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Anglophenia: Jamie Bamber on the New British Invasion
BBC America's Anglophenia site has posted an absolutely wonderful new interview with Jamie. It's one of the best I've read in a very long time. For the first time, he talks a bit about 17th Precinct (and particularly the accent we will be hearing :):

After a stint in Britain as DS Matt Devlin on Law & Order: UK, Bamber may return to American TV this fall. He has re-teamed with Battlestar exec producer Ron Moore for the NBC pilot 17th Precinct, an innovative cop drama with supernatural elements. Bamber plays a Yankee police officer on the series, trading in Apollo's patrician tones for a working-class Irish accent. "My preparation was pretty minimal," he says, "although I did re-watch The Fighter and The Town to absorb a hint of Bostonian Irish."

Jamie also talks about being an American, the career choices he's made because of his family (even debating signing on to 17th Precinct), and talks at length about the differences between working in UK and US television:

British actors used to be scared of the multi-year options that U.S. TV shows demand. That has changed because the same is now happening in the UK. New series in Britain now insist on getting talent for three years typically. And yet they can't really compensate you for that commitment. At least in the U.S. you can trust that if the show takes six years of your working life, it will have been financially worth it.

As always, I love Jamie's honesty. Go. Read. NOW.

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scifishipper From: scifishipper Date: April 21st, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Just when you think it's not possible to love and admire JB more, he shines again. Bravo, Jamie.

Jamie Thumbs Up

Edited at 2011-04-21 04:37 pm (UTC)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 21st, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm looking forward to reading it again later. I had to do a quick read and post before heading to a meeting. There are other actors I like quite a lot, but, after I read interviews such as this filled with so much honesty, I'm reminded that he'll always be my favorite. :)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 21st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I will never tire of that GIF. Ever.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: April 21st, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Very nice interview. Thanks.
I always like to read this kind if interview because of how elaborate and sincere are his answers.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 21st, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
He gave a four part answer to a question. How many actors would do that? :D
From: metabolick Date: April 21st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I am impressed once again with how intelligent and thoughtful a man Jamie is. As an American who has loved many British tv shows I'm always interested in how differences in the two countries' tv/film industries are perceived. Jamie has lots of experience to speak with authority on the subject.

I'm really looking forward to watching 17th Precinct. Thanks so much for posting this!
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 21st, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I've had my theories as to why Jamie left L&O:UK and the UK in order to pursue work in LA. It was nice to read him speak as to why and in such an honest manner.
lemurling From: lemurling Date: April 21st, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I liked Jamie as Apollo, and thought he was attractive and talented, but really just a sidelight to my Starbuck obsession. And then I listened to him on one of those great BSG podcasts, the big rambling three-hour one with a bunch of the cast drinking scotch. He started talking about where he thought the series had gone off the rails a bit with how they were showing cylons, with Ron -right there- and I really began to be a fan. Smart, brave, honest, fun to listen to, not just a pretty face. Someone whose career might be worth following.

This interview reminded me of that. Excellent, honest insights, with his usual eloquence. The parts about being a parent and so not being willing to take the same risks and uproot his family really speak to me, being the same age, and having my first child, and thinking about the things that I won't get to do, until she's quite a bit older at least. How much harder to be a good parent in a chaotic industry like acting.

I do hope so much that 17th Precinct is good, and then being good, actually gets recognized as such and picked up!
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 21st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I know Ron has his fair share of critics (and some of that criticism is justified), but I do have respect for the man in that he was not only always willing to listen to his cast, but listen to their criticism of his choices. Jamie was probably the most vocal (though always respectful), yet it's obvious Ron wants to continue to work with him. I completely understand Jamie debating whether or not to take on 17th Precinct. He's looking at possibly years of commuting between LA and Vancouver (again) and missing time with his family. On the other hand, the working environment Ron creates is VERY rare in TV. Jamie, James, Tricia know they will be part of the process, not just reading the lines they are handed. They feel blessed to have been part of that once, how could they pass on a second chance at it?

I also admire how much Jamie thinks about his family. Many actors just jump at a role and consider the rest later. Working in Vancouver is not ideal, but it's more family friendly than other shooting locations. I'm a huge White Collar fan and it boggles my mind how Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer fly from NYC to LA on weekends (if they can) to see their families.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 21st, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link Me)

He started talking about where he thought the series had gone off the rails a bit with how they were showing cylons, with Ron -right there- and I really began to be a fan.

That entire exchange in the roundtable podcast is exceptional, because both of them make excellent cases for points of view that are sometimes at odds. Particularly two bits: The part where Jamie discusses how he wasn't a huge fan of Downloaded ("Cylons in coffee shops", which gets a giggle), but then Ron defends the importance of that episode and they come some agreement. Also, when Jamie brings up the notion of having each copy of a particular model be more or less the same, but also very individual in their looks and attitudes, something which they played with a little w/ the Sixes but not so much the other models. It's a fantastic idea which he backs up with a lot of intelligent justification for how it would have made the show more complex and satisfying, and Ron actually agrees with him but notes that because of the budgetary constraints on the production, they never could have pulled it off.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2011 12:55 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Bostonian Irish eh? He's asking for trouble there!

I've read lots of quotes from British actors about how difficult it's become in the UK (e.g. Billie Piper). No wonder with all the cutbacks everywhere. Kinda unfortunate because I didn't get the impression that they're all ecstatic about moving to the States (nothing against the US), but there's just not enough work/money over here.
I sort of feel bad for Jamie because he's once again not living with the family during the week if 17P gets picked up. I was hoping for something based in L.A. on his behalf. Then again he gets to work with friends!

Interesting about the Bulgaria/India examples, I wonder what that was. Or maybe that was just from the top of his head?

Ayhow, great interview! thanks for the link! I was confused about who said what at first because I didn't think he could have given such long answers!
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