

DWAYNE

I AM NOT MICHAEL DORN!

HALLE BERRY

YOU BETTER NOT BE IN THIS MOVIE! I SWEAR, YOU BETTER NOT BE IN THIS MOVIE!

Well, as we all know, Michael Dorn is in Star Trek VI. And Ms. Berry was mad!

Halle Berry leaps to her feet, turns around, and points accusingly at Dwayne.

HALLE BERRY

I KNEW IT! I KNEW YOU WERE IN THIS MOVIE! YOU ARE SUCH A PHONY--

DWAYNE

SIT!! DOWN!!

Somehow, despite the outbursts, Dwayne managed not to get kicked out. However, Berry was so upset that, apparently, she and her friend walked out of the movie.

There's a fantastic coda to this story. When McDuffie was working on Justice League Unlimited he had the chance to recount the story to Michael Dorn himself. Dorn's response is priceless.

Michael Dorn listens politely – nods, but doesn’t react as he listens. Dwayne finishes explaining how Halle “one of the most gorgeous women in the universe” Berry had a huge crush on Michael Dorn. Until Dwayne ruined it. And Dwayne apologizes that Halle “one of the most gorgeous women in the universe” Berry now hates Dorn and it’s all Dwayne’s fault.

Finally...

MICHAEL DORN

(in Klingon voice)

I’VE KILLED MEN FOR LESS THAN THAT!

If there's a better reaction to this story, we can't think of it. Just one question -- did Halle Berry ever finish watching The Undiscovered Country, or has Star Trek been ruined for her forever?

(via Dwayne McDuffie)