GW: What was some of the most fun you had during the shooting of The Ark of Truth? Was it during the fight scenes?
BB: Definitely doing the fight sequence. It was one of those fight sequences where the shooting of it went well. We didn't damage each other badly. There's a lot of things flying around and by the end of it you can't believe how sore you are.
I said to previous journalists, but I'll say it to you. The only people who are actually physically fit to do this kind of stuff are people who go under the octagon. People who train in martial arts and mixed martial arts are the only ones who are really in shape for this kind of activity, because you're doing everything but making the contact. So your body is moving in ways that you're not used to it moving. Boy, do you feel it the next day and as you get older. But it's still tremendous fun.
You get bruised up and you go "Oh, wow." But it's just a bruise. It goes away.
GW: In your opinion, what do you think the film's most important message is? As a viewer. You've seen it.
BB: Well when I saw it I saw it on the big screen. Honestly when I watch something with a group of people I tend to hide behind my hands. I don't like watching myself. There are chunks of the movie I didn't see because I knew I was on and I was hiding.
GW: Well that's a little unfortunate. You're out there as an actor to be seen and when that moment comes you kind of retreat.
BB: Well I do it as an actor to be part of the storytelling process. The exciting thing to me about acting, what's most exciting, is you're moving in this story. You wake up in the morning, you put on some interesting clothes, pick up some interesting props, and you go and you interact with people. You're telling a story and you live the character for as many moments as you can during the course of the day.
" I like to do my own stunts ... I don't like to walk away from the physical action. "
At the end of the day you've handed the work over to everybody else. And it's not about watching yourself. It's about "Does the story work?"
I can watch it when I'm by myself and I don't think anyone else is watching. Then I don't bother myself so much. I'm not weird or shy. But I haven't seen the screener and I haven't seen it by myself. I only saw it in a room with a couple hundred people on the big screen.
BB: Yeah, that was my response. "Wow. Wow, OK, now I've got to hide. Wow."
I did manage to watch the fight sequence. That was far enough into the movie that I sort of recovered. But as to the message and the movie I don't know. That's for Robert and the audience. As an actor I'm not thinking about the message. I'm thinking about living the moment.
GW: What are you working on most recently?
BB: Well the strike finally finished so I'm sitting in front of my computer reworking a story for a miniseries.
GW: So you're writing.
BB: Yes, I am writing, if one can call it that. I'm hammering at the keyboard and seeing what comes out. It's a miniseries for SCI FI called "Going Homer." I'm writing it with a man named Andrew Prowse, who was a producer, director and editor on Farscape.
GW: Is there a possibility that you'll be in it?
BB: We've got to get farther down the road before entertaining that idea. The most important thing right now is cobbling out the story and getting all that to work. It's six hours so it's a big story. It's creating from scratch. It's an interesting way to wake up.
GW: It's a very rewarding process too, especially when you finally see it on the screen.
BB: Yeah, that's a ways away though. Of course you imagine it in your head as you're doing it. Anyone who writes a screenplay knows that's still further down the road.
GW: Are you open to appearing in Season Five of Atlantis?
BB: I think they're probably going to have to work through everyone else before they finally get to Mitchell. I don't think that that's on the card, but I think that's what Joe and Paul are thinking. We've done Michael, we've done Chris, Richard Dean Anderson, and Beau and Amanda. I guess they need to get past Claudia. They haven't mentioned it and I don't think it's in their plans.
If fans want to see more of Mitchell they had best encourage the production of more movies.
I can't foresee a story need for Mitchell to be there. Daniel Jackson brings something different to the table. Carter brings a history with McKay and something different to the table. Maybe Mitchell doesn't have anything to offer Atlantis in a story sense.
GW: We can only hope. You deserve more than two seasons and a couple of movies to flesh that character out.
BB: Well we'll do more movies then!