INTERVIEW (AUDIO): Battlestar Recaptica (May 7, 2018)

Here’s a really great audio interview that Aaron did with Battlestar Recaptica. Although I think anyone that asks “how/when did you find out you were going to be a cylon?”, a question he’s been asked (and answered) one billon times before, deserves to be airlocked 😉. Aaron is on at 57:10.

 

S4 E4 – ‘Escape Velocity’ with special guest Aaron Douglas!
By: Rick Broida and Dave Johnson
Released: May 07, 2018

The Chief himself stops by to chat about his time on the Galactica and, among other things, that amazing scene in Joe’s Bar.

https://bsgpodcast.podbean.com/e/s4-e4-escape-velocity-with-special-guest-aaron-douglas/

 

CONVENTION PANEL: An Hour with Adam Savage (July 21, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

On Friday evening at San Diego Comic-Con, Aaron Douglas and Wes Chatham (The Expanse) were the special guests on the An Hour with Adam Savage panel.

Adam Savage’s Comic-Con 2017 Panel!

YouTube: Tested
Published: July 30, 2017
Video Description: Here’s Adam’s full Comic-Con 2017 panel, in which he’s joined by Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica and Wes Chatham of The Expanse to talk about costuming, science fiction, and their Comic-Con experiences. Adam reveals his incognito costumes for this year, and takes some great questions from the audience.

Shot and edited by Joey Fameli

http://www.tested.com/art/makers/696455-adam-savages-comic-con-2017-panel/

CONVENTION PANEL: Syfy Live From Comic-Con (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

The BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Panel from SYFY LIVE FROM COMIC-CON is available to watch online. The panel starts at time stamp 31:55. The BSG cast members at the panel are Aaron Douglas, Tricia Helfer, Michael Trucco, Tahmoh Penikett and Grace Park. Hosted by Zachary Levi.

http://www.syfy.com/videos/101-night-1

CONVENTION PANEL: Battlestar Galactica Reunion (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA REUNION (SYFY)
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Ballroom 20
Panelists: Ron Moore, David Eick, Tricia Helfer, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett
Moderator: Maureen Ryan, Variety

Battlestar Galactica – The Big Reunion at Comic-Con 2017

YouTube: moviemaniacsDE
Published: July 24, 2017
Video Description: Subscribe for our exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of Battlestar Galactica, with executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, cast Tricia Helfer, Mary McDonnell, Michael Trucco, Tahmoh Penikett and former Hawaii Five-0 star Grace Park.

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): FlickDirect (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Interview with Aaron Douglas (and then with Michael Trucco, Ron Moore & David Eick) by Sean Ferguson from FlickDirect at San Diego Comic-Con.

Battlestar Galactica Reunion From Comic Con 2017

YouTube: FlickDirect
Published: July 27, 2017
Video Description: It’s been 8 years since Battlestar Galactica last aired on television but fans are still loyal to the show. The Cast and crew reunited at San Diego Comic Con and FlickDirect correspondent Sean Ferguson spoke to them about being all together again and the possibility of a reboot in the future.

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): SyFy Wire (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Here is a video interview with Aaron (and then with Grace Park) at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Aaron has such lovely things to say about working with Mary McDonnell.

Battlestar Galactica Cast Memories

YouTube: SYFY WIRE
Published: July 21, 2017
Video Description: Grace Park (Boomer/Athena) and Aaron Douglas (Galen) recall powerful moments that stuck with them, funny stories and Aaron reveals which cast member is the greatest actor he’s ever worked with.

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): Skewed and Reviewed and OHSOGRAY (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Here is a video interview that Aaron did with Gareth Von Kallenbach from Skewed and Reviewed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

Aaron Douglas Talks Battlestar Galactica At San Diego Comic Con

YouTube: Gareth Von Kallenbach
Published: July 20, 2017
Video Description: During San Diego Comic Con 2017, Aaron Douglas talks about Battlestar Galactica and the impact of the show.

 


 

And here is the same video interview as above, but with When Nerds Attack.

Aaron Douglas (Chief Galen Tyrol) discusses Battlestar Galatica at SDCC ’17

YouTube: When Nerds Attack
Published: August 20, 2017
Video Description: Aaron Douglas discusses what he’s been up to since Battlestar Galactica, some of the souvenirs he took from the show, and the relevancy of the show in today’s society.

 


 

And here is the same video interview as above, but with Courtney Vaudreuil‏ from OHSOGRAY.

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 – BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Interview with Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol)

By: Courtney Vaudreuil‏
Published: July 24, 2017
Video Description: At Comic-Con 2017, OHSOGRAY talked with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol) about the joy of reuniting with his former cast mates and his work since the show ended.
Source: OHSOGRAY

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): Derek Sante (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Interview with Aaron Douglas by Derek Sante at San Diego Comic-Con.

Aaron Douglas “Chief Galen” reflects on Battlestar Galactica & shares his memories

YouTube: Derek Sante
Published: August 16, 2017
Video Description: Aaron Douglas “Chief Galen” reflects on Battlestar Galactica & shares his memories

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): Variety Radio Online (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Here is a video interview that Aaron did with Variety Radio Online at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

Aaron Douglas Battlestar Galactica Interviews San Diego Comic Con 2017

YouTube: VarietyRadioOnline

 


 

And here is the same video interview as above, but with Lisa Steinberg.

Aaron Douglas – BSG Reunion – SDCC 2017

YouTube: Lisa Steinberg

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): InnerSpace (July 20, 2017) San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Interview with Aaron Douglas (and then Tricia, Trucco and Grace) by Teddy Wilson from InnerSpace at San Diego Comic-Con.

InnerSpace: San Diego Comic Con – Battlestar Galactica

YouTube: Space
Published: July 27, 2017
Video Description: Teddy catches up with the cast of Battlestar Galactica at SDCC 2017.

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): CyberFeed TV (May 26-29, 2017) MisCon 31

Here is a video interview that Aaron did with Mark from CyberFeed TV at MisCon 31.

Mark interviews actor Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica The Bridge Imposters MisCon 31

YouTube: CyberFeed TV
Published: June 4, 2017
Video Description: Mark interviews the talented frackin cylon Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Galactica, Imposters, The Bridge, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agentcy, The Flash, The Returned, The Killing, Hemlock Grove, and more.

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): Ed the Sock (January 12, 2017)

Ed the Sock interviewed Aaron Douglas on January 12, 2017 at 9pm EST (6pm PST).
The interview was streamed LIVE on YouTube. Aaron is on screen at time stamp 26:39 – 52:20.

 

Live from Canada It’s Ed the Sock – January 12, 2017

YouTube: ED THE SOCK LIVE!
Published: January 12, 2017
Video Description: Superstar Canadian actor (I know, those 3 words don’t really go together) AARON DOUGLAS, star of “Battlestar Galactica” & the new Netflix series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” gets interviewed LIVE by Ed…and it goes exactly as you’d figure and Ed interview would!
PLUS- a shitty poet!
Why “The OA” sucks!
And Liana’s “Ginger RAGE”!

INTERVIEW: Calgary Herald (October 27, 2016)

First-time filmmakers shoot crime thriller In Plain View at shuttered Shamrock Hotel
By: Eric Volmers
Date: October 27, 2016
Source: Calgary Herald


Jesse Lipscombe and Aaron Douglas in a scene and from the film In Plainview

 

There are clearly some notable differences between the luxurious Overlook Hotel and the not-so-luxurious Shamrock Hotel.

But the mountainous and isolated setting of Stephen King’s horror-classic the Shining and Ramsay’s recently shuttered tavern do share a certain vibe when devoid of people.

The Shamrock has been closed for nearly a year but was briefly resurrected as the main setting of the darkly comic crime thriller In Plainview, which wrapped production earlier this week in Calgary.

“It’s weird,” says actor Aaron Douglas, sitting in one of Shamrock’s many empty rooms on a chilly morning last week. “You leave a building for this long and it loses all its life and its energy. People haven’t been in here to infuse it with that energy. It’s very The Shining.”

That may be true. But for the producers of In Plainview, the latest Calgary-based team to receive funding from Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program, finding an empty hotel to shoot in was a godsend.

As with most movies shot on a shoestring, the needs of the script overwhelmed the realities of the budget. Producers needed a hotel with a bar and a restaurant and needed it for cheap.

So there was a big sigh of relief when the resourceful Murray Ord, a veteran locations manager, quickly landed the boarded-up Shamrock.

“A lot of the movie is a bit of a shell game of characters near missing each other,” says producer Scott Westby. “It all happens in a hotel in a small town in Alberta called Plainview. This place just fell into our lap. It’s in town, an empty hotel and has all that stuff. That just doesn’t happen. We were extremely lucky.”

In Plainview is the directorial debut of Matt Watterworth, who is partners with Westby in the Calgary-based video production company Full Swing Productions. The thriller tells the story of a corrupt cop named Penner (Douglas) who is released from prison and seeks revenge on the man who put him there, his equally corrupt ex-partner Rand (played by Calgary theatre actor Stafford Perry). Rand is also being pursued by his jilted ex-wife Wynter (Chantal Perron). It’s based on a screenplay by Kevin Doree, a Calgarian who reportedly watches at least one movie a day. What results is a bloody, Coen-esque film with hints of Tarantino and a dash of David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence.

“It has a lot of dark comedy and it gets pretty violent,” says Westby. “It sort of rides that line. The Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men is tonally what it’s a lot like, but it has a lot of funny moments in it too.”

Ord isn’t the only film veteran involved. Calgary director Robert Cuffley signed on as a mentor and executive producer. Heartland’s Shaun Johnston shot his scenes on weekends, playing a “voice of reason” named Reverend Rickman. Theatre actor and dialect coach David LeReaney also has a role. But there are also a good number of newcomers involved, including students from Watterworth and Westby’s alma mater SAIT.

Douglas, a busy TV veteran known for roles in Battlestar Galactica and the Bridge, admits there are pros and cons to shooting micro-budgeted fare with a green director and largely novice crew. But he said In Plainview has a lot of the elements he was looking for.

“My agent has a standing order to look for festival films, indie type stuff that is cool and up-and-coming producers, writers and directors and that sort of thing,” he said. “You get a lot that come across the desk and some are good and some not so much. I really liked this one.”

“I liked the idea of dudes picking up a gun and wandering around and seeing if they can do bad things,” he adds. “I’m not super artsy. I’m not a really artsy actor, I’m not an actorly actor. I like the real kind of stuff.”

For Watterworth, who is also developing a sci-fi film with Westby, the main draw of In Plainview was its practicality. The fact that it could be shot with a green crew, small cast and only a handful of locations made it a perfect debut.

“We knew we wouldn’t be able to put together a ton of cash for our first feature film,” he said. “Part of what was attractive about it was ‘Hey, this is something we can probably shoot for $250,000.’ Part of it is just a learning experience for me to figure out how you shoot a full-length feature-length film. There’s a huge SAIT alumni presence and a pretty big SAIT practicum presence as well. That’s, in the best way, slowing us down because learning has to happen and that’s a good thing.”

INTERVIEW: Aaron Douglas at SC Comicon Made For One Hell of a Panel!

Aaron Douglas at SC Comicon Made For One Hell of a Panel!
By: Tara Lynne
Date: April 7, 2016
Source: The Geekiary

What’s it like to listen to Aaron Douglas (best known as “Chief” from Battlestar Galactica) chat with fans and tell stories for nearly an hour? Well, keep reading to find out!

This past weekend I attended SC Comicon in my [current] home city of Greenville, South Carolina. This convention has been around for several years, and it has grown exponentially since its inception – which is awesome, because I really love having a good convention “in my backyard”, so to speak. Each year they’ve had a decent number of guests, including zombies from The Walking Dead and plenty of comic artists, writers, etc. This year, however, I was extremely excited to see that Aaron Douglas was on the guest list, and I was hoping for the chance to meet him and maybe get a selfie (in my Starbuck costume, of course).

But as I was sharing a booth with my friend Tyffani Kemp, a fellow author who runs Side Street Cookie Publishing, and wanted to be at said booth for most of the partial days I was able to attend SC Comicon. Which meant that in the end I was only able to carve out time to attend Aaron Douglas’ panel on Sunday afternoon, though as it turned out I was actually very happy that I used my little bit of free time to attend the panel, because it was absolutely awesome. Most of the questions came from audience members (I asked one myself). There were some great ones, and Aaron’s answers and enthusiasm made this one of the more enjoyable panels I’ve ever attended.

First we played a little “which BSG character would you most want to have a drink with” game that included pitting the characters against each other in imaginary drinking contests. Not surprisingly (considering Aaron was running the panel), Chief won, though Colonel Tigh did take second place. I still have my doubts that Tigh could actually outdrink Starbuck, but it would certainly be a close call either way, I suppose.

Following is a transcript of what I believe were the highlights of SC Comicon’s Aaron Douglas panel! (Please note that some answers have been truncated to keep this article at a reasonable length.)

 

What was the most difficult stunt you were ever in?

The most difficult stunt? Well I’m kind of a chubby guy so they don’t let me do too much. […] Flash had a stunt they wouldn’t let me do where…Flash hammers into [The Turtle], they wouldn’t let me do that. And I was like ‘Come on! Really?’ and then I watched it and I was like ‘Oh! Yeah! No, Dave’s got that. Come on, Dave!’ because they put him on this huge…lever thing that is attached to his back. And he stands there and then they activate this machine that tightens this cable and it pulls him back 25 feet into a wall and like…What the heck is that?

In Battlestar we had that [scene] where Chief has that dream and he gets up on the railing and he jumps down below. They wouldn’t let me do the high jump, they wouldn’t let me do the high fall […] Insurance […] And they were like ‘Come down’. And I was like ‘But there’s a big airbag right there. It is right there.’ […] ‘No, no, you can’t.’ […] ‘Just turn the camera on. If it work’s it’ll be awesome!’

The fun stuff is like the fight scenes and stuff. The fight scene where it is Chief and Helo beating each other? In real life Tahmoh Penikett is a tough man. He is big and strong and MMA trained and he is tough. So, when you get somebody like that and he just goes ‘Go for it’ and I was like ‘All right big boy here we go.’ […]

And the boxing episode with Eddy. We had a guy…[who] developed a system where he numbered the punches. So…a jab was a one, a straight right was a two, and then there was a three and so on. And he would yell ‘Aaron, one, one, two,’ and I would know where to go and Eddy would know to dodge […] But then he leans in and I smoked him and his head goes back and I’m like ‘Ah!’ and he looks down and his eyes are closed and then he looks up and he opens his eyes and it’s like Fire Devil Mexican Dog and he is on the warpath and I’m like ‘Cut! Somebody yell cut!’ […] So, for the rest of the day we beat each other. There were couple of things where I punched him and he goes down and then I come over and he sucker punches me in the gut and then he stands up and punches me in the ear and I fall down. Take after take I kept falling down and in one take I went ‘You know what? I’m not going to go down’. Eddy must’ve read my mind because instead of missing me he punched me in the ear and I was like ‘what was that?’

So, towards the end of the fight where he’s in the corner and I’m wailing on his body, half of the blood was makeup and half of it was blood. But we beat each other. It was so much fun. I was sore for days.

 

The writers of the show, they didn’t let you know you were in the final five. Did you talk to them about that? How you felt?

Yeah! Because they kill people so much. You get the script and you flip it over and you go from the back. You look for yourself and you go ‘Yes! I’m alive’. But then they wouldn’t tell us anything because they didn’t want spoilers getting out. This is sort of like the infancy of the web, and blogs, and social media. Like you couldn’t keep a secret like that now. So, they didn’t tell us until the day before we started shooting that episode. But I knew. That was December. We were shooting that episode, every week we would get-together on the weekend, cast, writers, directors, whoever’s in town and we’d go to somebody’s house and have a potluck. Everybody brings a bunch of food and we’d stay up till five in the morning drinking seventeen bottles of wine […] So [one time] I went…and I see these papers lying around. We were shooting at that time, episode twelve. ‘Oh! These are outlines for thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty of season three’, and then I get to episode nineteen and so, I kind of see what it is about, grab the sheet and go into the bathroom. I must’ve been in there for a while.

And I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t flush them because then he would know. So, I did what any 10 year old would do [and stuffed them under my shirt]…I open the door. ‘Hey! What’s going on? What’s under your shirt?’ and then I remembered that it happened exactly the same way with my Dad. ‘What have you got under there? Aaron, you’re not supposed to read these.’ […] ‘How much do you know?’…Nothing!…and so he says that I can’t tell anybody. So, from September to December I couldn’t tell a soul […] Finally the day happened and I’m sitting in the read through just waiting for them to give us the extra pages and I was like ‘I knew it!’ and Hogan’s like ‘You knew? Why didn’t you say anything?’

And I [called and asked Ron Moore] ‘What are you doing? You’re taking this character that fans love and turning him into this thing that they don’t and I just don’t get it.’ And then he talked to me for ninety minutes. He talked me off the ledge […] And he was absolutely correct. So, that’s how I found out about [it]… But then it was like ‘Who’s the last one?’ and none of us knew […] And we were like why is Kate back? Are we doing a flashback thing? And then we found out and that was really cool.

 

What was your favorite episode to actually film?

I really liked the Blackbird episode because I finally got to do something with Mary. And we shot that in chronological order and I remember them saying to go to the construction shop because they’re making you a Blackbird. So, in the beginning of the show it is just a frame and then it has this and then it finally has everything but the skin, and then they had the last one with the skin. So, I walk in the construction shop which was much larger than this room and it was like five Blackbirds in a row […] And at the end of that episode getting to finally stand there and have a conversation with Marry, who is just an unbelievable human being and an amazing actress […]

 

You’ve been on iZombie and X-Files recently, and I think a couple of other shows…what’s been your like favorite guest spot on these TV shows? Because you’re kind of awful on iZombie and I was like ‘No!’

That was fun! I don’t often get to do that kind of stuff but that was a lot of fun. I could hear the producers and the director giggling from […] And then they come in and I go ‘Did do good?’ and they’d be like ‘Go again. Just do it’…there’s this sports radio show […] And there’s this one guy on the radio who is basically that guy so, it was really easy. I was like ‘I’m just going to be Dave Pratt and I’m going to do this while filming this thing.’

Once Upon a Time was a lot of fun, other than being in the makeup chair for three and a half hours. The Flash was great. That’s [a really well-oiled machine] and that cast is really sweet and the crew is really sweet. It is nice to jump onto someone else’s show because the train is flying and you just have to jump on the car and instantly get going with them. When it is your show you’re kind of laid back and wandering around… Sometimes you have TV shows that are very welcoming and other times it is just like they don’t care that you’re there. That was X-Files. They just didn’t care I was there […] And I did a pilot for Bravo last year called ‘My so-called Wife’ which is Paul Adelstein, the super handsome guy from Girlfriends Guide to Divorce…he pitched his own show. So, him and Adam Brooks created this thing called My So-Called Wife and it just got picked up to go to series last week. So we start shooting in May or June, I hope. As long as I don’t get recast. That was a lot of fun.

The Strain was good in that they just let me do whatever I wanted to do. And I just took the script and said what I wanted to say. But it was 27 below outside at night and I was wearing a suit and it was gross. I was so cold.

 

Are you kind of bummed that the door has been closed on The Flash?

But has it?

Because Turtle is one of my favorite villains from The Flash.

You just need to write to them and say bring Turtle back […] Yes, absolutely I would love to come back […] The Fendrake character from Once Upon a Time may or may not come back. I’ve got a house to pay for.

 

When did you know you wanted to be an actor?

My Mom says that when I was really little I would say I wanted to be an actor. But I always thought I wanted to be a lawyer. So, my whole path in high school was to be a lawyer. […] I wouldn’t be a very good lawyer. ‘What do you mean I have to sit here for sixteen hours and write things and read?’ […] When I was ten years old, we were visiting friends somewhere, and they sat down to watch the Al Pacino movie ‘And Justice For All’ and I snuck down to the stairs and watched it…They didn’t know I was there. And I thought that’s what lawyers do. And I was like ‘I want to be a lawyer’…No, you want to be a lawyer on TV. That’s what it is. I finished high school. I was a floor layer for four or five years. Then I started working for a sports nutrition company because my background is [in] sports. And then I started talking to a guy. I was doing his diet at this gym and I asked him what [he did] and he said he was an actor […] It wasn’t until I was twenty-seven or twenty-eight I started to go to a scene study class and in one of the sessions the teacher, who was also the artistic director of this thing, took me aside and said I was really good and [had I] ever thought about doing it as a career […] This is William B. Davis. He’s the Smoking Man on X-Files, and he set up his own school. And he said, ‘We have a full-time program. I’ll hold you a spot if you want.’ I talked to my wife at the time and quit my job. Got a job at a restaurant…And that was that. By the end of the year I had an agent and started booking stuff right away. I came into the game this late but got up to speed.

 

How it is different voice acting on Watch Dogs?

[It’s] motion capture and voice over. When they do motion capture they put you in this giant leotard and this body does not look good in a giant leotard. And where you have a bend they have these balls that glow, just a little smaller than a Ping-Pong ball… And they have these forty-eight infrared cameras that go all the way [around the room]… And it is just constantly recording you. You have a helmet with this little thing, the size of a silver dollar, and it has twenty-four infrared cameras on it that map your face. It’s just like acting. You’re doing the same thing on set but they don’t shoot a master and close-ups and you don’t have to do it over and over again because the cameras are getting you from every angle […] We did that in Montreal and it was four years of going back and doing a couple of days and going home and then going back […] We’re waiting for the next one. They’re doing a Watch Dogs 2, and that character Jordi, they’re talking about him having his own game.

 

Are you writing [and starring in] a project called Infrared?

Yeah I wrote it. I’m not going to star-star in it. I’m just giving myself a small role.

What can you tell us about it?

It is a story about eight high school buddies, in their late thirties, and every year they go off into the woods and do a two week hunting trip. And this particular year four of them get there early and two of them get there the next day, and the other two on the next day. But when the two on the second day arrive [the first four] guys are gone and they go looking for them and they go down the trails where they have infrared cameras set up and they’re looking at the cameras and realize that something very bad has happened to the four friends. And then something very bad tries to happen to these two and then it goes on. It’s like the Predator meets The Grey. That’s how I kind of explain it. It is a bunch of dudes being dudes […] Yeah I’m really looking forward to it. I had optioned it to a studio in Los Angeles that wanted to make it but they had some really weird ideas about casting that I didn’t like. So now it has reverted back to me and I’m just going to bring it back home and I’m just going to stunt cast it with a bunch of Syfy guys. So, I’m hoping to get myself and maybe Tahmoh […] Recognizable faces from different shows, because I think fans would get a kick out of that.

 

Have you ever voiced for other shows or video games, just like voice acting?

I have but I honestly don’t remember the names of [all of] them. That’s how much of a gamer I am. Yeah, it is on my IMDB page. And people are like ‘I saw you in this,’ and I’m like ‘I wasn’t in that,’ and then I go oh! Yes, I was. What is wrong? I’m losing entire pieces of my history!

 

[Back to Battlestar Galactica]…the original miniseries. They were impressed by your acting and then they expanded [your role] for the main series, right?

Yeah! The Chief really didn’t have much to do in the miniseries in the script. But then we have these scenes where I’m on the hanger deck bossing people around but I don’t have any dialogue. So, I just got up there and started yelling at people. Telling people to pick that up and move it over there. And the producers are going like what is happening and the script supervisor is like ‘He doesn’t have any words. What is he doing?’ But David said this is great […] What really sold it was that scene in the mini-series where [the Admiral]…makes an announcement and I’m supposed to say something and David Eick goes ‘What would you say here? You need to say something.’ And I did and from there on David said ‘I love you. You are my go-to guy. Say that again.’ So, yeah a lot of my stuff was ad-lib. And apparently Chief was supposed to die like early season one […] And they just let me keep talking.

 

I was wondering with your writing, novels and screenplays, how are you structuring it? If ad-lib is something you’re fond of how are you, are you doing structured scripts? Or are you kind of laid back?

I would always let the actors have fun if they can. They’re some actors who don’t ad-lib, that can’t ad-lib, and then there are actors who ad-lib way too much ::coughs:: James Callis ::coughs:: But if you hire the right people and they’re really good at getting the point across and putting it into your own words…say what you need to say. If it’s a word or phrase that alludes to something coming up, or a throwback to something, I would go ‘I just need this line but you can mash around everything around it […].’

 

If you could play any character what character would it be?

I would love to do a period war film, a World War II film […] A Hugh Hefner story […] I don’t know […] Maybe Game of Thrones would be good, but not in the winter [place]. Something that films down in Italy. I can be Littlefinger’s extra hairy cousin!

 

When you were doing Chief it was almost like you had a familiarity with military background and stuff, was that in your family somewhere?

No, my grandfather fought in the Second World War but he never talked about it. I’m from Canada so I think the East Coast Army has the gun right now […] I’m a big history buff and a big war history buff. So, I understand systems and ranks. But we had technical advisor, a retired US Army Ranger […] He took us on a boot camp. Three days and he put the enlisted over here and the officers over here and he made us march and do all this stuff, an obstacle course, and ‘this is how you stand and this is how you walk’. When we were on set he would come up and say ‘You wouldn’t wear it like that…’ We wanted to make it right. The whole thing was about getting it right. I asked questions and questions to get it right. I called Ron one time, where in Season two [we were on Kobol] and [Racetrack is] telling the Chief to do something and the Chief is like ‘No, no, no’ and she finally steps up to him and goes ‘Yes, sir,’ and salutes him and walks away… I said, ‘But wait, I think [I’d be] mad enough not to salute [me] there,’ and Ron’s like ‘No, no. It is called the F-you salute.’ You’re out in the middle of everything, and the bad guys are watching. Whoever gets saluted is the highest-ranking guy. You don’t want to be saluted when they are trying to pick out who’s the guy they need to take down. […] So, it was the little things like that [that] we tried to get right. […] There’s another thing where the Chief grabs [Apollo] up against the wall. [Apollo as an] Officer absolutely outranked [Chief] but [the Chief] can get away with such things […] These little things I think add a bit of reality.

 

They did the shoot off with Blood and Chrome – were they thinking about doing any more?

Blood and Chrome was supposed to go on for a while but then for some reason the network didn’t like it and they sort of killed it. It wasn’t supposed to ever see the light of say but then someone leaked it online. (I know exactly who it was.) And then they had to put it out. But unfortunately it had to go away. That would’ve been a very cool thing. Someone at Universal is trying to get a movie together but I don’t know if it is us or the old guys or some new guys. I don’t know if they’re going to reboot it, which I find weird because we just finished. Might as well do Lord of the Rings while you’re at it because that’s been off the air for ten years! So, I don’t know what is going on. But it’ll be fun. I don’t think I would want to pick up from the end. It would be cool to pick up from the middle [maybe]…

 

Of course Aaron Douglas being Aaron Douglas (and awesome to boot), he also included several funny stories from the BSG set throughout the panel, and I’ll leave you with two of those, because hey, everyone needs a good laugh once in a while!

First, he talked about a personal joke he had with Nicki Clyne (Cally): “I found a screw on the floor one time […] in the mini-series. I walked over to Nicki Clyne and I just put it in her hand and [asked], ‘Do you want it?’ and [she was] like ‘Sure, absolutely I do.'” Apparently this went on for the rest of the show, and to this day it still makes Aaron laugh. “It was so juvenile,” he admitted. “‘Do you want to screw?’, ‘Absolutely.’ […]

And at the very end he left us with one hell of a story, warning us that it was “a little blue” before launching into it: “Normally when you have a wireless mic on set it is a mic with a cord that goes down to a pack [the] size of a cigarette pack, which you can clip on your belt or your boot. […] They try to put it where it’s comfortable. I like to put it on my boot or wrap it around my ankle. So, they come to you and tell you to drop the wire down your undershirt, down your pants. In the jumpsuit it would come out of the leg through a hole into a breastplate thing, and would sit in one of those little pockets.” (At this point he gestured to his chest.) “In the jumpsuit I always like to do it like Superman.” (Aaron mimes tearing open his shirt like Clark Kent.) “The first time I did it I was late getting on set and other people were standing, the cast, the crew, and stuff. I’m talking to somebody and the sound guy gets on his knee and he starts lifting up my pants and his head is right about here.” (Aaron gestures to his…umm…hip area, haha.) “And I just kind of paused like ‘Oh! That shouldn’t have hit something.’ I wasn’t wearing any underwear and I was like ‘That shouldn’t hit something warm and flesh like’, and I kind of look down and the sound guy is like ‘Uh!’ […] Everybody’s head turned around and [they’re] staring at me […] So, if you’re wearing overalls and they need to wire you, put some shorts on, folks!”

Not bad advice there, right?

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): Word of the Nerd (April 3, 2016) SC Comicon 2016

Here is a video interview that Aaron did with Micheala from Word of the Nerd at SC Comicon 2016.

Aaron Douglas at SC Comicon 2016

YouTube: WordOfTheNerdOnline
Published: April 6, 2016
Video Description: Micheala got a few minutes with Battlestar Galactica’s Aaron Douglas. Aaron took some time to talk about his days on the BSG set, his fellow cast members and what he’s been up to recently and projects he’s currently working on. He was super nice and a thrill to speak with.

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): Scene on 7 (April 1, 2016) SC Comicon 2016

SC Comicon Special Guests!

Video Description: SC Comicon is this weekend at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. All week we’ve been telling you about what you’ll find there and today we have two special guests! Original Supergirl Helen Slater and Battlestar Galactica actor Aaron Douglas are joining us in the studio.
Source: Scene on 7

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): Carolina’s CW (April 1, 2016) SC Comicon 2016

Here is a video interview that Aaron (and Helen Slater) did with Carolinas CW to promote their appearance at SC Comicon this weekend. LOL, that they used some of the BSG ‪#‎TBT‬ photos from this fansite :)

SC Comicon: Helen Slater and Aaron Douglas

Host: Jamarcus Gaston
Video Description: Original SuperGirl Helen Slater and Battlestar Galactica actor Aaron Douglas are among the featured media guests at South Carolina Comicon Saturday-Sunday at TD Convention Center. http://www.sccomicon.com
Source: Carolina’s CW

@4pawsspartanburg meeting stars Helen Slater and Aaron Douglas #studio62cw #cw62 #SCComicon

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INTERVIEW (AUDIO): Metal Geeks (September 19 – 20, 2015) Houston FanFair 2015

Metal Geeks #85: Houston FanFair Geekery
By: Cary, Dave and George
Convention: Comicpalooza Presents: Houston FanFair 2015
Source: Metal Geeks

Here is an audio interview that Aaron did with Metal Geeks at Comicpalooza Presents: Houston FanFair last weekend. Aaron is on at time stamp 29:15 – 38:55. They discuss Aaron’s favourite metal bands/songs, etc. He mentions his recent acting projects (The X-Files, There Are Monsters, The Orchard), he is writing some more stories for another Talaria Press anthology book. Infrared (the movie he wrote the script for) might be shooting in the spring. And he discussed Anthrax’s BSG set visit.

https://msrcast.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/metal-geeks-85-houston-fanfair-geekery/

Description: We three geeks including Cary the Metal Geek, Dave and George spent the weekend of September 19 and 20, 2015 at a convention put together by the folks from Comicpalooza called Houston FanFair. This episode was recorded live from the show floor and includes interviews with Ming Chen from AMC’s Comic Book Men, Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Galactica, local artist James Linares, legendary artist Mark Kistler, and voice over actress Samantha Inoue-Harte. enjoy this episode and keep it geeky!

INTERVIEW: ‘Battlestar’ actor anticipates HawaiiCon’s fan interaction

‘Battlestar’ actor anticipates HawaiiCon’s fan interaction
By: Mike Gordon
Date: September 6, 2015
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser


When actor Aaron Douglas is not working, he enjoys gardening at home in Vancouver, British Columbia

 

Don’t misinterpret actor Aaron Douglas when he laments the workload of a guest at pop-culture conventions. It’s the price of being a TV star. The days are long but the fans are fun, the conversation interesting and the beer is free.

Douglas, best known for his role as “The Chief” Galen Tyrol in the Emmy Award-winning “Battlestar Galactica,” is a favorite among fans because he’ll talk to them even when the convention is over. He’ll invite them to join him at the bar, too.

“I like hanging out and finding out where people are from and what they do for a living,” Douglas said in a phone call from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. “Fans like that, the accessibility. You remove the veil of celebrity and fan, and we are all people who do interesting things.”

That’s the Douglas convention goers can expect this weekend at HawaiiCon, which will be held at the Hapuna Beach Prince Resort on the Kohala Coast. The four-day convention won over Douglas during its inaugural run last year, when he spoke about his career and went snorkeling with fans. (This year he’s going to join them on a zip line.)

“There is something so relaxed and peaceful about that convention,” he said. “Normally, we are stuck in a convention center in the middle of a downtown area or somewhere noisy, but here you are staring at the ocean and I thought: I could do this all day.”

The 44-year-old Canadian took up acting in his late 20s. When he got the part for “Battlestar” in 2004, he had not done much, dividing his time between short acting gigs and working as a waiter.

“Battlestar,” the saga of a war between humans and a race of robots they created, was his big break. The role, over four seasons on the SciFi Channel (now SyFy), gave Douglas a character he is still proud of. Later he would star in the police drama “The Bridge,” which aired in Canada and briefly on CBS, and had recurring roles in “Hemlock Grove” on Netflix, “The Killing” on AMC and “The Returned” on A&E.

The Chief is the big draw at the conventions he attends. This year he will be at eight or nine of them. He’s in Atlanta this weekend, Hawaii next weekend and Houston after that.

He doesn’t feel typecast, though.

“I’m fine with it being all ‘Battlestar,'” he said. “It is the best show I have done to date. I would be very lucky and surprised if I did something else that was as important to the science-fiction genre or television as that.”

When he’s not working, Douglas leads a quiet life gardening and writing. He produced a farmers market worth of vegetables this summer: four different kinds of tomatoes, five kinds of lettuce, spinach, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, leeks, onions, peppers and Brussels sprouts. He grew tomatillos for the first time and turned to fans on Twitter for recipes.

He is also the family chef, cooking for his wife, a government worker. He specializes in seafood: halibut, prawns, mussels.

“I like harvesting stuff and building a soup or a stew or just using them fresh in a salad,” he said. “I really enjoy it.”

Two weeks ago Douglas shot an episode of the “The X-Files” revival on Fox, and he had a fan moment himself. When he was in acting school, the original version of the series was being shot in Vancouver. He wanted to be on it, but it had moved to Los Angeles by the time he graduated.

When he heard about the revival, he immediately called his agent. He wound up in a scene with his favorite characters, Mulder and Scully, aka actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

“This was a show I watched years ago that I loved, and now I am standing with them,” Douglas said. “It was a very cool experience. It was sort of surreal.”

For more information about HawaiiCon, go to hawaiicon.com.

And that’s a wrap …

INTERVIEW (AUDIO): Rock 100.5 Morning Show (September 3, 2015) Dragon*Con 2015

Rock 100.5 Morning Show
Date: September 3rd, 2015
By: Jason Bailey, Southside Steve, Tim Andrews, Brandi Britain
Convention: Dragon*Con 2015
Source: Rock 100.5 Morning Show (SoundCloud)

Here is an audio interview that Aaron did with Rock 100.5 Morning Show to promote #FindChiefEp2 at DragonCon 2015. Aaron is on at timestamp 1:34:18 – 1:57:05.

Description: Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Galactica joins the show today, we play another round of Google Feud, there is a problem with Jason’s dog’s testicles, Peter Moylan of the Braves calls the show and so much more on today’s podcast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun hanging with #AaronDouglas from #BattlestarGalactica. #ChiefGalenTyrol

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