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January 24 2006

David Boreanaz talks 'Bones' and family. He's not as zenlike as in previous interviews but it's still a great read for fans.

I'm going to nominate David as one of the nicest guys in the industry.

I really appreciate the way he's so gracious in discussing his success and happiness, instead of letting it go to his head. It's refreshing. Also, he always sounds focused in the most positive way on his family and improving himself and his craft. That can't be anything but good for him and the people around him, on every level. Good karma pays off big dividends!

It makes me a little sad, though, the sense that he's left Angel behind. Seeley Booth is a likeable, unique character as far as that goes, but he's missing something for me -- some energy I think only Joss was able to evoke -- and he'll never hold a candle compared to Angel in my heart. Yet how can I hold DB's desire to grow creatively against him? It wouldn't be fair, demanding that he keep playing the same thing over and over again (shades of "Waiting in the Wings"!), unless the stakes were challenging enough to make him feel it was worth his while.

On the other hand, I don't want to give up hope entirely that he'll recreate Angel on the big screen some day. I'm a little more than halfway through rewatching S5 for the first time since the show was cancelled, and the idea of someday seeing a two-hour long, $40-50 million dollar AtS movie sounds really good to me right now.
And the good news keeps just cumming:

In this interview Alan Cumming briefly mentions he is currently editing ‘Suffering Man’s Charity’ the film he made with David. It’s halfway down the page, but here is the relevant text:

And you're editing a film you directed.
It's called Suffering Man's Charity. I play a man who takes in a writer and eventually kills him, publishes his novel and takes credit for it. David Boreanaz is the star, and it's also got Anne Heche, Henry Thomas, Karen Black – she's terrific – and Carrie Fisher.



I thought this was one of those pie-in-the-sky, too-good-to be-true projects. God I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to this! Alan Cummings is fantabulous. Plus I can’t help but feeling he has the tiniest crush on DB. Nothing to argue with there then.
I'll be honest here. I REALLY don't feel anything at all for Seeley Booth, and i don't think it comes down to anything David is doing wrong.

I admit that i'm a little biased against the show because there has never been a procedural drama that has held my interest. I could never stand Law and Order or any of the numerous C.S.I.'s. Frankly they bore the hell out of me and the fact that Bones belongs to that genre was never going to help me get into it.

I've watched the first two now, although only just. I struggled not to pick up the remote control and switch to Kerrang! TV during the second half of episode two, but out of loyalty to David i stuck with it to the end. I'm even going to try keep watching for the next three weeks or so, just to give it enough time to grow on me. I'm not hopeful though.

Bones is missing that certain something that hooks me. I watched the first episodes of both Invasion and Supernatural and instantly knew that i wanted to see the next episodes. Patrick Stewart's Eleventh Hour, which is as close to a procedural as anything else, has even hooked me with intelligent writing and good characterisation. Bones has yet to show me either.

For David's sake i am glad that the show is a hit but i don't think it will be for me. I just hope that one day i'll either see him in another, more entertaining show or, better yet, return to Angel for a movie project of some kind. I really think he deserves better than Bones.
Bones has improved a bit since the beginning, and I enjoy multitasking through it (it doesn't require rapt attention to follow the episodes, unlike BSG, for instance), when there is nothing else on that I prefer to watch. But if I miss an episode, who cares? And now that it is changing nights, I won't be watching it at all. I won't miss it.

This is probably the best interview with DB that I've read -- none of those out-of-left-field-leave-me-scratching-my-head answers that are so typical of his interviews. I'm glad he's playing a character so different from Angel, although, to be frank, I don't see him in the George Clooney or even the James Garner category. Those actors, even with their humor, seem to convey some depth that I just don't get with DB. DB grew into the role of Angel, and he carried the show well, although I think he was helped out by the fact that he had to come up to the level of his co-stars acting-wise. Not only do I think Bones is so much weaker in terms of its writing than any of Joss's series, I don't think DB is being challenged by his co-stars. He's pleasant enough, and he's got good comedic timing, and he will probably be on TV for a long time, but he's got his limitations. As long as he's happy and his fans are happy, though, that's all that really matters.
Not only do I think Bones is so much weaker in terms of its writing than any of Joss's series, I don't think DB is being challenged by his co-stars.

Bones doesn't have as rounded an ensemble cast, but I think DB is totally being challenged by Emily Deschannel. I was skeptical about her coming in, but she's completely won me over.

I compare stuff to Joss' shows too, which is kind of a losing proposition since that's such a tall order. So I agree Bones isn't on that level, but I'd say it started out good, has gotten better, and I expect it to get better still (I think Hart Hanson is the real deal).
Yeah Hart Hanson is a honorary member of the Jossverse as far as I am considered. I'm not sure what he's actually entitled to though. 10% off at Starbucks I think.

And Emily is a great actress. Her and David work well together.
Great interview and thanks for the find, Simon. I adore this man. And yes, this interview made more sense than any other DB interview I have seen (not that I'm complaining; I find his usual strange, stream-of-consciousness style very endearing.)

Several of the early episodes of Bones had major problems, IMO, but lately they seem to be finding their stride with much better episodes, and DB lights up the screen - especially in the moments at the Chinese Restaurant. I hope he does make it as far as George Clooney.

But Wednesday night at 9pm! I already have Veronica Mars and Lost at that time, and not much else that I am excited about on TV during the week. Why, oh why do all of my shows end up in the same time slot?

Oh, and "Yeah Hart Hanson is a honorary member of the Jossverse as far as I am considered. I'm not sure what he's actually entitled to though. 10% off at Starbucks I think."
LOL!
On the rare occasion we watched Bones(when there was a Gilmore Girls rerun) it was pretty good. And David looked like he was having fun. Just never became 'must see' for us. Now that it's against VM, well...I'm afraid we'll see it even less. But I can see how it will do very well in its run.

However, and this is me just seeing the negative I admit...how are we to take the bit about: Now that I'm in a routine of enjoying the fruits of life rather than the other way around, of letting people take advantage of me, I tend to take care of myself better everyday. That's testimony to the people around me now . Is he implying some unhappiness in his former job, because he usually spoke highly of the people he worked with. I don't know, maybe I'm taking it way wrong, but it kinda bummed me to read that...
Rogue Slayer, if you want my advice then you should simply do what i do and try not to read too much into anything that isn't entirely clear. It is becoming second nature to us fans to try and read between the lines of the words spoken in an interview and half the time we end up taking things in totally the wrong direction.

You might be right in what you speculated. The again, you might be entirely wrong and he wasn't meaning his time on Angel at all. If David ever comes out and says in no uncertain terms that he hated working on Angel and that Joss made his life miserable then i'd take that seriously. With something like that though, i just wouldn't let it bother you.
It's kind of a clunky interview... or at least it was transscribed as such.

Good one though.
I see what you mean, Rogue Slayer, however I took that response completely differently. I took it to be referring to his healthy weight and overall state of health and took the "people around me now" to be his family...but then, with DB it usually isn't quite clear what he is talking about.
The only episode I've seen of Bones was the Christmas one, and I was really put off by the mawkishness. As a Jew and agnostic (not mutually exclusive) I was offended by the idea that the only reason a person could have for not celebrating Christmas is some terrible deepseated trauma ("Not all of us worship Santa"), but even for the rest of the characters, Christmas was portrayed as so sugarcoated you could choke on the fairy dust. Not remotely like anything my friends who do celebrate Christmas describe. And the great lump-in-the-throat closer of giving the magic penny to the poor African-American grand-daughter who wanted to be a doctor but couldn't afford college (what there are no state schools, community colleges, loans or scholarships where they live?) Was that an unusually bad episode? Is it worth taking another look?
I see what you mean, Rogue Slayer, however I took that response completely differently. I took it to be referring to his healthy weight and overall state of health and took the "people around me now" to be his family...but then, with DB it usually isn't quite clear what he is talking about.

Yeah, it could mean a few things, but I assumed the interviewer was basically critiquing David's weight when he was on Angel, and he's had the same family around him for most of Angel and into Bones, so my assumption was 'professional' people that took advantage of him. Of course, I've had family take advantage of me, so who knows. (And obviously, I don't know his family dynamic, but from how he speaks in regards to his wife, kid, parents, etc it's usually positive...but he could have some crazy uncles in there too!)

BTW, I find it interesting that a male actor is getting talk about his weight. I'm not sure if that's equality in the right direction!
barboo: I think the Christmas episode was fairly representative of the show in general. It did have an extra dose of cheese due to the Christmas element, though it didn't bother me so much (I'm a practicing Catholic, FWIW). Part of me wants to say "it's a good show, give it another shot", but I don't know if you'd find another episode markedly different. But maybe give it one more shot and you'll have a better sample (you know, it takes two points to define a line... =).
Cool interview.

I thought the Christmas Bones ep was one of the best yet, didn't think it was cheesy at all. Am really enjoying the series now that it's starting to improve from what the pilot was.
Hi, barboo. Interesting comments, thanks. I'm Jewish and did not find it offensive, but I was raised Methodist, so I probably have some residual immunity to, and even fondness for, the cheesiness.

What I liked about that ep was the way it showed the characters interacting, and them realizing that each had a life outside of the lab. I'm guessing if it didn't grab you, you might not love the show. And since it's now in the world's most popular timespot, that'll just make your life a little easier :)

Trotting out to buy a second VCR now...
I think Bones is running at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays only through the month of February. Then it'll be moving to 8 p.m. before American Idol. Good thing, 'cause if I did want to try watching more than one episode here or there, I wouldn't see it otherwise.

Of course, this is FOX we're talking about -- (in)famous for their on-the-fly programming -- so everything could change in the next five minutes.
Then it'll be moving to 8 p.m. before American Idol. Good thing, 'cause if I did want to try watching more than one episode here or there, I wouldn't see it otherwise.


Oh, that's good news, cuz I don't watch anything at 8 on Weds!

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