Chat: Lani Tupu
Chat: Lani Tupu
Moderator: here we go!
LaniTupu: Welcome world! Welcome 'scapers. HELLO!
Moderator: <elhaym> to <Moderator> How difficult is for you to perform two characters so different?
LaniTupu: The thing about Pilot and the thing about Crais that I particularly love is their purity, and the fact that they're both at other ends of the spectrum from each-other.
Moderator: <Ooshati> to <Moderator> Did you audition for both parts simultaniously?
LaniTupu: The answer is no.
Moderator: <Ricks8> to <Moderator> Lani, as the voice of Pilot: is your voice altered at all, or is that 100% you?
LaniTupu: The voice of Pilot is altered. If you listen very carefully you can still here my tone, but it's at a higher register.
Moderator: <Red-Fraggle> to <Moderator> Who do you like playing better and think is spiffier, Pilot or Crais
Moderator: <Ratguy> to <Moderator> Mr/Ms Moderator, I was wondering about Mr Tupu's name, its very unique and I was wondering if he would mind telling us its origin/derivation
Moderator: <Utinni> to <Moderator> Lani, are you much of a science fiction fan?
LaniTupu: I'm a sci-fi baby...it's not a genre that I'm particularly familiar with.
Moderator: <MrRoboto> to <Moderator> Besides yourself who is your favorite character on show???
Moderator: <Ricks8> to <Moderator> Lani, which is you favorite episode?
LaniTupu: Apart from That Old Black Magic, the last four episodes as a bunch are probably my favorite to date.
Moderator: <Kieriahn> to <Moderator> ::waving:: Hi, Lani! Are you physically on the set, reading Pilot's lines for the actors' benefit, during the filming?
LaniTupu: Hi Kieriahn!
Moderator: <juno24> to <Moderator> It seems that alot of sci-fi actors have had classical/ stage training before coming to sci-fi tv; is that true in your case?
LaniTupu: The answer to that question is yes. I trained at the New Zealand Drama School...1000 years ago.
Moderator: <Myrl> to <Moderator> have you ever thought of directing a Farscape episode yourself?
LaniTupu: I would love to direct an episode of Farscape.
Moderator: <Rehanna-Aeryn> to <Moderator> Did you ever want to do anything besides act?
LaniTupu: One of my other passions is painting. I love art, I love oil work.
Moderator: <optimusp> to <Moderator> Do you think the Peacekeepers are as ruthless as other menacing bullies of the galaxy? ie. The Empire (SW), The Borg (ST), i forget the ones from Galactica, etc.
LaniTupu: The Peacekeepers are WORSE.
Moderator: <Ratguy> to <Moderator> Mr. Tupu, just curious, do you personnally believe that there may be life out there (beyond planet Erp/Earth)?
LaniTupu: Aw, heck yes.
Moderator: <Cheetah> to <Moderator> Q For Tupu: Do you and Ben Browder ever talk smack about your characters' on-stage battles?
LaniTupu: The answer to that question is no....Ben and I arrive on set, literally, and square each-other off on set. So we never get together to talk about who's got the upper hand at that time. Unless it's in the context of the story.
Moderator: <Scapefan2K> to <Moderator> I think we've asked the other actors on the show but do you ever play practical jokes on the others?
LaniTupu: No, I don't. (laughs) I'm frightfully serious.
Moderator: <Aeryn-wannabe> to <Moderator> LET US TALK...........................boxers or briefs???
LaniTupu: what boxers? what briefs?
Moderator: <truth> to <Moderator> We know that Claudia likes Lucky Charms, Ben likes surfing, Anthony likes trashing hotel rooms...do you have any favorite things/haunts you could share with us?
LaniTupu: I love, when I have the time, going to see movies. I'm a real movie buff.
Moderator: <grf> to <Moderator> Do you spend much time visiting the bulletin board?
LaniTupu: Up until the last month and a half, I have been but not as much as I'd like to. It has to do with my work commitment.
Moderator: <WarriorWoman> to <Moderator> Lani, any pets at home?
LaniTupu: Yeah. I did have two Burmese boys (as in cats), a blue and a red. And the red is now up in "the big cattery in the sky."
Moderator: For those of you just joining us, we're chatting with Lani Tupu, who plays Crais (and also does Pilot's voice). If you have any questions, just send them to me as a private message.
LaniTupu: His name was Sinbad, and we now have Angel, the Burmese Blue.
Moderator: <Unicron> to <Moderator> What do you do when your not working on Farscape?
LaniTupu: When I'm not working on Farscape, I'm in preparation for my teaching. I teach actors' screen skills. I have a business which is called The Screen Actors' Studio, and I run that out of Fox Studios.
Moderator: <Vegeta> to <Moderator> Has any particular actor/actress had an impact on your career?
LaniTupu: Yes....going way back, people like Richard Burton, Oscar Werner, Ralph Richardson...American, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro...Sean Penn, I think Sean Penn is a fantastic American actor.
Moderator: <Weapon0> to <Moderator> When is your birthday? So, we can celebrate it on the BBoard.
LaniTupu: It's actually just past -- on the 4th of November.
Moderator: <XFilesgrl> to <Moderator> Happy belated birthday!!
LaniTupu: Thank you, thank you very much!
Moderator: <PhantomComputer> to <Moderator> First time I saw you played an obsessed spaceship captain on Farscape. Next I saw you as an obsessed religious leader on The Lost World. Do you feel that you are being typecast as... obsessed?
Moderator: <Cheetah> to <Moderator> Lani, random question out of the blue, do you like (or did you at least as a kid) Winnie the Pooh?
LaniTupu: Absolutely. Yeah, my mum used to read me that when we were five.
Moderator: not six?
LaniTupu: oh -- the book is called "When We Were Five."
Moderator: ah..i forgot.
LaniTupu: I think one of my favorite bad guys is Alan Rickman in Die Hard.
Moderator: <Alienia> to <Moderator> Hey Lani, what was your favorite scene that you have done??
LaniTupu: I think the two favorite scenes of mine are in ep. 22. One with Ben and one with Rygel.
Moderator: <Pleistoscene> to <Moderator> Lani, have you done any voicework in animation? If so, what are your credits?
LaniTupu: I haven't done any work in animation -- yet.
Moderator: <Ooshati> to <Moderator> What were your first impressions of the Pilot puppet and set?
LaniTupu: Absolutely in awe.
Moderator: <Gmmas> to <Moderator> Inquiring minds want to know: just how many arms and legs does Pilot have?
LaniTupu: Six arms. And Pilot's lower body is bonded to the ship. I think there's a episode coming up which explains Pilot's past...
Moderator: <Psyrix> to <Moderator> Would you like to see Pilots character expanded upon in the series?
LaniTupu: Yes, I would.
Moderator: <Sojushisan> to <Moderator> Lani, Does Pilot have any hobbies?
LaniTupu: I think what he'd like to do is see some breakdancing.
Moderator: <Ooshati> to <Moderator> Are there any on-set anecdotes/funny stories that you can tell us about?
LaniTupu: Um...yes, but I think I'll save them for a live interview.
Moderator: <MrRoboto> to <Moderator> BTW I LOVE FARĄCAPE! No offense to the network or the producers but honestly how long do you think the show will last?
LaniTupu: I think it'll last as long as the fans are really into the story, and loving it, and it could go on forever.
Moderator: <StarAnne> to <Moderator> Could you tell how many episodes have been filmed so far for season 2?
LaniTupu: We've just completed episode 2. The third one is underway even as we speak, this week.
Moderator: <optimusp> to <Moderator> Lani. In one sentence, how would you sum up the last four episodes of the season, w/o giving anything away?
LaniTupu: In one sentence?
Moderator: <JaneGael> to <Moderator> Hi Lani, thanks for stopping by our corner of the world. I read that you are a founding member of the Walkers and Talkers Theatre Group, are you still active with them?
LaniTupu: Hello Jane!
Moderator: <Sojushisan> to <Moderator> Hi Lani, well you may be serious, but Pilot seems to have a sense of humor! Do you go for that on purpose or is that just how it comes out? B/c of the writing? <g>
LaniTupu: It's a mixture of both. The writing allows Pilot an observation of the others.
Moderator: <valleyofstags> to <Moderator> Hey Lani. Will you ever get a chance to play a scene with yourself. Pilot talking to Crais? How would you handle it?
LaniTupu: There's one episode in the second series where we read through the other day on set, and I had to laugh because it was the first time Crais comes into contact with Pilot, and vice-versa.
Moderator: <elhaym> to <Moderator> When doing a scene do you tape the voice first and then do the scenes or the inverse?
LaniTupu: In reality, what happens is that they'll shoot Pilot on set and then I'll go into the studio, maybe a month and a half later, and look at the scene and then add my voice to it.
Moderator: <elph> to <Moderator> Do you want to see Crais get more psychotic in the seriies, lose a little more grip on reality? *grins*
Moderator: We're coming up to the bottom of the hour here, Mr. Tupu. How're you holding up? A few more questions okay?
LaniTupu: Oh yes.
Moderator: <Ooshati> to <Moderator> Do you work with the writers on the development of your characters?
LaniTupu: No, I don't work with the writers on the development of the characters. Even if it were possible, there's very little time in terms of the overall schedule for script development and consultation.
Moderator: <PhantomComputer> to <Moderator> Mr. Tupu, do you have a favorite scene which ended up being cut from the aired version? ... Bloopers can be included, if you wish
LaniTupu: We had what is called a "goof tape," on which there are some wonderful outtakes, which may be -- further down the track -- might be aired, I don't know.
Moderator: <schuyler> to <Moderator> Lani, do you have any ideas for a script that you would like to see played out?
LaniTupu: Oh yeah -- I think there's one story, which I'd like to play around with.
Moderator: <AmberPilot> to <Moderator> personal question... do YOU surf the web?
LaniTupu: When I have the time, yes.
Moderator: <QuietI> to <Moderator> Lynn would like to know, when are we going to see a no-shirt scene with Crais? :)
Moderator: <XFilesgrl> to <Moderator> If you could summarize your character Crais in one word, what would it be? How about Pilot?
LaniTupu: Pilot: adventurous, and willing to serve (as I might've mentioned before).
Moderator: <Carrie> to <Moderator> How long does it take to film an episode?
LaniTupu: We try and film an episode inside 10 days. It gets a little out of hand as subsequent episodes begin, but basically we're shooting inside 10 months, 22 mini-feature films, all shot on 35mm.
Moderator: <Vegeta> to <Moderator> How long did it take you to get down the choreographed fight moves in 'That Old Black Magic' against John?
LaniTupu: I did a choregraphed session for two hours, then Ben and I did one more rehearsal before we shot it. Then we took two days to shoot that particular episode.
Moderator: <Rehanna-Aeryn> to <Moderator> If you could be in any movie or tv show, who would you be and why?
LaniTupu: Oooh...well let me just say this: rather than answer that question, I'd like to be in a storyline with any of the major actors or filmmakers who are around now.
Moderator: <Scapefan2K> to <Moderator> When you go places do people recognize you as being Crais from FarScape?
LaniTupu: Thankfully not yet, because it hasn't aired in Australia yet.
Moderator: Well, thank you Mr. Tupu, for joining us (and staying late). I hope you enjoyed the experience...do you have any closing remarks?
LaniTupu: Thank you for the opportunity for being in the chat room and listening to your comments and questions, and thank you for being loyal supporters of Farscape.
Moderator: Thank you for coming everyone...