INTERVIEW: Battlestar Cylons May Surprise

Battlestar Cylons May Surprise
By: Cindy White
Date: July 11, 2007
Source: SciFiWire


Cast members of SCI FI Channel’s original series Battlestar Galactica told reporters that they weren’t happy at first to discover that their characters were Cylons, but they have come to terms with the revelation in their own ways—and hinted the Cylons may not be what they appear.

“I’ve always thought to myself—I don’t know if I said it out loud, I must have—that I sure am glad I’m not playing a Cylon,” said Michael Hogan, who plays Col. Tigh, in a news conference in Vancouver, Canada. “I’m not happy about being a Cylon at all. But I don’t imagine any of us who are being picked to be Cylons are happy about it. But the scripts and what we’ve been doing so far are great, and the only way that I can deal with it is as a human being. So far, that’s all I’ve had to do. And I’m not sure what’s going on.”

Hogan added that the new information about his character has added a level of complexity to his performance and challenged him as an actor. “For Tigh so far, it is like a mental illness,” he said. “It’s like the ringing in the years and visions and constantly wondering what’s going on. So [in] almost … every scene we do now, it’s that thing where you’re thinking, … if you’ve had a personal tragedy happen to you, then you’ve got to carry on with life: You kind of realize, ‘Isn’t this amazing that I’m actually talking to people?’ But this is all going on inside.”

Aaron Douglas, who plays Chief Tyrol, said at the same press conference that he came across the information by chance early on and has had a little more time to process the notion. “I found out months in advance, accidentally,” he said. “I found a piece of paper lying around that I wasn’t supposed to read, but I read it anyways. And I said, ‘What the … is this?’ And [director Michael] Rymer went, ‘Oh, you’re not supposed to read that.’ … So I kept my mouth shut until it officially came out, and then I phoned [executive producer Ron Moore]. ‘What the hell is this?'”

Douglas said he didn’t like the news at first. “Because I thought you’re taking a fan favorite, a character that’s very identifiable, very human, that the fans really, really like, and you’re really marginalizing him,” he said. “So Ron spoke to me for, like, an hour and a half on the phone, and he explained the whys and the wherefores, and I was convinced at the end. Now I’ve embraced it, more than Michael has, I believe. And I don’t mind going down in history as one of the Cylon gods and one of the 12 Cylon human forms.”

Douglas also revealed a detail about the final five Cylons that had previously been kept under wraps. “The differentiation between the seven and the final five will become more clear,” he said. “We’re not like them. In all seriousness. We’re Cylon, but we’re not connected to these guys at all.”