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Actor / EntertainerI'm Aaron Douglas, actor and Chief from Battlestar Galactica. AMA!

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!!!

Proof: https://twitter.com/ohsnapjbsmoove/status/917904447031992320

Q:

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?

A:

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."


Q:

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

A:

I love both!!! This car chair is a fuck machine!!!! LOL!!!


Q:

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!

A:

WTF is a-jak-a-lit??


Q:

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.....

A:

One of my favs!!!!


Q:

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.

A:

Hey JB,

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?


Q:

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.

A:

Leon is rubbing off on Larry... shrimp and grits!


Q:

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)

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

Crazy ass movie... Wanda was funny as shit!!!


Q:

Hey what was the trait of Chief’s personality that taught you the most about yourself?

A:

Love your work JB, the combination of Leon and Larry is genius. Have you ever seen Larry get into a real life awkward situation?


Q:

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

A:

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!!!


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

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.

A:

Always appreciation!!

Just acting... with curb though all the dialogue is improvised... so i guess its kinda like writing for your character!!


Q:

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)

A:

How exaggerated is Larry's character? Is he at all like that off camera?


Q:

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?

A:

He's not that bad but interesting dude.


Q:

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?

A:

Hi. What has your experience been like working with Larry David?


Q:

There is NOTHING better than a #FindChief event.

We need more of them.

A:

Amazing guy since we me at the audition!!!! I talk a lot of shit to him. He loves it!!!


Q:

What's your all-time favorite BSG episode and why?

A:

JB,
What was the hardest line in Curb to deliver with a straight face? Your delivery is hysterical. Cheers!


Q:

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......

The BEST!

A:

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!!


Q:

Is this when you leak there will be another BSG? I really hope it is!

A:

What's the craziest thing you've ever done while consitpated in real life?


Q:

I can neither confirm nor deny that there is another BSG experience in the works....

A:

Faint!!!


Q:

What's your favorite thing that you stole from the set of BSG?

A:

Is “lampin” a real thing or did you make that up for the show?


Q:

Everything....

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

;-)

A:

It is a thing... it has been for years. Maybe early 90s. Have you ever heard Cold Lampin?


Q:

Hey, you played my favourite character on BSG! As an actor, is there any role or project you would love to get involved with?

A:

hey man love your work bro what would you say the possibility is of you getting a spin off?


Q:

I would love to do a period war film. WWII or Vietnam or something like that. If anyone is listening...... hint hint hint

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

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.

A:

Most common is Thats how I Doozit, Get in that Ass and Bring the Ruckus!!

Always on the road. Tampa soon.


Q:

What was your thought when you realized, “Holy shit this is one of the best Sci Fi’s of all time?”

A:

What music do you have in heavy rotation right now?


Q:

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.

A:

Old school music guy!! I was bumpin Big daddy Kane today!!


Q:

How was your experience as "the slowest man alive" on The Flash? Is getting lobotomized by Tom Cavanagh as fun as it seems?

A:

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


Q:

Tom is the best. Great guy and he delighted in killing me....

jerkface

A:

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.


Q:

Are you also into bears and beets?

A:

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?


Q:

Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica

A:

None that i can tell you online... those guys are still friends.


Q:

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?

A:

What is your favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area to eat with Larry David?


Q:

Ha... Not jaw but my back. That posture almost killed me.

A:

I Love Craig's on Melrose ave.


Q:

Hi Aaron, Which actor (including yourself) on BSG were most like their characters personality-wise, and vice versa? Thank you

A:

How was working with Tom Holland in that Audi commercial?


Q:

Hogan and Tigh

Same exact guy!

A:

That kid was amazing. Who wouldn't want to be a Marvel hero? I get along with British peeps.


Q:

If you could have one role in any upcoming movie, which role in which movie would that be?

A:

Shorts and a t-shirt and – of course – sunglasses! The guy you had a dance-off with did, too.


Q:

Chief in the new BSG movie

A:

Thinking!!!


Q:

How did your BSG experience prepare you for other acting rolls you had after the series ended?

A:

How important was Def Comedy Jam to you and your contemporaries?


Q:

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.

A:

Very important. It was a amazing time for comedy as well as the edgy raw comedy and no one was excluded. Funny is funny!!


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

It was all pretty fun, emotional, trying and beautiful. The death scenes were gut punching.

Every Single Frakking One

A:

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.


Q:

Hi Aaron! There are many evolutions of Chief through the series. Which stage of Chief did you resonate with most? Which did you enjoy the most and why?

A:

Can you read me a bedtime story?


Q:

Hi Mandy!!!

When he finally found out about the Cylon thing. I really got to stretch my legs and twist his response into a 'the universe totally makes sense to me' now.

A:

How clean does it have to be?


Q:

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?

A:

I love that they let me play, for the most part.

Those glasses kept falling apart and we only had the one pair


Q:

Hey Aaron.

Thx for doing AMA.

It's implied that Tyrol became the King of Scotland.

What's will be his first invention?.

Bag Pipes. Kilts. Whiskey.

A:

Whiskey.... We cannot live without water


Q:

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?

A:

I am going to get killed for this but I have not seen these...

Or Dr. Who...


Q:

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?

A:

Always come up and say hi. I love meeting people who were influenced by my work


Q:

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?

A:

Walking in, seeing the life size ships for the first time will be a memory that never fades


Q:

Hello Chief, I am a huge fan of BSG and wanted to know 2 things

Where you happy with the way your character evolved towards the end of battlestar?

Also you were a henchman in XMEN2, was that role bigger but cut in the final film, any stories from the set?

A:

I love the storyline of the Chief and I love his ending.

That shooting scene, 11 seconds in the film, took 8 days to shoot.

Hugh Jackman is the nicest man you will ever meet.


Q:

What other things have Tricia and Katee told you to do?

A:

Not Safe For Work


Q:

What inspired you to be an actor?

A:

It's literally the only thing in which I have even the smallest ability.


Q:

Welcome to Houston! There was some spooky level fog this morning. Were you worried that you woke up in the zombie appocalypse?

A:

I haven't opened the curtains yet....

I think I will stay in today....


Q:

Love your work, you were my favourite character on BSG! I guess to turn this into a question: Do you approve that our two whippets are called Cally and Chief?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a6h5q5tb2t6usqv/11537613_10152911638386304_3775555799682957157_o.jpg?dl=0

You're the one on the left looking nervous of getting a telling off.

A:

HA

love it


Q:

Was Chief the origin of Santa?
as in, Chief makes things very well, created a race of beings, had a traumatic estrangement with a child, desired to live alone in the north, and like the raiders Rudolph has a red nose.

A:

He wasn't...

Until now......

I like where your head's at.


Q:

What's the most challenging role you had?

Are there any you're bummed you missed out on?

A:

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.


Q:

Hi Aaron! Do you ever work with new filmmakers and if so, what should one do to catch your interest?

A:

Call my agent.

I love working with new filmmakers... They're lest jaded HA


Q:

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?

A:

pick up your feet and watch out for bears


Q:

Thanks for making me feel like a star! In 2014 you came to Salt Lake Comic Con. I was cosplaying as the Black Knight from Monty Python and you came rushing out of your meet-n-greet both to snap a photo with me. It feels pretty special to say that an actor wanted their picture to be taken with me. Thank you for that awesome experience. https://imgur.com/ay2NnPq

What's your favorite Monty Python skit/movie?

A:

Oh I remember that costume! You looked so great.

Holy Grail for sure.

Twit Olympics


Q:

How do you take your coffee? I adore you.

A:

double double


Q:

What's your fondest memory growing up in New Westminster? I currently moved there for work.

A:

Queens Park Arena


Q:

Hi Aaron! If you had to live on one beer (or brewery) for the rest of your life, which would it be?

A:

a very hoppy IPA


Q:

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?

A:

Depends on where I am. But regardless, I'll always wade in. People are amazing

For the most part


Q:

One more from my husband...when Chief had time off was he a metalhead? If Chief were in a band which instrument would he play? Would he be a Dave Murray or Adrian Smith fan?

A:

This is the most difficult question anyone has asked. He's a total metalhead. He'd be a drummer. But Dave Murray because Chief loves the gallop in the songs.


Q:

Are you a cat person, a dog person, or a frakkin toaster lover?

A:

B and C

Cats are creepy


Q:

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?

A:

Doc Cottle


Q:

Hi Arron. How is your modelling cave coming on?

A:

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......


Q:

Hi Aaron, thanks for doing this AMA. I am opening a deli and would love to know what your favorite sandwich is?

A:

I am a lacto ovo vegetarian but I LOVE a really great egg salad sandwich. If my body would allow me to I would CRUSH a Reuben...... Or a Beef Dip Pastrami on Rye Corned Beef was my go to when I was a kid.


Q:

Hi Aaron, What is your favourite episode of Red Dwarf? And have you watched any of the new series (12) yet?

A:

The Rimmer song is still the best


Q:

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"?

A:

I'll work whenever someone asks


Q:

Do you watch Breaking Bad?

A:

Loved it. Love Better Call Saul. Amazing show.


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

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? :)

A:

Not just yet but I have a few projects I'm hoping to pitch soon.


Q:

Cally's death tore me up. Do you think that was one of the many reasons Galen ultimately settled far away from the others?

A:

One on a VERY long list of people being poopy to Chief


Q:

Which superhero do you wish you could portray and why?

A:

As a kid I loved Aquaman. I want to be able to talk to sharks


Q:

I just rewatched The Plan yesterday. Did Edward James Olmos give you any ribbing over smooching his wife?

A:

No, but he gave it to her for getting to smooch me...


Q:

Hi Aaron. If you had a pontoon boat, what would you name her?

A:

Floatie


Q:

Are you a SciFi fan?
Fav shows?
Have you seen the Expanse?
I consider it to be on par with BSG.

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

YES YES YES YES

please....


Q:

What has been your favourite convention experience?

A:

I've had 100's. I love meeting fans, having a pint and talking the show, sports life, whatever


Q:

Chief, I’m rewatching the series right now. How long did it take to grow that sweet beard on new caprica and why did they make you shave it off? I get why Adama lost the Stache, but that beard was glorious and necessary.

A:

I grew it on our hiatus and when I returned for season 3 Ron saw it and asked if it was real. Of course. Can you keep it for a few eps? Of course again.

I loved it.


Q:

Star Wars or Star Trek?

A:

Star Wars

But love Trek


Q:

How was the role of the Chief originally explained to you before you started and how did it differ from what the character eventually became?

A:

Chief of the Deck. That's it. Then they decided to keep me and it took off from there.