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9 May

Posted: May 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

 

I had the chance to ask Ben a few questions about his experience with Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. I did a quick poll of people on a Farscape page of what they wanted to know and most of us had similar questions but a special shout out to Josh D for the Marvel question!

 
1) We have seen James Gunn’s tweet that he had told you at the Saturn Awards he wanted you in Guardians 2 but he didn’t think you believed him. How did it unfold?
 
Ben : I introduced myself to Gunn at the 2015 Saturns… Surprise! (or not) He knew Farscape. I gushed about GOTGvol1, then accused him of pilfering my sock drawer for material.  He mentioned finding a spot for me in GOTGvol2, we snapped a selfie… hugged it out.  Lo and behold, 2 years later, James Gunn is a man of his word.  Deep respect for him.
 
2) You were already of fan of James Gunn before the Guardians so how was the experience of working with him? Did you choose the Admiral’s “voice” or was it suggested?
 
Ben : Admirals voice was cued by the fact that all the Sovereign sounded English. Yes, I’m a fan of Gunn… Slither is awesome. His writing is always sharp and clever.  And GOTG was spectacular
***After seeing the film I mentioned loving hearing PK John’s voice (as many online have also commented!) this was Ben’s response since so many seem to have missed my previous post —Actually the accent was more Laurence Olivier-ish from the Battle of Britain (retro-RP) than PK John (Pseudo-aussiefied-Americanized RP), but the British are very snippy about their own versions of “English” dialects. Americans will endure the Brits mutilating our dialects with abandon and never take note. 
 
3) What was the make up prep like and how much of the sovereign set was CGI? 
 
Ben :  Make-up prep was pretty straight forward… I sat in a chair and they painted… Becoming solid gold is less time consuming than becoming Scorpy. The Sovereign set was half practical… saying which half would reveal trade secrets.
 
4)Did you interact with the main cast at all? You are the original Star Lord after all to many of us!
 
Ben : I’m more like Star Lord’s trailer park uncle. I met some of the Guardians briefly.
 
4) And from Scaper Josh — What is your favorite Marvel comic/movie and why?
 
Ben : As a kid… The Amazing Spiderman and The Fantastic Four… I was big into Spidey. I still imagine myself clinging to the ceiling and swinging from my web. But Fantastic Four had a character named Ben! Which appealed to my former age 6-year old narcissism. GOTG is my favorite Marvel movie… followed by Deadpool… Though I’m pretty stoked for the next Thor. (Which was my third Fav comic as a kid)
 
5) The question that can not be answered I am sure but the teasers at the end hint at Aeysha’s return —- how about her Admiral’s? Even if it is deleted scenes for the DVD 🙂
 
Ben : That’s a future question, which I can’t, and probably wouldn’t answer right now anyway.

6 May

Posted: May 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

A couple of things — first Ben’s accent as the Sovereign Admiral in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. We  Farscape fans jumped to “PK John”. Ben’s says it was more Olivier .  I will listen more carefully the next time I see it!! 

You may have seen mention of Ben’s appearance in Dustin Hoffman’s Merchant of Venice. His wife, Francesca Buller, was in both the London and New York versions. Ben says she started rehearsals the day after they were married. He was still a student but auditioned in London and joined the cast when they transferred to New York.

 


4 May

Posted: May 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

May the Force be with you today! Especially if going to a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 !!!

Don’t forget Ben will be appearing at Collectormania Birmingham U.K. June 3 – 4, 2017  —- he does not have a solo talk but is part of the SG1 panel with Michael Shanks. These two are great fun to watch and they take the questions seriously yet are often irreverent! This panel from Perth,W.A. gives you a taste of what to expect!

 


3 May

Posted: May 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Tomorrow many of us in the U.S. and Canada will flock to see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2  early screenings. On May 4th. Coincidence? I think not! 

 


2 May

Posted: May 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

U.S. and Canadian fans it is time to begin our countdown for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 !! We have learned a couple of non-spoilery things from our fellow fans abroad. Ben speaks and PK John is heard. A couple of guys on Twitter alluded to his character as “Admiral”. It is a cameo so pay attention! I am excited Ben has an opportunity to be in a film of this magnitude being produced by two major studios. James Gunn’s choice of him and tweets about him will stir interest among fans and Industry types alike as to who this guy is that was given a coveted cameo! At least that is my hope! 😀 Ben was a fan of writer/director Gunn even before the first film so this was a great opportunity for him personally. Do I wish it was a meatier role? Hell yeah! The Industry is weird and Ben is in a crowded talent age group. Remember as well only about 5% of actors are working at any given time. So cheer in the theater when you see our golden man!

 

 


10 April

Posted: April 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Scaper Patricia posted a promo photo that brought back a flood of memories! The convention center at the Burbank Hilton had windows and we were lining up to go in and could see the vendor table with the new official photos! Squeeing was heard as each group saw them!! It  was 2001 and jaded scifi fans were still disbelieving of a “ship” early in a series no matter what was seen and that the producers/writers/actors said! A couple of months before I had listened to creator Rockne O’Bannon explain at SDCC that he felt it wrong when shows ignored chemistry or were afraid to write an adult relationship (he cited X Files). Then these incredible season 3 promo photos came out! Farscape was good solid drama and had a love story that was organic not just an occasional plot device. This first photo is the one I got signed — Ben signed in Claudia’s hair saying “It is all about the hair” !

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27 March

Posted: March 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Ben on James Gunn :

James Gunn is a genius.

You can quote me on that.

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Ben also sent along his new head shot  so enjoy 🙂

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27 March

Posted: March 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Huge catch by Carl Keyser on Twitter  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I sent this to Ben who responded “No comment”  so May 5th can’t get here soon enough!!  Special thanks to Scaper Auntie N who alerted me at work!! 

 


19 March part 2

Posted: March 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | 3 Comments »

I wished Ben a Happy Farscape Anniversary and asked his thoughts. Here is his reply :

I guess that makes us legal to vote? But not legal to drink.
 
I had a 19 year old yesterday call me John Crichton… She had  just watched the entire series for the first time. Kinda mind blowing.
 
Two decades is the typical spread for scifi reboots, so maybe more Farscape is on the horizon.

19 March

Posted: March 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Today is the 18th anniversary of the premiere of Farscape on the SciFi Channel. I have shared my story of how I came to discover the show many times over the years and will do so again today. The show premiered on a Friday night. I didn’t watch it. I had seen the Starlog magazine cover with the “puppets” and not given it much thought. Saturday my Dad called me which was unusual (my Mom usually called and they lived not that far so we saw them regularly). He asked if I had seen the new show on SciFi. I said no and he said you have to watch it! Then said he thought they were rerunning it during the week. This peaked my interest so I checked into it and my then husband set the vcr figuring if my Dad was that excited he was on board as well! That was it and we were hooked! My Dad , a computer hardware engineer who had little use for the internet, asked who the actor was as that boy can act 🙂 After I attended the first convention , one day with my youngest daughter and the next with an X Files friend in August 2000  I decided to make a website for the actor who brought John Crichton to life. I knew little about web design (still don’t!) so I worked on it on days off while my daughters at school and husband at work. Spending most of my life in southern California where one becomes a bit more jaded about “stars”, I was very impressed with the cast at the con—none of the embarrassment seen at the time by actors at some cons. Ben was the only American actor on the show and was gracious and appreciative of the enthusiasm. He still is and though part of me still worries that this will change, but his true love and respect of the story remains in 2017. I have friends I met in the X Files fandom (we met on a text based chat) and some became Farscape fans as well. The friends I have met through Farscape populate my social media and my real life. They have been there for me through tough times, including divorce and loss of both parents, and happy times. It is great to visit other countries and have friends there who share your passions, not just for Farscape but books, travel and more. It is a unique show and a unique fandom. It lacks the divisions many fandoms have. Our crazies I am proud to say are a bit less crazy and well loved! So on this day we all answer John Crichton’s question : Can I get a hell yeah?  

 

HELL YEAH !!!