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October 8-14, 2012


The Jules Verne Festival announced that the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Jules Verne Award for 2012 would be presented to Richard Dean Anderson in recognition of his conservation efforts.

According to the website, "This year, the Festival pays tribute to Richard Dean Anderson, the hero of Stargate and MacGyver. The star is at the confluence of two worlds that are at the heart of the Festival and its rationale, in the tradition of Jules Verne's imagination and nature conservation. For many years, Richard Dean Anderson has been an environmentalist committed to protecting the planet, especially marine environments. He supports the work of Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson. His commitment is an example to all those who commit their celebrity and their means to serve a cause which is vital to us all, as humans, the principal concern: EARTH."

A reception was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Grand Rex in Paris. Although Captain Paul Watson was unable to attend the event, his work with marine conservation was also honored with a Jules Verne Award. The evening also reunited Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping, who was present as a Guest of Honor in recognition of her humanitarian efforts as well as the launch in France of season 4 of Sanctuary.

More information about the Jules Verne Festival and Award can be found on the Jules Verne Festival Website.



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Richard left for France a few days early, and upon his arrival in Paris on Monday morning, he sent a text from the rainy French capital:

October 8, 2012

So, Paris, airport, arrival, traffic problems: it is raining, a blessing to me.

Sending in pieces in case is not getting thru.

Here for a week and no computer!! iPad, yes. But with my limited aptitude for such things, it will be interesting to see if I can send any thoughts westward, no?



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Later that afternoon, Richard made an appearance on a French interview program called "Vous Êtes En Direct," ("You Are Live").

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Click the image below to launch the video of Richard's appearance on "Vous Êtes En Direct."



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On Tuesday morning, Richard completed another interview for "Premiere" magazine. Click the image below to launch a video of Richard's interview with "Premiere."



Also on Tuesday, Richard completed an interview for the French online magazine Voici, which was published the following week and is available in English here in the Archives. Click on the image below to read the article in English.



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On Wednesday evening, October 10th, Richard attended the Jules Verne Festival at the Grand Rex in Paris where he was reunited with Amanda Tapping, and both were honored with the prestigious Jules Verne Award. Below are some images from this very special evening.


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A number of guests shot videos during the evening, which have been posted on YouTube. Because the videos were taken by different people, there is some overlap among the clips below. Click on the images to view selected videos.

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Introduction of
Richard Dean Anderson
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Discussing his role
in MacGyver
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Discussing the characters
of Stargate SG-1


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Discussing Stargate
and his daughter Wylie
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Discussing Wylie
and meeting Captain Paul Watson
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Discussing Captain Paul Watson
and the work of Sea Shepherd


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Presentation of
The Medal of the Polar Star
in recognition of Paul Watson
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Presentation of
the Jules Verne Award
to Richard Dean Anderson


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Following the evening of celebration, at about 2:00am local time, Richard again shared a few thoughts via text message.

October 10, 2012

Hello, OR Bon Soir. I am crusty with sweat salt from this evening's festivities. Quite a nice format helped keep things moving along with some levity, and still let the substance remain in focus. But some crazy-assed paparazzi, to be sure. Nothing dangerous, but still, a pretty good-sized obstacle... Incessantly!

...More later.

To Grey Pur e...



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On Thursday afternoon, Richard kept in touch once again with another brief text from his hotel room before preparing to go out again for the evening.

October 11, 2012

Pix from here I can't do: limitations in technology.

Event was... Crazy getting there, lots of people. I am now a bit of a prisoner, paparazzi staged just below my hotel window.

Upp!...bath time!

RA



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Also on October 11th, the online magazine L'Express published an article and video featuring clips from the ceremonies of the previous evening.


En Français

Evénement mercredi soir au Grand Rex à Paris, Richard Dean Anderson, éternel MacGyver, a reçu un Jules Verne Award pour son engagement auprès de la sauvegarde des océans. De nombreux fans étaient présents, dont L'Express, qui a rencontré la légende du petit écran: la conversation s'est vite focalisée sur la série culte des années 80. Préparation d'un éventuel film, évolution de certains personnages, féminisation du héros... Richard Dean Anderson n'a jamais abandonné son personnage fétiche.

L'acteur, accompagné de la comédienne Amanda Tapping - à l'affiche avec lui dans Stargate SG1 - partageait son trophée avec Paul Watson, environnementaliste et fondateur de la Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, actuellement recherché par Interpol. Il est accusé d'avoir mis en danger un équipage de bateau pendant une opération anti-chasse aux requins en 2002. Celui-ci a par ailleurs laissé un message vidéo diffusé lors de la soirée...

In English

At the event on Wednesday evening at the Grand Rex in Paris, Richard Dean Anderson, the eternal MacGyver, received a Jules Verne Award for his commitment to the preservation of the oceans. Many fans were present, including L'Express, who met the legend of the small screen: the conversation quickly focused on the cult series of the 80s. Preparation for a possible film, changes of certain characters, feminization of heroes... Richard Dean Anderson has never abandoned his favorite character.

The actor, accompanied by actress Amanda Tapping - on the poster with him in Stargate SG1 - shared his trophy with Paul Watson, environmentalist and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, currently wanted by Interpol. He is accused of endangering a ship's crew during an anti shark hunting operation in 2002. He also left a video message during the evening...


Click the image below to launch the video from "L'Express."



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On Thursday evening, October 11th, Richard returned to the Grand Rex for the second night of the Jules Verne Festival which also featured an appearance by astronaut Buzz Aldrin and a concert by David Newman. Below are some images from Thursday evening.


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Click on the images below for additional video clips from Thursday evening.

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Still experimenting with technology, on Friday Richard managed to attach a photo to another quick message.

October 12, 2012

Doubtful un foto will make it thru, but, hey, here's a try.

Anderson, Rick

RDA


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While in Paris, Richard also had the opportunity to do a little sightseeing of famous Parisian landmarks.


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On Sunday, as Richard returned home from his week abroad, he sent another text, and looked forward to some rest and reconnecting.

October 14, 2012

Oui, je suis en America, maintenant. Et, je suis... um... lagged, de le jet.

A process to exit LAX, what could have easily destroyed ANY desire to travel again, was made uniquely brief and almost sweat-free by the delightfully attentive personnel of Tahiti Nui, an otherwise lackluster airline. People, good. Airplanes, not so.

Heading home along the Ocean Park route through Venice to avoid the 405 Freeway, which is rumored to be under construction, here, on a lovely Sunday afternoon.

I've come home to hug my daughter and kiss my dogs. I can assess things later, now I must reconnect.

Rad