Thursday, 8 April 2010

Cast updates & interviews

Okay, an overdue round of updates.

First, a reminder that, this week, you can catch Polly Walker in Clash of the Titans in theatres and John Pyper-Ferguson in tonight's episode of CSI, which was written by Battlestar's David Weddle and Bradley Thompson and directed by Michael Nankin. The ep airs at 9. The preview is here. And not to forget, Patton Oswalt has a recurring role on United States of Tara, which airs on Mondays at 10 on Showtime.

Ron Moore and Esai Morales will make an appearance at a Caprica panel at the London MCM Expo in May. More information here.

Steppin' Out Magazine has a nice, long interview with Alessandra Torresani this week. You can read it on Alessandra's official site.

Esai was interviewed at the Creative Coalition / National Lab Day dinner in Brentwood last week. Clip:

He also shared this vague spoiler with Fancast:

I have a question about the ‘Caprica‘ season finale: Is Joseph Adama’s search for his daughter over just like that?
I had the same reaction, but Esai Morales promises, “Oh, that story is definitely not over. Definitely not over. We like to put hooks in you and rip them out!” He scared me a bit with that last part. has uploaded a video with Magda Apanowicz and Luciana Carro from the Toronto Comic Con.

Den of Geek has an interview with Ron Moore here.
Is there a connection between the Daniel mentioned toward the end of Galactica and Daniel Graystone?

No, that was a complete coincidence of name. I didn't realise how much people would glom onto that coincidence and start to read all kinds of things into it. There's really nothing there. (...)

I've read that you went into Battlestar without a plan as to who was a Cylon and so forth. Did you approach Caprica in the same way, or did you have to take Battlestar's history into consideration?

It was slightly different. The field was wide open when we approached Battlestar. There was literally nothing that we couldn't do and we had tons that we could make up and invent, an entire history.

Caprica is a little different, some of these things have now been set in place and we know generally what the outline of colonial history is, so we have sort of a general guideline, but still there's really no preconceived plan about how long the show will run, how far into the future the show will go, or what the last episode is or anything like that. (...)

What are the chances of seeing more Battlestar Galactica content?

I don't think so. You never say never but there's really no plans for more Battlestar. The sets are gone, [but] we did digitally archive all the sets and props and costumes in case we wanted to do something, but at the moment there are no talks of any more Battlestar projects.

Is there any chance that more characters from Battlestar will turn up in Caprica?

I don't think so. We do talk every once in a while about seeing someone else's ancestor because no-one else from Battlestar are really old enough to be present at the time of Caprica. If we do that, it may just be once or twice, but probably not any time soon.

Is the re-using of actors from Battlestar in Caprica, is it a direct reference to ancestry?

We're kind of being vague about that. We're not really specifically saying that those are the actual ancestors of the characters they played, but if the audience would like to think that, there's really no reason why they can't. (...)

When you were picking actors for Caprica, what made you go with people like James Marsters? And will we be seeing his character a lot more in the future?

A lot of that came from within. Jane Espenson had worked on Buffy and was a huge fan of James Marsters and she suggested him for the role, and the network was very excited to have him. We definitely will [see him more]. His character has a multi-episode arc in the show. (...)

How important was it to capture a real sense of reality within the Tauron back-story and culture?

We wanted to show Caprican society had problems, people coming to the planet and the city who were facing the classic immigrant questions of assimilation and cultural identity, and the different colonies are our stand-in for racial and national tensions of our own. So, we did want that element in the show, to see cultures and races colliding in different ways, so we decided that Adama was going to be from Tauron and that he wasn't really a native of Caprica and that his story was part of an immigrant's tale. (...)

I want to just touch briefly on Tamara and Zoe caught up in the virtual world. Will that feature heavily in the series or will it branch out into the real world? Will they interact with other people in the real world?

We'll do both. We'll go back into the virtual world with more Tamara and Zoe stories, but their stories will also cross into the real world as well. It's kind of hard to answer, but there will be answers to those questions in this season. (...)

What does the rest of the season have in store for us?

There are a lot of twists and turns. There are more revelations about characters that you don't expect. I think you're going to be surprised at some of the directions that Graystone Industries takes and the relationship between Daniel and Joseph will shift and change as the season goes on, and certainly the life of Sister Clarice will change quite a bit as well.

And James Marsters talked to Courier Mail before heading off to Australia for the Supanova pop culture expo.
Marsters has a pivotal role in Caprica. "I play a man who is living in a society that's becoming unhinged – much like ancient Rome did – where the morality is just completely breaking apart, and people are having fun with human sacrifice and mass orgies, ritualistic death and execution, and just shooting each other for fun," he says.

"In Rome it was all real, it was called the Coliseum, but in Caprica it's a virtual world people can escape into. But it's just as frightening – or it is for my character."

Marsters' character, Barnabas Greeley, decides that a new religion with just one god, and laws of right and wrong, is the only salvation for society.

"I'm a character who's decided that if you have to crack the egg, so be it. To make the omelette, eggs have to be broken, and that's OK. That's a revolution, that's a war," he says.

"So you could say that my character is a terrorist. Or you could also say he's a religious revolutionary. It depends on whose perspective, I guess."

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