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November 25 2008

David Boreanaz interview at BackStage.com. He talks about his early days in Hollywood, and some info about how Bones came about.

No Joss/Angel mention, but some stuff about David that I, at least, had not read before.

He never says anything about Buffy/Angel. It's annoying.
He never says anything about Buffy/Angel. It's annoying.

You mean besides in the very first paragraph in the article, right there at the top of the page?

ETA that you also have no idea how much longer the interview could potentially have been than what's reflected in the published article. For all you know, he said more about Buffy and Angel (more, that is, than he did in that opening paragraph), but it just wasn't included.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2008-11-25 20:47 ]
oh well if you're going to go and point out the obvious.....heh

no seriously I mean other than technical stuff. I don't often hear him say anything about his Whedonverse past in interviews (matter of fact, he down right avoids it sometimes) and I'm starting to resent it as it's what made him.
Ah, lovely interview, thanks!
Where the HECK does Joss find these people!??

Everyone's so...down-to-earth and...real. I've yet to read an interview with, or meet, one of the actors who comes across as arrogant, "you little people made me who I am but I'm above you" or otherwise needing a serious smack upside the head.

2Spuffy I know what you're feeling - I'm still mad @Scott Bakula for dissing Dean Stockwell during an interview...on the soundtrack! He's all glowing praise for Donald Bellisario & Deborah Pratt and practically everyone else on the show, but he never once mentions his costar. Not even a hint of "this guy I worked with."

But I think sometimes it's more what the interviewer is going for - this seemed more like "You're on 'Bones' now. How'd that happen?" than "Let's recap your entire acting career, especially your several years as a brooding vampire."

Personally, I find it a bit...annoying when the show gets mentioned in just about every single article - Yeah, we all loved it, but...does Tony really want to go through life known as "the coffee adverts guy" and "Buffy's former Watcher"? Focusing on only one show isn't fair to the huge body of work these actors have been involved in.

Seth Green might be "best known" among fans of "Buffy" as Oz, but fans of the X-Files know him as the UFO geek. Someone who's a huge fan of racehorses might recognize Danny Strong as a joceky in Seabiscuit but not know he's our little geek-gone-bad-but-not-really-all-that-bad.

Case in point - my manager LOVES Californication, and has a crush on David Duchovny. When I mentioned he was on X-Files she gave me this really weird look. "That's where he was before? I never watched that show." And she won't watch an episode, even to see his earlier work, because she likes him now.
I recall an AtS commentary where the director praises David for his stunt skills. How with a lot of actors who try to do their own stunts, they end up accidentally hurting someone, but that David was very talented and professional in that area (i.e. never accidentally punched someone in the face).

He really is awesome with action scenes. A few episodes ago on Bones, the end scene where Boreanaz and Deschanel face a state tropper holding a hostage. Boreanaz really sold that scene to me, the body language - taut and waiting for his opportunity, his intense focus. It really felt like I was watching a ex-soldier dealing with a dangerous situation. He really brought up the tension of that moment, the way he acted made me sit on edge wondering, 'When is Booth going to make his move...any second now...'

"When I first moved out here, I was in tune with getting a job behind the camera. I thought I was going to be, like, the best director that ever existed. That was my mindset at 21 years old."


It's interesting to learn that he first had aspirations of becoming a director. He's got this very well-rounded perspective about the business, looking at all that goes into creating a show. I really enjoyed this interview. Especially learning how hard he tried right out of college to break through the Hollywood wall. It clearly took a lot of strength and dedication.
fans of the X-Files know [Seth Green] as the UFO geek

Actually, I had no idea until you just said it. Heh. Go figure.
Pfft, call yourself a fan.
I thought this interviewer elicited answers from David that are a little more than the usual Hollywood fare - they must have developed a little rapport.

This was good:

"You really have to understand that it's a wicked, harsh business. You have to be tough, and you also have to be giving. I think there are not enough people that give in the industry. And it can be really easy. It can be sitting down and listening to a P.A. It can be having a conversation about the simple things in life. There's not enough of that today; there's not enough of that on a set."

Mebbe his experiences with BtVS/AtVS helped give him a taste of what a good set can be like & that's helped him pay it forward himself.

ETF: typo

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2008-11-25 22:27 ]
Why do people think he should always say something about Buffy or Angel...I mean, it's been over for a while, and Bones is doing really, really well. Resting on the past for every single interview would get extremely tiring and annoying, and I certainly wouldn't want to talk about it if in every interview it seemed like the focus was on my past work, as if that was my heyday. Bones is a good show, I find that it's picking up the flow it had before the strike. But I would much rather see or read interviews with him in which he's discussing Bones or other aspects of his career (and it wouldn't matter whether
Fantastic article. Funny cause I'm reading Outliers right now which is basically a treatise on how merit and luck never operate independently. The story I heard about Boreanaz getting his start is the one that's on the Buffy DVDs. Handsome guy walks dog down street, gets seen by casting agent, gets offered small part, and the rest is history. Phenomenal luck, yes, but (now) clearly 1/100th of the story.
I'm reading Outliers right now which is basically a treatise on how merit and luck never operate independently.

Hmm, i'm assuming that's a specific type of 'luck' and/or a specific type of 'merit' cos clearly in many (most ?) situations "operate independently" is exactly what they do (e.g. winning the lottery happens to those that "deserve" it and those that don't pretty much equally).

But yeah, I think I get your gist caeli, it's like when a band become an "overnight success" - most of the time they spent 10 years honing their skills before they succeeded "overnight".

(thinking on it, i've read stuff about how people that are considered 'lucky' are also generally more extroverted and upbeat i.e. they make their "luck" by being open to new experiences and opportunities and by meeting and befriending a lot of people so that those opportunities are more forthcoming - sounds like Outliers is talking about that sort of 'luck' rather than chance)
David had some guts just walking in to studios and networking. How he accomplished that with a guard there, I don't know. I for one, am glad he doesn't talk about B/A every time he's interviewed because he's a beautiful tree with a lot of branches ... or, something like that.

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