Alexis Cruz first took on the role of the Abydonian boy Skaara nearly 25 years ago, when the Stargate feature film went before cameras. But the Stargate SG-1 television series gave him an opportunity to explore that character in profound, new dimensions.
Compared to other actors playing other Goa’uld characters “I was in a unique situation where I had to play good and bad in the same body,” Cruz told fans. “So for me, my measure of badness was in direct relation to Skaara’s measure of goodness.” And that’s where things got interesting.“When I first created Skaara he was designed to be, from the ground up, the quintessential en jeune archetype,” Cruz said. “And so the challenge there was how do I make that interesting for an audience that thinks they know what good guys are about.
“And between the outside context of his people being oppressed, and [meeting] these new allies, and he has to go up against his ‘god’ for all intents and purposes, and ultimately end up destroying them — what does that do to one’s culture?”
Cruz added that Skaara’s encounter with Klorel turned these sorts of core motivations on their head. Viewers discovered that he was possessed by a symbiote at the end of “Children of the Gods” — but it wasn’t until the first season finale, “Within the Serpent’s Grasp,” that Klorel got his proper introduction.“When Klorel came around everything was in juxtaposition to those things,” Cruz said. “And that’s how I was able to find my landmarks for the bad guy: what is the opposite of Skaara? And so the same way I had to make all those pinpoints interesting for Skaara, I had to do that for Klorel in relation [to him].”
Cruz told his fellow Goa’uld actors on stage (Peter Williams, Jacqueline Samuda, Douglas Arthurs, and Dean Aylesworth) that while they played only the evil side of their characters, his task was different.
“With me I had constantly a schizophrenia happening,” he said. “Where you guys could just ‘go into’ your bad guy, my bad guy had a good guy voice on his shoulder messing with him! And my good guy had a bad guy voice on his shoulder messing with him the whole time. It was great fun!”
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