Sorry for the delay. Easter was busy, what with all the swimming and napping. Here are a few familiar questions, followed by some of my favorites from last week.
1 – How can I help get SGU back for Season 3?
I don’t think you can. By now you’ve probably heard that SGU is no more. I wish I could give you a list of things you could do to help, but I don’t even think Time Travel would do the trick. Everyone is going to have an opinion on why SGU came to an abrupt end. I’ve heard a lot of strong but misguided, sometimes arrogant, opinions from commentators, fans and actors alike. I can tell you right now that the content & quality of the show was not the reason it was canceled. I know that sounds bias, but I am the biggest critic of my work. You can trust me, I’ve done some really shitty TV and I’m the first to admit it. One day, over a beer, I’ll give you my vitriolic take on why it was canceled. You’ll have to get me drunk…then roofied…then we can party, and talk.
Stargate, as a franchise, is not dead. It’s a money maker, but the soil needs to rest. A perfect example is Star Trek.
You know…maybe there’s one last thing you can do, just a gesture…buy the DVDs. Buy the Blu-Rays, watch the series over again. Listen to my overexposed presence on the episode commentaries. Tell a friend about the show. Give the box-set as a gift. Quote it. Return to it once a year and watch it straight through. Remember SGU.
2 – Will you be attending the __________ Convention?
I remember booking SGU and people saying, “Well, you’ll be doing conventions now for the rest of your life.” I’d like to say “Yes, come see me at _____!” but the more I delve into it the more I think I just don’t have the time to figure it out, or go to one for that matter.
I visited my friend Ryan Robbins at an SG1/SGA/Farscape convention in L.A. back in November, 2009. Peter Kelamis and I snuck in but had to really sweet talk the “gatekeepers” to let us in for free. I had no idea what to expect but had fun watching Ryan answer questions on stage. Later that night I attended the bar party where Ryan sang Karaoke and went from table to table chatting up fans. I met some cool people and had some nice chats, but I retired early to the pool for a night swim, then to my room. I do love me a nice hotel. I have talked to convention agents, but from what I understand there needs to be a demand, the convention has to invite you. Then you need a convention agent working on your behalf, or some go-between, and then bla bla bla…it just becomes a hassle. Kelamis is going to his first, an SG1/SGA convention this June in Vancouver. I should be in town that weekend, so I’ll get the details from him about how it went down. (Can anyone tell me why SGU is still not represented in convention advertising?) I’d love to go to one in London, or somewhere I’ve never been like Australia, Chicago, Atlanta, New York…or anywhere that flies me and has a pool at the hotel. I hear they’re a lot of fun, but maybe this is Jebus’ way of telling me to shut up and get back to work.
3 – What new projects do you have coming up?
I did four episodes of ‘The Killing’ which is airing right now on AMC. I play Tom Drexler and he’s a helluva departure from Volker & Trennan.
I filmed a mocumentary last June that is just finishing post-production. It’s called ‘Sunflower Hour’ and also stars Ben Cotton, who you’d know from SGA and the upcoming ‘BSG: Blood & Chrome’. This is a movie I will not be showing my parents. I am practically unrecognizable in this. I play a closeted-gay, Christian-fundamentalist, puppeteer. Yup, I sure do.
The future of ‘Riese’ is still bright. It’s airing all over the bloody world now. I’ll keep you posted as to what happens there.
Right now I’m filming a movie called ‘Recoil’ with Steve Austin and Danny Trejo & this weekend a short film with my friend Bradley Stryker (Curtis from SGU ‘Air’).
Stryker is his real name. Bradley Eugene Stryker…Jr.
4 – When is the next Laptop Chat?
It’s a surprise *winky face emoticon* I honestly don’t know. It’s always fun when it’s done, but it is work and rather indulgent. The following is taken into consideration:
-Do I have time?
-Do I have a new guest who wants to do one & has the time?
-Do we have new things to talk about? Things to plug? News?
-Has it been an appropriate amount of time since the last one?
-How many views are these getting?
-Is there an interest from fans?
…and if all answers are ‘Yes’, then you’ll hear about it.
And here are some of my favorite questions from last week…
What was your favorite Canadian TV program growing up?
Have you done a lot of traveling other than for filming?
I’ve spent a summer in London, and last year went to Cuba for two weeks. I’ve traveled to France, Korea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and others. But I’m not nearly satisfied with this list.
My favorite word is ‘subaqueous’, what’s yours?
What is the highest thing you have ever jumped off of?
What an odd question. Even more odd is that I have an answer and recent example. This cliff?
Thanks for the questions everyone. Sorry I couldn’t get to all. We’ll do this again sometime.