GateWorld: Let’s go back to a little bit of what we were talking about before. What are your thoughts about this being really the first full year now since 1997 that a Stargate series isn’t part of the television landscape?
David Blue: It’s sad. It’s absolutely sad. I mean, I think the great thing about Stargate is its longevity. You know? I mean, the movie I loved growing up. I really, really loved the movie. And then as soon as the show came on, it was a nice place.
And that’s why we were all a little terrified, I think. It’s almost the reason I passed on the project when I was first going in for it. Because I loved it and I’m like, “Do I really want to step into something with this much pressure?”
There’s a whole fanbase built in, which is amazing. No other shows really have that unless it’s a spin-off … where you have a fanbase that will guaranteed watch the pilot, at least. And that’s a gift, but it’s also terrifying. Because you’re like … they’re expecting something. And we knew that going in. And it’s scary. And that’s why, I think, a lot of people are hurt. Because it’s a change to not have Stargate on the air.
But, I mean, it’s sad. I wish I could do something about it, but unfortunately I’m not the decision maker and I have no power whatsoever.
In my head it’s still going on. I still watch the old episodes. And I have so many pictures and videos on set. And, you know, and I’ve gone to conventions talking to people about it. And in my mind it’s continuing.
And that’s why I love the ending, too. It is choose your own adventure. I love hearing fans tell me what they think happened. And knowing that they’re wrong. [Laughter]
But I love hearing them say what they thought. And, you know, hearing people say they want to write fan fiction of continuations and all of that. As long as it’s not slash fiction. It’s kind of cool to hear everyone’s thoughts. I do always find it funny, though. I have to say this. This is … I hope no one thinks I’m a jerk for saying this, but it’s funny. When people are like, “Are you excited that we’re maybe gonna do a book?” I’m like, “Yes. It has nothing to do with me, though.” I don’t … if I’m not writing it, it has … I’m not gonna act in the book. So it’s just really nothing to do with me.
I would love that. I used to read Star Trek: Next Generation fiction. “Imzadi” and all those books. “Vendetta.”
GW: Peter David is such a great author.
DB: Yeah! “Imzadi” — I carried the hard-cover “Imzadi” book. I remember carrying it around in, what was it? Middle school? I loved that book.
GW: Peter David had a gift for being able to write Next Generation extremely well.
DB: Yeah! Yeah. I think that’s actually one of the few sci-fi shows that I … I read the books. Other than just watching which is still funny. Why … now that I’m friends with LeVar Burton.
DB: I think if he ever reads this that he’ll laugh that I was reading books about his character.
GW: Let’s move off of SGU and talk a little bit about what you’ve been up to since. You took part in a genre short film called White Room: 02B3. Talk a little bit about that and how that came about.
DB: It was cool. It was actually … they just offered it to me. I had actually run into the producers involved with it … because they were fans of the show. In fact, one of the producers … I met him for the first time when we were premiering at Comic Con because he has a Stargate tattoo on his entire back. And I thought it was awesome. And then he ended up working with Roddenberry Productions. And I knew a lot of people involved: Greg [Aronowitz], the director, from The Guild … I knew personally. And a few of the other people. And they called me about it and it sounded cool. I just liked the idea of doing … it’s shot with this groundbreaking, like they designed it … 360 degree camera that just shoots with no gaps or distortions. And I loved that.
And then the script was fun because it’s a role I don’t normally get to play. I won’t ruin it by saying what it is because it should be coming out soon, I hope.
But it was fun. And then they cast Breckin Meyer, who is a great guy. And I got to work with Milynn [Sarley], who I knew personally ahead of time. And Rachel True, who I loved in The Craft. I was kind of fanboying out. And, actually, originally we had a different cast member. A wonderful, wonderful actor from Lost – and I’m a huge Lost fan – that we ended up replacing with Tamlyn Tomita.
But it was kind of a cool, fun thing to do. It was experimental. And pilot season had just ended. And it was nice to jump into something else with friends and work on a passion project. And I think we’re waiting to hear about some film festivals and where they’re going to screen it. I haven’t even seen it yet, actually.
GW: Now, being, you know, such a fan of the genre itself and now having dipped your toes into a obviously, you know, heavy genre series, can you see yourself doing that again in the future? Or would you prefer, in order to kind of avoid maybe the possibility of, you know, type-casting the way some actors have had it happen, you know, kinda bouncing back and forth between something like that and more contemporary projects?
DB: You know, I understand the stigma of “that’s all you do,” but at the same time, I love to act, write, direct, produce. I love what I do for a living. I’m lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. And I just want to continue doing it.
I would absolutely be on another sci-fi show in a heartbeat. But weirdly, it seems like most of the things I go out for these days are comedies or one-hour dramas. I would totally do, like, Fringe or something like that again. And I wouldn’t mind being on a cool Star Trek. Or some other thing.
That’s the one cool thing about being in sci-fi, is the fans. They’re great and they’re people that I can connect with and talk to and talk shop and talk nerd. So, if I could get on another show like that, it would be a gift. ‘Cause it’d be another excuse to go to Comic Con, really. [Laughter]
GW: Can we talk about Divorce Invitation at all or is that still very under wraps?
DB: No! Absolutely! I mean, I don’t … I’m a very small role in it, honestly, I’m the supporting role in it.
That was just another offer. They were … it’s a great cast. They just called me. I’m really interested in when I get the chance playing something I haven’t played before. And it was kind of interesting to play a different kind of role. And it was a cool cast. And it was just a little shoot over a course of a month. But I haven’t seen that yet either. I mean, for all I know I’m cut out of the movie. [Laughter]
Lately, it’s just been … I’ve been writing a lot and it’s been pilots. Pilot, pilot, pilot, pilot. It’s ridiculous.
GW: Right. With Divorce Invitation, it’s got a decent cast in there. Elliott Gould’s in there. Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Can you just tell us a little bit about the plot and what it’s about?
DB: Essentially, it’s … oh, God. I don’t know. Is it secret? Is it under wraps?
GW: I think there’s a very brief amount of stuff on the net. So I mean … so there’s an overall arcing plot description, but not in detail …
DB: That’s actually, I mean, it’s a comedy. It’s a little dark, but it’s a comedy about a couple that gets married. And essentially he decides for some reason that he wants a divorce, but as part of their prenup he has to throw another wedding, but a divorce wedding, sort of. It’s interesting. So it’s about this couple and it’s played by Jamie-Lynn and Jonathan Bennett. It was great.
Most of my stuff is with Jonathan Bennett and Keith [Robinson] ‘cause I play one of their friends and also a lawyer. But it’s a fun little movie. And the director — it’s his first big American movie so it was kind of cool to work with somebody from a different perspective. And, like you said, the cast is ridiculous. Like, my first day on set I’m hanging out with Jamie-Lynn and Jonathan Bennett and Keith and … oh, God … Andrea [Bowen].
It was fun. A lot of crazy little projects wandering around town these days.
GW: So is it something that they’re hoping maybe might get a theatrical release or …?
DB: I think so. I haven’t heard much about it … about when it’s going to be done.
That’s the one bad thing — or one of the bad things — about this industry, especially with features. You do it and then it could be a year, it could be four years before it ever comes out. The nice thing about TV is you do it, you at least know when it’s gonna be on the air. You know?
DB: And web’s amazing ‘cause it’s right off the bat. I did a little Web short called Geek Therapy … or a geek PSA for Comediva. It was up like a week later. [Laughter]
NEXT: Blue summarizes his time on SGU — plus: “My love scene … I wasn’t even on set!”
I really do miss his acting and the story line.
it makes me sad to know its off the air, hope someday before i die it will come back.
Eli was one of the few reasons I liked watching the show.
A great portrayal of a character with real potential.
If it wasn’t for that whole Chloe thing, Eli would’ve been among the best characters in Stargate. He’s good, but the whole Chloe thing was annoying sometimes.
I wish they would revive SGU! David Blue was great.
Yes Eli was my favourite too. And the actor seems to be a really nice guy – and he likes his scifi :) Agree rsanchez1 that the Chloe story was not interesting nor executed very well.
David sounds like an awesome dude to just sit down and have a chat with. I do miss Stargate Universe and Stargate in general. I think on the one hand the ending was great for leaving it open, because Stargate has always been an “open” series – but on the other hand would have liked a better sense of conclusion to SGU and the franchise in general and maybe leave the door open for more. As far as getting involved in fan projects – I know Paramount doesn’t mind their actors getting involved with Trek fan projects. I mean, Walter… Read more »
I watched all of season 1 and the last 2 episodes and decided I did nt like universe much because it is nothing like stargate in the slightest and too much drama too dark, and too much like battlestar galactica/caprica that i watched for dark sci fi drama at the same time stargate universe was on and by then I was sick of dark sci-fi drama shows.
OH and Eli was just about the only thing I liked on the show all the other characters seemed like huge A-holes and all they did was fight all the time.
@Browncoat1984 couldn’t agree more i would certainly support a kick starter project
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