Oct 13th 2017 by theaarondouglas • 22 Questions • 7879 Points
JB SMOOVE aka Leon Black from Curb aka Crown Royal Man Vanilla and Apple aka One-Stop from Barbershop aka Real Husband of Hollywood aka Trucky from Pootie Tang aka Dr. Ray De Angelo from GTA, husband, lover, father, brother, son, and natural fool.
Get out and grab The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool (https://www.amazon.com/Book-Leon-Philosophy-Fool/dp/1501180711). It's good bad advice. Leon Black... He ain't wrong... he just ain't right - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFD96n250Ik
Love you guys ask me anything that will help you get your shit together!!!
Why does IMDB say your trademark is "Deep Raspy Voice" as opposed to "Realistic Eye Movement Conveying Thought and Emotion?"
Unrelated: Do you ever feel typecast?
If yes, follow-up: Based on what characteristic?
Huge Curb fan. What's your favorite Curb scene you've done? Mine is "Get in that ass, Larry."
Honorable Mention to "She didn't come upstairs because she was coming downstairs."
you should tell IMDB!! HA
Living in Vancouver I typically get cop, lawyer, FBI.. etc.
I enjoy it when I get to do something else
Like Gordon Rimmer Gary Heller
I love both!!! This car chair is a fuck machine!!!! LOL!!!
Hi!!! Firstly I have to say that I’ve never felt so much sympathy for a fictional character as I felt for the Chief. Something about your acting tricked some part of my brain into believing he’s a real person I think, so well done!
Okay, questions: What did you think of the BSG storylines about the gods, prophecies, and long-lost temples? And if the Chief ever got lonely in prehistoric Scotland, do you think he’d have tried to form a meaningful friendship with the bears? Thank you!
WTF is a-jak-a-lit??
I loved the way Ron merged the faiths, the myths, etc into the story. I believe it helped our audience identify a lot more with the story and the show. Chief loves all animals but as many of you know... In the wild only a Bear can truly love a Bear.....
One of my favs!!!!
Did you ever get sick of the BSG writers screwing Chief over? Did you ever want to tell them "rain on someone else a while"?
For those unaware...
I mean... his girlfriend is the first undercover Cylon found, and she tries to kill Adama. Then she is killed, he is sad, yet everyone is happy she is dead (and despite her being a Cylon, he lost his lover in Boomer). Then Chief had to see his girlfriend's doppleganger join the crew and start screwing his friend Helo. Then he dates Cally, has a kid, has to lead the resistance and kill friends, make hard decisions. Then he finds out his son isn't even his son and Cally screwed Hotdog, then Cally is KILLED. Then he finds out he is actually a Cylon too, and that another Cylon is the one who killed Cally, throwing his entire life thus far into a mess (as well as all of his feelings about Boomer).
My favorite part about that entire thing was the ending: fuck this, I'm going to go found Scotland. The man embodies the flavor and reason of scotch, so I was glad he decided to just go die alone in a swamp haha. It was fitting for the fact that everyone, over and over, screwed him over.
Huge fan of you as Leon in Curb. I got two questions:
Do you see yourself becoming more like Larry or is Larry becoming more like you as time goes on?
What’s your ideal breakfast?
No. The worst thing that can happen to an actor is when they just write you the fill in the blanks stuff. Exposition to explain something to the audience. Or everything is happy and easy. I love the challenging stuff.
Leon is rubbing off on Larry... shrimp and grits!
Love you! Such a joy so see you in Dirk Gently. Do you ever get frustrated being so closely associated with just one character, no matter how awesome that character is? (I tend to yell “it’s Chief”, no matter what show you are in)
Any funny stories from the set of Pootie Tang? I have to imagine working so close with Chris, Louis, Wanda, etc.. must have been ridiculous.
I will NEVER tire of people yelling Chief to me. I love it. I connect to the character and the show but the fact that so many people out there do as well is incredibly humbling.
Crazy ass movie... Wanda was funny as shit!!!
Hey what was the trait of Chief’s personality that taught you the most about yourself?
Love your work JB, the combination of Leon and Larry is genius. Have you ever seen Larry get into a real life awkward situation?
My gods man!! It's 9 am... gotta ease a brother into this...
I love the passion of the Chief and understanding when and where to direct it. Chief and I are actually quite similar, other than the fictional part. The further I am from the show the more I realized what I learned from the writing, particularly the writing for Chief. It's like many of these writers knew me better that I did myself.
That and Chief allowed me to meet some very cool people. Friendships I cherish to this day.
Thanks Mr. Savage
Yes indeed. Always. Especially at parties. He was the first one to arrive at my big birthday party. Too damn early!!! Hilarious! Then complained that I was late to my own party. SMDH!!!
One of my favorite moments from BSG was Tyrol's "Mario Savio" speech. https://archive.org/details/MarioSavioSpeechInBattlestarGalactica
How intentionally tied was your performance to Mario Savio's speech? How intentionally tied was the writing?
JB, you are the best on Curb!!!
Do you do any writing for the show or just acting? And/or how much of it is improv?
Completely. David Eick wrote that for me with that speech in mind. I watched the Mario speech 100's of times. David wanted the tenor, tone and pitch to be close to Mario's. I love that speech.
Just acting... with curb though all the dialogue is improvised... so i guess its kinda like writing for your character!!
Hi Aaron! Thanks for doing this AmA. Big BSG fan and loved your role there, I also loved your short role on Stargate SG-1. Can you tell us about the time you rescued Kari Byron (/u/realkaribyron) at Comic Con from being trampled, what happened? (source: https://twitter.com/KariByron/status/918648660484702208)
How exaggerated is Larry's character? Is he at all like that off camera?
Man I love Kari....
I saw her across the room. There was at least 17 Klingons, 37 Death Eaters, 127 Walking Dead, 318 Stormtroopers and a Tribble.
It was just me...
They were all pushing in towards her. I had to act fast and boy did I!!
It's on video somewhere.... I'm sure it is...
That's what happened right Kari?
He's not that bad but interesting dude.
Galactacon in Seattle the other year was a bust, but it was great to see you at the impromptu gathering at the bar in downtown Seattle. How was that experience?
Hi. What has your experience been like working with Larry David?
There is NOTHING better than a #FindChief event.
We need more of them.
Amazing guy since we me at the audition!!!! I talk a lot of shit to him. He loves it!!!
What was the hardest line in Curb to deliver with a straight face? Your delivery is hysterical. Cheers!
Apparently it aired on the Syfy marathon last night... or maybe tonight. Flight of the Phoenix. We shot it in chronological order and the director, Michael Nankin, took me aside before the shoot and went through his thoughts about the ep, character, etc. It was an amazing experience. And then to finally have a scene with Mary......
When I know Larry doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about!! That dude never heard of "Get in that Ass' in his life!!! Funniest face the first take Ive ever seen!!
Is this when you leak there will be another BSG? I really hope it is!
What's the craziest thing you've ever done while consitpated in real life?
I can neither confirm nor deny that there is another BSG experience in the works....
What's your favorite thing that you stole from the set of BSG?
Is “lampin” a real thing or did you make that up for the show?
Everyone's chair backs My BDU's My Orange JumpSuit Dog Tags A pistol
Wait... is NBCUNI on this thread?
I took NOTHING!!
But Tahmoh did.... thief
It is a thing... it has been for years. Maybe early 90s. Have you ever heard Cold Lampin?
Hey, you played my favourite character on BSG! As an actor, is there any role or project you would love to get involved with?
hey man love your work bro what would you say the possibility is of you getting a spin off?
I would love to do a period war film. WWII or Vietnam or something like that. If anyone is listening...... hint hint hint
How amazing would that be... only thing is there is a certain energy and chemistry that Larry and I have on set that cant be matched. Maybe it is what it is. Still would be fun to cross that bridge.
I treasure BSG. Galen is such a perfect flawed character. I laughed and cried with your character at times. Where in the production were you told that you were one of the final five cylons?
Hey JB, thanks for doing this. What's the most common quote people like to yell at you when you get recognized? How often do you do stand up sets? Can you come to Tampa Improv soon?
Right before we started shooting that ep.
Also the full story is in many places online. I told it at the BSG reunion at SDCC this past year.
Most common is Thats how I Doozit, Get in that Ass and Bring the Ruckus!!
Always on the road. Tampa soon.
What was your thought when you realized, “Holy shit this is one of the best Sci Fi’s of all time?”
What music do you have in heavy rotation right now?
I still haven't realized that!
I thought they say NO Spoilers!!
I am so incredibly proud to be a small part of this amazing show.
Old school music guy!! I was bumpin Big daddy Kane today!!
How was your experience as "the slowest man alive" on The Flash? Is getting lobotomized by Tom Cavanagh as fun as it seems?
What has been the most challenging scene in curb for you to film? And by challenging it can be whatever be it struggling not to laugh or struggling for the right jokes in the moment
Tom is the best. Great guy and he delighted in killing me....
Oh Snap!! Sometimes I go too hard. Leon is a outspoken character. I don't ever want him to come off the wrong way and I always want his views to differ for Larry's but still be funny! So I guess its always a challenge.
JB! As someone who discovered you on Curb but just found out you were on Def Comedy Jam. Do you have any real x rated stories form back in those days?
None that i can tell you online... those guys are still friends.
Dude! My girlfriend and I just realized it was you in Dirk Gently! Solid performance! Did you wind up with jaw problems having to talk like that for the show?
What is your favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area to eat with Larry David?
Ha... Not jaw but my back. That posture almost killed me.
I Love Craig's on Melrose ave.
Hi Aaron, Which actor (including yourself) on BSG were most like their characters personality-wise, and vice versa? Thank you
How was working with Tom Holland in that Audi commercial?
That kid was amazing. Who wouldn't want to be a Marvel hero? I get along with British peeps.
If you could have one role in any upcoming movie, which role in which movie would that be?
Shorts and a t-shirt and – of course – sunglasses! The guy you had a dance-off with did, too.
How did your BSG experience prepare you for other acting rolls you had after the series ended?
How important was Def Comedy Jam to you and your contemporaries?
Be good to people. Don't be grumpy on set.
And we're only getting shot with cameras... There are people out there doing much more important things. But honour the people who watch by giving them something amazing so they can escape the difficulties of life.
Very important. It was a amazing time for comedy as well as the edgy raw comedy and no one was excluded. Funny is funny!!
Hi Aaron, first of all thank you for doing what you do: I love your work so much!
Chief Tyrol in Battlestar Galactica is probably one of the characters who goes through more stuff. Is there a part of his life (like being chief and involved with Boomer, being head of the Union and of the Resistance on New Caprica, being one of the final five...) that you found most fun to play or challenging to portray?
JB big fan! How long does it take to get through a scene with Larry? I mean it must be hard to commit to one take, or even get a whole take down without laughing.
It was all pretty fun, emotional, trying and beautiful. The death scenes were gut punching.
Every Single Frakking One
I try not to break. The king of breaking is Larry. Only if its so damn funny that we cant get through it do I break. For the most part Im good.
Hi Aaron, I think you rocked in your role in Dirk Gentley. You barely even looked like you! What was it like to have to walk and move hunched up like that and to wear those huge glasses all the time? Did you get any back problems?
I love that they let me play, for the most part.
Those glasses kept falling apart and we only had the one pair
Random question, I know, but did you ever watch the show Firefly or it's sequel movie Serenity? If so, what did you think of them?
I am going to get killed for this but I have not seen these...
Or Dr. Who...
Hey Aaron! Thanks for doing an AMA.
I actually worked on Dirk Gently in lighting for a couple episodes but I was always too nervous to say hi.
Do you like it when fans approach you, including in the work setting? Or is it more of a on the street kind of thing?
Always come up and say hi. I love meeting people who were influenced by my work
Seeing the set of BSG, with all the Vipers etc, what was your favourite part of that particular set, and what "souvenir" did you take home?
Walking in, seeing the life size ships for the first time will be a memory that never fades
Not Safe For Work
It's literally the only thing in which I have even the smallest ability.
Welcome to Houston! There was some spooky level fog this morning. Were you worried that you woke up in the zombie appocalypse?
I haven't opened the curtains yet....
I think I will stay in today....
What's the most challenging role you had?
Are there any you're bummed you missed out on?
I'd say Chief was the most challenging. There was so much emotion both on and off screen for me, especially at that time in my life. I've had a lot of roles I've missed out on that I wish I had gotten but then I wouldn't have the career I do now. If I don't get something I know it's because something else is meant for me.
Every show that films in Vancouver features obligatory scenes of actors running through a forest. As a Vancouver actor how many times have YOU been filmed running through a forest? Any tips for new actors running through a forest for the first time?
pick up your feet and watch out for bears
What's your fondest memory growing up in New Westminster? I currently moved there for work.
Queens Park Arena
Hi Aaron! If you had to live on one beer (or brewery) for the rest of your life, which would it be?
a very hoppy IPA
I still remember meeting you at ComicCon '06, when you wandered up to the autograph area, and were immediately swarmed by folks.
You were gracious enough to take the time to talk to everyone, which really impressed me.
With everything you've done since then, are you still able to just sort of wander into a crowd of nerds, or have you become too recognizable to get away with it?
Depends on where I am. But regardless, I'll always wade in. People are amazing
For the most part
I had to convince my wife to watch BSG, but she ended up loving it, and by the end she decided you are her celebrity cheat. So my question is, if I were going to make any of your female costars my celebrity cheat, who would you recommend?
It is stalled as I am busy with other things but I hope to get back to it soon. I just need Tricia to come over and then it will truly be a modelling cave......
Hi Aaron, What is your favourite episode of Red Dwarf? And have you watched any of the new series (12) yet?
The Rimmer song is still the best
Yo! I remember seeing you appear as all these characters on all these shows and movies and always thought to myself that you were seriously underrated. Just throwing that out there. When you appeared as Chief is BSG it blew my mind. I thought to myself "Why such an insignificant role again!?" However after watching the show and seeing how important of a role you played I was super happy. So yeah, just saying I think you are awesome man.
I guess my real question is do you fight for roles and try to get the big ones? Or more of a "This character looks cool, I'll do that"?
I'll work whenever someone asks
Greetings from Europe. When and how did you find out that your BSG character was one of the final five? And what was your reaction?
That is a long story. But a good one. Google me and the Final 5 Story and you will see it recorded from a few dozen cons.
I guess comments have to be questions. Soooo, i love your work and the question is, now that Netflix is going to focus on Canadian content with a Netflix Canada org, what are the chances your already in discussions with them? :)
Not just yet but I have a few projects I'm hoping to pitch soon.
Cally's death tore me up. Do you think that was one of the many reasons Galen ultimately settled far away from the others?
One on a VERY long list of people being poopy to Chief
Hi Aaron. If you had a pontoon boat, what would you name her?
Are you a SciFi fan?
Have you seen the Expanse?
I consider it to be on par with BSG.
I have not seen the Expanse but I hear great things. I'd like to get on that show for sure.
I love scifi Star Wars Red Dwarf Time Bandits Westworld
So many to list
Hi Mr. Douglas,
I am a big fan with a few questions
Why is Chad the worst?
Does Russ actually do anything?
What will Marian be for Halloween?
If you have to ask why Chad is the worst you don't know Chad.
He's a sharter for one. Thinks he's Matt Damon. Can't hold his booze. Damn him and his handsome face!
Russ is completely useless.
Marian will cosplay as Wizard...Heavy emphasis on the pointy hat
Can we get some more videos with you and u/mistersavage just shooting the shit and building models? That video was super chill and fun.
YES YES YES YES
I've had 100's. I love meeting fans, having a pint and talking the show, sports life, whatever