|Date of publishing: 15th December
Paul studied both education (major) and theatre (minor)
at University. Paul's first appearence in the Stargate
franchise was in the episode "The Torment Of Tantalus"
(Stargate SG-1). When Stargate Atlantis launched in
July 2004, he got a recurring role in the first season
as Dr. Carson Beckett, and became a full main cast member
since season 2.
In November 2006, The Scifi World gave the opportunity
to all his fans to ask him their questions on The
Scifi World Board.
So, this Q&A is the result of their participation
on the forum!
We hope this interview will satisfy everybody!
Question 1: The
question that everybody wants to know. There are rumors
about the death of Carson Beckett in the second half
of season 3. Rumors born form a photo of a funeral and
a Scottish flag ... Fans have even created a website
So, without giving us any big spoilers, will you continue
acting in season 4?
As much as I’d love to comment on these rumours
– I am not at liberty to discuss until season
3 has completed airing. Just know that I have always
loved working on Stargate-Atlantis and the fans have
been so great to me. I’ll be happy to address
this issue after season 3 has aired.
2: Looking back
at season 3, what's your thoughts on it? Were there
any particular story arc you wish they had dealt with?
Or what major arc would you like to see for Beckett
in the future?
Paul McGillion: Season 3 has
certainly been an eventful one for Carson Beckett.
Stand-out episodes for me include : ‘Misbegotten’
– the retrovirus story is very interesting and
I believe it’ll be developed further. ‘Irresistible’
– working with Richard Kind was a real pleasure
and Beckett crying with Sheppard in a puddle jumper
is always something to behold. ‘Phantoms’
– I thought i twas such an interesting script
that Carl Binder wrote. Seeing all the main characters
encountering moral dilemmas made for a really exciting
episode of Atlantis. And finally ‘Sunday’
- well, when you watch it you’ll know what I
Question 3: Will
viewers know what Carson did before being involved
in Atlantis' expedition? Any plans on knowing a bit
more on Carson's past/family?
Paul McGillion: Rumor has it that
Carson Beckett was a Chip ‘n Dale dancer, but
I don’t see it, as I have two left feet. We
can only hope that Carson’s past is developed
further as the seasons progress.
Question 4: You
were amazing in "See Grace Fly", and we
are looking forward to seeing you in A Dog's Breakfast.
Do you plan to do anymore live theater? If so, what
are the chances of you taking a play on the road and
going to the U.S.?
Paul McGillion: Thank you for your
kind comments regarding ‘See Grace Fly’.
I still hold that film close to my heart. Working
on ‘A Dog’s Breakfast’ with my Atlantis
co-star, the ultra-talented David Hewlett, was just
a blast. And the good news is – MGM just picked
up the world-wide rights for the film, so hopefully
in the near future, you’ll be able to see it
in a theatre near you ! In regards to doing live theatre
– would love to at some point in time, but my
focus these days is primarily on film and television.
Question 5: You
and Gina Chiarelli had such great chemistry in See
Grace Fly, are there any plans to make another movie
Paul McGillion: Gina Chiarelli is
just a gem. We were recently talking about doing another
film together, and hopefully the right script comes
along and that can happen !
Question 6: How
was it working on "A dog's breakfast" What
was it like kissing your friend (Rachel Luttrell)?
Paul McGillion: Like I said, ‘A
Dog’s Breakfast’ was a fantastic experience.
Kissing Rachel ? Priceless. (not to mention, a whole
lot better than kissing David Hewlett !)
7: Which character
on Stargate Atlantis would you like to connect with
Paul McGillion: Jason Mamoa.
I think Beckett and Ronon should have a sparring scene.
Question 8: While
filming A Dog's Breakfast were there any pranks played
on anyone that you can talk about?
Paul McGillion: Every day there was
a prank on a comedy like that !
Question 9: What
was your favorite thing about playing Colt in "A
Paul McGillion: Playing Colt was
like playing an action figure. Being the hero guy
was a lot of fun, not to mention Rachel’s outfit.
Question 10: In
several interviews, David Hewlett has reported that
he plans to release A Dog's Breakfast in a "book
tour" format, traveling, occasionally with co-stars,
from city to city and doing Q&A's and speaking
when the film is shown. Is there any chance you might
be in on any of these screenings?
Paul McGillion: Any chance to travel
around and promote ‘A Dog’s Breakfast’
would be great. As long as I don’t have to share
a room with Hewlett.
Question 11: Which
takes more time to prepare for - a comedic scene or
a dramatic scene?
Paul McGillion: Preparation for a
comedy and drama all depend on the subject matter.
Question 12: From
past and current season, what scenes you were in required
the most take to shoot?
Paul McGillion: There’s a scene
in ‘Misbegotten’ where Beckett is caught
spying on Michael and do to the logistics of the shot
– I believe it took 17 takes to get the right
Question 13: You
work with a really talented group of people. How many
times do you have to redo your scenes when working
with David Hewlett or David Nykl, both have huge sense
of humors and we would suspect like to help keep you
somewhat distracted when the camera is on you?
Paul McGillion: As funny as the two
Davids are, both on and off camera – we try
to keep the takes to a minimum as time is money.
Question 14: How
was the filming of these beautiful scenes where you
were crying? Is this the most difficult thing to do
for an actor?
Paul McGillion: Beckett cries a lot.
And for some reason, it’s not that hard, I don’t
know why. Maybe I need more chocolate to make me happy
15: Especially in
late season 2/ early season 3, we begin to see a dichotomy
in Beckett's character - the caring physician and
the researcher with some questionable goals/motives.
Do you see Beckett as someone who's simply out to
"right the wrongs of the universe" and doesn't
consider the possible consequences until afterwards
or is there a slightly darker "the end justifies
the means" philosophy here?
Paul McGillion: I believe the dichotomy
in the character that you speak about has to do primarily
with the retrovirus story arc. I believe Beckett has
very good moral intentions, but the pressure of war-fare
has compromised some of his decision making abilities.
At the end of the day, he’s a good man with
a strong moral code that seeks peace.
Question 16: If
you didn't got Carson's role, what other character
would you have liked to play in Atlantis?
Paul McGillion: If I wasn’t
playing Beckett, Sheppard would be pretty cool –
he has good hair.
Question 17: What
has been your favorite project to work on, of all
the films and TV work you've done?
Paul McGillion: Honestly, Stargate-Atlantis
has been my favorite television gig, and ‘See
Grace Fly’ my favorite film – with ‘A
Dog’s Breakfast’ right up there !
Question 18: If
given an open choice, is there any other TV show on
today that you'd like to be a part of?
Paul McGillion: I don’t know,
are they doing a ‘Baywatch Vancouver’
Question 19: You've
said once that you'd like the audience to see Carson's
quarters, what do you think they look like? Or will
we be seeing into Carson’s quarters anytime
Paul McGillion: I can’t comment.
That’s all all up to the set designer! But,
I’d like to have a cozy blanket and of course
a little corner for my turtles.
Question 20: What's
the best advice you've received as an actor?
Paul McGillion: Be a good listener,
it helps a lot.
Question 21: Have
you ever refused a part because the character cut
too close to you or would have required you to go
somewhere psychologically that you weren't prepared
to go (Not especially in Stargate)?
Paul McGillion: No, I’ve never
turned down a part for those reasons, I love the opportunity
for a challenge !
Question 22: Have
you ever taken on a characteristic/affectation specifically
for a character that you then had trouble dropping?
Paul McGillion: No, I try to leave
the character traits on set, works out better for
everybody that way.
23: What is the
furthest you have gone to create a character (e.g.,
Paul McGillion: I like to research
a character as much as possible to reach a level of
believability for the audience.
Question 24: Will
there be any progress with the retro virus to make
the wraith human permanently in 2nd half of season
Paul McGillion: Refer to the writers
for those answers !
Question 25: How
is being an international TV Star affects your day
to day routines and life?
Paul McGillion: Thanks, that’s
flattering ! But, pretty much, I’m the same
guy. The odd time, I get recognized – it makes
me feel good.
Question 26: What
do you think of the science fiction convention experience?
What do you enjoy the most?
Paul McGillion: The science fiction
conventions give me an opportunity to meet the fans.
I do appreciate that tremendously.
Question 27: With
which character of Stargate Sg-1 would you like to
work in Stargate Atlantis?
Paul McGillion: The characters on
SG-1 are all such fine actors – it would be
hard to choose. Chris Judge would be alot of fun to
work with though !
Question 28: What
do you do with all the gifts you receive from your
Paul McGillion: I have a special
place for them in my home. And again, thanks to all
the fans ! PS : I do love Scotch ! and PSS : the chocolate
is in my belly !
Question 29: Your
character has a lot of great lines/quotes. What's
your favorite one?
Paul McGillion: I’ve been fortunate
– Beckett’s had alot of good lines to
choose from. The last scene with Beckett and Rodney
in the pilot has a great quote.
Now, quick questions for
Question 30: What's
been your most embrassing experience with a fan?
Paul McGillion: Well, I got to tell
you, one fan asked to sign her ‘you-know-what’.
Can you say awkward ?
Question 31: What
was it like Kissing David Hewlett?
Paul McGillion: One word : sandpaper.
32: If you could
have dinner with Carson, what do you think you would
Paul McGillion: Football, ladies
and fine Scottish cuisine.
Question 33: Do
you own a kilt? Have you ever worn one?
Paul McGillion: Funny you mention
that – I recently wore a kilt in London and
Germany and recently purchased one for my own collection.
And YES, I’m a true Scotsman.
Question 34: If
they were making a movie based on your life...who
would play you?
Paul McGillion: Well, it’s
a toss-up between Di Caprio, Clooney and Pit –
but ultimately, Jack Black would be a good fit.
Question 35: Do
you have a motto that you try and live by??
Paul McGillion: Eat, drink and be
Question 36: Your
favorite TV show as a kid??
Paul McGillion: Gilligan’s
Question 37: The
best prank on David Hewlett?
Paul McGillion: It’s yet to
come – I’ve been plotting it for the past
three years !
Question 38: Were
you jealous when Joe Flanigan shot David (episode
Paul McGillion: No, not really -
I told him to do it !
Question 39: If
you were to pick a song for someone to make a fanvideo
of you, what would that song be? And why?
Paul McGillion: Like a Virgin –
need I say more? Oh, poor Carson.
Question 40: How
many valentines cards did you get last year (if any)?
Paul McGillion: Not nearly enough,
come on ladies ! Carson’s lonely…
Question 41: Joe
Flanigan related a tale of how during one scene, he
kept loading rocks into your backpack. What precisely
Paul McGillion: He loaded rocks into
my backpack without telling me. I dropped 5 lbs. Of
sweat that day. Joe will get his – don’t
worry. But, I have to admit, it was very funny !
Question 42: If
you had to describe your co-stars using just one word,
what would you say about each of them?
Paul McGillion: Joe : hair –
Tori : class – Rachel : hot – Jason :
Chubaka – David : garlic breath
43: You weren't
very computer savy. Has that changed or are you still
a little intimidated by technology?
Paul McGillion: It’s getting
better – I am slowly coming out of the stone
ages. I have even recently purchased a printer and
have been known to use it properly! And – soon
to get a laptop.
Question 44: What
was you first audition? Did you get the part?
Paul McGillion: First audition :
sorry, my memory doesn’t go back that far !
Question 45: If
you could re-do something in your life what would
Paul McGillion: Absolutely nothing.
Things are going pretty darn good, so far.
Question 46: Do
you still have an opportunity to wrestle?
Paul McGillion: Only on the odd date
– unless she’s not a grappler.
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