Date of publishing: 11th
Noah Danby isn't someone you'd want to face down in
a dark alley, considering he studied Korean martial
arts under the same master who taught Jackie Chan
and Bruce Lee. There's also plenty of muscle behind
his film credits, which include Against the Ropes
(with Meg Ryan), The Tuxedo (with Jackie Chan and
Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Exit Wounds (with Steven
Seagal and Isaiah Washington). Danby's small-screen
roles include turns on Queer as Folk, Smallville,
Godiva's, Stargate SG-1, Lexx, The
Brady Bunch in the White House, Mutant X, Relic Hunter,
Andromeda and Animorphs. You can now see him in the
brand new Sci-Fi Channel's TV show "Painkiller
Jane" playing Connor King.
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Linda Craddock: Thank
you for taking the time for this interview and welcome
to The Scifi World. Tell us about your audition for
the role of “Connor King”.
Noah Danby: Well, I’d just moved back to Toronto
from Vancouver and was there maybe a month working
on one of my own projects that I had written, and
I received a breakdown of “Connor King”.
I loved it right away. I fell in love and that’s
pretty rare, too. You read the breakdown. You’ve
seen breakdowns before, I take it?
Noah Danby: Well, in the audition
process, they give you a breakdown of the character.
So when you go in for an audition you’re not
blind going into reading the script. Anyway, read
the breakdown, loved it. Did the audition and that
was it. More often than not, you just got to forget
about an audition, even if you love it. You’ve
got to let it go because you never know what’s
going to happen and then I got the call a couple of
weeks later. Funny enough, I got the call from my
manager saying, ‘Hey, Noah. I got a great audition
for you. This character, on this new TV show, Painkiller
Jane’. And I was like ‘uh, you’re
perfect for it, your perfect for it’. Then he
told me the title and I said ‘ah, Hilly, I already
auditioned for it’. (Laughter) But a few days
after that I found out that I was in consideration
and I was like ‘ah, that’s fantastic’.
And then they had me read “Andre McBride”
as well and then they brought me back to “Connor”.
I guess I was more suited.
Linda Craddock: Great.
Noah Danby: For the role, yeah.
Linda Craddock: Based
upon the initial script, has your character stayed
more or less true to what the writers intended or
has it varied from scene to scene, episode to episode?
Noah Danby: That would be more of
a question for them because they're writing as we
speak. I mean, they’re forming the characters
based on the performance we give.
Linda Craddock: Are
you involved in many of your own stunts for the role?
Noah Danby: Oh, one hundred percent.
Linda Craddock: Wow,
Noah Danby: Yeah, as much as I can do. What’s
the best way to put it - I will do whatever I can
do, but, it’s so funny. I just watched the movie
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and
there’s this scene where Robert Redford runs
along the top of the train. He wanted to do that himself
and he did it himself and the studio found out and
they freaked. It was like maybe the second day of
shooting, and so there’s a limit to what we’re
allowed to do, but as much as I can do, I will.
Linda Craddock: Impressive.
Noah Danby: Yeah, or, of course, that’s what
I’m there for. I am a very physical actor. That’s
part of my attributes. It’s what I bring to
Craddock: Were you
familiar with the character “Painkiller Jane”
prior to the project and what was you perception of
Noah Danby: To be honest with you,
I’ve never heard of her. I’m a comic collector.
I love comic books. I have since I was a kid, but
I’ve never heard – I stuck to basically
Marvel and DC, you know, “Incredible Hulk”,
“Superman”,--but I’d never heard
of “Painkiller Jane”. As soon as the role
came up, though, I went and read it. I thought it
was a pretty gritty, sexy comic book.
Linda Craddock: Does
“Connor” have any fear “Jane”
and the “Neuros” are one in the same?
Noah Danby: I think the whole team
is a little bit afraid. The more he gets to know “Jane”,
the more he’s curious about her. I think I’ve
said before, the more he gets to know “Jane”
the more he really likes the cut of her jib. He likes
this woman. I think the whole team fears that the
repercussions if we do find out she’s a “Neuro”,
what we will have to do, what steps will have to be
Linda Craddock: Could
“Connor” be considered a loose cannon
or does he play both sides against the middle when
it comes to his own abilities, versus Jane’s,
I guess from an ego point of view?
Noah Danby: Yeah, he definitely likes to sit back,
sometimes and let the cards play out how they will.
He likes to let “Jane” go out there and
do the hard stuff sometimes, sometimes no. Some times
he’ll be in there, nose first.
Linda Craddock: Here’s
something I was very curious about: what is “Connor’s”
initial reaction, I guess in the initial episode itself
or the premiere, when he finds out her nick name is
Noah Danby: I don’t think it’s
really established her nick name is “Painkiller
Jane”. Even in the opening episodes, they allude
to it, but they don’t say it aloud.
Linda Craddock: I
know there was some mention of it in the 2005 movie
when she was introduced.
Noah Danby: That’s different.
I think you’re talking about the one pilot they
did before. It’s a different show.
Craddock: I thought
they would carry that forward?
Noah Danby: No, they didn’t
carry it forward. This show is a completely different
show. Their show revolves around “Painkiller
Jane”, but ours revolves around “Jane
Vasko”. Our “Jane” versus their
“Jane” is very different.
Linda Craddock: How
far into the series do we get a real sense of “Connor”,
with his history and his intentions towards the team’s
mission to hunt “Neuros”?
Noah Danby: You learn bits and pieces
throughout the series. But just when you think you
might know him, the script takes a sharp right and
all of a sudden you’re going off in a different
direction and more questions are brought up. I think
it’s a good formula for all TV.
Linda Craddock: Intriguing.
What would you say was your most challenging moment
playing the role of Connor?
Noah Danby: Honestly, there’s
been a wide array of challenging moments. Emotionally,
I mean, all the characters in the show. We run the
gamut when it comes to that. It was so great when
I saw the first show with Kristanna and “Jane”,
and she was ‘wow!’ You just get to see
her dynamic, the character’s dynamic and her
versatility as an actor. I mean, it just blows you
away [with how she goes] from crying tears to laughter
to being sarcastic to being seductive. I mean it’s
all in one. She’s the total package. The writers
are so great; they give little snippets of creating
a larger dynamic for our characters.
Linda Craddock: You
are no stranger to the sci-fi -fantasy genre with
appearing in four episodes of “Stargate SG1”,
“Relic Hunter” and “Andromeda”
just to name a few. Do you enjoy playing a character
with a more physical, athletic role than say a role
in a comedy or drama?
Noah Danby: Honestly, Linda, I enjoy
it all. I love sci-fi and fantasy. I love that, [especially]
for me growing up reading comic books. It has been
something I can completely get my head around. I love
make believe, always have. That’s probably why
I’m an actor, so, and I have a huge imagination.
why you appreciate it so much.
Noah Danby: Yeah.
Linda Craddock: Same
Noah Danby: It’s nice.
Linda Craddock: Please
reflect on your experience working on the Stargate:
SG1 set for four episodes.
Noah Danby: (Laughter) Those guys are a riot (more
laughter). You go on that set and, I mean, first Chris
Judge with a cigarette and he gets up out of his trailer
and he gives you a big hug and it’s such a very
warm reception when you step on that set and they
know what they’re doing. They have it down.
They make you feel so comfortable and that’s
the best way to describe it. It’s very comfortable.
Such a great cast/crew. The guys working on the show
and one of the AD’s who worked on Stargate,
and worked on Stargate Atlantis as well, transferred
over to “Painkiller Jane” so we knew each
other too. It was nice to have that familiarity.
Linda Craddock: Talk
a little about your role in “Alien Incursion”
Noah Danby: Oh boy, you’re bringing up some
oldies but goodies.
Linda Craddock: Yes
Noah Danby: I’ll tell you about “Numb”,
I remember that one. “Alien Incursion”
was a fun little piece that I did for Jeffrey Lando.
I can’t believe I remembered that. Jeffrey Lando,
he’s a great guy, great director from the States
but I think he moved to Vancouver and doing his own
projects. “Numb” was a blast, I mean Harris
Goldberg, the director and writer, what a sweetheart,
and Matthew Perry, of course (laughter). He’s
a stand up guy. He’s got some comic timing,
you’d better believe it.
Linda Craddock: Well,
we’ve talked a little bit about your physical
abilities: you enjoy it, you do what you can, and
that is your strong point. So tell us about your workout
Noah Danby: Well, it never stops.
Depending what my call time is in the morning, I always
get up at least an hour before so I can go for a jog
and then I’m on set and if I have a break, I
will do my martial arts or yoga. I’m a big guy
as it is. I used to weigh quite a bit more than I
do now, but I don’t lift weights anymore, other
than basic pushups and sit ups.
Craddock: What style
of martial arts do you indulge in?
Noah Danby: I’ve had an opportunity
to get out there and kind of try them all. Six years
with Hapkido, though; it’s a Korean martial
art. It’s a very practical martial art. Practical
in the sense of on the street--where Tae Kwon Do has
a very flashy martial high kick—Hapkido is a
very grounded martial art. I trained with grand master
Hwang In-Shik, in Toronto. He taught Bruce Lee and
Jackie Chan and all of the old greats. He’s
considered one of the greatest fighters in his time.
Jackie Chan says that in his biography.
Linda Craddock: Interesting.
And last but not least: what other projects can we
look forward to in the near future?
Noah Danby: Well, you’ll look forward to “Painkiller
Linda Craddock: Absolutely.
Noah Danby: We all have projects on the go, but until
we get the green light, you have to tag a little “I
wish” on the end of them. So, I better not mention
them until it is a go. But “Painkiller Jane”,
you can look forward to it; it’s coming out
Linda Craddock: Okay,
next Friday for us and I am looking forward to it.
Well Noah, I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity
for taking the time for this interview. I know you’re
Noah Danby: Oh, thank you, it feels great.
Linda Craddock: But
I’m grateful, I really am, and I am so looking
forward to the premiere next Friday.
Noah Danby: I hope you enjoy it.
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