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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: new interviews of Jerry Doyle and Peter Jurasik
    Date: 12/4/2002 5:37:00 PM  

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>Can somebody point me to where JMS has said he'd never work with Pat Tallman
>again? Or for that matter, Claudia Christian? In fact, I think he's said
>he'd consider it if the proper story came up.

That is correct.

>I'm not even sure where the perceived rift was supposed to have happened with
>Bruce Boxleitner, but I'd have to say that it's pretty weird to hear (at a
>convention in mid November this year) the leading man on B5 complain that the
>series didn't go into a sixth year. Hello? Wasn't he paying attention at

There's no question that Bruce was very upset with me at the end of B5,
because it was a good operation, a steady gig, everybody pretty much liked
everybody else, and you hate to leave in that kind of situation.

I remember when we were shooting "A Call to Arms," I was standing by the camera
as Bruce walked by and he said, very sternly, "What, it couldn't have been a
SIX year arc?" But you're right, that it was a five year arc was said by
everyone, especially me, from day one.

>Am I the only one who thinks it's kinda strange that Jerry Doyle is claiming
>have been 'sent out to look for financing'? Right. An actor. Not Doug
>Netter, an actor. And part time politician. Doesn't that seem kinda odd, not
>to mention unlikely?

The description is incorrect. At one point, I guess it was about the time we
were playing with the idea of Rangers, Jerry called Doug and said that he
thinks he has the financing, via some Silicon Valley guys, to pull together the
money for at minimum a pilot, maybe a feature, maybe a series set in the B5
universe. We said great, if you think you've got something, let's see what
you've got.

There were several more conversations, then the calls just kinda stopped, and
we got the impression that the money he had just kind of evaporated, as these
things often do. Lots of people talk a good game, but at the end of the day,
either they have the good or they don't, and my impression is that these guys,
whoever they were, didn't.

The only thing that bothers me in the piece is Jerry's attribution to me of a
quote said by a person at Warners, which I *repeated* to Jerry but did not say
myself, that you could put the makeup on somebody else and they could be G'kar.
I was appalled by that statement, and mentioned it to Jerry, Doug, others. I
think he's taken the memory of that conversation and attributed the comment to
me since I was the one who passed it along. But ain't no way anybody else
could play that part but Andreas.


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