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Jamie on Kevin & Bean Morning Show on LA's KROQ
Sorry for not posting a link earlier. I didn't find out about the radio interview until this morning and then I thought I had missed it until it dawned on me that it was PST and I'm in the eastern time zone so I managed to tune in just before Jamie's segment was set to begin. He didn't talk much about the current season of BSG because the guys interviewing him either hadn't seen the show or the one who had just finished Season 2. Anyway, I jotted down a few notes. There were a few funny comments and a couple of times I kind of grimaced. It's obvious he loves the show, but I got the impression that everything surrounding the show may be getting to him a bit.



Once again, there was shock by the interviewers to discover he had a British accent. People really don't know this by now? When asked about whether he had any difficulties doing the American accent he talked about how small words like "to" and r's give him problems. He said "the tongue won't do the things it should" and then realized that didn't sound very good and that "I haven't been in porn that much." Hee.

He was asked how he was able to act while struggling with the accent to which he responded it's why his performance is so wooden and he hasn't won any awards for his performance yet. I swear, he sounded like he was only half kidding.

An old story, but he talked about how he got the role of Apollo. That he was on a two week vacation in LA, was given the script for BSG, was very concerned about being offered a remake of a not well regarded sci-fi show, loved the script, and then signed away the next six years of his life.

There was some confusion as to Apollo's rank and Jamie joked that when he goes into the trailer to get ready there is a lot of ripping off of patches and such and that his rank fluctuates more than the Dow Jones.

So, they didn't know what was going on on the show, didn't know he had an accent, thought he was married to an American (Jamie said "I'd like to let my wife Kerry know I am NOT married to an American" and he doesn't do 'Big Love'), yet they brought up he studied at Cambridge. Go figure. Apparently he was there the same time as Sacha Baron Cohen, but they never met.

Jamie sounded a bit tired during the interview and he admited he and James Callis had been out rather late the night before. James Callis lives in LA now too? Maybe they chould pull an 'X-Files' and move the show there. ;)

He spent the weekend at a Super Bowl party sitting next to Peter O'Toole which he found rather surreal. On his other side was his producer (Ron? David?). When asked about the ratings situation and the show coming back for a fourth season he said he honestly didn't know anything, but when he asked his producer at the party he kind of gave him a wink and a nudge and seemed confidant the show would be renewed. Jamie then went on to say that BSG is the only acclaimed series Sci-Fi has ever had and they'd be kind of dumb to cancel it. And let me just throw in that Farscape may have never gotten the buzz BSG has, but a lot of critics raved about it so I think the cast and crew need to watch the comments about other Sci-FI shows.

When asked how he likes LA since his move there he remarked how he has spent about 25 days of the past month on the highway, but he has a beautiful home in Studio City and seems to be enjoying the weather.

Tricia was on the show last week and said how much she loves the fans and going to conventions to meet them. Jamie commented about how nice Tricia was. This is where I got the impression that fandom may be getting to him. Prior to bringing up Tricia they were doing a promotion involving The Police and the Grammy Awards. When asked about the fans, Jamie made a comment about how Sting has all these young, hot fans and their fans... (he trailed off). I thought he was going for a cliched statement about Sci-Fi fans, but then he mentioned how the fans want to hug you - a lot. Then he commented that Tricia gets hugged by the male fans while he gets hugged by the female fans. This isn't the first time he's brought this up and I have to say from my Con experiences I have seen men be more respectful of the female guests than women of the male guests. My feeling has always been not that the men don't want to grab on tighter, just that they assume they'd get in trouble.

If anyone knows of a place this was uploaded (the station doesn't look to archive interviews on their site), let me know and I'll post a link.

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greycoupon From: greycoupon Date: February 7th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Whee! Thanks for the recap. I believe does live in LA or at least has a house there. He hangs out with cast members there a lot.

I'm so dissapointed in Kevin and Bean. I remember back when they were big time Sci-Fi fanboys....
munchkin62 From: munchkin62 Date: February 7th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thank you so much for the recap! I got to work and just missed the interview! (My brother called me to tell me he was on)! Thanks!
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 8th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC) (Link Me)
You're welcome. I know how much I appreciate recaps if I miss anything. Btw, I just posted a link to an uplaod of the show so you can listen for yourself. :)
pandora_576 From: pandora_576 Date: February 7th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks for the recap :).
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: February 7th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Ah, see, you're so much smarter than I am! I got the heads-up this morning as well but thought I had missed it, and was just going to wait till they uploaded a recording. Lucky for us you were on the ball.

he hasn't won any awards for his performance yet

Poor Jamie. Sounds like the stress of being on the road and not knowing whether they'll be renewed is getting to him. How to show him our love without being disrespectful??
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 8th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I think the ball bounced several times until I got on it. ;) I'm so use to everything being est that I didn't think about pst.

Honestly, I think a good 90% of his fans are sane and respectful (I know everyone here is! :) and get the term "personal space", but I can understand if you encounter people who don't get that that the experiences with the troublesome fans stick with you. I think if he stopped doing photo ops it may cut down on the problem, but they are potentially a big money maker and I can't fault him for wanting to make money in such an uncertain profession.

It seems like with moving to LA (hello new mortgage), not being certain if he'll have a job in the next couple of months and dealing with the pressure of being known now that it may be overwhelming him a bit. Still, he may want to watch the remarks about the fans just because we know how quickly they can turn.
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: February 8th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yeah, he definitely sounded frustrated under the jocularity. I mean, he used the words "handcuffed" and "stuck" regarding his being on the show... not a good sign.

I winced, too, when he started in on the fans. Careful, Jamie.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 8th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I didn't even pick up on some of the words he used. I did catch the signing six years of his life away, but most actors who sign TV contracts make that statement. Hugh Laurie even admits he may not have commited to 'House' had he known that he'd be working 12 and 14 hour days. Jamie sounded much more upbeat in the last radio interview he did with Michael Rymer, maybe he's not a morning person?

The fan thing bugged me most because I'm a fan, I'm intelligent, I know my boundaries, and I'm reasonably attractive. ;)
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: February 8th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC) (Link Me)
hee! I'm standing in line next to you. :0)
sarmoti From: sarmoti Date: February 8th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yay, thanks for the recap!

He spent the weekend at a Super Bowl party sitting next to Peter O'Toole which he found rather surreal.

That really cracks me up because I keep thinking of Bill Hader's O'Toole impression on SNL, where he just plays him completely drunk. "One time, when we were salaciously drunk, Albert Finney and I stole a train!" So I just get a laugh picturing Jamie and Peter as two intelligent-but-totally-drunk British guys at a Super Bowl party. :)

he mentioned how the fans want to hug you - a lot.

I certainly understand the appeal of hugging Jamie, but yeah, from what I'd read of cons it seems like some fans could use a nice reminder that his body isn't our playground. (If only!)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 8th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC) (Link Me)
from what I'd read of cons it seems like some fans could use a nice reminder that his body isn't our playground.

OK, thank you, now I have John Mayer's "Your body's a wonderland..." on repeat in my head. :p
amaliak From: amaliak Date: February 8th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hi! I'm kinda new to the BSG fandom, but I live in LA and listen to Kevin and Bean religiously....

well, long story short, I think you might appreciate this.

^_^
cheers.
--Lex
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 8th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC) (Link Me)
THANK YOU! I'd say I love you, but we just met. ;) I just posted a link to your LJ in the Comm. Thank you for commenting here and being willing to share. :)
roadrunnerdm From: roadrunnerdm Date: February 13th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks a bundle for that link to the audio file!

Hate to say it, but I have to completely agree with Jamie regarding his um...trepidations...where fans are concerned, and I don't blame him a bit. 99% of the fans are fine, respectful people. But at a convention with thousands of attendees (like Comic Con, San Diego), if even just 1% are grabby, rude, or intrusive that still equates to many dozens or hundreds of people. I've witnessed a few incidents myself of celebrity encounters where other fans crossed the line of decency, acting as though the celebrity somehow "owes" them a hug or a kiss, and it can occasionally get pretty scary. I've even heard lude comments spoken directly toward BSG cast members. We should consider ourselves very fortunate that Jamie is still willing make personal appearances at conventions and meet his fans close up. I'm looking forward to seeing him again in April at Burbank, but if he ever chose to give up convention appearances altogether, I wouldn't blame him in the least.
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