Chat: Claudia Black & Anthony Simcoe
Chat: Claudia Black & Anthony Simcoe
ChickwithGun: Hi Everyone
Moderator: You know that they're logging on from Australia, right?
ChickwithGun: HELLO EVERYONE!
Moderator: Sometimes that
ChickwithGun: Thanks Mod
Moderator: <Cassiel>: Now that Sliders is going off the schedule do you feel any extra pressure to carry the Friday Prime ratings?..ps I saw the Castle & liked it a lot..:)
Ploppy: Thanks heaps, we don't give a shit about the ratings, we just try to make a good show.
Moderator: <Duj-tlvoqtaH>: Anthony, how do you see D'Argo developing in future episodes? How would you LIKE to see him develop?
Ploppy: D'Argo will evolve into a more mature decision maker.
Moderator: <MAO369>: To both Anthony and Claudia: What aspect(s) of your character do you find the most "alien"?
ChickwithGun: Wait until you hear Aeryn speak in her native tongue!
Ploppy: My 6 foot tongue.
Moderator: <lmNtal5>: to Claudia, How does it feel to play a strong female charater, and ghet to use both your brains and brawn?
ChickwithGun: Always a pleasure to play as strong 90's woman, especially one in space
Moderator: <Nighthawk>: For Anthony--how much do you find that the costume interferes with your ability to portray what D'Argo thinks or feels, since your face is "obscured"?
Ploppy: The make-up is fantastic and light which means that I control the mask nearly as much as I would my own face
Moderator: <DerrickH> to : Do you see any other shows as competition(Voyager, Crusade) or do you ignore their presence?
ChickwithGun: Farscape is a very original project, unique and therefore has no competition, I believe.
Moderator: <Chaoswar>: Were either of the actors interested in sci fi prior to farscape?
Ploppy: We don't get Crusade or Voyager here except really late at night so they don't really bother us
ChickwithGun: I loved Bladerunner T1 and T2 and I follow more SciFi films than TV
Moderator: <Mallery>: To Claudia and Anthony. Who were your idles or inspirations for acting?
Ploppy: The only scifi project i nwas involved with was Chameleon for UPN
Moderator: I'll repeat that last question:
ChickwithGun: I am inspired by individual performances
Ploppy: Chips Rafferty, Bud tINGWELL, Lizzie from PRISONER
Moderator: <RoguePlanet> : (To Both) Any funny stories from producing the series? Flubs, practical jokes, etc?
ChickwithGun: Anthony is so damned hard to work with
Ploppy: Nothing but tears and heartache, I'm afraid
Moderator: <Vortexer>: To Claudia and Anthony: Did you actually get to meet Jim Henson ?
Ploppy: it's hard to be nice when surrounded by so many teenage boys crackin' on nto Claudia. LOL!!
ChickwithGun: um.... yes we exhumed Jim last week and said hey (no disrespect to Brian)
ChickwithGun: We have met and worked with Brian, and it is always a pleasure to see him
* Moderator sniffs *
Ploppy: I find that D'Argo is a lot like I was when I was 15.
ChickwithGun: Aeryn has not been very happy and I am hoping she with lighten up to share the odd joke with me
Moderator: <Stayler>: For Claudia. Where do you see the sexual tension between Aeryn and Criton going?
ChickwithGun: Straight through to Series 6
Moderator: <Shiwaay>: For Anthony, Curiosity is killing me. Where does 'Ploppy" handle come from. Doesn't quite go with D'Argos' charachter, Mate.
Ploppy: The handle Ploppy comes from my favourite TV show Blackadder.
ChickwithGun: Stop asking Anthony all the questions .... lol
Moderator: <Pavel>: what do you guys do in your free time
Ploppy: trash hotels together
ChickwithGun: trash hotels rooms together
ChickwithGun: tee hee
Ploppy: Claudia and I both speak French
ChickwithGun: Ahhhhhhh Room Service...
Producer: Hang on...we have atech glitch
Ploppy: I'm also obsessed with rock videos so I spend a lot of time watching them
ChickwithGun: May be of interest to Aeryn5, have you heard of Pilates, I do it in my spare time VERY good for the back
Producer: Everybody...Send me your questions until Moderator gets back on
Ploppy: The greatest rocvk video ever made is the new Bjork clip, directed by Chris Cunningham
Producer: For Claudia: Hopefully this gets thru the flood of questions :) There has been a lot of debate on the Farscape BB as to the path Aeryn is taking into developing into 'something more'. WHere do you see her as going and where would you like to see her go?
ChickwithGun: Also RollerBlade, travel and enjoy cooking for friends
Producer: <Tony> to <Producer>: Great acting Mr. Simcoe and Ms. Black, kudos to you both!!! What aspect of your personality is most like the character you portray and what is least like the character you portray?
ChickwithGun: Aeryn is like me on a really bad day....lol
Ploppy: i have a short temper like D'Argo
ChickwithGun: I giggle more than Aeryn
Ploppy: i certainly don't suffer fools.
ChickwithGun: Aeryn is an inspiration to me because she has quite a brash, physicality
Moderator: <wolf>: Do you have fun making the shows
Producer: Okay guys -- You can send your questions to Moderator again!
Ploppy: We have a fantastic time making this show
ChickwithGun: Thanks to the cast and fantastic crew I have a great time and will be at a great loss for such good company over the break
Ploppy: What's suprising is the amount of mucking around we get away with
Moderator: <Sparrowhwk>: Hi Claudia and Anthony. I was just wondering if either of you could give us a brief overview of what a typical day at "work" is like.
ChickwithGun: who says you get away with it Anth?
Ploppy: My alarm wakes me at 4:20. I'm picked up at 4:45
ChickwithGun: Up around 5 or 6 .... home after Pilates class around 8.30 pm
Ploppy: We get straight to work working through to breakfast at 7:30
ChickwithGun: Luxan heat delirium!!!
Producer: <MMM> To both, if you weren't acting, what do you think you would be doing for a living?
Ploppy: We usually shoot through to about 7:00
ChickwithGun: In another lifetime, I would like to be fluent in five languages and travel to every country around the world, doing charity work in the third world
Moderator: <Count>: to both: what actors/actress would you like to guest star?
Ploppy: I also go the gym after work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
ChickwithGun: Joseph Fiennes....roarrrrrrrrrrr
Ploppy: Joseph Fines???!!!!!!! TRAGIC
Moderator: <mikepython>: What do you like best about a fantasy series as compared to a drama or other type of show?
ChickwithGun: I've got a better tongue than Gene Simmons
Ploppy: Ausiie actors are condemned to a carreer of playing doctors, cops ar lawyers. This is an amazing opportunity!
ChickwithGun: To be in the pure act of play as if I were a child - the opportunity to use my imagination every moment
Producer: For Anthony...On avg, how much time do you spend with the make up folks each shooting day? For Claudia...how can we find/get a copy of one of your cassette tapes?
Ploppy: To make a series where we are telling these type of epic stories is a very, very fulfilling way to spend your days
ChickwithGun: what tapes?
Moderator: <techboy-911> : to both: your characters use weapons that require some skill. Did either of you do any special trainning to use them with some realiaim?
Ploppy: Make-up for me is 2 1/2 in the mornings, 1/2 an hour at lunch and an hour at night. As well as the usual on set checks
ChickwithGun: no training for the guns....naturally agressive :)
Moderator: For latecomers -- we're chatting with FARSCAPE stars Anthony Simcoe and Claudia Black. Ploppy and ChickwithGun! Brief note about the drill -- this is a moderated conference and that means you will be submitting your questions for Anthony and Claudia to me (Moderator) as private messages.
Ploppy: We had an awsome Farscape "Paintball" day. John Eccleston was a mad man!!!! LOL
ChickwithGun: I did spend some time with a guy from the SAS
Producer: o Anthony, I think, D'Argo is my favorite character because he has the traits I admire in a person. Strength, Endurance, and an ability to be Compassionate towards others. Is that how you try to act?
Ploppy: We have a great stunt crew who help us with weapons and fights. I did weapon training at NIDA and on other films
Moderator: <Scorpio^>: do you guys ever tire of all this publicity or is it part of the job...dont you have families you would rather be with
ChickwithGun: This is fun publicity to do because it is interactive
Ploppy: D'Argo is confused as he grows and gains more responsibilities. We learn more about someone through their failures and I'm having a great time showing the chinks in D'Argo's aurmor
ChickwithGun: mental note: Must move out
Moderator: <Marauder>: To both: Do you guys get any days off during a week?? what do you do beside trashing your hotel room during time off, if any?
Ploppy: Publicity is great fun!!!! I get to talk about a job I love and a show that is AWSOME. Life couldn't be better
ChickwithGun: Days off??? I get the occasional day off, unlike our hero Mr. Ben Browder, martyr to the cause, watch videos eat lots of food, talk on the phone.....
Producer: to Anthony and Claudia, is Farscape harder than other projects you have worked on? Could you do it indefinitely? How long's your contract?
Ploppy: This is certainly th most physically damnding thing I've had to do in my life!
ChickwithGun: I would never want to play one character forever, an actor is by nature, a gypsy
Moderator: <TracicarT>: In keeping with my obsession for Farscape minutiae <grin>, do you mind if I ask when your birthdays are?
Ploppy: I love the discipline required to do this job. It makes me a happier person because I am continuingly looking for something to laugh at so as I don't think about the suit
ChickwithGun: Most of the projects I have done recently have been greuling due to extreme weather conditions on location, which I find is the most difficult aspect of the shooting schedule.
Ploppy: I recently celebrated my 30th birthday on June 7
ChickwithGun: October 11
Producer: Will either of you be attending the AussieCon World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne in September?
ChickwithGun: Anthony, my mum just called...she's not happy about the state of the house
Ploppy: I'll be getting to know Americans in September. Planning a trip to LA, New York, London, Paris, Rome and Hong Kong
Moderator: <Auriga>: Is it provoking to work with so many muppets?
ChickwithGun: Unfortunately I know nothing about Aussie Con
Ploppy: The puppeteers are fantastic. It has been a joy to work with John Eccleston - he is an extraordinary talent and a great energy on the set
ChickwithGun: hear hear
Bouncer: www.worldcon.org <---- for info on AussieCon
Ploppy: Being a part of the Henson Heritage is something that I am very proud of
ChickwithGun: thanks :)
Ploppy: I grew up with the muppets
Moderator: <Byrnstar>: Do you ever play pranks on each other, and what was the worst one? Anyone team together to get someone?
ChickwithGun: I always ask people if they were a muppet, which one would the be?
Ploppy: In fact when I first went to Henson's in London for Farscape, the coolest thing that I saw were all the original skexes form The Dark Crystal
Moderator: And we have ten minutes left with FARSCAPE stars Anthony Simcoe and Claudia Black. Ploppy and ChickwithGun! Brief note about the drill -- this is a moderated conference and that means you will be submitting your questions for Anthony and Claudia to me (Moderator) as private messages.
Ploppy: We are always playing pranks or having jokes
ChickwithGun: It's a pity that Anthony Simcoe doesn't have a sense of humour
Ploppy: Ben and I turned up into a really wide shot in a forest with our pants off which was very funny
ChickwithGun: actually Anthony is a major reason why we get through the day, and are eager to get back to work for the following
Producer: Anthony and Claudia, what kind of projects would you be interested in AFTER (or during) Farscape?
Moderator: By the way... Anthony & Claudia, you'd make us all very happy if you stuck around with us for a few extra minutes!!! :-)
Ploppy: Claudia is the funniest chick with a gun I know - sexy with firepower
ChickwithGun: Star Wars 2 Matrix 2 give me a job!
Ploppy: I'm not leaving. I'm just getting fired up!!!!!!!!!!! Letw='s go
ChickwithGun: rrrrrrrrrrrrrowrrrrrrrrrrr, thanks Anth
Ploppy: If only you could see what this fine Australian wheather has forced Claudia to wear
Moderator: Desscribe it???
ChickwithGun: settle boys....
Ploppy: I like layers
ChickwithGun: It's a shame that it's 4 below 0 and I look like the Michellan man
Moderator: <burnout33rd>: Do either of you worry about being typecast in the future?
ChickwithGun: I worry about being unemployed much more ... lol
Ploppy: No-one even knows who I am - It's cool. Most roles I play people cannot recognise me outside the role- make-up or no make-up - it has its advantages and disadvantages
Moderator: <Solanio>: For both - favorite country outside of Australia (why? what about it?)
ChickwithGun: The greatest challenge for an actor is dexterity
Ploppy: I played a lead in a aussie film called "The Castle" and people don't even know it's me when they see me. It's kind of weird in a way
Producer: I have been unable to find an address to send fan mail for the show. Can you direct me?
ChickwithGun: The Castle is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. But in the version I saw...Anthony's part was played by a 6'6" dashingly hansome man
Ploppy: I must admit that I am a bit of a francophile - but I've never been to the U.S. I can't wait
ChickwithGun: When I first met Anth I quoted lines from the movie and had no idea that it was Anth's character, I was quoting....true story
Ploppy: lol claudia
Producer: To Both: If you had a chance to do a remake of an old classic movie, what would it be?
Ploppy: I would love to be in "Lawrence of Arabia" or "Metropolis"
Moderator: Claudia and Anthony -- can you stick around for some extra time with us? You'll make a lot of people very very happy!
Ploppy: I'm here! Lets go
Producer: to both: Do you ever worry that you are so busy with your schedule that you're not taking time to enjoy the time of your life? As a parent I sometimes worry about that.
Ploppy: The show is so enjoyable to make that I don't fel like I am missing out on anything
ChickwithGun: I always wanted to be Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. Unfortuanately there has been a rash of Jane Austin novels being put up on the screen. Unfortunately I've missed the boat with Elizabeth. Would also love to be Holly Go Lightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's or a remake of almost anything Kathrine Hepburn made
Moderator: <Tiea>: Have either of you checked out the different web sites devoted to Farscape & Claudia??
Ploppy: We all take our health very seriously on this show so we are quite sensible with our stress relief
ChickwithGun: I hope one day to have a family. But there are a few things I need to achieve for myself first, otherwise I will be a pretty cranky frustrated Mum, living vicariously through her children
Ploppy: I think all the Fan sites are FANTASTIC. I love the web ring. We visit them regularly
Moderator: <Sparrowhwk>: which episode did both of you enjoy making or was just your personal favorite?
Ploppy: A good web site is hard to find and last count we had 28 of them - rock on!!!!!
ChickwithGun: Re: Web sites..THANK YOU so much for the time those of you involved have devoted to the web sites. I cannot tell you how proud I am to join the esteemed ranks of the Space Babes
Moderator: I'll repeat that last question: <Sparrowhwk>: which episode did both of you enjoy making or was just your personal favorite?
ChickwithGun: Favourite Episode: 13 Got to kiss Ben Browder Whoooohoooo!!!!! Oooooooh Baby
Ploppy: My favourite episodes are 5, 9, 16 and 21. I had the most time in ten because D'Argo went through and incredible journey
Moderator: <Rachel>: Before I go, I would like to know if there is a Fan CLub or anyplace for the fans to get in touch with you all, like ask questions or keep up to date on you?
Ploppy: Most "fun" time in 10 that should have been
ChickwithGun: Seriously, fav. ep so far was Back and Back to the Future, PK Tech Girl, and DNA
Ploppy: Hit the official site at scifi or Hensons or get on to the EXCELLENT Farscape webring
Moderator: Did you see the Fan Club question?
Ploppy: Namtar animatronic was an awsome piece of work - Dave Elsy is a genius
Moderator: <Alanna>: to both: this is gonna sound pretty dumb, but do either of you watch cartoons? :)
Ploppy: I use to watch Ren and Stimpy - now I watch Southpark, The Simpsons and Dr. Katz.
ChickwithGun: Simpsons, South Park but I didn't like many when I was growing up, I got frustrated with the gratuitous violence
Moderator: <GrandLady>: Do you get to have creative input to the growth of the characters on farscape? Whatever you and the writers are doing works!
ChickwithGun: But Anth...I thought we were going together?
Ploppy: Thank you . We have an amazingly open and friendly writing department. We talk and develop ideas together. This means that a really creative solution can be found because we are working as a team
Moderator: <mikepython>: Claudia and Anthony - What one person has had the greatest effect on your life and career?
ChickwithGun: did you just say they are on crack?
Ploppy: No way!!!!
Moderator: I'll repeat that last question --
Ploppy: I am writing a book with a director here in Australia - his name is Mark Radvan and he has had a profound impact on my work and its development
Moderator: And you guys are being SUPER to spend this extra time with us. Let me know when your fingers are tired of typing!
ChickwithGun: Mum and Dad....couldn't say just one..could I.
Ploppy: I've trained and worked with so many incredible actors that they have all taught me something
Moderator: <BRAINinaJAR>: Can you guys tell us any hints about things to come in the series?
Ploppy: I'm happy to stay. It's great talking with you folks!!!
ChickwithGun: Interesting developments with Aeryn and Crichton coming up. The shows are getting stronger and stronger
Moderator: <BudFrogs>: Claudia and Anthony. What is one thing you would like to have included on one of the shows?
Ploppy: We find out about the tattoos in series 2 as well as the whole "General" D'Argo story
ChickwithGun: another episode where I get to wear Dave Elsey's incredible prosthetics and appear as another character hidden under all the make up
Ploppy: I would love to have a had a steamy love scene with D'Argos girlfriend down on Sykar in ep 6. LOL
ChickwithGun: Was that Anth or D'Argo?
Ploppy: Why haggle - it can be both
Moderator: <FalconNC>: BOTH - Have you thought about a FARSCAPE movie?
ChickwithGun: Yes, with a bigger budget, the art dept will be able to realise their true dreams of the Farscape world
Ploppy: Yes we often think of the movie. Unfortunatley Ben and I only raised enough money to make it on VHS in black and white shot i the back of a motor home
ChickwithGun: If we make a movie that is....
Moderator: <agentgonzo-dw-m>: Claudia: John's boxers or briefs? <jk> "Seriously", who's a sexier scene partner: Ben or Pilot? Anthony: fess up, was DNA yours & Virginia's secret revenge on Claudia for getting to look normal?
ChickwithGun: boys...you weren't supposed to tell about that video...you promised. Can you see my face in it ??
Moderator: We're talking with FARSCAPE stars Anthony Simcoe and Claudia Black. Ploppy and ChickwithGun! Brief note about the drill -- this is a moderated conference and that means you will be submitting your questions for Anthony and Claudia to me (Moderator) as private messages.
Ploppy: Claudias thinking about doing some other "projects" to raise some more money
ChickwithGun: Anth...you are an SOB
Moderator: <ilana>: I must ask you both, do you have any tatoos, piercings, anything like that? What is the wildest thing you've ever done?
ChickwithGun: There was a big wooo har on the bboard about the Calvins in the Delvian ep...two words you guys....commerce planet
Ploppy: I used to have my ear pierced - tattoos become difficult in this profession. I love them so it's great to have such rad tats on D'Argo
ChickwithGun: Ben wanted to go Commando...wrong time slot
Ploppy: I can vouch that Claudia does where Calvins
Moderator: <BRAINinaJAR>: Are you guys constantly impressed with the sets and other accoutrements of the series? The whole art design concept of Moya and the Farscape universe just seems so overwhelming. Your thoughts?
Ploppy: Ricky Eyers. What a legend - It was great to get him after his successes with Private Ryan And Star Wars - Phantom Menace
Moderator: <Cassiel>: Would both of you consider doing Voice overs for a Farscape game or other voice work?
ChickwithGun: Ricky Eyres is an extraordinary designer, it is a miracle we have him working on the show. Hey to Jules also! This amazing team is a major reason why the show is so extraordinary
Ploppy: We would LOVE there to be a Farscape game. I'm a mad computer game freak - playing a lot of Rogue Squadron at the moment
Moderator: <sunaeryn>: Claudia, does Anthony sing?
ChickwithGun: Only in his sleep
Moderator: <foxglove>: To both- When will we get to see action figures?????????
Ploppy: I'm going to buy a Les Paul next week. I play guitar to relax
ChickwithGun: Hopefully in time for Christmas?
Ploppy: I've heard that they could be here before xmas. It's only a rumour though
Moderator: <Claudia>: For Claudia, What's it like kissing Ben Bowder? (wink,wink)
ChickwithGun: Ooohh Baby Ooooh Baby
Ploppy: I concur
ChickwithGun: he even brushes his teeth first
Moderator: Last question for the evening --
ChickwithGun: What do you look like in a collar?
Moderator: Hey -- Anthony, Claudia -- you were great!!!
Ploppy: I have three roos and two crocs in my back billabong but apart from that nothing
ChickwithGun: I used to have a cat called fluffy......sorry named her when I was one. She was really cool, quite like Aeryn tough, cranky and didn't like to be touched
Moderator: Many people are writing me right now to say they look GREAT in collars so you can have yr pick@!
Ploppy: lol Australians you are so quaint
Moderator: THANK YOU so much for joining us here tonight
ChickwithGun: Please send 4 x 6 photos of you in collars to SciFi Channel :)
Ploppy: You may send yours to me with or without collars - i'm not fussy
Moderator: Everyone is writing and asking me to tell you how much they love you both and the show -- and to thank you for coming online!
ChickwithGun: It's been a pleasure, I hope you don't mind the crass humour.... very Australian.
Moderator: And thanks to everyone in the audience as well --
Moderator: YOU WERE GREAT!!!
Ploppy: Thanks for coming. It's so great to chat. Believe me this show is getting better and better - so hold on to your hats the ride is going to be long, exciting worth the trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ChickwithGun: I'm sorry if we didn't get to answer all the questions, I'd lilke to do this another time.
Moderator: If yr question did not get asked it's because there were something like 10,000 questions asked during this chat and that's a LOT.
ChickwithGun: To those of you who post on the bboard - what a fantastic community!!
Moderator: And YES there will be a transcript posted!
Ploppy: Hi Jane, Dave, Ron Traci John and Cat
Moderator: Very soon
ChickwithGun: Thanks Moderator for handling an insane amount of questions
Moderator: In the chat area.
Ploppy: Thaks moderators.
Moderator: Thanks GunChick!
Ploppy: Thank you linesman thank you ball boys
Moderator: And Ploppy!
Bouncer: Claudia, please ask Fiona to arrange for some photos of you in your Calvins for the next website update... ;)
Moderator: Hang on for one minute wonderful audience...
ChickwithGun: Thanks to Vash and Joan ...of course ploppy as well
Moderator: We're gonna go UNmoderated...