of publishing: 8th December 2005
From his portrayal of James Bond villain Franz Sanchez to
the FBI's Bailey Malone in "Profiler" (1996),
Robert Davi reigns among the big and small screen's most
recognized tough guys. Davi's tough exterior masks a powerful
inner-sensitivity, which he calls upon for his most notorious
roles. Being a stickler for research, Davi contacted Quantico
and arranged to meet Bill Hagenmeyer, the real life profiler.
Davi received massive critical acclaim within the industry
for his provocative and smoldering portrayal of FBI profiler
Bailey Malone. But Robert Davi is also known for his role
of Acastus Kolya in Stargate Atlantis, his role on Wiseguy,
on the Goonies, Predator 2, Die Hard, Showgirls, a voice-over
in the video game "Halo 2" and the list is still
Robert Davi allowed The Scifi World to ask him a few questions
on a small Q&A!
Gilles Nuytens: Could
you speak about your current projects? On what are you working
or plan to work on?
Robert Davi: I am currently in the editing
phase of the film I wrote and directed. It is called "The
Dukes" you can look it up on the imdb.
So, that is and has been my main focus for the past 6 months.
I also did a part on the Showtime series "Huff"
and am looking forward to more Stargate Atlantis;
also am writing new film.
Nuytens: Most of the big
stars in Hollywood when they got big success in cinema never
or rarely come back to TV shows but you did on many occasions.
What do you like in television on the actor point of view
and what is on TV that isn't with cinema? More possibilities
to develop rich/deep characters?
Robert Davi: A character can be so well
developed over many episodes of a good series on TV. Also
it can sometimes set a trend, "PROFILER" is the
father of many shows currently on TV also some movies. It
should get MUCH more credit for what it did but it is not
mentioned. Both mediums are great, although a great film
by a Fellini or DeSica, or some of the other greats is what
Gilles Nuytens: The
producers of Stargate Atlantis proposed you the role of
Acastus Kolya I assume, how was your experience there? Can
you speak about your time, the funniest moments, the most
Robert Davi: I have a tremendous time doing
that show. Being in the Storm and having the wind and rain
elements to work with was exhilarating.
Gilles Nuytens: I
heard that you will have an appearance in season 3 of that
show, can you speak more about that?
Robert Davi: I was supposed to do one this
year but I was directing my film and could'nt. Hopefully
in the new season.
Gilles Nuytens: I
think that Kolya isn't as bad as he seems to be. Some parts
of your performance show that he is vulnerable and have
a big potential for the future of the show. It is only a
feeling but what is your point of view about that, any chance
of Kolya being a "good guy" in Atlantis?
Robert Davi: That would be fun ... Ask
Nuytens: In my mind, when
I was a kid, you were most associated as that guy from the
mafia, probably influenced by your role in "Wiseguy"
but I think in most of your roles, your characters weren't
that bad, there is almost always a good part and this makes
the characheter richer. How do you approach this kind of
roles, how do you work on a character?
Robert Davi: Work on a character can be
very involved depending on what one is playing. To go heavy
into my process would take too long a time. But, for my
approach to characters, I never try to make a moral judgement
on the character I am playing.
Gilles Nuytens: Can
you explain what you like the most and what are the most
difficult things in the actor's job on your point of view?
Robert Davi: Waiting for the next good
Gilles Nuytens: If
a producer propose you to play in a very low budget movie
but a very good role, I mean this kind of role that is really
challenging and interesting for an actor, what would you
do and why?
Robert Davi: If the director has a vision
and it is great script with a compelling character for me
to play, I'm in.
Gilles Nuytens: Thank
you very much Mr Davi for this interview and for the time
you took for answering my questions. I wish you good luck
with your career and be looking forward to see you in Stargate