"Battlestar Galactica" fans will want to check out the all-new chapter in the saga, entitled, "Blood & Chrome," which stars Luke Pasqualino as a young Captain William Adama in the hard-hitting tale of the first Cylon war.
The prequel to the series will air as a two-hour movie on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. on Syfy, and then be available in a special never-before-seen unrated version available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 19, 2013.
The new spin-off film is packed with spectacular visual effects and cutting edge CGI and takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama, finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica.
Though Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, “Alcatraz”), the two men must set their differences aside when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger (Lili Bordán, “Silent Witness”) turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.
Pasqualino spoke to Examiner.com prior to the Syfy premiere of the movie about taking over the role made famous for Edward James Olmos, working on green screen and more!
Did you have any contact with Eddie Olmos and get any words of encouragement for him or any info about how he had played the role?
I was given Eddie's email address and we were sending emails backwards and forward, but none of it was really about the work in terms of material and script and performances. More about just what's expected -- kind of the head to go into this whole thing with and just what to expect really.
I think Eddie's fantastic. He did an amazing job and he's got such a huge fan base. I feel like he helped make "Battlestar" what it is today. And I didn't really want any advice performance-wise from Eddie because, I think, Adama at the age that I portray him compared to the age that Eddie portrays him, is two completely different stages of life.
I didn't want anything that Eddie said to me to really affect my interpretation of the material. [I wanted to] go into it with a clear head and just kind of get my own stamp on it.
Is this your first experience working on green screen? Can you talk about what the hardest part was of playing your role?
I can say a little bit daunted by the whole thing when I first realized the scale of how much green screen we would be using. You would think it would've caused problems in terms of where you're going to be. But I think the hardest thing for me was really the stuff in the spaceships; when something hits the wind screen or blasts something you actually don't have any of that to play to. All we have is a tennis ball on the end of a stick that you have to follow. That was really the hardest for me, but I think we kind of adapted to it a lot quicker than we thought we would.
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