We would be hard-pressed to say that Martin Gero
hasn't been good to us. In the four years since GateWorld has known him he as granted us an extensive interview every year. Now with Season Five
coming to a close we are happy to be back with him to go even deeper into the franchise and beyond.
In our latest piece Martin talks about the success of his film "YPF," working with the likes of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson in the recent episode "Brain Storm,"
and he even addresses some of the viewer criticisms of his episode. We also explore the McKay
relationship and dip our toes in the waters of Stargate Universe
GateWorld's interview with Martin runs over 43 minutes. Listen online at your leisure, download it to your MP3 player, or subscribe now to the iTunes podcast
. The full interview is also transcribed below!
GateWorld: For GateWorld.net, I am David Read, and I am on the telephone with Atlantis Executive Producer, and a man I am proud to call my friend, Mr. Martin Gero! Martin, thanks for being with us once again sir!
Martin Gero: Good to be here in "on the telephone."
GW:: Yes, on the phone!
MG:: Good to be here where I already was, I guess.
GW:: I want to start off with "YPF" first of all.
GW:: It's come out on DVD.
MG:: It has.
GW:: How have the sales been? How's reaction to the film been, now that it's on DVD? How did the theatrical run do?
MG:: The theatrical run did really extraordinarily well in Canada and some other territories. It [did] less well for a bunch of reasons here in the States, but it's on DVD now. People can see it, or as they have been doing downloading it illegally from the Internet, which you know, sure, that happens.
But if you get the chance, the one that's most loaded with special features and stuff is the Canadian Blu-Ray edition. There's a whole bunch of different editions of the DVD out there -- collect them all! -- But the Canadian Blu-Ray DVD one is a pretty good one.
Gero directs Peter Oldring in "YPF."
GW:: Really? Anything in particular on that one that you care for? That you want us to look for?
MG:: It's got some cast auditions, and behind the scenes featurette. It's got the commentary. It's just a good DVD.
GW:: Blu-Ray, all of us want to see Sonja Bennett's pores, so I guess the Blu-Ray edition is going to be ...
MG:: It comes across extraordinarily well. It was a film designed to be on a big screen in the theatre. I agree it's kind of an odd choice for Blu-Ray. Usually you think, "Well, it's going to be an action-adventure" or something, but I think it's a pretty good-looking movie, so it actually does translate pretty well.
GW:: The theatrical release wasn't as wide as something you'd get for "Wall-E," or one of these other big American ...
MG:: Well, it was in Canada. In Canada it got a full wide release. It was in, I think, 20 or so cities and was, by the end of it, on about 100 screens, which is a lot for Canada -- we're small. So no, we did quite well up there, and DVD sales have been going so well that we're talking potentially about a sequel, doing a two and a three.
GW:: Wow, OK. Wow, that's incredible. Like with new casts, or new ideas?
MG:: We haven't figured out what the hell those are going to be. It's just very successful, and everyone would like to continue making money. We've got to figure out how to do that. I would not write or direct them, but I have some people in mind, and would definitely keep my hand in there.
GW:: You'd probably hold on to producing rights?
GW:: OK. Yeah, I will not hide the fact [that] I've seen this movie and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It surprised me in some ways. I think it's safe to say that two of the five story lines have sad endings. Was that your intent from the beginning?
Did you and Aaron start at the beginning saying to yourselves "OK, this is exactly how I want these characters to end by the end of this movie," or did you find yourselves organically drawn to those directions? I mean, I'm not sure [of] the names ...
A DVD cover for "YPF"
MG:: Well, I mean, we had -- without getting too specific for people who haven't seen the movie -- there are some that make sense to end unhappy, and it would just be untrue to that situation.
A good thing about doing a movie that has five stories in it is that you can kind of be true to the situation. I know in romantic comedies occasionally they won't get together at the end and you'll be like, "Well, it's realistic."
You're going, "Yeah, but we're at a movie, and now I'm walking out of a romantic comedy bummed! Way to go, guys!" So, we got to be true to the situation, because you could have a couple that turned out great, and you could have some that turned out bad, but in all it would feel like a full end.
GW:: I remember when you first contacted me telling me that you were working on this. You know me, I'm going to give you my opinion. I still think that the title cheapens the film a little, because I know the reason -- one of the reasons that I'm sure that you picked it was so that you would obviously get a little bit more of a buzz about it.
People obviously were talking about it. It was all over ET Canada for instance. Do you think at the end of the day that the title of the movie is still justified, or do you think that going back and doing it again maybe you would have picked a little less abrasive title, because it really is an outrageous title!
MG:: No, I would never have done that! I don't regret the title for a second, in fact. The title has given me a feature career. So, a lot of people were like, "Well, the title's very, just, attention getting."
And I'm like, "Well, yeah, but that's what a title is!" That's why we title things, otherwise it would just be "Movie 1," "Movie 2," "Movie 3." That title did everything it was supposed to do. It's not like it's called "Young People F******" and then it's about something else, like we just did that as a trick. It's a fair representation of what the movie is.
" I don't regret the title [of "YPF"] for a second, in fact. The title has given me a feature career."
GW:: Right, but it's not what it really is about.
MG:: Well no, it is, I think, Dave. I mean think what it is about is it's about five sets of couples who think all they want to do that night is ****, and what the movie is about is how trying to remove that from love is impossible, and really difficult.
I used to make the joke that it would not have been successful if we'd called it "Bedtime Stories," and now there actually making a movie called "Bedtime Stories" so we would have been screwed! But good luck to them! But, no, I don't regret the title for a second.
Look, it's better, to be honest, to be upfront about the subject matter. Did as many people in their sixties go to see the movies than would of if the movie had not been called that? Maybe, I'm not sure those people would have gone to see it anyway. It's certainly opened many more doors than it closed.