Stargate‘s David Hewlett had us at “lemon chicken.” Ever since his irascible Rodney McKay first turned up in the SG-1 episode “48 Hours,” we knew we were going to love hating him. Who knew back then — nearly 10 years since the episode first aired — that we’d also see Rodney’s brave and loyal side on Stargate Atlantis and learn to love him, too.
But David is up to new and exciting things since Atlantis went off the air — including a turn in the director’s chair. One we’ve been waiting for is his “evil snow monkey” movie, shot on a mountaintop in Bulgaria in early 2010. Now it’s finally here: the Syfy Channel monster movie Rage of the Yeti airs this Saturday (November 12, 9/8c).
We caught up with David this week to talk about the movie and his experience in the Big Chair. He heaps praise on the film’s stars — David Chokachi, Matt Anderson, and Yancy Butler — and jokes about shooting a movie that revolves around creatures digitally added long after their work was done. We also prod David for his thoughts on the current state of science fiction, his former SGA co-stars, and what he thinks MGM’s best bet will be on resurrecting the Stargate franchise one day.
He also gives us the scoop on his current projects in development, including a sci-fi movie he hopes to write and direct (titled Debug), and brother-sister concepts he is pitching with sister Kate (“Jeannie Miller” on Atlantis).
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