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Yahoo Chat/TVGen Chat/Prevue Online. September 9, 1998


STARGATE SG-1 LIVE ONLINE CHAT

MICHAEL SHANKS

Shanks

TVGEN:
We're here with Michael Shanks... Get those Stargate questions in, folks!

Michael Shanks:
Hi!!

Question from sarao_1998:
Michael, what aspect of your character do you find the most intriguing?

Michael Shanks:
His wardrobe!

Question from Gooch_1:
Did you ever expect the show to get so popular?

Michael Shanks:
I didn't realize it was! I think, probably, personally, Need was my favorite so far. And one we are about to do, Holiday, is also dear to my heart. The Torment of Tantalus is probably my favorite ensemble piece, a wonderful story.

Question from HaphazardMH:
What do you find most annoying about Daniel?

Michael Shanks:
I think the whole allergy sideline I find, and have found, very annoying, very stereotypical. I think it's a generalization that was made in the feature, that has sort of persisted, that has been trimmed back nicely. I don't mind doing it every now and again.

Question from Rianna24:
Michael, do you think that Daniel is gaining the respect he needs from Jack since Need?

Michael Shanks:
I think the relationship is growing. I think there will always be antagonism between Daniel and Jack by the nature of their "opposite pole relationship" that our show requires, and it provides and interesting contrast of perspectives.

Question from Gooch_1:
For Michael: How did you get started in acting? Was it something you always wanted to do?

Michael Shanks:
Yes, it was something I always wanted to do. And I've been doing it since I was about five years old on a very amateur basis, mostly through school and community theater. A high school teacher made me pursue it, and I am grateful to her for that.

Question from latouf:
Sometimes it seems that Daniel's only reason for being a part of SG-1 is the quest for his wife. Do you believe that it is his only motivation?

Michael Shanks:
No, I don't think so. I think that any adventurous archaeologist would be absolutely flabbergasted by the opportunity that Daniel is provided. And I believe that long after that story line is resolved, that his choice would be to continue to travel through the Stargate.

Question from SB_AK47:
What can we expect from the new season?

Michael Shanks:
Less trees! LOL! I think a growing arc of story lines, and continued character development. Lots of fun stuff!

Question from Tigress35_:
Michael, I laughed when CJ called you "Young Lord of the Internet". Was this an inside joke? Do you ever get teased by cast or crew for your 'Net popularity?

Michael Shanks:
Yes, it was an inside joke. Yes, I do sometimes get teased by the cast for that, but it's all in good fun.

Question from HaphazardMH:
How do you think your character has developed through the series?

Michael Shanks:
That's a long question to answer. I think Daniel has become more of a team player, and less of an outsider than he began as, by the nature of the growing character relationships. I stress that his attitude toward violence hasn't changed, though his involvement in the action seems to have increased. But I don't think his beliefs or genuine sensitivity towards the subject will ever change.

Question from Gooch_1:
Do you ever visit some of the other sites they have up on the sites, or go into the chats to speak with your fans?

Michael Shanks:
Occasionally I visit the sites, but I have never chatted with fans. Not that I don't want to, but I think it's best to keep a little bit of the mystery.

Question from Inclined2Dance:
Do you believe in life on other planets?

Michael Shanks:
I'd be a fool not to!

Question from SG1_Rulz:
Michael, what's it like working with Michael Greenburg and Richard Dean Anderson?

Michael Shanks:
Oh boy! It's always interesting. A lot of fun, youthful energy, and a diligence to the work that we do every day. I've learned a lot from those two.

Question from abydos6:
Do you find it difficult to remember all the jargon that goes with your character?

Michael Shanks:
Just today! Sometimes I do. But I talk fast, so it keeps me afloat!

Question from Gooch_1:
What kind of relationship with the other cast members is there off set? Do you go out and spend time together? Parties, hockey games and such?

Michael Shanks:
I think that compared to most sets that I've been on, there is a tremendous amount of socializing that goes on after work with this cast. We all get along very well and enjoy each other's company sincerely. But I won't get into specifics!

Question from Tigress35_:
Do you like sci-fi? What is your favorite genre?

Michael Shanks:
I think action adventure is my favorite genre, and I've always been a fan of science fiction beginning at a very young age, with Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Space 1999, etc.

Question from HaphazardMH:
Has anything really funny happened between you and the others behind the scenes?

Michael Shanks:
What goes on behind the scenes, stays behind the scenes! These walls have ears!

Question from SGXF:
How much of yourself is in the character of Daniel?

Michael Shanks:
I'd say a lot. The role isn't a huge stretch for my own personality, but there's other facets of Michael's personality that manage to stay away from the character -- gratefully!

Question from Mirai_z:
Michael, you do a sterling characterization of Daniel! Do you still do a lot of outside research for your portrayal, or has the pace slackened?

Michael Shanks:
I think the amount of outside research that gets put into the character has diminished considerably, but the everyday diligence to the character and the continual discovery as we go is an hour to hour process that will never slacken.

Question from Michele_s_98:
Michael, seeing that you lurk on the sites, will you ever do any conventions?

Michael Shanks:
Yes, I'd attend conventions, but that is something for the future.

Question from submarinecommander:
Do you think Daniel will ever save his wife?

Michael Shanks:
I honestly don't know. And the mystery of that fuels both the actor and the character.

Question from The_Goauld:
How do you feel about Daniel getting hurt so much in the show?

Michael Shanks:
A lot has been said about Daniel being the whipping boy of SG-1. But like a rubber ball, he continues to bounce back, and as long as he does that, then I'm okay with it.

Question from Gooch_1:
Do you have any major distractions in life other than acting? Such as hobbies?

Michael Shanks:
I'm an avid hockey player. A big fan of video games. And a newborn golfer and skier. If I had more time, I'd probably be doing all those things and more.

Question from Prxqxgl:
Do you watch the finished eps?

Michael Shanks:
Yes.

Question from Gooch_1:
Do either of you have any wishes to direct an episode of the show?

Michael Shanks:
I think my own career aspirations head in that direction. But I have a lot to learn about the film-making process before I'd explore that. For now, I'm like an apprentice, watching all the details and taking notes 'til my turn comes.

Question from HaphazardMH:
Do you get any say as to what goes into the script?

Michael Shanks:
Sometimes, but in terms of story lines, I leave that to the people who know best, because it keeps me on my toes.

Question from drbertie:
So, has RDA hit you up to join the Celebrity Hockey Team?

Michael Shanks:
He hasn't made the proposal yet, but I think that he, like I, has his mind on other things right now.

Question from IBCyndiB:
What has been your favorite special effect?

Michael Shanks:
It was way cool! It would have to be the collapsible armor from Secrets.

Question from HaphazardMH:
With who do you think you have your funniest scenes with?

Michael Shanks:
I think everybody gets their fair share of comic scenes, but I think my funniest scenes have come with Teal'c, because he makes the perfect straight man.

TVGEN:
Thanks for being here this evening, Michael... Thanks for participating in our chat. Good night, everyone... Don't forget that tomorrow night we'll have more Stargate chats, including Richard Dean Anderson himself!

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Online chat held at Yahoo Chat in conjunction with TVGEN and Prevue Online. September 8, 1998.

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