Starfest 2008 – 04

I liked Anne Lockhart as Sheba on the original Battlestar Galactica, so I was interested in seeing her presentation. For some bizarre reason, people didn’t go to the sides where the mics were to ask her questions, but instead sat and yelled out questions. Why the Starfest people didn’t tell people to come up to the mics, I don’t know.

Anyway, it was interesting to learn that she had been considered for the series from its inception. However, despite not currently working at the time, she turned down the offer because her role was rather limited. That changed when Jane Seymour’s character was gone and they had an opening for a new character. Fortunately for us, the character of Sheba was written so that Anne accepted and the rest is history.

Her favorite episode of the original BSG was the final one, “The Hand of God.” At the time the episode was shot, they apparently did not know that it would be their last one.

One moment that had her unable to control her laughter was in “War of the Gods” where the Count Iblis character had lines that stated something along the lines of “you will always be safe with me inside you.” While the line was not written to be a sexual one, the clear sexual innuendo kept cracking up the two actors. They did manage to get the line recorded, but naturally, the network rejected it.

Anne also talked about her mother June Lockhart as well as some of her other work, including voice actor work. What I didn’t know was that she was some (or all) of the chimps in Project X. She did the Predator noises in Predator 2. She did various background people talking in many other movies. I honestly didn’t know that kind of thing happened.

She was asked about the new Battlestar Galactica series and her thoughts on it. Apparently, because she lives in the boonies, she doesn’t get it on her satellite dish (which I found a bit odd, but then she may have some package where she doesn’t get the channel). However, whenever she travels, she does watch it and as such, she had watched several episodes, including (apparently) the new episodes for this season. She likes the new series but pointed out that comparisons between the old and new really aren’t possible considering when they were made. If asked, she would gladly do a guest star stint on the new series though.

Her 50-minutes passed fairly quickly, which surprised me. I thought it might be a struggle for her to do her time, but she did a good job.

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