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Actor / EntertainerI'm Brad Wright, co-creator of Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe! My newest series Travelers is coming to Netflix and I'm here to talk all things sci-fi. Ask Me Anything!

Dec 21st 2016 by BradWrightAMA • 34 Questions • 169 Points

I had adenocarcinoma in my lacrimal gland and I chose the best option for seeing my young children grow up. I have adapted well and I am using this rubbish year to start an eyepatch business to help others feel confident after surgery or injury.

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Post surgery, orbital exenteration

[Edit] Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments, hilarious jokes and brilliant ideas. I can't believe how much interest this received and thank you for the gold kind stranger. I've added the example prosthetic I was shown, mine will look younger and be matched to my skin tones, eye colour etc.

example prosthetic, mine shouldn't look 80 hopefully!

Q:

Hello and thank you for making StarGate, my favourite TV series of all time. My question: will Stargate return in any capacity in the future?

A:

Welcome to reddit! If you could tell one thing to every person in the world, what would it be?


Q:

What is the best advice you've been given?

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What do you think about fan-interactions that spontaneously happen when you're just doing your day to day errands?

(asking because I passed by you years ago and was too shy to say hello)


Q:

What was the give away that something was wrong with your eye? Let's trigger the hypochondria in all of us!

But on a serious note, hope you recover quick. And when you get your prosthesis you should get one freaky looking eye too! For special occasions!

A:

Hi! I'm sure Stargate will return in some form in the future. It will likely be a reboot either of the original movie or of the series. I'm hoping its the series of course! It's up to MGM. If they do it, I doubt they'll ask me to be a part of it, though. They'll want a fresh take.


Q:

I would like to spread awareness about brain tumors. Support the fight against childhood cancer. May is brain tumor awareness month. I'd like for people to support it more especially during that month

A:

Well...Bryan has a new book out, full of great advice. -jf


Q:

Ha! Say hello next time!

A:

I had been getting headaches for a while, my eye started to swell up and I had double and blurred vision. I said at the time it felt like my eye was pushed forwards and it turned out it was. I have put a few pictures on my Facebook to raise awareness.

I'm hoping I can have some coloured eyes made up, match my eye to my outfit!


Q:

Hi Brad,

First, thank you for the many, many years you worked on Stargate. You helped create a lasting legacy in a science fiction series that few others have been able to achieve, and have gone above and beyond in extra features that really make DVD and Blu-ray purchases worth it over streaming options.

There's so many questions I'd like to ask you, especially as follow-ups to the sort-of-AMA you had on Joseph Mallozzi's blog back in 2009, but I'll limit myself to one (okay, three, but they're all tied together) that /u/JosephMallozzi (in a comment to one of his posts half a year ago) suggested we should really be asking you, that comes courtesy of /u/fzammetti :
What the thinking was behind Destiny's mission? What was the signal? Where was the main theme of the show going to land?

Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to Travelers on Netflix :)

A:

Hey Gray, I'm a 17 year old battling brain cancer now. Do you have a favorite doctor/nurse that you love talking to? And what advice would you give to me or others who are battling childhood cancer?


Q:

What were both of your "Hey, I finally made it in Hollywood" moments?

A:

What, in your opinion, was probably the stupidest myth you ever tested on the show? What about your favorite?


Q:

How easy is to change eyes?

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I think I've answered that above.


Q:

Just try not to think about what you have. Let your family or whoever take care of that. Just focus on being a kid. You know who I got that from? M. O. M.

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When we did Freaks and Geeks I remember sitting around Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, the four of us was just like, THIS IS IT! WE MADE IT! HOLLYWOOD HERER WE COME! Even though that show was so good, when it first came out a not a lot of people watched it, so we kind of had that moment and it kind of was taken away, and then it was given back to us when it played reruns. - jf


Q:

Pyramid power was the lamest myth. I have so many favorites that it's hard to pick one. What's your favorite myth?

A:

They pop in and out of the silicone that will make up my eyelids, so very easy I imagine


Q:

Hi,

You must have known that this question was going to be asked! I believe there was a five year plan for Stargate Universe and unfortunately the series was brutally cut short. If these series had continued how would you have imagined the endgame playing out? Did you also have any other short-term or long-term arcs for the series? Finally I would like to thank you for all of the amazing and inspiring characters that you have had a hand in.

A:

Hey Gray, what would you say is the thing that keeps you so positive in the face of having dealt with this for ten years?


Q:

When will you guys be doing a Malcolm in the Middle movie?

A:

How much creative control does Netflix give you guys with White Rabbit Project?


Q:

Wait you lost your eyelids too?

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We did have a plan. It's sad that we didn't get to play it out. Maybe someone at MGM will realize that the crew are still in suspended animation. I'll leave that door open and not explain what we had in mind!


Q:

Gray said he wants to video his first response. We are uploading it and will edit this link shortly!

EDIT: https://youtu.be/0WsmfjIJARo

A:

There has been some conversation about that. I dont know if or when that could happen, I guess we have to gauge the temperament of the fans to see if its something they want. But maybe. It would be fun to play with all those people again. It would be like if you (JF) did a Freaks and Geeks movie -bc


Q:

Netflix has been amazing. They pretty much just let us make the show. So different from cable.

A:

I had an orbital exenteration, it's the whole contents of the socket removed and the eyelid, due to the position of the tumours


Q:

Hey, Brad. I'm a huuuge Stargate fan and I'm looking forward to Travelers. My questions:

Where do you think Universe would have gone in season 3?

Do you think Eli lived?

What did y'all plan on doing with the Atlantis crew?

A:

What do you want for Christmas?


Q:

Bryan, has anybody ever told you that your voice is like smooth butter dripped over some like mashed potatoes? I fucking love mashed potatoes.

A:

How did your conversation with Kari go after she electroshocked you over dinner?


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I was coincidentally just wondering about this on my lunch break, dunno if you're still answering but if you're not maybe someone else can answer even...

Does the vision from that eye go black (or whatever colour it might be) or does it just..... disappear? I don't know how to describe what I mean really.

A:

Of course Eli lived! He fixed the pod and is in suspended animation with the rest of the crew waiting to be revived...

We hoped to do a series of Atlantis movies, but as I said earlier, market forces made it financially impossible for MGM.


Q:

Pirate gear

A:

eat my voice -bc


Q:

We were laughing so hard. It turned out to be a very fun scene.

A:

I love this question, I wondered the same before my op. It was strange, to begin with it was almost white, then static now black. But it's not the same as having both closed when I wink if that makes sense.


Q:

I saw Christopher Judge and Richard Dean Anderson together in an episode of MacGyver, is that how they met? And how did you meet them, what were the circumstances of their casting in SG-1?

A:

Steampunk pirate or Renaissance pirate?


Q:

Do either of you find it harder or easier to do comedies as compared to dramas?

A:

No revenge dinner party planned then?...


Q:

Will you be getting a bionic eye now?

A:

Rick was already an executive producer, so he was there when Christopher came in to audition. I remember what he said when Chris walked in: "Hey, how 'bout working out a little? Don't you care?" Chris just laughed. He nailed that audition.


Q:

I'd say Renaissance pirate

A:

Well thanks for that question, Sayshoe. Comedy can be tougher because its more fragile. You can ruin a comedy easier than you can ruin a drama. And thats why I say that. A drama is usually very well scripted. A comedy is not fully baked. You are infusing, on a daily basis, opening them up and trying different things. And because of that a comedy is much harder than a drama -bc


Q:

There will definitely be a revenge dinner.

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That would be nice.


Q:

Hey there brad, big fan of stargate and scifi in general. Since it looks like others have asked most of my SG questions, My question is there any fun storys of behind the scenes you have for travellers you'd like to share before the series hits netflix?

A:

Good morning Gray. I've been helping my Wife through a similar situation for a bit over 5 years now. Four bouts of various types of cancer (gastrointestinal [neuroendocrine carcinoma], cervical, ovarian and now, just last month, stage 3 melanoma) How have you dealt with the depression and/or isolation that typically comes with this ordeal?

Michelle, as a caregiver, same question.


Q:

Would you be interested in me writing an erotic fan fiction about your movie?

A:

Hi Tory, thanks for doing the AMA! You should do this more often!

Do you still maintaining contact with Jamie and Adam? I know that you appeared in one of Tested podcast but do you still come by M5 from time to time to check up on Jamie? That guy just vanish into the deep water like a wal.... (i better not say it)


Q:

Was everything, even the prosthesis, covered under insurance for you?

A:

One fun fact: I had pitched Travelers to most of the big linear networks in the U.S. but after I developed the show at the CFC in Canada I took it to Netflix. They understood what I was going for and appreciated that we had a whole season of stories, not just a pilot script. When we were developing the show I said "Let's make a show that we'd like to watch on Netflix." I'm very grateful that we are going worldwide in a couple of days. Excited and nervous!


Q:

I feel like I get depressed and alone but I always remember that I have people to help me through those moments. And when I remember that, it makes me feel peppy again. That there are people out there that are cheering for me and it helps me not feel alone and conquer what I'm going through. From Michelle, keeping him involved with people with similar conditions. Like CoachArt. When you do things with CoachArt, there are families and kids with similar situations and we get to be together as a group. Creating opportunities to share within the foundations we are involved with is an outlet for him to share. It creates a support network Gray says I like CoachArt because it helps me meet people who know how I feel and it makes me feel better because other people really don't know how I feel

A:

I find it very flattering when one piece of creative evokes erotic fan fiction, or another piece of creative. So why not go for it -bc


Q:

Thanks! I just had lunch with Jamie a week ago. He's still building crazy machines in his shop, but I get the feeling he's done with TV.

A:

I'm in the UK. Big up the NHS. I'd never have been able to afford any of this without them.


Q:

who's your favorite classic sci-fi writer and what work from them originally published before 1970 should I read?

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This is probably going to get buried, but I wanted to let you know that when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 24, I became really jaded and relied on gallows’ humor to cope. I am 27 now and can be rather bitter over how much I have lost (peripheral vision, being able to drive at night, decent looking hair/skin, and a modest credit score) over my diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Reading your AMA has blown me away with how positive and insightful you are at 16. You have a lot to be proud of and I hope your co-captain knows that she raised a wonderful young man.

Per this subreddit’s rules, I have to ask a question : when you went through chemo, did you have Temodar (the oral chemo?) Have you found it to be more mild than intravenous chemotherapy?


Q:

Do either of you have a favorite gas station snack? If so, what is it?

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Are you half italian? Your surname sounds like that. Big fan from italy ciao!


Q:

My wife was diagnosed and treated for the same condition in 2010. It was quite and ordeal but her recovery is complete. Now living a normal life minus a bit of peripheral vision. Depth perception at short distances was tough at first but you adapt.

Where did you receive your treatment? We are from Canada but travelled to Miami to the Bascom Palmer for specialized treatment.

Good luck with your continued recovery. If you ever want to chat with a fellow survivor PM me and I will pass it along to her.

A:

Oh, great question. I loved Azimov, but when I tried to go back and re read it does feel dated. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are great, especially together. They teamed with Steven Barnes to write my favorite SF book of all time "The Legacy of Herorot" which I would love to turn into a movie someday.


Q:

I'd like to say thank you and I'm sorry to hear about what you lost. But just remember, there's always a silver lining at the end of the rainbow!

A:

A slim jim. Its like an old piece of sausage and you chew on it and you're like, oh wow there's a lot of grease in there. And then you realize you just ate a pig snout. Why dont they just come out with pig snout?? -bc


Q:

I am Italian. Thanks paisan.

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I am from the UK so most of my treatment was London or my local hospitals. Thank you for your kind words and I wish you both the best for the future. It good to hear she has recovered well.


Q:

Hi Brad, I'm very much looking forward to Travelers when it drops this weekend! As a longtime Stargate fan (and author...) I have three Stargate related questions: 1. Was the script to the third SG-1 movie ever completed? 2. Has there ever been any discussion about novelizing the story intended for the 3rd movie? 3. (Sorry for this one...) There was a scene in the third movie (according to Joe Mallozzi) that would have made the Sam and Jack relationship canon...can you speak to how that was going to have been done?

Thanks so much!

A:

What's your dream?


Q:

Why this movie?

A:

What is your "White Whale" of testing? The one thing you could never get just right, but knew the solution was out there?


Q:

I worked with a guy at Kings and St Thomas hospital on a project about restoring peripheral vision in people who had lost an eye - he was one of the maxillofacial surgeons there. If you are interested, drop me a pm and I'll see if he's still working on it.

A:

Unfortunately "Ark of Truth" and "Continuum" were among the last successful direct to DVD movies made. We really wanted to keep going, and even kept the "Atlantis" set up for months so we could make that movie too, but the bottom fell out of the DVD market just as we were in the planning stages.


Q:

To find a cure to brain tumors. I have lots of dreams but that's my biggest dream. I think 7 kids die from a brain tumor each day. I could be wrong about how many but that's scary to me

A:

I love the director John Hamburg. He does most of those Focker movies, I Love You Man, just great guy. He was acutally my professor at NYU so I knew him a bit. WhenI heard that Bryan was interested, it just seemed like a great opportunity to it. I've been doing comedy with Seth Rogen for a long time, and I've been a fan of Bryan for a long time -- so here was a chance to do comedy with a new crew. - jf


Q:

Driving an F1 race car upside down. It's supposed to have so much down force that it would overcome gravity. No one ever wanted to let us use their F1. Go figure.

A:

That's amazing thank you.


Q:

Were there any particular commonalities you noticed writing for Forever Knight and Highlander? Seems like they'd have a similar formula with the immortal protagonist and the flashbacks to previous eras of their lives.

A:

Good morning Gray! Hopefully you're having a good day. What do you feel most proud of?


Q:

Who is the better kisser between you two?

A:

The see-through screens you guys use on WRP to video chat are awesome...are they real or CGI?


Q:

So all of us one eyed Redditors are planning an uprising, you down?

But seriously, from a fellow eye patch enthusiast, way to channel something terrible into something awesome.

A:

I was a freelancer on both of those shows and it was years ago. I was grateful for the work, but only did a couple of episodes.


Q:

Hi! Just the fact that I'm still here and still going. Any time that I'm feeling down and having a bad day, I remember that I'm a brain tumor survivor and that's not by luck. It's a little luck but we've fought hard

A:

James kissed my nose once while filming. I didnt think it was appropriate for you to use tongue in my nose though, James. His tongue darted out and went up my nostril. I didn't say I didn't like it, it was just unusual. -bc


Q:

They're so cool right?! Available this Christmas? I'll keep that a mystery.

A:

Thank you fellow cyclops


Q:

What is the question fans ask you the most?

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Fortune favors the bold. Gray, you truly are an inspiration and I have no doubt that your positivity will have a huge impact on not only your friends and family, but this community and countless others as well.

Keep being an amazing person!


Q:

If either of you were marrying off your daughter or son, what would make you question them "why him?"

A:

Tory - I used to binge watch myth busters in my friend's basement. Should I prepare to do the same? I need to know how many days of food to prepare


Q:

I'm sorry to hear about your rare cancer! Losing an eye is something I can't relate to, but I'm glad you're able to keep your life and family and press forward to a better, healthier future!

You're very brave to not only endure all of the procedures and share it with Reddit, but can you see why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

A:

Where do you get your ideas?


Q:

Aww that's sweet

A:

You just have to observe how they are treated. And the little things, the day-to-day things, thats a big indicator. Is the person being kind? Are they generous in spirit? And thats actually a perfect tie-in to this movie, because my character doesn’t see that in him in his presentation. He’s loud, he’s brash, and because of that I put up the resistance. Stephanie had to say look beyond that. In the movie he witnesses how he treats my daughter with love and kindness, and thats what you have to look for. -bc


Q:

HAHA! White Rabbit Project is 10 eps each around 60mins. If you're gonna binge and you're serious, you could probably get it done in a day. 1 day supply.

A:

Aye, I can half see ...


Q:

Would you say that SG-1 is rather an american or canadian series?

A:

Hi Gray, thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

What has been the hardest part of dealing with your medical issues? Would be interested to hear from your mother about this as well.


Q:

Mr. Cranston, do you ever see yourself directing a film in the future?

A:

Hi Tory! What was the scariest thing that has ever happened to you while filming?


Q:

Have you ever used the "I have my eye on you" joke as of yet?

A:

Well, I'm Canadian. Our studio was American and so was some of our cast, including Rick of course. But most of the writers, directors and crew were Canadian.


Q:

Just going through treatments one after another after another after. Every time I have an MRI or surgery, I'm wondering "am I gonna make it or am I gonna die? Sometimes I wonder if this is the last one." Mom said hardest for Gray has been the anxiety and anticipation of going through treatments. That's ALWAYS been the hardest.

A:

Yes, I do have a script that I wrote that is getting some traction and could possible go next year or the year after that. I'm really excited about it. I directed an episode of a tv series I created call SneakyPete on Amazon -bc


Q:

It's a toss up between getting in the ring with a bull and jumping into shark infested water.

A:

I have so many eye - deas. I can't wait until it's fully healed the pranks will be immense


Q:

How do you remember working on Outer Limits? I remember it as a great and innovative series, what did it mean for canadian sci-fi creators such as yourself at the time?

A:

Dude I know the feel on MRI's. I had one about 6 weeks ago to measure a tumor in my eye socket that I am getting cut out in about 3 hours.

45 minutes of banging noises to where you can't focus sucks. Sorry you have had so many at such a young age.

Best of luck to you.

UPDATE Next Morning

Thank you all so much for the well wishes. Here I was trying to commiserate with the Amazing Mr. Gray and y'all went out of your way for me. As I type this my left eye is essentially swollen shut this morning and between that and the bandages I can barely open it but I am not experiencing much pain.

The surgery itself was anticipated to be 1 hour but lasted 2.5. I was partially sedated for the whole thing and used lots of local anesthetic. The Dr. told my wife I was very talkative throughout but my recollection was sharing what I could feel as he was working, asking questions about the procedure, and giving relative context to one of the complications that came up.

As for the tumor itself. When scanned via MRI with a follow up CT it was estimated to be about 1.5cm and it was apparently a little larger than 2cm when removed. It was also further up and behind my eye in the socket which required the doctor to move my eye before he could fully remove the tumor. The other small complication was the tumor had a large vessel providing it a strong blood supply which had to be dealt with. Those two factors are what extended it from 1 to 2.5 hours.

As for my prognosis. I should know in the next week or so. The good news is, the thing came out entirely in one piece and it did not appear anything was left behind. In the event it was malignant I should be in pretty good shape.

Again, thank you all for the well wishes and support.


Q:

Hey guys huge fans of both of you! Unbiasedly which of you are funnier?

A:

Hi Tory! watching White Rabbit and loving it. Is Jesse the chemist (from ep 3 I think?) the same Jesse who was in the Breaking Bad ep of Mythbusters?


Q:

Real sorry about loosing your eye. I would like to know how long did it take to get you diagnosed from the time you had eye pain and headaches and seen a doctor. What kind of test did the doctors order?

A:

Outer Limits was the best gig a writer producer could have. It was like making a new pilot every week. We had so much fun and I learned so much... Best job ever.


Q:

Good luck on getting that removed! See you on the flip side

A:

you got a few emmys for comedy, don't you? - jf


Q:

YES!!! It is him. Jesse is the best. Love that dude.

A:

I went to see an optician within about 3 weeks of it being noticeable, I had to chase a bit for the MRI as my referral was lost the first time luckily I had a fantastic g.p. who listened to me and sent me urgently for a scan. The results took 2 weeks and then from there it was so quick. I had a call to say I had to visit a local hospital that day as my scan results were in, they then referred me to a specialist eye hospital that had me in for a needle biopsy, blood tests, chest x ray, CT scan and a debulking operation. Once it came back as cancer I was referred to an oncologist for a full body scan, which took a further two weeks to be confirmed clear, and a MRI of my eyes again. This then showed I still had tumour left behind and due to the very aggressive type the full orbital exenteration was recommended by all my doctors as the best choice.


Q:

Have you seen Black Mirror yet?

Caught up on Travelers BTW and really enjoyed the season so far. The trailer is giving some the impression that it's an FBI procedural but I thought you did a good job of focusing on their mission and it never really feels like a procedural show. The characters reconciling their personality with their host's life is pretty interesting. Marcy's situation is particularly compelling.

A:

Hey Grey!

First off, just want to say that you're an amazingly strong young man for enduring what you have. I just lost my mom (4 months ago) to cancer after a 4+ year battle. She's the strongest person I've ever known, and I can only imagine what it was like for her, but I'm so happy that you've fought just as hard as she did, and you're still at it! People like you two inspire me and millions of others to never give up in life.

Also, what are your top three favorite games?

Happy Holidays!


Q:

Best moment on a film set?

A:

If you had to forget one injury you had on myth busters, what would you forget?


Q:

Were you previously the type to wink at people? How will you address this issue now? Are you worried about people mistaking blinks for winks? Do you notice your nose more now? Oh god now Im dying to know. If you answer any of my questions let it be the nose question...

A:

Loved Black Mirror. Marcy's arc is my favorite.


Q:

That touched my heart, thank you. Skip Bo, Monopoly Deal, and Uno Attack. This is from Joe, I can tell you first hand Gray is savage in Skip Bo

A:

I think it was our fight. I really enjoyed it. Its complicated, its like a dance. You have to choreograph it. There's something that happens during the fight that wasn't planned. Once James and I were in a certain position... its like 'well, look here'. I bit down on James Franco's crotch. I got a mouth full of Franco. That was the best and worst moment on set -bc


Q:

Probably the bike jump, which has become my most famous injury. ha!

A:

I didn't tend to wink at people but ironically I could only wink with the left eye so I still can but it looks like I am blinking to other people. Feels the same to me though, so does blinking. I really didn't notice my nose more but thanks for pointing that out for me! Haha it doesn't really get in the way though.


Q:

Are you still in touch with Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie? What do you think of their show Dark Matter?

A:

Grey is savage in general Joe, get rekt


Q:

For both of you. What is a particular moment on set that comes to mind where you couldn't contain your laughter?

A:

Do you think you guys will, if White Rabbit Project gets renewed which I see easily happening, look at suggestions fans might have about the show and see if it's something you can improve on?


Q:

You mentioned earlier you are also missing the eyelid. Do you have a "phantom eyelid"? Does it feel normal? Or do you feel like you can't blink that side?

A:

I golf with Paul all the time. Well, when we're not crazy busy on our shows. Love Dark Matter and I know they're having a blast making it.


Q:

Gray said "I'm not savage, I'm a pirate lord!"

A:

Griffin plays Bryan's young teenage son, both the character and actor were pretty innocent. On the first day, they just threw him right into it. My character asked him what his favorite swear word was…and he just started coming up with the strangest words, both tame and odd. And then from that moment on, he just went for it...and got dirter.....and dirterrrrr...….dragons and titties. - jf


Q:

Totally. We've always been very responsive to you guys so if we do get a S2 we're listening. So far a lot of people are happy with the show, but want more builds. I agree.

A:

I do, it's twitched a few times in the past, drives me crazy.


Q:

hey Brad, do you look for new scripts/ plots for your projects? how can someone contact you?

i cant wait to watch travelers

A:

How do you live your daily life?


Q:

How would Heisenberg deal with James Franco's character in Why Him?

A:

How did you get to work on Mythbusters in the first place?


Q:

Got any pirate themed eyepatches? Or are all eyepatches pirate themed by default?

A:

I have too many projects of my own to try to do!


Q:

Making moments out of everything. If you're saying something can't be done, someone else is doing it

A:

Speaking of barrels, he would've rolled out a barrel with some sort of chemical in it. And I would say to him “are you going to be good to her? Are you gonna be a gentlemen? Cause if not I will come after you, and no one will ever find you. -bc


Q:

I worked with J & A for years before MB in special fx for movies. When they got picked for MB they called me to audition as a builder and the rest is history.

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Most other patches I could find were pirate themed which is why I started making a wider variety. I have made an anchor patch for a pirate pantomime though so anything is possible. I make them to order so I can customise them to suit the customer.


Q:

Hi Brad! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your work over the years. The various Stargate series have had a major impact on my life since I was first introduced to them back in 2001 or so. My favorite memory has to be watching Continuum from the deck of the aircraft carrier in San Diego in 2008 at Comic Con. I was there with the Stargate Worlds crew, being a forum moderator for the game back when it was still in development. I snapped what is my favorite picture while working at the booth the day the cast and crew were doing autographs. http://imgur.com/cU6X3j0 I've managed to get everyone's autograph on it except the elusive Martin Wood. Someday I hope to run into him at a convention to finish off the photo! I was introduced to my wife through someone working at SGW, so in a way I'm quite grateful to you for my family! I don't really have a question at this time that hasn't been asked already, so I just wanted to share my story and say thank you for all you've done!

But apparently I do have to ask a question to submit this comment, so other than Stargate, what is your favorite Star-named franchise?

A:

Not relevant to to the AMA, but nice name.


Q:

Bryan & James, What is your typical morning routine?

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Q:

Fellow one eye person here. Honestly, if I could have got a cool eye patch at the age of 12 when I lost my eye, it may have made middle school a little little less hellish for those few months. So best of luck to you and what you're doing!

A:

Trek!


Q:

Between Grim Rocket and Grim Chaos, Gray said he likes Grim Chaos better. But it's close

A:

I usually get up pretty early. There's just so much to do. Although I go to bed pretty late. I've been trying to get more sleep, but it's so hard! Bryan left the party early last night! - jf


Q:

HAHA! And someone from the highway called 911 because they thought someone was driving it. Good times indeed.

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This is the reason I am doing this, thank you for your well wishes.


Q:

What type of bagels do you prefer?

A:

I wish the very best to you and everyone you love!! Do you prefer cats or dogs ?


Q:

Hey guys, did you happen to pull any pranks on each other while filming? I feel like you're both the type of dudes to have a little fun on set.

A:

Do you still keep in touch with Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5?

:)


Q:

sorry to hear about your eye firstly. How has this affected your daily life?

A:

plain.


Q:

Dogs!

A:

yes. so James was also teaching every weekend that we were shooting this. We worked 14 hours a day on our show. So during the week often, where there was a couch or something, James would take a nap on the couch (in the middle of everybody working), we'd go over and take cast pictures with James while he was sleeping. He can fall asleep anywhere. And he reads more than anybody I know - bc


Q:

Yeah I talk to Joel all the time. We were just hanging out in Hawaii about a month ago, trying to crash golf carts at his show.

A:

For the first few weeks it was very painful and I was very self conscious but now I have lost some peripheral on my right side but it doesn't really affect me massively. It's a small price to pay I feel.


Q:

Love stargate huge fan why was there never a cross over between SG-1 and Atlantis?

A:

Good morning, Gray! Thanks for doing this. I think you're awesome and inspiring. Is there a way I can keep following you to hear/read about what you're up to and be able to say hi? PS: Joe is way more popular since he started hanging out with you. Good job teaching him how to be more fun.


Q:

What's your favorite pizza topping?

A:

Hi Tory! Thank you for taking the time to be with us today!

What kind of milk do you drink? 2%, 1%, Whole, Chocolate, Milk Alternative?


Q:

oh that sucks, i hope everything works out for you!!

A:

There was! I wrote it. It was called "The Pegasus Project" and of course Stargate Command is featured in SGU.


Q:

That is funny about Joe. I have a Facebook site that I can receive messages: https://www.facebook.com/Amazing-Gray-117720188251784/?fref=ts

A:

Considering that Bryan likes slim jims....he probably puts anything on that pizza. - jf


Q:

Thanks for asking me the hard hitting questions. drink 2%

A:

Thank you, it was the right choice to make in my situation so I feel very positive about it.


Q:

Hi there! As a current medical student/future physician, do you have any advice for me either about a really positive experience you've had with your doctors or even a particularly negative experience that you'd want to share with me?

Thanks for doing this, hang in there and keep fighting! I'm on your side, fighting against cancer, just from a different angle! You are inspiring with all your positivity!

A:

How's movie shoot catering?


Q:

Do you ever get a self satisfying feeling knowing how many people , especially children you've inspired towards science over the past decade or so? Do you feel like you're contributing towards the betterment of man kind by sparking interests in science at such a young age?

A:

Yikes that's rough Sorry to hear it Are you considering getting maybe holiday themed glass eyes? Like ornament eyes? I think that would be pretty shwanky


Q:

Yes I do. The patient is always right. The patient AND their parents are always right. Listen to your patient's parents and also listen to their parents. Don't look at them like they're crazy. Just trust them. They know what they're going through more than you would know because that's why they came to you

A:

It was pretty good on this one. Bryan would get everybody pizza, or Mexican, everything. Every Friday. It was great. - jf


Q:

I don't think we ever set out to inspire or educate with the show. We were just a curious bunch and wanted to entertain. If we've made a difference for the better then it makes it that much sweeter.

A:

I saw a picture of a rainbow eye and I want one, I wonder if I could get a festive eyeball.


Q:

Good morning awesome folks! As a fairly new father, having something like this happen to my daughter is one of my greatest fears. So I guess this question is aimed more at Lady Crimson: What were the early signs of Gray's illness? What led to the discovery of his tumors? You guys are great and I wish you all the best in the future. Thanks for doing this.

A:

Hi, Tory! I wanted to quickly say thank you for entertaining me for so many years! You and the rest of the MB cast and crew really made me love science from a young age. I binge watched WRP earlier this week, and I really enjoyed it!

  1. Ever since that moment you wiped out jumping over the wagon, you've kinda become known as the "daredevil"/unwilling guinea pig/guy who accidentally hurts himself on camera a lot. How do you feel about that being a part of your legacy on MB and WRP? I'm also sorry for laughing at a lot of your (hopefully not too bad) pain over the years.

  2. Bonus: What was it like driving that beautiful Lambo for Kari's GPS experiment?


Q:

Did you get to keep the eye? I like to think if I had one of my eyes removed I'd have it in a jar on my desk for the rest of my life.

A:

From Michelle, something seemed off. I would say motherly instincts. Something seemed off that I couldn't figure out and I would take him to the pediatirition. It was pressure in his head that would build up at night and he couldn't sleep. He would wake up very disoriented. After he would be up for a while, he would be fine. Anything that is persistently off, he was symptomatic at four. I didn't get him diagnosed until six. You kind of have to go by developmental milestones. But it's hard to tell at that age and you don't want to take him to the hospital all the time

From Gray, people thought my mom was crazy. But she was right


Q:

HA! I get hurt so you don't have too. Stoked you like WRP. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a stuntman so dreams can come true. The Lambo is SICK!

A:

Unfortunately not, it got chopped up and tested for cancer


Q:

Good Morning Gray, do you believe in an Higher Power? Me being in your situation, id always think "Why Me?"

A:

Ok Tory, imagine you, Kari, and Grant are working diligently on a new build in your shop overnight. You emerge to find that the zombie apocalypse took place while you were too busy to notice. Now, using only what you have available in your shop, how do you get yourselves and your crew to safety outside the city?


Q:

Firstly, sorry about your eye! I can't relate to that, but I've known people who have gone blind, deaf, etc. (Which aren't really the same) but anyway, 1. Kind of disgusting question, but what happens to your eyelids when you don't have an eye? Do they just fall into the socket?shudders Do they remove them in surgery? 2. How does depth perception work for you now, since you don't have two perspectives of vision? How do you manage in places you've never been?

A:

I used to feel like God chose me to pick on me. I sort of still feel that way a little bit. Everything happens for a reason but I wonder why God chose me to have the brain tumor? Michelle says "One day Gray said, you know what mom? Sometimes, bad things just happen. And not for a reason"


Q:

Get out of my head! We have these conversations all the time. Take whatever vehicle we can reach, A-team it out with armor, a flamethrower and then load it up with zombie destroying contraptions.

A:

I had mine removed so I don't know, I had an exenteration but some people have just the eye removed. I read an interesting article about this actually, depth perception isn't fully dependent on two eyes, I have to be careful pouring drinks and sometimes things are further away than I think but all in all its not too bad.


Q:

Hi Gray! You're the man! What's your favorite kind of music to dance to?

A:

Hey, long time fan, what was your favorite Myth or project you worked on? I've never heard your favorite ones since you did the Mythbusters episode. Thanks again, love the show!


Q:

Follow up question, which I just thought about, do you wear the white cover in the picture all the time? Also, (I'm having a little trouble understanding your particular circumstance) if you took any covers off, is it just a socket? Sorry I'm just having trouble picturing this

A:

Rock and roll! My favorite song to dance to is "I Love Rock and Roll"

He just sang out the chorus, too


Q:

Thanks! My fav myth/moment was blowing up the cement truck. Hands down.

A:

That picture was whilst I still had plaster packing inside so I still have the white dressing but it's not as big now. As its healing inside its just a hole, the skin is healing over like scar tissue and it's very neat, my 3 yr old thinks it's fascinating so it can't be too scary.


Q:

I can only imagine the pain you've been through. If I could ask what exactly is the kind of brain cancer that you have and are you currently in remission?

A:

When you left Mythbusters, did you three know you'd eventually be doing another show together?


Q:

Since your operation, how is your depth perception now? Have you noticed any of your other senses being higher then what they were (i.e. Hearing, smell)

A:

From Michelle - he has diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma throughout the brain and spine. He is not in remission, we do the best we can to manage tumor growth and all the effects through chemo and surgeries


Q:

We hoped, but didn't know we were going to get a show like WRP. Still can't believe it.

A:

My hearing has always been my rubbish sense, I've always suffered with my ears and slight hearing loss so I do think it helped my hearing in some ways. I think I'm getting better with my sense of feel, I feel the floor better, if that makes sense at all, I'm more aware of my right side now too.


Q:

Hey Gray, I'm a neurosurgery resident currently at our children's hospital and work with kids with brain tumors. What are some things that you and your parents appreciated (or maybe didnt appreciate) from your neurosurgeon? It's an understatement to say what you and your family have been through is challenging, but your attitude is awesome. Keep it up.

A:

What was your favorite clip (video thing or whatever) from WRP and why is it Hitler with tits?


Q:

Those designs are actually really cute, have you considered taking commissions from people? Do you do sewing-based designs as well, and if not is it something you're looking to incorporate?

How do you feel about people who aren't blind purchasing your eyepatches for stuff like cosplay? Would you be ok with that?

A:

From Joe, I actually have a classic Gray story. He was beating me pretty bad in Skip Bo one day, I was completely out-strategized. I said "Gray, you know that you are really smart, right?" He responds, "well, I do hang out with a lot of neurosurgeons."


Q:

I think my favorite clip so far is Kari controlling me with electrodes. We couldn't stop laughing.

A:

I've sold one for a panto, I would be fine with cos play, I can custom make them to order so anything is possible


Q:

Morning gray, hope your day is going well. If I may ask, what advice would you give someone who has just been diagnosed with brain cancer?

Also thank you for the ama!

A:

Enjoying White Rabbit Project so far!

What would your dream project be? TV or movies, what would you like to be involved in that (maybe) you haven't been already?


Q:

Have you ever thought about a glass eye? If so, what's the process for getting one?

A:

To not worry. That you're in good hands with your family and your doctors. Make sure your family knows that they need to trust what they believe in and not always trust what the doctors say. And your family will always take care of you no matter what you go through


Q:

Thanks! I'm so glad you're liking it. My dream project would be to direct a movie. Maybe horror or Grind House style.

A:

I am getting a prothesis, I had titanium implants fitted during my exenteration and once I am fully healed I will have magnets attached which will hold my prosthetic eye. As I am missing my eyelid, that is going to be made out of silicone and the glass eye will sit inside that. The prosthetic team will be making a mould of the cavity soon and they will use a computer to match the skin tone. The eye will be painted to match my other one.


Q:

Hi Gray! Do you have any weird favourite snacks? I personally like eating anchovies straight from the little jar sometimes, maybe you have something new for me to try :)

A:

Hi Tory! Just a simple one, have you seen Rogue One yet, if so what did you think?!


Q:

Have you considered getting a cool chrome eye or something not designed to mimic a human eye? (This is a serious question due to the 'uncanny valley' effect.)

A:

My favorite thing right now is cauliflower rice mixed with eggs and bbq spices. Yeaaah


Q:

Haven't seen it yet, but planning on going today. STAR WARS!

A:

I hadn't, I expect it would get rather cold! It would look pretty cool though


Q:

Hi Gray, it will be interesting to read your responses! After living with this for many years, what would you say are some of the most common misconceptions and/or preconceived notions that you face regarding your situation?

Also, what are your favorite movies? Take care!

A:

Do you have permanent injuries from the show?


Q:

Are implants and magnets standard now, or is this because you lost the surrounding tissue? From old movies, I thought glass eyes were just balls you could pop in and out.

A:

People think that I'm fine sometimes. "Oh, he's fine, he's not chronically sick." I just want to be heard and my story be heard. Michelle says "I think people think you get cancer and they take it out, you get treatments, and it's done. But it's not like that, he's been in and out of treatment for 10 years. Some cancers are too dangerous to remove"

EDIT: To add movies, mom said Chicken Run used to be a favorite. But Gray said emphatically that it is no longer the case. He said "I love Zootopia and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"


Q:

Just emotional ones. ha!

A:

I had an exenteration, which is the eyeball, eyelid, and all the muscles, tissues and optic nerve removed. I was informed by my surgeon that the eyeball is one third of what fills the socket the other two thirds are mainly muscles and tissue. Therefore I'm having more of a facial prosthesis than a fake eye.


Q:

What are your opinions on medical cannabis and what is holding you back from CBD trials?

A:

What was your favourite myth to bust?

What's better. Jamies mustache or Adams hair?

Who's better looking out of you, Grant and Kari?


Q:

Have you considered putting a small display on an eyepatch with a low-power bluetooth receiver and battery hidden in your eye socket (or wired through the band to something hidden in your hair), and using your phone to animate the patch while you're talking to people? It could be hilarious to have an eye show up on the patch and slowly get angrier and angrier (or turn into the eye of sauron) while in the middle of a conversation.

A:

From mom, we actually tried it like five years ago. Had to get him a card. We didn't try it as a treatment, we tried it for anti-anxiety and neuro calming effect. At that point, they didn't have all the blends so the amount they were giving was so much that he would be knocked out. That prevents us from being able to maintain accurate neuro status and that's very important


Q:

fav myth: Bull in a china shop what's better:Jamie's mo better looking:Kari is the fairest

A:

That is such an awesome idea, I hadn't but I want one now!


Q:

Hello Grey! I'm 31 and I have cervical cancer, gone through two rounds of chemo, 5 surgeries, and hoping to get on a clinical trial since it spread to my lungs. I too, am often asked how I'm so positive. I tell them the alternative is depressing. I can't think about how horrible everything could become. I'd just be a sad depressed person. I too get very anxious with treatments and tests. I'm always thinking "is this where I find out there is nothing else we can do?" My mom gets anxious as well. So far I have a way forward and I focus on that as a positive. Keep up you sprints and enjoy Christmas crafts! I do crafty things to keep my mind busy too :-)

A:

If you could retest any myth, what would it be and why? In other words, what myth causes you to doubt the results of the experiment you devised to test said myth?


Q:

Is there any chance in hell you get bionic, see-through walls, laser beam eye?!!

P.S. You're incredibly brave!! Wish you all the best!

A:

If you're not positive, negative things are going to happen. You get what you put out. Think positive and positive things happen. Good luck to you! EDIT: From Michelle, there was a pivotal point in which I decided that we were going to live, we were not going to let his treatments take over and stop us from living. You have to live your life. Why fight for it if you're not going to actually live for it?


Q:

Wakeboarding behind a cruise ship. I was so worried about standing up that I didn't really get to enjoy it.

A:

If they start making them I'll be first in line,


Q:

Hey Gray,

Watched your video, thanks for being pretty awesome and having way better dance moves than me!

Besides the dancing, how do you like to spend your free time? Any favorite movies or books or hobbies you have?

A:

Hi Tory! What is your next project after White Rabbit and do you plan to continue the series? Love the show BTW!


Q:

We have a family friend who lost an eye on a skiing accident and said adjusting to depth perception was difficult.

Do you know if you will be able to drive again?

A:

Doing arts and crafts. I like to do all arts and crafts.

EDIT: From Joe, his Pinterest username is "michelleandgray" He loves Pinterest!


Q:

Happy to hear you're liking WRP. Hopefully we get a season 2. We had a blast making it and would love to keep it going.

A:

I've never learnt to drive anyway but you don't even have to inform DVLA in the UK when losing one eye. I don't know why I find it easy it just seems fine to me.


Q:

Yo Cap, what's the best hospital food you have ever had? Way to keep battling bud! You are tougher than I.

A:

Hi Tory, HUGE Mythbusters fan and enjoying WRP.

You getting hurt on camera sort of became a thing on Mythbusters. Are you really that accident prone or were some of those scripted? What was the worst time you hurt yourself?


Q:

I lost vision in my right eye as an infant, so I never knew what it was like to lose my vision because it was never there. A few questions for you:

Q: Have you noticed depth perception issues like struggling to pour a glass of water or parking a car?

Q: Have you developed your "Spidey Sense" yet? By this I mean an inexplicable realization that something is getting close to you on your blind side even though you cannot see it?

A:

Grilled Cheese!

EDIT: Like, their grilled cheese's are the real deal. If I had two places to choose to get grilled cheese, it would be In N Out or the hospital


Q:

There's a little thing call camera courage that when you're being filmed you tend to think you're invincible. I thinks that's always been my problem. Thanks for watching WRP!

A:

Omg I didn't know this was a real thing but I really do, that's so cool! The spidey sense that is, spilling water everywhere is not so great.


Q:

Favourite video game?

A:

Hey Tory,

I'm enjoying the new show! Now to my question. I've seen you post stuff from IndyCar races a time or two, do you have a favorite driver and have you been to the Indy 500 yet? If not, I highly suggest it.


Q:

Have you thought about getting a glass eye? Or do you think that would look too goofy and you're going more for badass?

A:

Sly 3


Q:

My favorite Indy drivers are Conor Daly and James Hinchcliffe. Oh and Mario Andretti for sure. I actually got to drive 66 laps at the 500 track in an Indy car. Best day ever.

A:

I'm getting a prothesis but I'll miss my patch


Q:

Hey brother Gray, what's your favorite baseball team?

A:

What was your favorite gun to shoot on the show ?


Q:

What does it feel like to see with 1 eye? Do you "see" anything different or does it feel the same? I've had these questions since I was a kid.

A:

Dodgers! I have friends that play on a little league Dodgers team so that's why


Q:

Mini Gun

A:

Looking at a whole room is frustrating as I can't see everything or everyone, but my finer vision is better I feel. It's only a small amount of the right side I can't see, I tend to walk my kids on my blind side so people walk round them and don't startle me


Q:

Do you get tired of people focusing on cancer as a defining quality of you? I mean, would you rather people talk about something else more often with you?

A:

Hey Tory,

If someone offered you $57,000 to jump from a car moving 60mph into the bed of a truck moving 60mph, would you?

If someone offered you $20 to jump off of a bridge into definitely-deep-enough water, would you? Assume bridge height is known to be not sufficient for breaking bones.


Q:

Will you ever dress as Leela for Halloween?

A:

I half think people just associate me with cancer. But mostly I think people think I'm a normal kid and look like a normal kid. Part of it is because I don't have the typical signs like losing my hair and stuff. It's feels bad when people give me a weird look like they're scared of me when they find out I have cancer. Sometimes my doctors focus on the bad even though I know they are just doing their job and trying to make me better. Sometimes I don't like being at the hospital because of the negativity. Sometimes I feel poisoned with negativity. Outside of the hospital I feel like I can breathe. The negativity is like smog and I'm breathing in the smog. It feels nice and good not to have negative thoughts


Q:

I'd take the $57,000 challenge. I've done the second challenge for free.

A:

I have thought about it, I have so many possibilities now.


Q:

Ayo Captain Gray!

If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?

A:

Hey Tory! If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Q:

Donate all to brain tumor research. To find cures for brain tumors

A:

Pizza, but good pizza.


Q:

Hi Captain Gray! Do you play any kind of video games? PC, Console, or mobile, it doesn't matter. If so, what kind of games are you inclined to? First person shooters? Or Racing games? or Role-playing games?

A:

Hello Tory

What was the biggest/ most challenging project that you did with Mythbusters and what did you have to do?


Q:

Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo DS. I play food games on my iPad. Cake Mania is one

A:

I think one of the biggest builds we did was for earthquake myths. We built a 40ftx40ft earthquake simulator. When it started shaking it was terrifying, but awesome!


Q:

Hey Gray, I see you've chosen to rock a double bracelet and middle finger ring, which I dig. What is the story behind the ring? What other pieces do you have in your collection?

A:

Hey Tory! Love the show, but I just have one question. Do you still play counter-strike? If so you, me, and scoutknives. Come at me bro.


Q:

That's my bling. The bracelets remind me of a special moment or special person. The ring I made out of a milk carton cap. Every pirate has rings so I have to have a ring

A:

Haha! I've been playing Call of Duty more.


Q:

I've seen you wear Nevada Wolfpack shirts on Mythbusters, and I wondered: Are you a UNR alum? I know they have an excellent engineering program, but I'd just always wondered.

A:

Oh I loved that shirt. No, I didn't go to school there. I found the shirt at a second hand store.


Q:

Hi Tory, thank you for this amazing show, Im just 2 episodes away from finishing this season, what can I do after that, what will happen to my life and how will I kill the boredom? I need more episodes, when is season 2 starting?

A:

That's awesome! Glad you like it. Hopefully Netflix gives us a season 2 so you can have MORE!


Q:

Why aren't you as sexy as Kari?

A:

Kari is that you?


Q:

Hey, I really like the episode of MB where you were trapped under all the earth. It looked absolutely terrifying and it definitely freaked me out.

Has there ever been a test that you've said no to because of how dangerous/scary it is? Or is there a hypothetical test you would never do?

Thanks 😊

A:

I wanted to test going over a waterfall in a barrel at the Niagara Falls, but the Canadian Govt said no.


Q:

Hi Tory, huge fan here!!

Question: If you tried to jump over that wagon again with the same bike could you make it??

A:

If I had a BMX bike then for sure I'd try again.


Q:

Hey Tory, how does it feel being adored by millions as a Kari seeks ways of torturing you?

A:

Ha! It makes the torture bearable.


Q:

Now it's your turn for an IAMA! So tell me, what was your favorite thing that got blowed up real good on the show?

A:

Cement Truck! Boom!


Q:

First of all thank you for taking the time to do this AMA. I love the mythbusters and started watching the white eabbit project a few days ago. When you started in mythbusters, did you think it was going to be this amazing?, and how happy were you when you found out that you were hired for the mythbusters? How did you fill when the show ended? And how happy were you when you three started working together again in the white rabbit project?

Again, Thank you very much :)

A:

It's my pleasure. Good question. I was terrified when I started on MB. I didn't like being in front of the camera. None of us predicted the show would take off like it did. I was bummed when MB ended, but was also excited about the prospect of new projects and then White Rabbit Project happened. It's been a wild ride.


Q:

You were one of my first celebrity crushes! Hello!

My question is: what is your favorite build of all time?

A:

Ha! Thanks. Favorite build of all time would be two big rig trucks crashing head on.


Q:

Do you have any advice on growing beards, given that yours is one of the most beautiful of its kind?

A:

HAHA! Be patient. I'm Italian though so I might have an unfair genetic advantage.


Q:

Hi Tory! What's your favourite/least favourite fan experience?

I'm sure you've met some odd-balls.

A:

Our fans are so nice. Once at the airport I was flying from Canada to the US and the CA border security yelled to her co-workers when she saw my ID, "Hey this is that crazy guy from MB who blows stuff up."


Q:

What was you dream job as a kid? When you went on Mythbusters, did that become your dream job?

A:

Working in special fx for the movies was my dream job and that came true. Directing movies is my next dream job.