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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 13th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Sorry if I'm embarrassing you, Jamie. :)

Nah, embarrass him more. It's warranted in this case. And I'll exacerbate things by adding a big, fat HOLY SHIT, BAMBER, WHY SO AWESOME?! Big-time gratitude to him what puts the JB in JBN for being kind enough to make time for us, so we could pick his brain a little and give all of you wonderful peeps who follow the comm a little somethin' extra-cool. Also to all the behind the scenes folks asta77 mentioned above - can't thank you all enough!

Couple of followups I'm compelled to add to the interview. Because I don't know when to leave well enough alone, clearly. *g* But they feel worth pointing out...

1. Re: the question of his accent on Perception and sounding like Callis/Baltar. I wouldn't say he was taken aback by the question per se, but he did seem to bristle a tiny bit and I wondered if perhaps he didn't think the implication was that he was just "copying" someone else's performance. If so - not at all, Jamie! If anything, the implication was that perhaps it was subconscious, but that's about it. (It's to his credit that he doesn't lurk around fansites like this one often enough to see how much we praise his accent work on regular basis and know better, to be honest!) Also, I got the sense that as we tried to reassure him, he just wanted to move on to the next question, which we did.

Although... you might notice that I sort of started to challenge him a little bit, but I held my tongue. It wasn't at all the right time; If the circumstances had been different, i.e. a more relaxed setting or we knew we'd have longer to ask him questions I might have given him a friendly nudge back on the "they're just Americans seeing Brits as being slightly smug" response. With a healthy dose of respect, Jamie (promise!) - yellow card for a sweeping generalization. ;) Can't argue that some Americans do (And sure, some are a bit accent-impaired - saw someone elsewhere wonder if his accent on Body of Proof was Australian. Say huh?!), yet so many of us have watched ridiculous amounts of British television and thus might actually know our way around a posh accent vs. a working class accent, or even a West Country accent vs. a Yorkshire accent. And wouldn't use it as a strict judge of character. (Also correct me if I'm wrong (mea culpa in advance if so), but anamarya, you had said you recognized the similarity too, right? Dude... she's not even American, JB. Heh.)

I knowwwww, putting the soapbox away. In the extremely unlikely event he pokes his head in here and reads down this far: Rebuttals will be gladly accepted at any subsequent date of your choosing, good sir. *curtsey* ;)

2. I completely fumbled the pick-up on that first question about Monday Mornings. Basically, after his response that both the script in general and the character appealed to him, he had to split briefly to shoot the group photo ops that also included Trucco and Callis - when he came back, I should have asked him to finish that thought and see if he had anything else to say about the character of Ty in particular. Instead, because again I'm thinking "ooher, clock's ticking" I wanted asta77 to get her first question in so I passed the buck.

3. We spent time the night before editing down our questions because we were concerned about just how much time we'd have, particularly if it was tricky to find Jamie after his photo op was through. (Thankfully, it wasn't.) Also, we figured we should account for time in that at least some of the questions might elicit solid, wordy and eloquent BamberAnswers™ (He didn't disappoint there either. ;) ) So we ended up just chucking in questions as they came to us after we got through our short-list, and of course like a dolt I had deleted a few off my iPad rather than moved them down the page. So I blanked on some I really wanted to ask. Bah.

4. It also didn't occur to me until later that in his answer about upcoming projects, he didn't mention Filly Brown. But that's not too surprising since his role does seem to be a really small cameo, plus he'd probably put forth to the notion that it's much more Kerry's upcoming project than his. :)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: September 13th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I had a couple of "D'Oh!" moments while transcribing/proofreading regarding unasked questions. One of which I didn't even have written down. I just remind myself we were lucky we got extra time and were able to cover as much as we did.

I wonder if Jamie would have had much to say regarding Ty? I'm sure he would have had some general thoughts, but given he's only shot a pilot, and a one hour pilot that has to introduce quite a few characters, does he really have much to say at this point? And we know how many things can change from the pilot to the second episode of the series. It amazes me he still has so much to say about Lee after all these years, but he does have four seasons of material and quite the character arc to pull some deep thoughts from.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 13th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I just remind myself we were lucky we got extra time and were able to cover as much as we did.

Truth. (FYI to everyone else: The interview ends abruptly on the Matt Devlin stuff because just prior to that, Jamie's handler was giving us the "last question" signal over his shoulder! For the last bit though, we were definitely getting in additional stuff beyond the "must-asks" that we'd trimmed it down to. Very lucky and quite pleased to have had that.)

I meant what I said on Friday when Jamie said "Is 10-15 minutes okay?" - dear man, that's 10-15 minutes more than we were even sure we'd get at all. <3 It's all gravy!

And yeah, you might have a point about Ty; I'm sure he's had discussions with DEK, D'Elia, etc. about where they want to take the character but he might not be at liberty to talk about it, esp. if he hasn't seen any further scripts.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: September 15th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm also inclined to think, like with any pilot, after it was shot, DEK, D'Elia and the network had notes as to, if not major changes, tweaks they wanted made. Hey, in the BSG mini/pilot, Helo was supposed to die on Caprica. And when Jamie talks about Lee, how often does he talk about him in the mini? And who can blame him. He was kind of an ass. ;)
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: September 21st, 2012 12:19 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, he was actually my least favorite character in the mini, along with Boomer. I thought their acting was awful. He was an ass, and reminded me of a former employee of mine, so double whammy. I can see how he interpreted his character in the mini the way he did, which I guess is what led to the one-dimensionality of it. I think the interactions with Laura definitely helped flesh-out who Lee was, and fortunately that happens early on in season 1. By the end of the show, I was a big fan of both Lee and Sharon, happy that the only truly terrible acting in the show came from Cally, who wasn't a main character. PS Thanks for the awesome interview!
anamarya From: anamarya Date: September 13th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
At this point (duie to RL craziness, deadlines and stuff) I'll just say "thank you" and answer my part in this.

YES, in that first episode I got a distinct Gaius vibe. I would have to go back and rewatch it without seeing the Eureka finale just before but for now I would still have to go with that.

On the other hand, from my own POV as a non-america, non-brit, not even a native english speaker - some of the vibe might have been from JC himself (who as far as I'm concerned sounds a lot like Baltar). I didn't want to mention this then because I didn't considered this site the proper place to go into all that. Since I didn't got to meet Jamie (yet) I can;t attest (or contest) the fact that in RL they sound alike.

to sum it up - in one degree or another I did got that flashback but NO - i never thought that this meant that he was imitating somebody or anything like that. it was just the kind of coincidence that makes me laugh, especially since like I (think I) mentioned there - I'm sort of familiar with that attitude (and it has nothing to do with the language.... it has to do with the PhD).

p.s. be advised that I might pop in later (or tomorrow in my time-zone) with comments and stuff.... and a proper Happy Birthday gift for the site :)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 13th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm sort of familiar with that attitude (and it has nothing to do with the language.... it has to do with the PhD).

Hahaha, yeah now I remember you specifically pointing out that angle. ;) Yeah, knew you were coming from the same place we were thinking that - and again, I might be dead wrong that he got that impression, it just seemed possible. Fair enough if so, we did have plenty to move on to!

OOH, WE GET PRESENTS?! But... we just gave you guys a present! HOMG moar presents? Okay, then, ALL the presents. *cuddle*

anamarya From: anamarya Date: September 13th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
yeah now I remember you specifically pointing out that angle. ;

and I hope that I didn't end up by sounding like a pompous ass myself while doing it. *kidding... well, sort of anyway*

WE GET PRESENTS?

IDK, I think I can manage at least some virtual candy/drinks... or something.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 13th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
You didn't, not at all. (Shoot - brag on that degree at least a little, ma'am, you worked for it! ;) )

Virtual booze FTW! XD
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