laurie31 (laurie31) wrote,

MegaCon Report (Part Three)

Sorry this took forever - I had it nearly all done and then my computer froze up and I had to start over! :pullhair (I think it couldn't handle the hotness - lol)

So there will be one more part after this one. I thought I could finish the rest of it today, but it didn't happen, thanks to the freeze-up thing :(

Question: My question is for Jamie. One thing that the fans have all been talking about on the boards is when you film more scenes than are included in an actual episode, are there any particular scenes that you WISH they had included that they didn't? We were all waiting for the soldier's code talk in the episode Rapture where you're talking with Anders about Kara and how she's, you know, the kind of person she is, and we just wondered if you wish that had been included? Or if there are any other scenes that you shot that didn't make it into the episode that you thought would be...

JB: You know, the way we shoot our show, and I can...I've never done an episodic drama in this country ever before, so I've nothing to compare it to, but I do know, having done an episode of Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer, which I just did recently, and the difference is that we shoot much more like a movie, you know, there's...the usual direction or refrain from a director in TV is take out the air, you know, get on with it. Get the lines right, get them on the cues, and that's never been the way that we work. We work with the spaces and the silences and as such, our episodes always go half an hour too long. One of my favorite episodes is the episode that Mary mentioned just a minute ago, the torture episode she called it. I think it's called Taking a Break from All Your Worries, a ridiculous title for that show.


JB: It started off about something completely different. It started off as being a cheery episode about a bar and...


JB: morphed. That episode, I saw a cut that Eddie did, an assembly, which was an hour and twenty minutes long I think, and it was sensational. It was amazing, it was like was a movie; it was great! But then we had to cut it down to 44 minutes of TV time, so there's always lots of stuff that's lying around. Is there a particular scene that I can think of? To be honest, no, because you know, they just...forget about them, you move on, you can't...almost every scene has a bit of the scene that's no longer there, because we tend to put a beginning and a middle and an end to scenes TV most of the scenes start with someone shouting at someone else, or answering a question or it's in the middle of the conversation. We often go back and provide the beginning of the conversation. Often what you get in the episode is NOT the bit that they wrote, it's the bit at the beginning and the bit at the end. And the middle is kind of, you know, not there. There's too much stuff to rename, I mostly can't think of anything jumping into my head that I really wish had been there.

Question: I think some people thought that the Lee/Dee relationship wasn't...

JB: Oh yes! That's a good point! That's a good point. There's about a hundred million scenes of me and Kandyce that are on the cutting room floor, yes. And no, some of those I do regret, but you know, it's not the Lee and Dee show,, you have to lose some things along the way.

Question: Which is your favorite episode and your least favorite episode?

JB: Just off the top of my head, like right now, of the ones that have aired, I really do like the episode that Eddie directed, Taking a Break. I thought that was just different. You know, there's no special effects, there's no full of fighting in space, there's none of the stuff that's easy for us to do in some respects. I thought that was bold and different. My least favorite was something I did in season 2, Black Market. I just don't think that...It was me. I take responsibility for that.

(awwwwwwwww!!! It wasn't your fault Jamie!!! It was the SCRIPT!!! <hugs JB> - well...I wanted to anyway! )

MMD: I have a feeling my favorite, because I've seen a little bit of a rough cut of 19/20 at the end of this season, I think that will end up being my favorite. But I've always been very very partial, I can still see it, to the episode 33. That episode I could watch over and over again, and I don't watch them over and over again. I sort of do them and watch them and move on. But that one has always stayed in my heart as one of the reasons we succeeded, was because of 33, don't you think? (she's asking JB)

JB: Yeah, it's just a tight tight structure, that episode. It really, it's everybody...everybody, the whole crew is in there

MMD: Yeah

MMD: I don't know if I have a least favorite. I don't really. Probably the one that I'm in less.


Question: One of the things that I really, really, really like about Battlestar Galactica is how, there are so many science fiction series that have all these pretty young actors...

JB: I don't think I like this! And ours is different, how?

Questioner: on Battlestar Galactica, the older actors have such dominant, forceful roles, and are still active, they're not just these grandpa charcaters, or older couple characters...

MMD: or the grandma character?

Questioner: for example, Edward James Olmos boxing, I mean, that's...that's...

MMD: That's pretty amazing, right?

JB: I'm amazed he didn't die of a heart attack!

MMD: He would laugh! (and laughing herself, responding to people who were booing just a bit that JB thought EJO was too old to box)

Questioner: I'm very disappointed that you guys haven't gotten the Emmy Award that you deserve

MMD: Thank you. I want to respond to both of those if you don't mind. I really appreciate what you're saying about the older actors and the older characters. And when I look around, when I take a break and take a look around at what my peers are doing I am absolutely astonished and feel nothing but gratitiude for our writers because of the complexity that they allow us in, you know? We would be playing a lot of mom and pops, Eddie and I, at this point. Well, we might not be, because we're pretty lucky, but I do think that this show has opened a door, certainly for female characters

JB: for women in particular

MMD: For women in particular. And the other thing about the Emmys, I did want to say something. People talk about this a lot, and far be it from me to say it doesn't bug us, the way we get ignored, because you can't help it during award season, you can't help it, unless you fly to the Bahamas or something and pretend it's not happening, but honestly it's a very fleeting moment of annoyance because last year when we won the Peabody, I remember sitting in that room thinking, this is the most astonishing wonderful thing that's happened, and looking at the writers that day. I think we can remain pretty comfortable with what's happening to us and just detatch from the industy award flu. (it sounds like she says "flu" anyway). I think we'll be okay.


Question: I did want to mention that Jamie was in an Emmy-award winning series

JB: I was? Oh yes! Yes. Hornblower. Yes, I was.

Question: I know you've probably been asked this before, but how did it feel recreating the role of Apollo that Richard Hatch originally played, then working with him in the series?

JB: Well, with the recreation, I...I sort of put it out of my mind that it was a recreation because it felt different, you know, he had his own name, Lee Adama. The original was never called Lee Adama and that's what I fixated on.

Questioner: It's based on the same character

JB: It's based on the same character but that's not what I concentrated on. I concentrated on what I had in front of me. And I think that that's the only way you can, really. Richard got much nicer costumes to wear...


JB: Thigh-length boots and suede capes. And...he had a guy buddy...who was respectful and friendly towards him!


JB: So I have a different set of challenges

(more laughter)

JB: A neoprene flight suit and a...a girl buddy...who is a lot better looking...

MMD: And who used to be a guy buddy...

JB: Really?

MMD: in the original

JB: Oh, in the original, yeah.

JB: So, you know, I try to concentrate on what this character was, and this character was a different character. The father-son relationship that defined him in the mini-series was nowhere in the orignial, it was so many different things to concentrate on. Having said that, when Richard Hatch was cast, I was...ah apprehensive, because the only thing I knew about him is that he hated us.


JB: No, at the time, he was very very hurt by the fact that we were doing it, and starting again, and tearing up, you know, what they'd done, and understandably - he'd devoted a long time trying to get it remade, and I hope one day to produce material and he was trying to produce his own thing and it got taken away from him. So I was fully prepared to meet someone who was bitter and resentful and what I met was a very generous, warm, giving man who has shared an awful lot with me and it became very easy very quickly to work with him.

Question: I have a comment for you (MMD) and a question for Jamie. My comment is both my mother and my sister are teachers, and they've never watched sci-fi and you're the reason they'll watch. Because they were...My sister is currently an elementary school teacher, for third grade, and she was thrilled with the idea that somebody in her job could be president. So you're the reason she watches the show. So I wanted to thank you for that.

MMD: Thank you

Questioner: And my question for Jamie is: What's up with the shirt?


JB: What's up with the shirt? Well, I'll tell you the story if you like. My Mum bought it for me for Christmas

(there is a collective awwwwwwww)

JB: And I've always felt comfortable in pink, and I think it does something for my blue eyes!

(and he's RIGHT!! <drool> )

(applause and cheering)

Question: How receptive are the writers if cast members want to have an input in the development of their characters?

JB: Initial hissy-fit and then...they respond


MMD: it depends how late they were out the night before you call them

MMD: well, you go


MMD: we're afraid to say!

JB: No, we're really lucky. Like, really lucky. I know on other TV shows, that shall remain nameless, actors are expected to turn up and say their lines verbatim, without anything, not even an "um" in front of the line, that isn't there and they're expected then to leave, and that's the end and the beginning of their input. Ah, as this...Mary's answer will be completely different. When I started off I was very much, you know....grateful, I was very happy to be here, and I would just do what I was told to do. Gradually, I've realized that actually Ron and David and the writers are pretty, pretty responsive, and they'll listen. That's the very least they'll do is listen to your opinion, and thankfully they do a lot more than that most of the time. This year in particular I feel quite, well, very grateful, also quite proud of the different twists and turns that my character embarks on, because know, more than one of them was something that I had thought about and I put to them and we you know, bat it back and forth and they came up with a write which does everything better than I expected it could, so we're more collaborative than most I think. We're allowed to improvise on set, provided there's time to do it, and we're allowed to come up with things on the day, and I thank Michael Rymer, our director, who I've mentioned already who very much likes to work in that area and creates the environment in which we CAN do that, and, yeah, I know Mary will have a very interesting answer to this question so I should just...I should shut up.

MMD: No, I agree with Jamie. I would also say the key for me for the collaboration was Micheal Rymer during the pilot, set a very collaborative tone as a director and, in a way, schooled the difference between the actors and the producers and writers and kind of set the tone: these actors will be giving notes, they will be responding, this is what they're thinking, and right from the beginning set that tone and David and Ron and the gang, to their credit, they were willing to shift into that would be somewhat the reality and for the most part, maintained a collaboration. There've been moments when I simply don't get my email answered, and that's kind of funny too. But for the most part, they've been great.

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