Chat: Ben Browder & Claudia Black
Chat: Ben Browder & Claudia Black
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ChatMod: We'll start in a minute folks
Black†Tee: Don't suppose chickwithgun can do a little singing for us?
ChickWithGun: ben can you shoosh now?
ChatMod: Hi everybody, thanks for joining us. I'm Ben Trumble for SCIFI. Tonight we're pleased to be chatting with actors Ben Browder and Claudia Black about SCIFI's original mini-series Farscape Peacekeeper War, coming later this year.
Black†Tee: Yes Mam
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ChickWithGun: hi everyone
ChatMod: Well. We zillion of Q's... so lets begin
Black†Tee: Wow... de... ja... vu...
ChatMod: <Trip> to <ChatQ>: Hi Ben and Claudia! How does it feel to be back working on Farscape again?
ChickWithGun: It was very gruelling
Black†Tee: It was outstanding to be back
ChickWithGun: Surreal, but nice, as they say in "notting hill"
Black†Tee: very nice
ChatMod: <Ryalin> to <ChatQ>: Thanks so much for being here. How do you feel about the steady growth of reality tv worldwide and the decline of scripted television, particularly in the sci-fi/fantasy genre? Do you think we've seen the end of this kind of format, or do you think people will get a clue one of these days and realize that they're watching garbage?
ChickWithGun: Ben , i think you are done answering that one...
Black†Tee: With reality TV they are not really watching reality
ChickWithGun: I have to admit that I watch survivor and I love rupert
ChatMod: Necro`> to <ChatQ>: Do either of you feel as if you have been typecast because of your work in Farscape, or do you feel it's only propelled your career's forward into new arena's that weren't open to you before?
ChickWithGun: I have no idea what Fascape will or won't do for my career, only time will tell
Black†Tee: I haven't been cast enough outside of Farscape to know what my type is.
ChickWithGun: yeah when they are doing " Farscape.. where are they now???"
ChatMod: DoctorWho> to <ChatQ>: Ben, Claudia thank you very much for taking the time to join us. How did the two of you react when you were contacted about reprising your roles for the upcoming mini-series?
Black†Tee: I refused to believe it
ChickWithGun: I didn't believe it either. I thought it would take too long and we would be in zimmerframes
Black†Tee: Isn't Farscape that show that died off quietly?
Black†Tee: It's a miracle.
ChatMod: <Scaper1> to <ChatQ>: Ben & Claudia: At what stage of the Mini are you working on?
Black†Tee: Post production
ChickWithGun: The part where Claudia gets to work on her sun tan"
Black†Tee: Still haven't done the additional dialogue
ChickWithGun: They are in early post production at the moment
Black†Tee: no you shuddup
ChickWithGun: I wanna watch you surf
Black†Tee: do they still have the naked surf contest at Bondi?
ChickWithGun: Yes, you did it remember and they called you the bondi yeti
Black†Tee: Okay... you win
ChickWithGun: It 's ok ben, it's only us in a room with four hundred other people, i feel i can say this stuff
Black†Tee: we're in post...
ChatMod: <skchwojko> to <ChatQ>: What did you enjoy/dislike about playing Aeryn as a new mother?
Black†Tee: Aeryn's a mamma?
ChickWithGun: Always needing to pee
Black†Tee: Cept... who's the daddy?
ChickWithGun: I didn't like it much because Aeryn hated it.... it's in her way of contributing to the ship
Black†Tee: They feed babies to moya for fuel
ChickWithGun: Deep down she hated it, it wasn't really in the script but that's what andrew prowse and thought
ChatMod: <DoctorWho> to <ChatQ>: Did the two of you find it difficult to step back into characters you said good bye to almost two years ago? If so, what aspect did you find the most challenging?
Black†Tee: They difficulty was in accepting that time had passed...
ChickWithGun: Stepping back into a costume that might not have fit
Black†Tee: It seemed like the year away never really happened.
ChickWithGun: It was quite surreal going back and seeing the sets in different sheds... i got very discombobulated
Black†Tee: Yeah... and the sets had moved around
ChickWithGun: I could never find the lunch room
Black†Tee: But the maure factory next door was the same
ChickWithGun: I found that Aeryn did not do the things she normally does because she was slowed down by the pregancy
ChatMod: <Accido> to <ChatQ>: Now that you know how it ends, are you happy with the closure the mini-series is supposed to be bringing to the farscape story?
ChickWithGun: but farscape is the show that never ends
Black†Tee: I think there is a "To be Continued"
ChickWithGun: and it goes on and on my friends
Black†Tee: like that beer song
ChickWithGun: do a beer... a mexican beeer
Black†Tee: I knew we'd get her to sing
ChickWithGun: me a guy, i buy beer for..
ChickWithGun: fa..... a long way to the baaaaarr
ChickWithGun: and that brings us back to ....
ChatMod: <Trip> to <ChatQ>: How long did it take you to film the mini-series?
ChickWithGun: Go surf naked or somethin'
Black†Tee: with you?
ChickWithGun: three months, was it?
Black†Tee: Tan lines and all
ChickWithGun: calm down yeti
Black†Tee: fur is a natural sunscreen ya know
ChickWithGun: three months of me and Ben picking on each other
Black†Tee: three months of her being cruel and unusual
Black†Tee: it was TORTURE
ChickWithGun: I am normal
ChatMod: <guido> to <ChatQ>: Claudia, you said something at Burbank about what you gave up to work on the "unnamed" project. Is that anything you can share with us yet? No is an acceptable answer if you can't.
ChatMod: <GutPageant> to <ChatQ>: Speaking of pervy-- am I right that the actor who played Aeryn's made-up lover Lechna is the same guy who played her Scarren torturer Jenek? Very Farscape, that.
ChickWithGun: did any one know that? is it in the credits?
Black†Tee: yes... it's true
ChickWithGun: well spotted\
ChatMod: <Otaku-Smeghead> to <ChatQ>: I had a question for Ben and Claudia will the Cast make an apperance in San Deigo like last year?? and thanks for Showing up Last year =)
ChickWithGun: If i am asked and in town. I would love to.
Black†Tee: No plans at the moment past getting the Miniseries finished
ChatMod: <AlmostOutOfFuel> to <ChatQ>: David Kemper and Rockne O'Bannon often referred to how, from the beginning, they had specific ideas for how the show would end. Does the mini take us that far (to their original goal), or is this an intermediate ending?
ChickWithGun: kinda close.
Black†Tee: Ending... WHAT STINKING ENDING
ChickWithGun: david talks like a jazz muso jams.... so some things he says, he's thinking out loud
Black†Tee: We don't need no stinkin ending
ChickWithGun: but this is close to how i remember him saying he wanted to do it
Black†Tee: This is the song that never ends
ChickWithGun: do a beer....
ChickWithGun: franchise is the word of the new media millenium... things will never end the way they used to
ChatMod: <CaptainKirk> to <ChatQ>: Hi. What sort of emotions do your characters go through during the mini-series? Will there be tears?
ChickWithGun: never... soldiers never cry
Black†Tee: mostly from the fans
ChickWithGun: ben crys like a big fat girl
Black†Tee: I take that as a compliment
ChickWithGun: what was that mollusc ep called?
ChatMod: <Oziscifif> to <ChatQ>: Are there special effects on par with the destruction of the Dreadnaught (sp?) in the mini?
Black†Tee: Haven't seen the CGI
ChickWithGun: you mean, do we blow as much s%^& up?
Black†Tee: and bigger
ChickWithGun: it was pretty high production values they were aiming for
Black†Tee: Nothing left behind
ChickWithGun: but no fireworks on wrap this year. :( that's my favourite.
Black†Tee: Truly... it was big on the explosive front
ChickWithGun: No they just had to go and do mardi gras
Black†Tee: Australia ran OUT of PYRO HITS!
ChatMod: <skchwojko> to <ChatQ>: Do you think Baby Sun looks more like Claudia or Ben?
ChickWithGun: ah.. .that's a sensitive subject
Black†Tee: Who kinda looks like Yoda
ChickWithGun: the equivalent of mail man in space looks like what?
Black†Tee: Who kinda looks like Frank Oz
ChickWithGun: or milk man
Black†Tee: Damn Henson Company
ChickWithGun: who looks like the next actor they'll bring in for farscape with the next gen
Black†Tee: But if we had a baby... it would be CUTE!!!
ChickWithGun: yeah... but..
ChickWithGun: but i know a great beautician
ChatMod: <RedKarma> to <ChatQ>: What season posed the most difficult challenges for your characters?
Black†Tee: ALL of THEM
ChickWithGun: i loved season three the most because aeryn had so many great story twists.
Black†Tee: I LOVED season three cause... well
ChickWithGun: I felt i was being challenged in all the right ways
Black†Tee: you know
ChickWithGun: cause of all the kissin'
Black†Tee: blowin up things and kissin
ChickWithGun: season three
Black†Tee: that's why I like going to work
ChickWithGun: that was soooooo cooool
Black†Tee: and the kissin
ChickWithGun: yeah, blowin stuff up
Black†Tee: that's what we call Drahma
ChickWithGun: gen x is such a sex/death culture isn't it?
Black†Tee: guns and rose
ChickWithGun: jeez is that your taste in music?
Black†Tee: but hey... it worked for shakespeare
ChickWithGun: i thought you were too old for that?
Black†Tee: funny... old wench
ChickWithGun: i don't remember axel rose in merchant of venice
Black†Tee: he played lorenzo
ChickWithGun: he didn't need a wig neither
ChatMod: <RoguePlanet1> to <ChatQ>: So, any plans to continue the story in further miniseries? Any other "Farscape" projects sitting on the far horizon? (Pun intentional.)
Black†Tee: Brian mentioned something with the F word
ChickWithGun: ask the puppet master, brian
ChickWithGun: yeah, i am sure you guys out there will be making it happen
Black†Tee: they made me kiss HER!!!
ChatMod: <AxezCore> to <ChatQ>: Hi Ben and Claudia, you guys are kinda like UFO's... various sightings of you regularly occurs on the net, but with no apparent evidence. Do you lurk at various websites or even post under pseudonyms?
Black†Tee: I have 5000 pseudonyms... I used them all at save Farscape
ChickWithGun: I have a rule in my household which came from my mum.... people before machines.... so less time watching telly and surfing online, more time face to face with people
Black†Tee: ANYTHING to work with Claudia Black
ChickWithGun: and waxing apts
ChatMod: <rx-queen> to <ChatQ>: Who would win 12 rounds of bare-knuckle boxing? Braca or Crais? btw, Ben, you're hot : )
ChickWithGun: just thought youd slip that in, hey rx-queen.
Black†Tee: Crais is Dead
ChickWithGun: Braca doesn't fight with his knuckles
Black†Tee: He doesn't fight bare
ChickWithGun: btw, ben, you're hot
ChickWithGun: tee hee
Black†Tee: Crais wins
ChickWithGun: me, i mean
ChatMod: <ChaoticDreamer> to <ChatQ>: Hi Ben and Claudia: If you could play any role on stage- which would you pick?
ChickWithGun: one that pays
ChickWithGun: one with ben
Black†Tee: Okay... yeah
ChickWithGun: I would be nervous about getting back on stage, but i would love the challenge of agood shakespeare
Black†Tee: he rocks
ChatMod: <Oziscifif> to <ChatQ>: What's the most embarassing thing the other has done on set?
ChickWithGun: well we all know mine
Black†Tee: You told them about the fart?
Black†Tee: never happened... it's a lie
Black†Tee: you never fart
ChickWithGun: ya,,,, it never happened
Black†Tee: you told me so
ChickWithGun: we are done here
Black†Tee: Many things I do on set are embarrassing
ChickWithGun: like what?
Black†Tee: But I'm blessed with selective memory
ChickWithGun: tee hee
Black†Tee: back atchya
ChatMod: <Joff> to <ChatQ>: So assuming you guys get re intergrated early on in the mini, Who ends up carrying the baby???
ChickWithGun: there is no baby
ChatMod: <skchwojko> to <ChatQ>: I just wanted to thank you for the great care and respect you showed in your performance in "The Choice". It was magnificent and helped me learn how to say good-bye to a baby I lost a couple of cycles ago and move on, but never forget, as well. Thank you and God Bless You!! WAS THAT THE MOST DIFFICULT EPISODE YOU HAD TO DO?
ChickWithGun: It was fulfilling. was it the hardest for you to watch? you are very brave.
Black†Tee: Claudia was fairly magnificent in the Choice
ChickWithGun: a lot of people say the same about the choice. it was my version of grief up there. i drew on personal experience so i am glad it translated and had resonance for others. thank you for what you said.and i am so sorry for what you went through. may you be blessed with a joyous life
ChatMod: <KOBA-TV> to <ChatQ>: Ben, does Fran reprise her role as Akhna? Say hello to her for us! She's part of the Farscape family, too!
Black†Tee: Francesca is of course in the Mini
ChatMod: no other reason :)
ChickWithGun: sorry that last answer tracks as though i agree that i am fairly magnificent. it was a response to previous question
ChatMod: <GutPageant> to <ChatQ>: Has there been any involvement in the mini by some of our Farscape favorites-- Monjo, Manning, Prowse, Woods. Tilse, etc.?
Black†Tee: You do agree
ChickWithGun: i do agree with what?
Black†Tee: You are Magnificent
ChickWithGun: like the soccer song, there can be only one... directore
Black†Tee: Prowsie was around quite a bit
ChatMod: Just to let people know, we're into the last five minutes. We've been lucky holding the server togather under a load of about 800 ppl. Thanks to Barbarella for that. We can't push our luck too far... So... Three more questions then we open the floors
Black†Tee: Am working with a group of folks on a screenplay at the moment
Barbarella: one second
Black†Tee: See's tying
Barbarella: ok hang on
ChatMod: Claudia can you type?
Black†Tee: So... where were we...?
Barbarella: looking just one sec large list
*** Barbarella has voiced CHICKWITHGUN
ChickWithGun: i am here...
ChatMod: <imloco2> to <ChatQ>: Are they saving the sets this time?
ChickWithGun: i saved a piece of set
ChickWithGun: yeah... all of them
Black†Tee: we'll be doing a Farscape play over at her house
ChickWithGun: i drive around in it
Black†Tee: anyone wants to watch.... it's a musical
ChickWithGun: you can play aeryn this time
Black†Tee: about beer.
ChickWithGun: toot toot i'm in my prowler
ChatMod: <DRD1812> to <ChatQ>: "Did the other Farscape directors, like Tilse and Woods, consult with Henson on the direction of the mini?
Black†Tee: Not that I know of
ChickWithGun: woodsie is now being fancy pants and doing a film with kate blanchett
Black†Tee: Yeah... WOodsie is Bigtime
ChickWithGun: so is tilse... very very busy
Black†Tee: Or he can play Zaahn in our Musical?
ChickWithGun: hey back
ChatMod: Claudia and Ben -- thanks for joining us. Any comments before let you go?
Black†Tee: That's it?
ChickWithGun: "dude where'smy country by michael moore
Black†Tee: Yes of course we have comments.
ChatMod: Claudia's connection seems to have dropped again
Black†Tee: And I can thank those folks for Claudia as well.
ChatMod: Ben. Thanks again for joining us. I certainly hope we'll talk again soon