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By Suzanne

Interview with Brendan Fehr of "Ice Quake" December 8, 2010.

Brendan Fehr
December 8, 2010
1:00 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Ice Quake SyFy conference call.

During the presentation all participants will be in a listen only mode and afterwards we will conduct a question and answer session.

At that time if you have a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone.

If at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator, please press star 0.

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Gary Morgenstein.

Please go head.

Gary Morgenstein: Hello everyone and thank you for joining us today for the promotion of SyFyís Saturday original movie Ice Quake which is premiering this Saturday, December 11 at 9:00 pm Eastern and Pacific Time, 8:00 pm Central.

And Iím pleased to turn it over to the stars, Victor Garber and Brendan Fehr.

Weíre going to answer all your questions about this, and their careers and anything else you want to talk about. What kind of holiday presents they want to get.

Go head, guys.

Man: Hello gentlemen, ladies.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, again, to register a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone.

Our first question comes from the line of Troy Rogers with Please go ahead.

Troy Rogers: Hi Victor, Hi Brendan.

Brendan Fehr: Hi, how are you?

Troy Rogers: Not too bad. Victor, I wanted to know about your character, Bill Hughes?


Brendan Fehr: I donít know if Victorís on the line actually, Gary.

Gary Morgenstein: Victorís not on the line? Okay. I think we lost Victor momentarily.

So sorry. Weíll get back. Brendan can probably ask - Brendan can hold down the fort until we get Victor back.

Brendan Fehr: Okay. No problem.

Troy Rogers: All right.

Brendan Fehr: You want to know about Victorís character?

Troy Rogers: No, itís okay your - I was watching clips of the show and it looks like you guys might have a few stunts. Could you talk about those?

Brendan Fehr: Yeah. I guess the majority of the stunts would probably simply be the snowmobiling.

Troy Rogers: Yeah.

Brendan Fehr: Yeah. We didnít exactly know how much snow was going to be out there at that time of year they had to shut down the mountain for the sky season eventually and we picked up right when it shut off. And while we were filming we got heaps and heaps of snow which obviously added to the look of the movie and everything else.

So we were pretty straightforward. You have a lot of the guys there obviously being up in Canada and on a mountain, I mean, snowmobiling kind of comes second nature. So it wasnít - thereís only so much damage you can do, I mean, if you fall over because we had so much snow and thereís no rock base cliffs or anything like that. But it was pretty straightforward stuff.

I think it always - itís difficult to do but itís nothing too dangerous so we got to ride a few of them ourselves. They wouldnít let us take a toboggan down the mountain though during our lunch hour. That was a stunt they wouldnít allow.

Troy Rogers: Right. Well, I found the stories kind of interesting that the liquid methane and causing earthquakes were - what did you think of the story when you got the script?

Brendan Fehr: Well, SyFy obviously comes up with their original movies. They come up with a whole variety of scripts. You never know kind of what youíre going to get and itís always probably going to be a little bit of a surprise.

But this one was rather tame in the sense of how thereís no sort of shark to hunt or zombie. Thereís no monster per se itís all based in science and natural disaster. Something I suppose could realistically happen, or at least thatís what we... I donít exactly know the science behind it.

But I thought that was interesting in order to kind of do - itís probably one of the few ones that they do in this original series that there is no monster per se. And, hopefully that adds to the reality of this possibly happening.

It could add to the audience being - engaging the audience in a different respect than kind of sitting down and watching a two-headed monster dog or something like that runs rampant around the city or whatever else.

And so that interested me when I saw the script is that it was kind of planted in reality a little bit which itís not necessarily...The others are a lot of fun but as an actor I think itís much easier to get into a head space of okay, this can happen. All right, this is all legitimate now. And it requires a little bit less work I think and it kind of works in an actorís favor. So that was a pleasant surprise.

Troy Rogers: Excellent. Thanks, Brendan.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Patty Griffo) with Please go head.

Pattye Grippo: Hi, Brendan, thanks for talking with us today.

Brendan Fehr: Hi, how are you?

Pattye Grippo: Iím good, thanks. How are you?

Brendan Fehr: Good.

Pattye Grippo: So how did you initially get involved with this film?

Brendan Fehr: I just through the typical channels. It came through my agents. They handed me the - they sent the script over and I read it and it was a number of things. It was obviously getting to play a guy whoís married and whoís got a family and two kids which is something I havenít had the opportunity to do on film.

And itís obviously with the SyFy base and all that stuff. They got a definite following which is always encouraging as an actor. Itís always a bonus when people are going to be watching these things that you do.

And then ultimately it also - itís filmed in my home town basically about half hour outside of where I grew up as a kid. So I got to go back and spend the weekends with my mom and my sister and my family and all that stuff. So that stuff was all very, obviously, intriguing to me.

Pattye Grippo: Yeah, it sounds nice. What would you say was the most challenging part of working on it?

Brendan Fehr: The most challenging part was probably just all the breaking of the ice and the trimmers and everything else. I mean obviously that stuffís not happening and weíre on a mountain. That was stuff you just had to imagine. Obviously as an actor youíre called on to be creative and imagine certain scenarios that are not real.

But usually you can see them. Whether you got to - usually you can see. Itís a conversation across the coffee table or something like that, or you react to someone actually punching you or hitting you, or you react to someone yelling at you or crying or running away from you.

This movie was, a lot of it, reacting the whole mountain coming down and all that stuff and thatís probably the most challenging when hereís nothing to work off of. The mountain is not going to give you anything. Thereís kind of nothing there to hang your hat on itís kind of just all up to you and then hopefully the guys in post, edit it and cut it and visual effects and all that in such a way where you donít look like an idiot.

Pattye Grippo: Right.

Brendan Fehr: So thatís always the most challenging, and maybe the Star Wars things or whatever else when youíre on the full green screen. You have nothing to act off of. I think for most actors thatís a skill that weíre not quite confident in.

Pattye Grippo: Right. Well, thank you very much and I look forward to seeing it.

Brendan Fehr: Well, thank you very much. I hope you enjoy it.

Gary Morgenstein: By the way is Victor back?

Operator: We donít have Victor on at this time.

Gary Morgenstein: Okay, sorry. Brendan, keep going.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Joshua Maloney with Niagara Frontier Publications. Please go head.

Joshua Maloni: Hey, Brendan. Thanks for your time today.

Brendan Fehr: All right. No problem. Thank you.

Joshua Maloni: So you mentioned a little bit about SyFy and your following and Roswell is certainly one of my favorite SyFy shows, one of my favorite shows in general. What do you think about the current state of SyFy though? I mean obviously, you know, some of the most popular, most financially successful movies in the past year have been SyFy and thereís some good things on television like Fringe.

What do you think about SyFy these days in general?

Brendan Fehr: I think they really - theyíve found kind of the winning formula of sorts. I think earlier on a lot of it early, early on was just B movie stuff and it was simply meant as entertainment and to scare you and something that gives something to audiences they havenít seen before but just in terms of visually like zombies or whatever else.

And then you have something like X-Files come along where there was actually a lot of thought into it and there was the detail and everything. They paid attention to all the details and there was - you could see they were also trying to tell a story. And I think they were the first ones to kind of, in my opinion, to really bring it to another level.

And then it took - and then people tried to follow in their footsteps. Obviously we were there in terms of Roswell and we were trying to find our way and we lasted three years. But itís a fine line. I think people appreciate the supernatural aspects and kind of all those unexpected things happening.

But you have to marry that in some kind of cohesive manner with the characters and caring about them in the relationships. And I think the successful shows do that. I mean you look at something like Fringe where all the characters themselves are just very interesting regardless of what theyíre talking about.

Even the Twilight series. Obviously everyoneís very engrossed in this love triangle and all that stuff. And itís no longer - I think people are paying more attention to just the character issues and the relationships and theyíre putting as much effort into that as that SyFy aspect.

I havenít seen it but I was always informed that the Battlestar Galatica was very much like that where youíre in this kind of SyFy universe in reality. But itís - there is married to a certain amount of reality in terms of the emotions and relationships of the characters.

And I think thatís what makes it so successful and weíre probably at a relatively high point in terms of what weíre doing or what television is doing on the SyFy front. So...

Joshua Maloni: Right. Now with this movie Ice Quake, a couple of things we donít normally donít see in SyFy movies. Youíve got the family theme, and youíve got the Christmas elements. How are those things sort of woven into the plot line?

Brendan Fehr: Well, it takes place over, I guess, itís Christmas Eve. Iím called in to work to look at these tremors and kind of, I donít know if youíd call them earthquakes so much, but these kind of underground activities when Iím called in to work on Christmas Eve which obviously doesnít sit well with the family and all the rest of them.

And then going up - because I have to check up on something, I just simply take the family up as well to the site, to the mountain, in order to grab a Christmas tree. Weíre going to do the old fashioned way, weíre going to go down and chop down a tree and bring it home and all hell breaks loose and weíre caught up on the mountain Christmas Eve trying to look for a tree but obviously trapped by the ice quake.

So we get to have kind of a Christmas theme which is obviously exactly the right time of the year. And when you involve a family and children and kids hopefully you bring that kind of character and those relationships to it. And hopefully weíve found a way to raise the stakes a little bit in terms of dealing with that and then the SyFy aspects; the methane and the potential catastrophic end of the world stuff.

Joshua Maloni: All right, sounds good. Appreciate it, thanks.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Kristyn Clark with Please go head.

Kristyn Clarke: Hi, Brendan. Thanks so much for talking to us today.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you for joining me.

Kristyn Clarke: Well, Iím curious to know if you had to go through, I mean, special preparation or research for the role?

Brendan Fehr: I probably should start doing those things but I donít. The preparation and everything else for me at this point generally a lot of these things are fairly last minute. Itís not the big studio pictures and films where you have six months of training and you have something like Black Swan where Natalie Portman gets to train full-time for a year for the making of this movie.

Kristyn Clarke: Right.

Brendan Fehr: We have about two weeks max and usually about a week before the whole thing gets rolling. So during that time - I use that time to kind of break down the script and my character and what I can add to it and what I can do.

I just, in terms of the research and all that stuff, I rely a little bit on the writers and everyone else having all the facts straight and all the rest of it. And I just feel that if I play the lines as they were designed and then kind of true to the nature of what Iím trying to put across, then that generally is fairly sufficient.

And I think the more time youíre given and the bigger budget and the bigger time, and the amount of time you have beforehand, you can obviously start getting into greater detail. Kind of a time management issue of sorts in terms of what youíre going to spend your time on.

And, when youíre not giving it too much I think itís just getting familiar with the characters and the story and knowing where you are and just kind of being very comfortable with your lines and what you have to do.

So unfortunately I havenít had a project; both good and bad. It doesnít give me enough time to think about it which can be a good thing when you over analyze it and I havenít had the luxury of having a tremendous time and resources to do a lot of research on a lot of roles I have.

And so I kind of work with what Iím given and itís, I think, works with me so far. But, Iím always trying to get better and all that stuff. Youíre always looking for new ways to kind of go about your business so.

Kristyn Clarke: Oh, of course. So can you take us through, you know, even into next year for you? Do you have any special plans for the holiday season? Are there any other upcoming projects that youíre working on?

Brendan Fehr: Thereís nothing Iím working on now. I just finished, I think it was in about October, maybe September/October, I did a movie of the week for Lifetime called Never Tell a Lie and immediately after that I went to Richmond, Virginia and I shot another Christmas movie for next Christmas. Kind of a romantic comedy, but itís tentatively called The Nutcracker.

Kristyn Clarke: Okay.

Brendan Fehr: And I finished that but thatís for next year and then I - the day after I finished shooting that I shot up to Toronto and I shot an episode of Nikita.

Kristyn Clarke: Okay.

Brendan Fehr: So those will all be airing in the New Year, but as far as any current work I donít have any. Well Iíve been gone for a number of months now from home depending on that from all those projects so Iím just spending the holidays with my family and weíre expecting our second child in January so Iím sure that will keep me very busy.

Kristyn Clarke: Of course. Well, congratulations.

Brendan Fehr: Oh thank you very much.

Kristyn Clarke: Well, you know, enjoy the rest of your day. Thank you for talking to us.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Sammi (Toronto) with Tvgrapevine. Please go head.

Sammi Turano: Hi, Brendan. How are you?

Brendan Fehr: Good. How are you?

Sammi Turano: Iím good. Thank you. My sister wanted me to tell you she was a huge fan of Roswell. You were her favorite.

Brendan Fehr: Oh, excellent.

Sammi Turano: Yeah. The first time she actually...

Brendan Fehr: It doesnít...

Sammi Turano: Sorry.

Brendan Fehr: ...feel like it was like...That show doesnít feel like it was like 10 or 12 years ago, but it was.

Sammi Turano: Oh, I know. I was in high school.

Brendan Fehr: Itís amazing how time flies.

Sammi Turano: Oh, I know. That was like right - my whole high school years we were watching that and itís amazing. That seems like it was so long ago.

Brendan Fehr: Yeah.

Sammi Turano: But anyway, my first question is, do you plan on doing any more work with anyone from the Roswell cast?

Brendan Fehr: I mean, Iíd always be open to you it. At this stage in our careers, I think probably Katherine Heigl, I think Katie is the only one with a certain amount of say as to who she would like to work with. And youíre always open to it but at this point in most of our careers I think weíre all kind of...

We get some offers here and there but weíre still kind of doing the grind and weíre going out to auditions and weíre trying to hopefully impress people and earn a job and kind of win it over in the whole audition process.

So, at this point that kind of luxury is definitely out of our hands. But if we ever had the opportunity, absolutely.

Sammi Turano: Sounds good. And a few years ago you did a movie called Sugar. What was it like for you to play such a different role like that?

Brendan Fehr: That was interesting. That was one where actually I did probably the most research given I played a gay-for-pay prostitute and hooked on drugs. And that was a lifestyle that I wasnít terribly, obviously, familiar with.

So - and all the people, a lot of the people, involved in the film had to kind of experience that or had lived that life earlier on or what not. And so they introduced me to a lot of people and that was one where Iím not sure I could - I mean, I could do it but it was funny. I was single at the time and you can kind of - itís much easier to throw yourself into your work and I wasnít obviously not a method guy at all but I could spend a lot of late nights out and I could hang out on the street corners with these guys and kind of see the whole scenario.

And it was much easier to do and put all that kind of work and time into it when youíre single. When youíve got a family and all that stuff you have that responsibility. So that came around at the right time and it showed me that I can put the time and effort into it and all that stuff.

But that was a surprisingly very dark time doing that film which I think was necessary. But that was definitely very interesting. I havenít had an experience like that since, before or since. So...

Sammi Turano: Oh, wow. And one more question. What are your big holiday plans and traditions do you plan on doing this year?

Brendan Fehr: Well, this is - in terms of traditions, Iím not too sure. This is the first year weíll actually - I will not see my family at Christmas. Like I said, my wife is due in January so sheís on the no fly list. So we will be staying home and everyone will come in January upon the arrival of the baby. So this is the first year that me and my wife and my daughter will have Christmas on our own in California.

So we have the family traditions and stuff that we do with our family but I guess weíll just - this is the year weíll create some of our own. So itís very interesting. We actually just bought a Christmas tree yesterday and we let my daughter pick it out and my wife wasnít too happy with it.

But my daughter ended up picking out a three foot tree.

Sammi Turano: Oh, my.

Brendan Fehr: So itís not very grandiose, itís not very spectacular but I said, Christmas is for the kids and thatís the tree she wants so thatís the one weíre buying. So we have a - itís not exactly a Charlie Brown tree. Itís fairly full but itís definitely just kind of hidden away in the corner. But thatís the one she wanted so we bought that home yesterday.

So I donít know. I donít think my wifeís going to honor that tradition of just having a three foot tree every year. But weíll have to come up with some other ones.

Sammi Turano: Sounds good. Well, thank you and a big congratulations to you.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you very much.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Amy Harrington with Pop Culture Passionistas. Please go head.

Amy Harrington: Hi. Thanks for your time today.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you.

Amy Harrington: Iím here with my sister Nancy whoís my writing partner and we actually were wondering if you could tell us about working with Victor Garber?

Brendan Fehr: Me and Victor, we only - we worked the last three days together, I think, was the only time. Most of the time was spent on the mountain. And then the last three days of the shoot they took us in - what plays as the base in the movie.

And, I didnít know what to expect from Victor. Iíd never met him before. My wife knew of him because my wife used to be a publicist and she said she had worked with Jennifer Garner a little bit and she kind of knew the Alias crowd and she had run into him and said he was a very nice guy.

And we - it was like...As far as - we worked together. We had the same exact personality. It was almost - we almost had too much fun. I felt - it was amazing how comfortable I felt with him having not met him.

We could actually kind of throw barbs at each other that are usually reserved for people who have certain familiarity. And we just - we got along so well and we were just kind of on the same wavelength or level in terms of what we were doing and how we like to do it and what this whole acting thing is and having kind of - what your attitude should be towards working and all the rest of it.

And I had - for the three days it was an absolute joy. So I have nothing but great things to say about him and I wish I had the opportunity to work with him more on it. So maybe in the future sometime. But it was hysterical. It was just laughing and a really great time. So I was very happy about that and I was honored to work with him.

Amy Harrington: Thatís awesome. And we hear this question asked a lot to female stars in these interviews that we do but not often to male stars. Weíre interested to know how you, especially with a second baby on the way, juggle the stress of having such a full career that kind of takes you all over the world and a family?

Brendan Fehr: Well, I try not to think of it as stress. I mean obviously thereís obstacles and hurdles that youíve got to deal with and time management. But I was brought up in a great family and I love my family and I love the time and the relationships that we had and have. And so familyís always been number one for me and obviously you got to juggle that with working.

And I enjoy my work and I like to go away and work and that provides for my family. So itís a little bit one in the same. When you are working I feel that I am doing something for my family obviously. So I try not to separate them. There is family time and work time and youíve got to make sure that your family gets enough time.

But there is - we have the luxury of my wife having the opportunity to stay home and not have to work and spend time with the kids and raise them herself without having a nanny or something like that and raising them the way we want. And I spend - I mean, I spent the first year of my first childís life pretty much there every day in terms of I didnít have too much work and the work that I did have didnít take me outside of LA.

So that was great. And, itís one of those things where to me Iíd rather be a better man and a better husband and a better father than a better actor. Thatís always kind of priority number one and so it just teaches a lot of things and youíve just got to find that right balance and it consists of loving them obviously and spending time with them and teaching them and learning from them. And, itís also providing for them and youíve just got to have a healthy balance of that and my wife will let me know when that balance is out of whack.

Amy Harrington: Excellent. Well, thanks so much. Best of luck with the movie this weekend.

Brendan Fehr: Yeah, thank you very much.

Amy Harrington: Thanks. Bye.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder to register a question or comment please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad.

Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby with Please go head.

Jamie Ruby: Hi. Thanks for taking the call today and congratulations.

Brendan Fehr: Oh, thank you. Thank you for sticking around to ask me a question.

Jamie Ruby: Sure. So how did you get started in acting?

Brendan Fehr: I was living in Winnipeg and was in Vancouver for a friendís wedding. Kind of long story short of sorts, I was basically just approached and some guy asked if I wanted to be on TV and do a role, and I said, not particularly and I never had and, thanks, but no thanks.

And he kind of explained the situation to me how he had just opened up an agency and I was right for this particular role and I thought it was crazy and stupid and all the rest of it and I said, all right, fine, Iíll go in. I donít know exactly what it consists of. But I went in for an audition the next day. I know it was probably memorizing the lines but I just didnít know what to expect.

It was for a TV show called Breaker High which was like a Saved by the Bell type after school show about these kids on a boat, they go to school on a boat, and they travel around the world.

Ryan Gosling was on it actually and I did a guess star for that and I auditioned for it and totally blew it. But they ended up hiring me anyways for - in spite of myself. I had no idea why, but thatís - I never stopped working after that and I just kind of fell into it and I learned...At first I thought it was silly and stupid and I was going to keep doing it until they found out I was no good at it. And then slowly as I kept working, I found out that I wasnít too shabby at it and I learned to love it along the way and now itís something I really, really enjoy.

And Iím very upset Iím not as good as I want to be at it. So that keeps me motivated and keep going and Iíve learned to love it. So Iíve just been blessed with the - kind of fell into and itís not something that I thought Iíd be doing so I donít quite take anything for granted anymore. And I just really, really appreciate every opportunity Iím given to act.

Jamie Ruby: Great. Can you talk about working on Bones?

Brendan Fehr: I can. What do you want to know?

Jamie Ruby: I donít know, just talk about the experience.

Brendan Fehr: Itís one of my favorite sets Iíve worked on for sure. It is the perfect blend of efficiency and professionalism with we should enjoy what weíre doing and we should have fun doing it.

They allow you to goof off and laugh and break character and all the rest of it because they have a certain amount of faith and trust in the people that they hired and the people in front of the camera and behind the camera to simply get the job done at the end of the day.

And most all sets are - theyíre top down in terms of kind of who influences the atmosphere on the set. The producers and lead actors who are enjoying themselves and are loose and relaxed and thatís what you get with the set.

And, if you have uptight producers and uptight actors who are quiet and go away then thatís kind of the end result of what youíre going to experience.

And between Hart Hanson kind of leading the charge there, he enjoys as much - his job a lot and just the rest of the producers and cast. Itís a set I just love showing up for work for.

Jamie Ruby: Great. One last question. Would you ever be interested in writing or directing?

Brendan Fehr: Directing. I would be interested in writing, but I have no talent for it. Iíve tried to sit down and it just doesnít work. But directing for sure. Itís kind of a - every job I go on, even as early as Roswell, my cast mates were asking me if I was ever going to direct an episode and I had had the least experience in the business as all of them.

And I did a guest star at CSI New York where I worked with this great actor, Graham Beckel whose been around forever and done a ton of stuff. And I had probably worked with him for a couple of hours and he didnít know - we got along and all of that but clearly from having known someone for only a couple of hours, you donít know them that well. And he just looked at me and he goes, so when are you going to direct?

I go, what do you mean? And he goes, youíve got to direct. And I was like, am I being too nosy? Am I kind of - and he was like, no. He goes, you just know - you can just tell that you know exactly what the hellís going on.

And itís true. Iím the guy that I love - when Iím not in front of the camera, Iím sitting behind the monitors watching how everythingís going on and itís definitely something that I would love to do and itís something Iím kind of working towards.

I just donít quite know how to get my foot in the door. Iím trying to figure that out now because I donít write. Thatís the other difficult part is a lot of directors kind of write their own first little short script or something like that and grab a bunch of buddies and go shoot it.

I got all the friends and I got all the crew members that I think I need to make a film. Itís just I donít have the material And so weíre going to try and find a way but thatís something that I would absolutely, Iíd definitely, (cuff at) that position of directing something soon.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, great. Well, thank you very much.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Alan Blair with Please go head.

Alan Blair: Hi, Brendan.

Brendan Fehr: Hi. How are you?

Alan Blair: Iím fine, thanks. How are you?

Brendan Fehr: Good.

Alan Blair: I was just wondering what can you tell me about your work on Nikita?

Brendan Fehr: I play a team leader of obviously someone who works under Percy and he sends me out, me and my team, to assassinate a prince and Nikita obviously, doing what she does, spoils the whole thing. And it kinds of - it turns into kind of a me versus her scenario and we all know who ends up winning that battle. But it was great. I got to lead a team and shoot guns and infiltrate a place and take hostages and all the rest of it.

So I thoroughly enjoyed myself on that. I knew Shane a little bit. We knew of each other. Kind of grew up, are the same age and going out for a lot of the same stuff early on. So we got along. We didnít have any scenes together but we got along really well.

And, Maggie Q. was great. And then Lyndsy - Lyndsy I had worked with on a movie called Fort McCoy a couple of years ago. And so I was very comfortable on set.

And the Director, Nathan Hope, I got on famously with and I really enjoyed him and Iíve spent a lot of time talking to him behind the cameras and stuff like that. So it was a great experience. My character doesnít die so I was you always think you have the opportunity to go back and Iíd definitely jump at that chance.

Adam Blair: Fantastic. And will you be back in Bones later this season? And also can you tell me a little bit about Europeans?

Brendan Fehr: I canít. I donít know if Iíll be - as far as I know I will not be on Bones. So I donít know what plans they have. I know that my agents and managers are always in contact with them and I know Hart would, given the opportunity. Heís expressed the fact that heíd like to see me back there at some point. But itís just got to serve the story.

I mean, obviously you have a lot of characters on that show and theyíre developing a lot of story lines. And those are priorities. But if Jared could every serve the story or some characters in a kind of particular way I would, again, love to go back to that set. Like I said earlier, itís one of the my favorite sets that Iíve ever worked on.

And ten years Iíve been in the business or what not so...

Alan Blair: Okay, great. Thank you.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you.

Operator: As a reminder ladies and gentlemen, to register a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone or keypad.

Our next question comes from the line of Steve Eramo with SciFiAndTVTalkís. Please go ahead.

Steve Eramo: Hi Brendan, a please to speak with you today.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you very much. You as well.

Steve Eramo: I wanted to find out if maybe you could tell us a little bit about working with Paul Ziller as the Director of Ice Quake and what that was like for you guys?

Brendan Fehr: Yeah, another Ziller thriller as we call it.

He directed a number of these and so he knows the deal. Itís obviously - SyFyís got a - the network has this business plan of sorts where itís this much money and this many days and this is the script and this is what we shoot.

And itís a hall, itís fast-paced. Everyoneís got to be on their game and you just have to be really confident in what you do and Paul does, obviously having been in a number of these things beforehand, he knew the drill.

And for the fist couple of days you wish you had a little more time just too kind of get to know the guy and all that stuff, this guy giving you direction and youíve got to build a certain amount of trust. But it was - I mean, itís just a run and gun show.

And as an actor you have to realize that, that youíre not going to get - thereís no time to coddle anyone or anything like that. Obviously if I wanted another take or I thought something was amiss, I could always have that conversation with him. And he was open to it and he definitely was there when we needed to talk about certain things.

But I had done, not something quite like that, but I knew it was going to be, just given the parameters of the whole thing and my experience, I knew it was going to be almost like kind of the thrill of filmmaking and they were great. Paul put the camera on his shoulder and started shooting. We were on a big mountain so you didnít need to light to much. We shot in the middle of the day so it was just letís get as much as we can in this day. And Paul he was great. Like I said, his experience on this stuff really served it. He was calm and you can tell he enjoys making these things and he was one of those guys, because you could tell he was happy and loose and enjoyed it even on the days that we were really kind of behind the eight ball or cutting it close.

The set was always very, very loose. There was no stress on the set and so that was an enjoyable experience working with those guys. And you feel like youíre family in a sense that you just felt youíre stuck on this mountain. I mean, thereís no trailers to go to. Thereís no nothing. I mean, youíre like - you better like the people youíre working with and if you donít you better find a way to at least bear it.

And we were all lucky enough to like each other and get along great. So that was interesting. He was - it took me a little while because of the pace that we were working at to kind of get to know him but after a couple of days it was a very comfortable working relationship. An we got along quite well.

Steve Eramo: Oh, excellent. And then if you donít mind, just a follow-up question to the couple of questions youíve been asked about Bones.

Again, could you maybe tell us a little bit about how you became involved in that show? And perhaps not only what you enjoy about playing that character but any particular acting challenges as well you found with him?

Brendan Fehr: Well, whatís funny is Iím actually on the golf lanes right now. And I got - however last year or whenever the first episode I did, I was on the very same golf range and I got a call from my agent and he said, hey, youíve got to quickly go down to Fox. Theyíre looking for this character and they havenít found him yet and youíve got to get down there in an hour. And I was like, it was one of those situations where you have no idea what youíre reading and this and that. And I was like, ah...And I love golf a lot and I was on the range and I was trying to figure something out.

And I was like, ah, I donít know if I can make it. He was like, come on, youíve got to. And I was like, all right. So I begrudgingly get in the car and I go down there and I memorize the lines on the way and I didnít realize it was for his brother and it could possibly be recurring.

And I got in the room and Hart was there and he kind of took me through some things and the casting director also was there. He was a big instrument and he worked with me before I went in the room. He really wanted me to get it and so that was a huge deal for me. And I remember being in the room and Hart was like, well, do you know David?

And I said, yeah, I know David. And he goes, well, how do you know him? And I was like, we played hockey together a few times. And he goes, ďWell, what do you think of him? And I was like, I donít like him too much.

He was like, oh, really? And I was like, we didnít really get along on the ice rink. Weíve had a few choice words and weíve always come to blows. And he was like, really? And I was like, yeah, that was a number of years ago so obviously things change and itís not that I donít like him but my experience with him has been less than favorable so far.

And actually, I know Davidís a producer on the show and I donít know how much power he wields or whatever else but Iím not entirely sure - I wasnít sure at the time whether or not he even would have approved me of playing his brother given what we had - some of the things that we had said to each other.

And I think that actually - I think that worked out in my favor because playing brothers who obviously donít get along and having a certain familiarity, even though it wasnít necessarily a positive one, I think they took a chance with that and I think they were going to kind of exploit that in a good way. Not a bad way.

Steve Eramo: Right.

Brendan Fehr: I remember when I got the job and I walked on set and the first time I was walking up to David, I was like all right. I donít know how this is going to go over. Weíll see what happens and Iím walking up the set and he turns around and he sees me, and he just breaks into a big smile and he holds out his hands and we give each other a huge and heís like, hey. Heís like, how are you? Whatís going on? And all the rest of it.

And, from there it was just great. We got along great. We talked sports and kids and family and all that stuff so it was - that was an interesting experience. You never - youíre going to get one thing and then obviously we had grown up and it was a number of years ago when I was on Roswell and he was doing Buffy and Angel.

And so, yeah, we got along great. We had that saying where even on my first day there, even though Iím the new guy, I could look over at David and I could be like, youíre so full of crap.

I had that ease about it and he could - heíd just give it right back to me. And I think they really liked that for the brothers. And so I think that served me well in terms of the character and all of that stuff. And the fact that we know that we can get under each others nerves but the fact that were also just two guys making a living in the real world and weíve got families and we understand that. And youíve got to be able to work together.

So it was just a real kind of pleasant surprise in that sense.

Steve Eramo: Well listen Brendan, thank you very much again for your time and happy holidays to you and your family.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you. You as well.

Steve Eramo: Take care.

Operator: Our next question is a follow-up from the line of Jamie Ruby with Please go ahead.

Jamie Ruby: Hello again. So what would be your ultimate dream roll or is there maybe somebody specific youíd want to work with?

Brendan Fehr: I think itís more important like to work with. And thereís obviously so many roles and even genres of film that I havenít been in or that Iíd like to improve upon. But as long as anythingís good.

Iím not entirely too picky about whether itís a comedy or a drama or I play a good guy or a bad guy or a cop or a teacher or a bum. I think itís more about the people.

Obviously - and it would be directors at this point too not so much other actors but Iíve never...Thereís a bunch of actors out there that I would really enjoy working with but there was never one I really had to...

Obviously like a Daniel Day-Lewis or just anyone talented obviously would be a dream come true. But for me I just love the relationship with the director on the film when theyíre really good. And I think it would be The Usual Suspects right now. Chris Nolan, (Aaron Offski), (Betty Boyle) but for the most part Iím just very content with a director who cares about the acting, who cares about the process, the project and who cares about getting the best performance out of me however he or she sees fit.

So, right now I think Michael Mann would be another one.

So even (David O. Russell) who had some interesting situations with some actors. I think he makes really goo films and thatís kind of - and he gets really great performances out of them.

So, thatís kind of - thatís...However you get there I would be willing to take that road for sure.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, great. If you werenít acting what do you think youíd be doing now?

Brendan Fehr: Iíd probably be a teacher. Probably a math teacher of some sort. I guess with my acting experience maybe I could double as a drama teacher as well. But Iím not sure if I would (unintelligible) with anything really.

But I think math teacher, Great 11, 12 math.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, great.

And then lastly, can you talk a bit about working on Roswell?

Brendan Fehr: Yeah. That came - Roswell was something that came really quick in my career. I had only been acting about a year when I was on a fairly major or legitimate television show at the very least. Doing billboards and covers of magazines and famous kind of over night.

And it probably got to my head a little bit but not too much. I mean, I never did anything totally out of control but I didnít realize how hard it was because it came so quick and when it comes quick it seems relatively easy.

Thatís about as bad as, for lack of a better word just about as big or as famous as Iíve been. Iíve been doing this now for about ten years and in my second year it had kind of been the peak, or so to speak.

And after that, after the show ended, I kind of - I didnít go out for pilot season for a long time and I was kind of just really focused on trying to make a film career. And for whatever reason it didnít quite pan out. And so it was a little discouraging at first but now I just - Iím really enjoying where Iím at. Iím enjoying the fact that my perspective has changed and I get to - Iíve definitely been humbled.

And I think thatís served me both in life and in my acting career. And Iíve got a wonderful family and I get the chance to kind of work my way back up to something. And I hope through stuff like Ice Quake and everything else that Iíve done that I just keep getting better and people notice and people start wanting to work with you and get a chance to get there again.

And when I say get there itís not the fame that youíre after its choices, itís options. Itís having people calling you to work with you and having scripts sent to you and being offered. Itís not because I want to be famous. Inevitably when youíre famous the choices are presented to you and thatís the appealing thing to be able to pick and choose and not having to be able to scrap it out.

But, that being said, I donít mind scrapping it out right now. I think itís something Iíve just learned to enjoy the process and its character building and youíre satisfied at the end of the day when you do grind it out. So I really, I enjoyed Roswell and itís funny to look back. And I might have taken a little bit for granted but I just had a really great time on it and thatís the way life went and so Iím just very happy where I am now.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, great. Well thank you so much and have a Merry Christmas.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you. You as well.

Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from Alan Blair with

Please go ahead.

Alan Blair: Hey Brendan.

Brendan Fehr: Hey.

Alan Blair: Just a question again on Roswell. Youíre probably fed up with the Roswell questions. Just how did you feel about the conclusion that your character got after a three-year story?

Brendan Fehr: Pardon?

Alan Blair: How did you feel about the conclusion that was brought to your character on Roswell after three years?

Brendan Fehr: I donít even remember what it was really. We had to go on the spaceship up there, thatís what planet or something like that. I know I was - ultimately I think we were all a little bit dissatisfied with the end and the writers included I think. Only in the sense that we just didnít know if we were coming back.

Every year we never knew if we were coming back or not and you want to give the fans something thatís worth watching. And you know that youíre going to go away you want to be given the time to present the story and create an arch where you get to really give them a season finale or a series finale thatís kind of big and grandiose and just wrap everything up.

And we had to give them one where on the off chance we were brought back for a fourth season we could turn everything back around again and go back.

And so just because of the nature of the business and everything else we couldnít go too far one way or another and I thought we were stuck a little bit in the middle ground which was a little bit unfortunate.

And so in that sense I wish, like I said, itís just the nature of the business. You donít always have that luxury but it would have been...It would have served the show a lot better had we known a little earlier we werenít coming back for a fourth season.


Alan Blair: So it was quite disappointing you never got a fourth season. It was definitely a show that stuck with me when I was younger?

Brendan Fehr: Pardon? Sorry.

Alan Blair: It was definitely a great show. It was one that certainly stuck with me when I was younger.

Brendan Fehr: I appreciate that. Looking back on it Iím definitely fonder of it now than I was then. I think thatís just life in general. When youíre in it you donít quite see it for what it is and I get a lot of people saying that and my nieces and nephews are starting to watch it now and theyíre getting a kick out of it.

So I kind of appreciate the fact that I was a part of something that for some people it meant a lot to and they watched it and it was part of their childhood or their teenage years or all the rest of it. And that always - it will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Alan Blair: Okay, great. Thank you. Enjoy the holidays.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you very much. You as well.

Operator: Our next question is another follow-up question from the line of Jamie Ruby with Please go ahead.

Jamie Ruby: Hi. Do you have any advice for others who want to act?

Brendan Fehr: Yeah. The first thing that my instinct is to always say have a Plan B. You donít want to squash anyoneís dreams and you donít want to be the person to kind of stamp it out. But itís a difficult thing. Youíre - itís a very interesting business and itís not...

Auditions arenít like interviews. Theyíre not like a job interview. Itís a completely different beast and you have to - you cannot get the job for so many different reasons that are beyond your control.

Generally in the real world if youíre nine to five or a manager or whatever else youíre past work. You just simply have or you are, and your personalities going to kind of determine that but here itís what theyíre looking for. Are your eyes too close together? Are you too tall? Are you too short? Are you too fat? Are you too...

I mean, you could be given - you could give them everything they need but if the guy making the decision thought that a blond guy should be playing it and not a brown-haired guy then heís not interested in dying his hair, youíre done. You did kind of the...

Itís some very kind of fair-weathered business in that sense. And itís discouraging. You get - for every audition I get I go out on 20, 15. I mean, thatís not a goo percentage at all. And thatís pretty much standard. So you definitely have to have...If you want to get into it you need a foundation. You kind of need to know who you are and what you want and what you believe.

And I think when most people get into it when theyíre younger you donít know that yet when youíre 12 and 13 and all the rest of it. I mean, I got into it when I was 20 so I was a little older and I had my head screwed on the right way because of my family.

But when youíre younger you just - the sooner you can start the better because youíre going to get more experience and youíre going to learn a lot more and all of the rest of it but at the same time everything that...I mean, just the rejection and then the nature of the business can really tear you up and screw you up for the rest of your life.

So, I mean my advice would be to go for it. Go for it with everything youíve got and donít leave anything in the bag. But weíre not promised anything on this planet and on this earth and I donít think we deserve anything and weíre not entitled to anything.

I donít care how much work or effort you put into something that still doesnít entitle you to it. I think weíre given what we need and itís exactly that. I think weíre given everything. We do have to put in the time and the work for some stuff but ultimately I think God gives us everything we need.

So if he doesnít want you to be an actor then youíre not going to be an actor. I feel bad for the people who put so much time and effort into making it and they never do. And I was asked on the street and said no, no, no and then fell into it. And I got the opportunity to do it for a living.

But thatís why I donít take it for granted and I put in my best but go for it. But, yeah, you could ultimately...I mean if this thing dried up for me right now I donít have a college education. Iíd be in big trouble. I donít know what Iíd do for a living.

I donít know how to make one. Iím sure Iíd be all right but Iím not entirely sure exactly what the plan would be so it would always be good to have a backup plan or pursue it at the same time youíre pursuing a degree of some sort.

Most people it would be easy to do. So that would be my recommendation. But itís the same thing with everything. If you really want something then put everything you have into it and once youíve done that just be realistic about whether itís going to happen or not.

I mean, I donít think we can do - I donít fall under that thing. I would never tell my kid they can do anything that they put their mind to. I donít really believe that because I think we each have a purpose and I think when you ask the right questions and then you have the right...You just ask the right question an kind of got your head screwed on right I think God will guide you there.

But I donít know thereís just certain things that...I think you could try to do everything you want to do but understand that failures and option and thatís okay. But put everything into it and then once youíve one that sometimes youíll just have to accept the fact that thatís not what youíre supposed to be doing.

Jamie Ruby: Okay. Okay, one last quick question. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

Brendan Fehr: Any super power? Thatís a tough one because you could go very selfish. If I had a very selfish super power it would be to...I donít know. I think it would be to be really good at golf. Is that a super power?

I think it would be being able to hit my driver straight every time. Thatís the only super power I want.

Jamie Ruby: Okay.

Brendan Fehr: And why? Because I donít get it straight every time.

Jamie Ruby: Okay. All right, well thank you.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you.

Gary Morgenstein: And thank you everyone. Our time is up. We really appreciate you taking the time to talk to Brendan. Brendan, thank you so much for spending this hour.

Again Ice Quake...

Brendan Fehr: No problem. Thank you.

Gary Morgenstein: Saturday December 11 at 9:00. Thanks everyone. Have a wonderful holiday. Thank you Brendan.

Brendan Fehr: Thank you guys. Thanks everyone.

Gary Morgenstein: Take care. Bye-bye.

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