[ CHAT ]


  Upcoming Chats

  Weekly Chat Events

  Chat FAQ

  Chat Transcripts

Don S. Davis

ChatMod: Okay we'll take questions now

ChatMod: prion * Question for Mr. Davis: If season 7 of stargate occurs, will there be any episodes from Hammond's point of view?

DSD: -- I doubt it

DSD: I don't go through the gate

DSD: The thiong that makes the show work is that we explore myths

DSD: We've revealed the characters over six years, including Hammond

DSD: But what makes the show work is the team that goes through the gate


ChatMod: * Gilder * Another question: What was Don's Army specialty.

DSD: -- I was a oersonal and administration officer

DSD: I ran records branches

DSD: While I was with the 7th Infantry in Korea during the Viet Nam era I led a platoon doing night partrols

DSD: I did learn things in the Army that helped me with Hammond

DSD: I was a Captain at Ft Leonard Wood when I left the military and worked with General Officers, so I've been able to use that in Hammond and other characters

DSD: What's important is that good officers care about the people under them.


ChatMod: Don, what would be (or was) your most challenging acting role?

DSD: -- Probably the theater roles, because they were meatier roles

DSD: Some of my work in indie films early in my career were quite challanging

DSD: Twin Peaks was a stretch

DSD: I started out as a day player in the pilot

DSD: Then David had enough in me to make it a regular role

DSD: Working with a cast of 42 with the best director in the business is always a pleasure

DSD: I had a role as a gay theater owner in Matinee that was a real challange. Very unlike me

DSD: I was a touching role

DSD: It's a pleasure to play a character very different from "me"

DSD: I was in A League of Their Own and most people didn't even recognise me

DSD: That's good work

DSD: When I blend in so well that I go unnoticed

DSD: That's hard to do

DSD: That's what a character actor likes

DSD: I take great pride in being a character player

DSD: I never felt that I had the charisma to be a lead player

DSD: But some of the best actors like Alex Guiness, Charles Laughton, etc were character actors


ChatMod: What would you say is the best thing about working on Stargate?

DSD: -- The people

DSD: I first worked with Richard in McGuyver

DSD: That was my first guest star role -- as a bear poacher

DSD: To get to work with people of quality like Brad Wright John Smith, etc is such a plasure

DSD: I've worked in at least two dozen projects with some of these guys

DSD: I work with a group of friends

DSD: That's such a luxury in this business

DSD: We really do socialize together

DSD: On every show people claim that the set is a "family" But that's usually not really true

DSD: With us it is

DSD: I also think the quality of the writing is good, better perhaps than people give us credit for

DSD: Television writing is pretty mediocre sometimes

DSD: Science fiction is one of the most popular mediums in television, but shows tumble down and die with alarming regularly

DSD: In my opinion part of that is because fx replaces characters and story lines


ChatMod: What would you say is the best thing about working on Stargate?

DSD: -- It was simply great good fortune

DSD: I was living in Vancouver and doing local work

DSD: But because of my accent in the 80's I couldn't play a Canadian in commercials

DSD: So someone suggested that I get an agent in Seattle

DSD: I did and was able to get commercial work and acting jobs there

DSD: I had a good resume

DSD: So when they were casting the Twin Peaks pilot my agent sent me out of the audition

DSD: I met David and didn't actually read for him...we just visited

DSD: He asked about my accent

DSD: I'm from the Ozarks

DSD: David had been fishing there

DSD: He noticed that I was in shape but had a pack of cigarettes in my pocket

DSD: I don't smoke, but I was playing a bad guy who did so I was carrying them around with me

DSD: So David asked about that

DSD: I told him I didn't smoke, but wanted to smoke "naturally" on camera

DSD: He asked me if I could cry on camera

DSD: I said, sure...I even cry watching cartoons

DSD: In fact I'd done a show with Martin Sheen where I had to cry on camera

DSD: David liked me and started writing for me

DSD: He liked the chemistry I had with other players

DSD: I did three days on the pilot and then went on to the series

DSD: That was the luckiest break I could have had

DSD: There are at least a dozen people from that show who are lifelong friends because of that show. It was a life changing experience


ChatMod: What would you say is the best thing about working on Stargate?

ChatMod: You seem to be on your third or fourth career. What advice would you give to others looking to start a new career in mid-life?

DSD: Never look back

DSD: Do what you love to do and make no excuses

DSD: Hugh Downs, who was once the host of Today Show used to say you shoul;d change careers every ten years

DSD: The definition of Hell is working at something you hate living for a paycheck and a two week vacation

DSD: I have always lived for the day

DSD: And I've tried to tell my son that

DSD: The best advice ever liven was Polonius in Hamlet

DSD: To thine own self be true

DSD: You can get rich and make your parents happy doing something you hate

DSD: But you aren't as deep as a parking lot puddle of you do that

DSD: I believe we live in an angry world

DSD: for whatever reason it always just

DSD: somebody is always smarter, richer, better looking

DSD: But we are all blessed with something we love about life. And if that can keep us going, that's enough

DSD: Whatever it is you love...follow that

DSD: My mother was full of trite sayings, but she taught us to dream and to be special



ChatMod: Just a reminder. We're chatting with actor Don S. Davis, Gen. Hammond on Stargate SG-1

ChatMod: prion * Any good bloopers from Stargate or other work you've done? Thanks!

DSD: -- The whole 100th episode

DSD: We spent more time laughing than working

DSD: Sometimes it's hard top describe how funny things are because you have to be there

DSD: It was Richard Dean Anderson's idea to give Jack humor

DSD: Kurt Russell didn't have that in the film

DSD: Richard felt that humor was important in moving the role to TV

DSD: Anyone who ever comes on the show talks about how funny the set is when they leave

DSD: Some people complain we joke too much

DSD: Shakespeare wrote fopr vendors, and hookers, and illiterates who shouted at the stage

DSD: He wrote dramas so powerful that they laughed and cried and were moved

DSD: But I'm sure the actors went in to have fun and play their roles, and then to go home

DSD: That's what do

DSD: If you can't enjoy the set

DSD: Do something else


ChatMod: * ILoveXfiles * How was it, working with Gillian Anderson?

DSD: -- She's one of the sweetest, most beautiful people I've ever met

DSD: She has a 1930's style and beauty

DSD: She focuses on you so intensly when she's doing a scene

DSD: That's very rare

DSD: You have to think about so much else when you're doing a scene...lighting, gesture, etc

DSD: But she takes you away from that

DSD: You hope to work with her again and again


DSD: -- I've been very fortunate

DSD: I've work with so many very gifted people

DSD: Actors so good they make your teeth ache

DSD: Peggy Lipton on Twin Peaks is sadly underrated

DSD: She was so talented you sometimes thought you could see through her skin to her soul

DSD: That's the beauty of what I do

DSD: I work with people who are magic

DSD: You walk into a room and you know you're blessed

DSD: Of course I'm obsessed with the visual arts too :)


ChatMod: Can you tell us about you drawing and paint and Any plans to teach in the near future?

DSD: -- I've been approached recently about teaching acting

DSD: In the past I've taught set design and technical theater

DSD: I love the craft of acting and I coach a lot of friends

DSD: So I would love to teach acting

DSD: I'm 60 so the older I get the fewer the parts

DSD: Teaching might be the next "stage"

DSD: Though I can't imagine giving up performing

DSD: I love the craft and preparation in this craft

DSD: When I was a tiny child I thought that what I was going to be was a painter, sculpter, and poet

DSD: I was a joke in my family

DSD: The only reason I left the Army was because I believed I was meant to be a painter

DSD: It took reality -- the discovery that I was the genius I hoped that I was that steered me to acting. But it's still what I love

DSD: I paint every day

DSD: I draw every day

DSD: And when I have the room I carve

DSD: But my problem is I truly love life

DSD: My father would pull the car off the road to watch sunsets

DSD: That's what my parents gave me

DSD: This sense of magic and beauty

DSD: The only sin was NOT to try something

DSD: So that's kind of for good or il;l the driving factor behind my life of life and of art

DSD: I sometimes think I have the power to create things that don't end up working

DSD: But the next morning I get up and try again

DSD: .

ChatMod: We hear you like to play golf?

DSD: -- I'm probably the world's worst golfer

DSD: The problem is that I love to play with freiend

DSD: And I live alone with a little puppy

DSD: Most courses are an hours drive for me

DSD: Then it takes 4-5 hours to play

DSD: Then your friends want to have a beer...

DSD: It's not fair to my dog

DSD: So as much as I love to play...I haven't had time lately

DSD: Chris Judge and I played in Quatar last Christmas

DSD: Chris has probably played 25 rounds since then... I've only had time for about five


ChatMod: Ottly * Will you post your poetry on your website?

DSD: -- No

DSD: The same way with the paintings

DSD: I put drawings on the site

DSD: and carvings

DSD: But there are some things I do for myself that I don't want to have to explain

DSD: Sometimes I'm totally abstract

DSD: I throw paint

DSD: Sometimes I feel like painting something veryt realistic

DSD: I love vibrant color

DSD: At least lately

DSD: I paint strictly for me

DSD: The poetry is the same way

DSD: It's too close to me

DSD: Not to share

DSD: Somebody said once that if you love every man equally you love no one

DSD: I believe if you give everything you do to the world you do nothing that is so special you want it to be intimate

DSD: There are things that I want to be personal so those I don't share


ChatMod: Michelle * Will we ever see the general going though the Stargate again?

DSD: -- I assume so

DSD: But he'll never lead a mission, or go on a mission that somebody else is leading

DSD: That can't happen in the military

DSD: Wwithin the limits of SCIFI we try to remain true to military protocol

DSD: Generals don't go on missions with colonels


DSD: Let me go on

DSD: If tyou watch the film Patton you never see George Scott in combat

DSD: He directs from afar

DSD: That's military reality

DSD: Hammond can never be a part of SG-1 unless it's a dream sequence

DSD: And we did that already with O'Neil as the General


ChatMod: Final Question: What advise do you give to aspiring actors?

DSD: -- Learn your craft. Don't give up

DSD: Very often it's the person who refuses to quit who ends up with a career

DSD: Acting is like anything else

DSD: Unless you are beautiful, or striking you must be able to create realistic characters

DSD: Most people who want to act don't want to work -- to ask the questions about their characters

ChatMod: What's your character's favorite color?

DSD: If you don't know you character, no matter how minor, you bring nothing to the scene

DSD: ?

DSD: You look for what your character says about your character

DSD: What other characters say about your character

DSD: It's only iof you are willing to do all the work that you can faithfully represent a character

DSD: Bad actors may get jobs but they inhibit the the vehicle

DSD: An actor must prepare

DSD: It's an honorable craft


DSD: Good night everybody

DSD: Thanks for having me

DSD: I hope to come back again

ChatMod: Our hour is about up. Thanks for joining us. Good night everybody.