ICE QUAKE SYFY CONFERENCE CALL
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,
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
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
Thedeadbolt.com. 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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pizzazz.com. 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
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
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
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
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
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
Popculturemadness.com. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Syfyvision.com.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
airlockalpha.com. 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
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
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
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
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
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 Scifivision.com. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Scifivision.com. 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
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
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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