of publishing: 19th December 2005
Aaron Douglas was born in a suburb of Vancouver called New
Westminster and growed up there until he was 10. Then he moved
to a town in the interior of the province of British Columbia
where he played in high school and community theatre. At age
26, he left his current job and came back to Vancouver to
learn the craft of acting at William B. Davis Center for Actors
Study (The X-Files "Cigarette smoking man").
Aaron Douglas has on his filmography movies such as Catwoman,
The Chronicles of Riddick, I Robot, X-Men 2 and TV shows such
Andromeda, Stargate. But he is most known for his role of
Chief Tyrol in the new Battlestar Galactica series.
Gilles Nuytens: Can
you firstly talk about yourself?
Douglas: I was born in a suburb of Vancouver called
New Westminster and I lived in Vancouver until I was 10 years
of age when my parents moved us to a town in the interior
of the province of British Columbia. I was involved in high
school plays and community theater until I moved back to Vancouver
at age 26. I had been out of acting for many years when I
decided to quit my job and go to theater school (William Davis
Center for Actors Study in Vancouver) to learn the craft of
acting. I had done everything from floor laying and construction
to marketing and sales repping. I spent many years discovering
what it is that I do NOT want to do in life. The rest as they
say is history.
Nuytens: What was the most
difficult scene you had to do in Galactica?
Douglas: The scenes where someone dies in the Chiefs
arms are difficult to do because they take a really long time
to shoot and you are constantly in a state of loss and sadness.
They are very draining.
How would you like that chief Tyrol
evolve in the future, especially his relations with Sharon#2?
Aaron Douglas: I would like the Chief to
be done with Sharon. It is time to move on. I would like to
see Tyrol begin to believe in himself a little more and be
given more tasks requiring strength and leadership.
Gilles Nuytens: You
appear in all episodes of Galactica, except maybe 1 or 2,
your character is as important as the main cast so, to your
opinion, why don't you have the same status?
Douglas: There are so many people in this cast that
the network cannot focus on everyone and so marketing is split
between the bigger names and the handsome ones. The Chief
was a really small character in the beginning and there was
no intention of focussing on him at all so anything that comes
my way now is a bonus.
What is your best memory from Galactica?
Aaron Douglas: There are so many great memories
from what we have done till now. One is goofing off with Paul
Campbell and Mary and we were laughing so hard we almost ruined
take after take after take. If you ever see them ask them
about Paul and Aarons made up names for the racehorses she
took her husband to see.
(Note: We asked this question to Paul Campbell,
you can read his answer here)
Gilles Nuytens: If
you were in the same situation than chief Tyrol, how would
you have react when you learned that your girlfriend, Sharon
was a cylon? And what would be your behavior with her?
Aaron Douglas: Not really sure what I would
do but I think I would march her down to Adama's office straight
away. Tyrol didn't figure it out till she shot Adama so there
wasn't much he could do.
On the set, who's the guy always
trying to break up a scene, to make everyone laughs?
Aaron Douglas: Paul is really funny and Eddie
goofs around a lot. I am silly between takes, especially with
Nicki. We laugh alot.
Nuytens: Which Shakespearean
character would you like to do? And why?
Douglas: I have played several Shakespeare characters
and if I had to do it again I would like to play Mercutio
or Theseus and Oberon in the same performance.
Nuytens: What was the scene
you enjoyed the most to play in Galactica and why?
Aaron Douglas: Episode 3 of season 2. Running
and shooting Cylons in the forest. How fun is that?!?!!
Gilles Nuytens: I
read some critics about the "rape" scene shown in
the last episode aired, as you played in this scene, what's
your opinion on it?
BSG is a reflection of real life and these types of events
go on everyday. Many people were upset by it but to me they
need to realize that this is the world we live in. Does that
mean they have or want to watch? Absolutely not but do not
discount it as sensationalism. What we shot was so much more
graphic than what was aired and I understand why they did
not use it. In what aired the rape had not totally begun.
It was suggestive. I thought it was a good scene and on point
with the story and not added to draw in viewers. That suggestion
is absurd. I know Ron Moore very well and he is not the kind
of person or writer to add scenes purely for sensationalistic
or ratings purposes. They have to be on point, truthfully
reflect the situation and todays world and be relevant to
the story or they are not there. It also amazes me that people
have no problem with beatings, shootings, bombings, stabbings
etc. but show a breast, a bottom, or a grope and they fly
off the wall to condemn it.
This happens in all areas of film, television and theatre
and it is ridiculous.
What decided you to become an actor?
Aaron Douglas: It is the one thing that I
am really good at. It is the easiest thing for me to do and
it is what I love to do the most.
Nuytens: What are your expectations
for season 3? Do you already know something about your involvement
Aaron Douglas: I have no
idea what is happening in season 3.
by Gilles Nuytens for The