The other day, while I was at the dentist, Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer) & Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen) spoke with the press about tonight’s premiere & this new season. I guarantee, those people had a lot more fun than I did, because I know how great both Eddie & Saul are to talk to, especially when they are chatting together. So jump with me to see what they had to say. Continue reading
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On how the characters responded to Aaron’s character coming in
Saul: Go ahead.
Allison: Claudia was expecting a bit of a promotion I think starting out really just kind of like, Myka is gone, let’s get her back but in the interim. I’m here, Pete needs a partner, let’s go. And that’s not what Artie’s got in mind and so she feels a little slighted when this new guy comes aboard. Not exactly friendly to him initially, but sort of getting to know him more and Steve imparting his wisdom into a frustrated 20-year-old really brings Claudia around and the relationship goes from, at first prickly, to one of real familial love and that becomes extremely important to Claudia over the course of the season.
Eddie: Yes, in regards to Pete, I think he’s still stinging from the way that Myka decided to leave the Warehouse. He feels like she basically ditched him and so he doesn’t want have anything to do with the new guy. And I actually think he’s pushing for Claudia to come out with him because he knows Claudia. He cares about Claudia and Claudia doesn’t remind him of the fact that Myka has gone and kind of left him hanging as if were.
Saul: Well, it’s tricky because the most important thing, you get the feeling from the pilot episode that Mrs. Frederic and I had some discussion about bringing Myka and Pete in and from what happened when Claudia arrives at the Warehouse, there was a discussion about even terminating Claudia on some levels. It was terrifying if I do say what happened, but there was procedure for terminating someone forever in a way, terminating them. And bringing her in to the Warehouse was on my head.
There was a responsibility. I have to see how it’s going to work out. Artie’s constantly observing to see how the relationships are playing out and to see whether there’s any bonding happening or whether there’s friction. And if any of that is useful in terms of the job. Also, it’s like bringing a new kid into the family that we’ve adopted. So Artie’s responsibility as a boss is one thing but then he gets emotionally attached and that happens and it could play havoc with the way things operate. It could work well for the Warehouse. But it could also create danger. In our case, both things happen. It works well and it also creates danger.
So he is like – he does fit in as an actor, really well. As a character, he does and he doesn’t. There are things that – aspects for his personality, there are (off footing) and because we do miss – the agents certainly miss Myka and her presence and how the chemistry works and their aspects to his character certainly I think he’s a little bit more straight-laced in some areas. He’s ethically a very by-the-book – has really – his hierarchy of values is really strong and it plays a part in the storyline.
[That was my question!]
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On what keeps challenging them about their roles
Saul Rubinek: Well the scripts are surprising. When you’re doing the procedural – there are a number of them on television, some of them I like. I used to like the Law and Order episodes, their procedurals are – you’re basically doing the same show every week. There are some slight variations. Some of them are a little bit more (biwrote) than others and still gets huge numbers and great fans and people like what’s predictable with variations. We don’t have that. We really don’t know, other than the fact that an artifact is going to be retrieved. We don’t know from one show to the next. We’re challenged – listen, we were very lucky, Aaron Ashmore joined our cast this year and I think that Allison and Eddie will agree with me. In order to do our show, you have to deft. You have to be able to cross quickly from doing melodrama to action, we call it schmacting, facting and acting. Schmacting in front of a green screen. Facting is exposition. Acting you’ve got to be able to do melodrama, thriller, comedy. You’ve got to do sentimental staff, tragedy. You got to jump usually, not just from one episode or one scene but sometimes from one line to the next. There’s going to be a joke that you got to get away with some wit. And that’s basically our show.
So the challenge is to be able to be (spire) enough and to wake us up to be able to see it when it’s in front of you and to keep it alive and spontaneous and jump from style to style without it looking that way. That’s our show, right? I mean, that’s…
Allison Scagliotti: We really watched out with Aaron because not only can he handle it, he’s great at it. He fills up the – at the tenets of – at the three tenets of working in Warehouse 13 which are acting, schmacting and facting.
Saul: Yes. And Eddie, you know, makes fun of himself as the buffoon of our group but the truth is and disparages the fact….
Eddie McClintock: Thank you.
Saul: …of any serious stuff that he does. But – and I know I have to tell you, I’ve been doing this for a long, long time, Eddie can handle all of it. And he has more of it to do than any of us and it wouldn’t be a great show, it would not be if he didn’t have a versatility that he does. So I’m a big fan of the guy.
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This is part 2 of the Warehouse 13 Q&A, with Saul Rubinek, Eddie McClintock, & Allison Scagliotti. If you missed part 1, check it out HERE.
On the possible H.G. Wells spinoff
Jack: Bob Goodman and I — one of the writers on the show went and pitched an idea for a spinoff for an H.G. Wells spinoff to Syfy a few weeks ago, and they really loved the idea and wanted to hear more about it. So in the business, in the TV business, before anybody can go in and officially pitch things deals have to be made and lawyers and agents and blah, blah, blah, blah.
So that all started happening. And, somehow the details of that meeting got out and it was like, “Oh, it’s a spinoff and it’s happening and here it is.” And there are so many hurdles to jump before a show gets on the air. I mean, there’s a thousand different stars that have to get into line. Everything has to be in alignment and karma and all that sort of thing.
But we were in yesterday, actually and pitching more details and more specifics and all the characters to Mark Stern and the folks at Syfy. And I think everybody’s really excited about it. Again, it’s a long way to go before it’s actually a script and on the air and being shot and all that sort of thing, but people seem to be really excited about the idea.
The character seems to leap off the page. We’re building a really cool ensemble of people, again another family to be to people, this world and this series. And I think it could be really exciting. But unfortunately I have no details because we’re still in the very early birthing stage.
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In preparation for this week’s season premiere of Warehouse 13, Executive Producer Jack Kenny and stars Eddie McClintock, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, and new cast member, Aaron Ashmore, spoke to the press about their characters and the show. The show returns with a key question looming from the gripping season two finale: has Myka (Joanne Kelly) left the Warehouse team for good? Joining the Warehouse is Steve Jinks (Ashmore, Smallville), an ATF agent with an innate ability to detect when someone’s lying.
Warehouse 13 follows a team of government agents who work at a massive, top-secret storage facility in South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and preternatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie Nielsen (Rubinek) charges Pete Lattimer (McClintock), Myka Bering (Kelly) and young apprentice Claudia Donovan (Scagliotti) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache.
Check out the first of four Q&As, which include great questions from Jack Kenny & Aaron Ashmore!
On how the show has changed since the beginning & why it’s so successful
Jack Kenny: It’s changed in that we’ve — like any show, at least that I’ve worked on — the actors start to tell you a lot about the characters. And so we start to write more in the direction of the actors playing the parts and their strengths and backgrounds and things.
So that sort of makes them – it enriches the characters, makes them more real to us and to them, and allows them a certain ownership of the characters so that they can actually really invest themselves.
We’ve also expanded quite a bit the mythology of The Warehouse — its history, its background, how it all works. We added Claudia, as you know, in the first season to broaden out the family. H.G. Wells last year, both good and bad — I mean the bad guy. And she’s fantastic.
And this year we’ve added Aaron Ashmore as Steve Jinks. Just sort of increasing our family and I use that word because that, I think, is one of the reasons the show is successful, aside from the incredible talent of everybody who participates — the writing staff, the cast, the crew. Syfy’s getting behind it so strongly.
I feel like because it’s a show about a family — I mean a made family — I think it’s more relatable to everybody. Everybody can sort of relate to that brother-sister-parent-child relationship one way or another. And I think that’s what we have with this show — a father, you know, a brother and a sister, a younger sister, and now a younger brother, and that crazy aunt who shows up once in a while.
And I feel like it’s something that everybody can relate to in dynamic-wise. So I think they’re willing to get on the ride with us and take that ride all the way to the end. I think they like hanging out with this family.
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