#FarscapeFriday —- flashback to one of PKGumby’s best! This was also used to intro Ben at one of the Farscape conventions — he loved it! Used with permission from PKGumby.
As always when a con is upcoming I think of favorite moments at past cons. Some have to do with Ben or other guests and many have to do with fellow fans. At Dragon Con 2010 Ben did a panel with Raelee Hill and Virginia Hey. Ben decided to have Raelee Hill do his signature Hell Yeah! She had no idea what was coming as he handed her a slip of paper and told her to say it to he crowd. He ended up helping her out a bit 😀 Here are a few shots from the panel courtesy of Tarina Peterson — many thanks!!
Stargate Hangover panel at Dragon Con 2010 —- Ben, Jewel Staite, Martin Gero, Jason Mamoa, and Paul McGillion. A fan asked the panel their most memorable line from any role delivered on screen. We Farscape fans saw Ben’s expression and knew his line! The other actors started talking —Jason Mamoa—Ronon doesn’t talk much 🙂 Then it was Ben’s turn. He looks at the audience (big auditorium that hold ~1000 ) and asks Any Farscape fans here? Shouting and applause. So he says Can I get a Hell Yeah? We responded as we do at any con Ben appears 😀 As this happened Jewel Stait’s face lit up. She was next. She asked has anyone seen a show called Firefly? Cheers and applause. So she said her favorite line : Goin’ on a year now I ain’t had nothin’ twixt my nethers weren’t run on batteries! We had to feel bad for the other actors as the crowd went crazy!
I just want to express my thanks to all who stopped by and read the interview with Ben about Guardians. The over 500 of you!! I have had this for almost 17 years and it is for fun. Ben is a class act and I would say we are discerning fans. I hope, as I am sure many of you do as well, that this cameo will lead to more exciting projects. We know he is the original Star Lord. I get how Hollywood thinks, I don’t agree but I get it. I watch a lot of British and Australian TV and find it interesting that not every story is changed to have a 20 something lead. I also get that studios want a “bankable” star for films they are investing millions if not hundreds of millions. Emma Watson is a fabulous actress yet Beauty and the Beast would have worked with an unknown or lesser known actress. An actor draws his or her base in but many people react to the idea shown in a trailer or described in a blurb in my opinion. Granted not sure if it was my checkbook I would trust viewers that much but I like to think good acting and good stories sell themselves as much as an actor’s name. I go to James Bond films no matter who plays Bond. I am not going to the New Mummy film because all of Tom Cruise films blend together as a series of stunts and effects and his “don’t worry we’re going to get out of this face” (and he should have never played Jack Reacher despite owning the rights!). Sermon over!
Until Hoax is released ( not sure of the distribution details at this point) in March we can re-watch Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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” !
I am not much on reviews but I am going to attempt one of Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, the film Ben directed and reprises his role as janitor Max. Teen slash movies are not a favorite of mine (even when I was the target audience!). Ben had told me this would be different and have a bit more humor in it. When you are a fan of someone you worry What if this is crap? each time a new venture is embarked on! The film is based on a graphic novel and there are some clever shots where a comic shot or panel is inserted and blends into the live action. I enjoyed this much more than I expected! The kids as Ben has said in interviews did a great job and the adults, especially Sean Astin, gave the movie some good moments. Ben fans get a treat with a brief ultra creepy scene that features Max , that was disturbing yet….”hot”. The pacing ( I have no idea the real term!) kept the story moving . Often when you watch something you are not that keen on it will drag. I experienced none of that feeling. Another thing I enjoyed was the music. The original music was quite good for a small budget film, not relying on just a few “hip” sounding songs thrown in.
The film is available for rent or purchase on Amazon and iTunes as well as dvd.