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By Suzanne

Mark Valley and Chi McBride

Interview with Mark Valley of "Human Target" on FOX

I really enjoyed chatting with Mark Valley! He seemed so nice. Of course he is great on the show, and so gorgeous as well. "Human Target" is a very good action/adventure show. You can read my review. I have really enjoyed watching it. I have seen the next episodes, too, and they are awesome!

 The Human Target Conference Call With Mark Valley
March 8, 2010/2:30 p.m. EST


Todd Adair
Mark Valley


Moderator:Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Human Target Conference Call with Mark Valley. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions will be given at that time. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Mr. Todd Adair. Please go ahead.

T. Adair:Thanks, everyone, for joining us today. Mark, thanks for taking the time to speak to everyone. As a reminder, Human Target returns with new episodes on Fox Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. beginning this Wednesday, March 10, with an episode titled, ďSalvage and Reclamation.Ē And without further ado, weíll start with the call.

Moderator:We do have a question from the line of Fred Topel with Sci Fi Wire. Please go ahead.

F. Topel:Hi, Mark; thanks for doing the call.

M. Valley:Oh, my pleasure.

F. Topel:It seems like the next couple of episodes deal with Christopherís history with women. Can you talk about that, and maybe since youíve done so many awesome things so far this year, what do you have in store for the finale?

M. Valley:Yes, the next episode youíre going to see on the 10th is, yes, on ďSalvage and ReclamationĒ Chance goes back to visit one of his old flames because heís got a case and someone he has to protect and some things they have to find, and that oneís pretty fascinating. Thatís starring Leonor Varela, whoís just a fantastic Chilean actress that came and did that. That episode is a little more of a stand-alone episode, and it does give you a glimpse into Chanceís past, into his past with this particular woman. You get an idea of what his previous jobs might have been, but it doesnít really, itís more of a stand-alone episode than something that kind of ties all the rest of the characters together historically. The next episode after that is going to be a little more of, ďBaptisteĒ is going to explain a little bit more about Chanceís past. Not much about his past with women, but itís going to change more about his past.

F. Topel:Well, ..., right?

M. Valley:Oh yes, sheís in it, which is when he comes back and they sort of figure out a way to convince her to enlist her to help him, and thatís actually a pretty funny scene. But itís a very intense episode. Lane James from Jericho has come on to play Baptiste who is, sort of, he used to work together with Chance at one time, and theyíve become arch nemeses, or arch nemi, or whatever the plural of nemesis would be, I guess.

F. Topel:So whatís in store for the season finale?

M. Valley:Well, in the season finale, Baptiste comes back. Amy Acker shows up and plays this one character who is very pivotal in Chanceís past in that she was sort of the catalyst for his ultimate change into becoming Christopher Chance. Lee Majors is in that episode. Armand Assante plays Chanceís old boss. Thereís a couple of major confrontations there. I think, whatís fun, is Jackie Earle Haley and I have our first fight, even though it takes place in the past, but you can see the roots of their relationship and why they have such a trusting bond as well.

F. Topel:Oh wow, well, thank you.

M. Valley:Yes, itís going to be exciting.

F. Topel:Yes, I canít wait.

M. Valley:All right, thanks.

Moderator:Thank you. And the next question comes from the line of April MacIntyre with Monsters and Critics. Please go ahead.

A. MacIntyre:Hey Mark, thanks for your time.
M. Valley:Oh, my pleasure.

A. MacIntyre:So, when did you realize that you had lightning in a bottle with the chemistry between you and Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride. When did they come into this project? Iím sure you probably got the script first and then they were added. I was wondering if you could explain that.

M. Valley:Yes, I got the script first. I was the first one cast, I know that. I think we all realized that we had something pretty amazing when we were shooting in downtown Vancouver, the pilot scene, I think it was the very end of the episode, it wasnít the end of shooting but it was the end of the episode, and rarely are the three of us together in any episode, but in this instance we were. We were getting ready to set up a shot and we were sitting in the back, all sitting in our chairs, and the three of us started talking as actors do, and just realized, my God, we all come from completely different places in terms of parts of the country and experience in the industry and so forth, and the three of us just kind of clicked. The thing that I liked about both of them is that I was just really kind of curious about them and wanted to get to know them better and thought both of them were really kind of interesting. And I think that the three of us sort of had that feeling about each of us, which is kind of cool and rare as well. And I think that kind of shows up on the screen. And maybe viewers will also want to wonder, how did they meet up, or how did they come together, and what was their history?

A. MacIntyre:Absolutely. Will the lovely Anna Torv be guest starring on your series?

M. Valley:Oh, Fringe just got picked up for another season, so.

A. MacIntyre:Yes, but will she make a little guestee on your effort?

M. Valley:Will she? Youíre going to have to ask her, but Iíd probably think sheís pretty busy with Fringe, so.

A. MacIntyre:Fair enough. Thank you so much.

M. Valley:Sure, youíre welcome.

Moderator:The next question comes from the line of David Martinsdale, Hearst Newspapers. Please go ahead.

D. Martinsdale:Hi. We did an interview before the launch of this season and I go back with you all the way back to Keen Eddie, so itís good to talk with you again.

M. Valley:Oh, Ö familiar. How are you?

D. Martinsdale:Iím good, thanks. Iím loving the show, absolutely loving the show.

M. Valley:Are you? Great, thanks. Did you like the other episodes?

D. Martinsdale:Oh, I loved the airplane episode. I loved the episode that was sort of like Die Hard, stuck in the building. What I love about it is that every show is a little bit different.

M. Valley:Yes, theyíre like their own individual movies that are tied together somehow.

D. Martinsdale:Yes, thatís got to be part of what really did it for you originally, right? That every show is going to be a different kind of story, not the same story over in a new way.

M. Valley:Yes, thatís what attracted me about it. It was obvious that each episode was going to feel like a movie. It was going to be a lot of work with the director, putting a show together in pretty intense circumstances. And itís something that hasnít really been done in a while, if not ever before.

D. Martinsdale:I know that you cannot possibly take risk taking and thrill seeking to the extreme that Chance does, otherwise they would, well, they wouldnít even let you do the show if you were that much of a daredevil, but how much of a daredevil do you ever allow yourself to be? What are some of the more outrageous adventures that you might have taken? Have you ever jumped out of planes for fun, or any of those things?

M. Valley:Yes, Iíve done that. Well, I havenít quite done as much of that as I have. Iím a little more into now taking calculated risks. I like to mountain climb and thatís really, the better prepared you are, the safer it is. I donít just run out and climb a mountain with a T-shirt on, you know? That would be kind of foolhardy. There are some inherent risks, you know, with mountaineering and stuff, but yes, I generally like to be well prepared. I have parachuted. I did it in the Army and I also did it trying to get my certification to parachute down in Paris Island. I did it a few times, and that was pretty exciting, but for the most part, Iíd say now the biggest risk I take is probably every once in a while I forget to put my seatbelt on. Thatís about the limit of it right now.

D. Martinsdale:The producers of the show probably are happy about that because youíd be uninsurable otherwise, right?

M. Valley:Right, or at least I donít tell them about it.

D. Martinsdale:Okay. Iíll let some other people talk too, because I did visit with you earlier, but itís always a pleasure.

M. Valley:Thanks a lot for your support.

D. Martinsdale:You bet. Bye-bye.

M. Valley:See you.

Moderator:The next question comes from the line of Troy Rogers, Please go ahead.

T. Rogers:Hi, Mark.
M. Valley:Hey Troy, how are you doing?

T. Rogers:Not too bad. I want to know, how much has your military training helped you with acting, especially with Human Target?

M. Valley:Itís funny, because they lay out all these weapons and they talk about the ammunition and so forth and its effectiveness, and, you know, we worked with weapons obviously in the Army, and that made it, but itís actually something you can pick up pretty quickly. Iíd say there are other aspects of it that are similar. The hand-to-hand fighting, I learned a little bit of that in the Army, and boxing and wrestling and that sort of thing. But I think for the most part itís working as team, working as a team under extraneous circumstances with a limited amount of time to get something done. Thatís probably the biggest experience I got from the Army that applies to this job because weíre really making a movie in eight days, and thatís an awful lot of work that has to be done. So, yes, itís sort of that kind of teamwork and camaraderie that I experienced in the Army that seems to be showing up again here in this show.

T. Rogers:All right, makes sense. Now, so far, youíve had cases in L.A., Canada, Russian Embassy, the airplane, and now South America. Is there anywhere in particular that youíd like to see Chance travel?

M. Valley:I would like to see Chance go to Paris. Iíd like to see him go to London. We do go to London in one episode. What else? Africa, I think, would be kind of an interesting place. Thereís all kinds of places he could go. Somewhere down south, maybe Texas. Iíd love to do an episode that was sort of a quasi-Western in some way. That would be interesting.

T. Rogers:Yes, that would be cool.

M. Valley:Thereís Vietnam and all these other places in Asia that he could go and thereís things going on in China. That would be interesting. You name it. Well, thereís the second season, there.

T. Rogers:True. One more quick thing.

M. Valley:And also the cool thing about this cast and the writers we have is, maybe we could even write an episode that takes place inside a contained area, like the airplane episode, for example. We really didnít go anywhere for that. That all took place inside the fuselage of an airplane, so maybe weíll be doing something like that as well.

T. Rogers:All right. Now you mentioned Lee Majors in the finale. I just want to know, what other guest stars can we expect to see in the second half of the season?

M. Valley:Well, weíre going to see Ė Iím pretty excited about Lee Majors Ė but youíre going to see Armand Assante. He comes on as my old boss, that one that Chance is talking about Ė you never met my old boss. So, I finally met my old boss which was fascinating. Heís an interesting guy, a wonderful actor and Iím just really excited that heís on the show. And then thereís this litany of beautiful, talented women that have come on the show. Amy Ackers in the finale Ė she plays this really pivotal character in Chanceís life. Grace Park is in an episode called ďCorner Man.Ē

T. Rogers:Oh, cool.

M. Valley:Moon Bloodgood is in one Ė I forget the name of the episode, they changed it. But Moon Bloodgood is showing up. Leonor Varela is in ďSanctuary,Ē a beautiful and talented Chilean actress who really, just kind of, made this one episode look and feel like a movie. She just came in and completely took on this character of this ex-revolutionary who lives down in South America, an ex-lover of Chance. She was just fabulous. Lenny James from Jericho has come on and heís playing Chanceís nemesis named Baptiste, who is probably the most talented assassin whoís still out there working for hire, and he and Chance come to blows in the episode called ďBaptisteĒ and also in the finale. And of course, Emmanuelle Vaugier comes back in another episode that I donít think youíve seen yet. Sheís in the episode ďBaptiste.Ē Sheís still an FBI agent and Chance and Chi and Jackie kind of figure out a way to enlist her help. Also, Autumn Reeser comes back as well. She sort of has a recurring role on our show, and she was in the show about the building that blew up, I think, the kind of Die Hard-esque episode.

T. Rogers:Oh. Okay, cool.

M. Valley:And sheís coming to help us out.

T. Rogers:Okay, thanks Mark. Good luck with the show.

M. Valley:Sure, thank you.
Moderator:Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Steve Eramo with Sci Fi and TV Talk. Please go ahead.

S. Eramo:Hi Mark, thanks for your time today.

M. Valley:Thanks ....

S. Eramo:Good. I wanted to find out if you could tell us what, perhaps, were some of the acting challenges you found first stepping into this role, and then how have you seen the ďChanceĒ character grow and develop in the episodes youíve shot so far?

M. Valley:Itís funny, when I first read the script, it is based on a comic book character, and there are certain things that comic book characters can get away with that regular actors canít really do thatís that believable. One is to hold a pose for a long period of time. Like, to look concerned like youíre in a comic book. So, there was that. It sort of had a feel of a comic book so there was a challenge of trying to find a way to bring a real person into this. It wasnít written in any sort of hyper reality. I mean, Johnís writing is very, sort of, there is like a kind of casual thing that can exist in it, so itís not that hard to kind of do it, itís not complete melodrama or anything. That was the biggest challenge. Reading it and enjoying it like it could have been a comic book and then thinking, okay, wait a second, this is me now. How am I going to do this? Itís kind of hard to explain but that was the biggest one. And maybe picturing all the other people who could do better at it and thinking, okay, Iím going to do this? Wait a second.

S. Eramo:No, youíre doing a great job.

M. Valley:I think the guy in the comic book looks better. Thanks, though, Iím enjoying it.

S. Eramo:As far as the development of Chance, how have you seen your character grow and develop in the episodes youíve shot so far?

M. Valley:Well, personally, just me, the way Iíve grown is that Iíve become much more comfortable with some of the action and fighting scenes and the way Chanceís relationship with the other characters is starting to become a little bit more clear. His relationship with Jackie and with Chi is becoming a little big more clear to me. The way Chance is developing? Iíd say that he is starting to come to terms with his past. He made a big change in his life about 6-8 years prior to the present that we have now on the show. And I think the reality of why he made that choice and the repercussions that itís going to have is starting to come back to him, so essentially his baggage is starting to arrive. I think he did about six years ago and Chance is having to open up some old wounds and some old changes that he went through and just to see exactly how that affects him now.

S. Eramo:It was a pleasure speaking with you and continued good luck in the success of the show, Mark.

M. Valley:Thank you very much.

S. Eramo:Take care.

M. Valley:Bye.

Moderator:The next question comes from the line of Will Harris, Please go ahead.

W. Harris:Hey Mark, howís it going?
M. Valley:Hey Will, good, how are you doing?

W. Harris:Not bad. Well, a lot of shows spend their first season throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. Do you feel like Human Target has found its groove, and if so, was there a particular moment for you when you felt like it really clicked?

M. Valley:I think theyíve been throwing me against a wall for 11 episodes. Iím just joking, itís a joke actually. I think Iíve been throwing all of Vancouverís stuntmen against the wall to see what sticks. What was the question again?

W. Harris:Do you think Human Target has found its groove and if so, was there a particular moment when you felt like it really clicked for you?

M. Valley:I think when it really clicked for me was probably the episode ďRewindĒ where we didnít have a lot of locations and didnít have a lot of big set pieces going on. It all took place in an airplane and you got an idea of, okay, very simply, this is something that has to get done in this plane. And it was broken down and all our characters were Ė well, Chi and I were in the same location shooting as well, which is kind of cool. I think that episode ended the pace that we came up with and that we realized we could work at. I think it was the second or third episode we did. The pace that we came up with and the shorthand that we all developed with the crew and with the cameras and with the actors Ė it was pretty amazing the result that came out of that. And then we realized oh, wow, this is what we can do. We can make a movie in eight days. Uh-oh, we have ten more to do. That was probably the one point where I realized, oh wow, weíve got something here.

W. Harris:Did you have a vision for what you expected the show to be when you first came on board, and has it lived up to that?

M. Valley:I didnít have a pretty clear vision of how it would be. Iíd been on shows before that have been new and with this one, not only is the show new and Chi is kind of new to the Ė Iím new to this genre Ė even the show runners are sort of new to this, so I went into it with an open mind thinking this is going to be exciting as to how itís going to come together. And it has, and in the best of Ö it is sort of a collaboration in some ways where everybodyís influence is, kind of, if not heard, then itís felt and itís reacted to and the end product is something that everybody feels a part of. So, thatís kind of what I went into. I think itís exceeded Ė itís a little more tiring than I thought it would be. Actually, no, itís the other way around. Iím not quite as exhausted as I thought I would be. Does that make any sense?

W. Harris:I think so. Thanks a lot.

M. Valley:Thank you.

Moderator:The next question comes from the line of Brittany Frederick, Please go ahead.

B. Frederick:Hi Mark. The first thing I wanted to say is, Iíve had a crush on you ever since Keen Eddie so this has totally made my week.

M. Valley:Okay, thanks, Iím glad you got that out. That would have just been awkward, the whole interview.

B. Frederick:I know, I know. I wanted to ask, how do you balance comedy and drama on the show? Particularly in your performance as well, you always seem to bring the humor to parts where other people wouldnít, but it doesnít get too serious either. How do you guys manage that?
M. Valley:Thatís something that I really love to do is to find the light moments. A lot of it depends on the scene and the person youíre working with and where the jokes can come in or where it seems appropriate, where it doesnít seem appropriate. Thereís a few elements that come into that. And, of course, thereís the way the scene is written as well. I generally prefer to Ė maybe itís my background on a soap opera where there were no jokes at all. It was all just complete melodrama and I wanted parts of it to be funny so I just remember searching and combing through it and saying, ďwell, thereís this moment or that moment.Ē It might have been my experience on a soap where I was just so hungry for something to be funny that I developed, maybe, a perceptive eye for it.

B. Frederick:Whatís it like to play a lead character when you donít have all the pieces of the background? Is that more difficult for you at all?

M. Valley:Well, itís definitely easier to have some of the pieces. Itís definitely somewhat of an advantage to have a little more of an idea because as actors, we do create characters and create things and create things in our imagination but ultimately weíre an interpretive artist and weíre interpreting what the writers have created. Some people will say that doesnít matter. If itís not in the script, it doesnít really exist so donít make a big deal about it, but I think in television itís a little bit different. Yes, it would be nice to know Ė thereís two sides of that. It would be nice to know it ahead of time because then, maybe I could plan a scene or have that in mind if this might have happened before, but itís pretty exciting to find it out as you go along with the rest of the viewers. So, not only are you working on a show and acting in it, but itís also fun to be experiencing it as a viewer as well and finding out things as they reveal themselves.

B. Frederick:Well, thank you, and best of luck with the rest of the season.

M. Valley:Thank you. Thank you very much.

Moderator:The next question comes from the line of Alice Chapman Newgen with The Times Courier. Please go ahead.

A. Chapman Newgen:Hi, great talking to you.

M. Valley:Hi, Alice.

A. Chapman Newgen:You need to come down to Savannah, Georgia and Atlanta and do a show.
M. Valley:Oh yes, Iíve been to Savannah and I love it down there.

A. Chapman Newgen:Oh cool, thatís where Iím from. I was wondering, was there any particular scene that didnít come across quite the way you thought it would?

M. Valley:I have to say that the Ė letís see, no, but there was a scene that did probably come off the way I thought it would, which is the one with the spider in the back of the wagon. I didnít think it was funny when we did it, and I donít think itís funny now. The spider gag, I just donít think it worked, I hate to break it to you. Other scenes that have turned out differently? I think there was one with Jackie Earle Haley that I had the other night, where Chance decides not to Ė well, I donít want to spoil anything for anybody, but thereís a real important, kind of flashback to a scene between Chance and Guerrero where theyíre fighting each other to the death, almost, and you find out a lot about their past and that relationship. That scene ended up being much more intense but moving as well than I imagined it to be.

A. Chapman Newgen:Is there any particular topic that you would like for your character to delve into in a future episode?

M. Valley:I think what the writers are coming up with is fine. I like getting a script and getting a fresh idea laid out on desk and I just dig into it and take it from there. Iíd say no, thereís really nothing that Iíd like him to do, maybe a little more jujitsu instead of all this kicking and punching. Maybe a little more wrestling.

A. Chapman Newgen:Okay.

M. Valley:Oh, there was one more thing. What was it that I wanted him to do? Yes, I want to learn how to fly a helicopter, that would be interesting.

A. Chapman Newgen:That would be. Absolutely. I appreciate your time, thank you very much.

M. Valley:My pleasure, thank you.

Moderator:The next question comes from the line of Raju Mudhar, The Toronto Star. Please go ahead.

R. Mudhar:Hi there, Mark. You may have already answered this but, I was just wondering, how much of the comics did you actually read in preparing for the role because, obviously, the show is very different?
M. Valley:Yes, yes. I read about four or five of the previous comics, the original DC comics, and then I read all of the Vertigo ones, the graphic novel ones.

R. Mudhar:Okay, and obviously the difference is, sort of, the loss of the master of disguise thing. Is that ever going to make an appearance, do you think?

M. Valley:Nobodyís ruled it out. Nobodyís left it out there. I know Johnís attitude was like, letís start the show where you get to know the central character before we start dressing him up and having him come out as Dabney Coleman. So, that was his idea. Chance does have an aptitude with languages and my theory with that is he doesnít use any more than is necessary. I mean, he doesnít wear a mustache or wear glasses or anything if itís not really necessary, or really become that other person unless itís absolutely necessary to do that. Heís been able to get away with it by playing somebody close to them or somebody near them or so forth, because those rubber masks can get really warm. Yes, that was an adaptation, I think, but thatís not to rule that out. I look sort of like Thomas Jane. If that show on HBO doesnít work Ö episode, I could be him from a distance, you know.

R. Mudhar:Okay, the other question is, just being from Canada, obviously the Olympics just happened here. Did that wreak havoc with your shooting at all? Did you get to check them out, or did you guys shut down during that time?

M. Valley:We shut down for about two days during the Olympics, but for the most part, it wasnít really that bad. The Canadians had everything really well organized. You knew what streets were being shut down and where to divert, but we just shot in some locations outside of, still in Vancouver but on the fringes of town so it was a lot easier for us to get to where we had to go. Traffic wasnít really that bad, except on the day after they beat us in hockey. Oh my God, you could not walk across the street. Yelling, and everybodyís wearing a red shirt and waving the flag and the streets were just heaving with people walking up and down. I was blown away. I couldnít believe the outpouring of Canadian nationalism.

R. Mudhar:And weíre still feeling the buzz over here. Thank you so much for your time.

M. Valley:My pleasure.

Moderator:And the final question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue, TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.

S. Lanoue:Thank you. Itís nice to talk to you. Iíve been a fan of yours ever since Days of our Lives. I used to watch you Ö, followed your career. I loved Keen Eddie and Ö

M. Valley:Thank you very much.

S. Lanoue:You were talking about the rigors of being on action shows. It seems, in a way, that youíve built your way up there because you played an ex-Marine on Boston Legal, and Jack was always on the run. And, of course, Keen Eddie was kind of an adventure, sort of, and Fringe. But what I was wondering is, if youíd modeled Chance at all on any particular character, actor, seems like almost a throwback to the old í60s,í70s, like Clint Eastwood Ė the strong, silent type.

M. Valley:You know, itís funny, with Chance as a lawyer, I sort of feel like he could be Brad Chase. Thereís sort of this coterie of actorsí characters that Iíve played that I could draw on for Chance to use. Sometimes I have, and sometimes I havenít, to any meaningful effect, done that. But, yes, Iíve sort of based him on Ė sometimes I think, how would I act if I were in these circumstances and if I could be whoever I wanted to be? How would I deal with it? And I use that. I donít know how much those kind of stars influence me. Itís amazing. I could go back and watch Die Hard or Indiana Jones and you see certain moments that these guys did, and you realize, oh my God, that was something. Or watching Lee Majors on the Six Million Dollar Man I think, oh wow, thatís where I get that little thing. You never really know, thereís so many different influences, I guess. I base it in some ways by a friend of mine that I knew when I was in the Army, in some ways. I knew one guy who kind of had this sort of attitude. And those are things that go into the mix when I first start building a character and then it kind of gets on its own feet and itís moving along. But those have been my influences, I suppose.

S. Lanoue:Well, thatís really interesting, and it does seem like the show is almost, not quite, I donít want to say a throwback because thatís a negative thing, but it reminds me a lot of the shows that I grew up with in the í60s, like It Takes a Thief and Wild, Wild West and these action shows.

M. Valley:Yes, yes, I would have to say the biggest influence was probably, whoís the guy in Wild, Wild West?
S. Lanoue:Yes, it was a great show.

M. Valley:What was his name, that guyís name on Wild, Wild West?

S. Lanoue:Robert Conrad.

M. Valley:Robert Conrad. Yes, Iíd say his Eveready battery commercial, probably the biggest influence on my work.

S. Lanoue:Yes, right.

M. Valley:It was in ... I canít remember what kind of battery? He was like, ďGo ahead, knock it off. I dare you.Ē

S. Lanoue:I think it was Eveready.

M. Valley:Was it Eveready? Thatís the biggest influence. Thatís Chance, right there.

S. Lanoue:I think so, it sounds familiar. But youíre a better actor than Robert Conrad. I like him a lot but youíre way better.
M. Valley:Thank you very much.

S. Lanoue:And I hope the show gets even more successful. It sounds like Fox is really doing everything it can to bring in great guest stars.

M. Valley:Yes, theyíre giving it a great roll out and theyíre happy with what theyíre getting. Itís beautiful.

S. Lanoue:Thatís good. Well, good luck on it.

M. Valley:Thank you very much. Thanks. Bye.

T. Adair:Thank you, everyone, for participating in the call today. Mark, thanks again for taking some time out to do this.


Mark Valley is a versatile film and television actor who is known equally for his comedic, witty turns as he is for his dramatic, weighted performances. Valley is a familiar face to FOX viewers having appeared as "FBI Agent John Scott" on the hit drama FRINGE. His additional television credits include a three-year run as "Brad Chase" on "Boston Legal," starring roles on "Keen Eddie" and "Pasadena," as well as recurring roles on "Once and Again," "ER," "The 4400" and "Swingtown."

His film credits include John Schlesinger's "The Innocent," "The Siege" with Denzel Washington, John Frankenheimer's "George Wallace," "The Next Best Thing" with Madonna and Rupert Everett and "Shrek III" as the voice of "Cyclops." Valley also wrote and performed in "Walls, Wars and Whiskey," a one-man show about his experiences growing up in upstate New York and serving in the military.

Valley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and began his acting career while serving overseas in the Army. The Gulf War veteran is a native of Ogdensburg, NY, and currently divides his time between Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles.


Chance reunites with a fiery former flame when he is called to South America to rescue an archeologist whose discovery of a lost treasure has him targeted by a South American army and a deadly bounty hunter in the all-new "Salvage & Reclamation" episode of HUMAN TARGET airing Wednesday, March 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HUM-108) (TV-TBA)

Cast: Mark Valley as Christopher Chance; Chi McBride as Winston; Jackie Earle Haley as Guerrero

Guest Cast: Kris Marshall as Doug; Leonor Varela as Maria; Kim Coates as Bertram; Luis Javier as Alberto; Bruce Ramsay as Vazquez; Frank Topol as Pablo

 In "Salvage and Reclamation," Chance (Mark Valley) reunites with a fiery former flame (guest star Leonor Varela) when he is called to South America to rescue an archeologist (guest star Kris Marshall) whose discovery of a lost treasure has him targeted by a South American army and a deadly bounty hunter (guest star Kim Coates).

In "Baptiste," Chance's past comes into focus when he recruits FBI Agent Emma Barnes (guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier) to help him stop his former partner from assassinating a visiting foreign dignitary. Meanwhile, Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) tests out a familiar face (guest star Autumn Reeser) as a possible new recruit to the team.

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