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Edward James Olmos On the 'Battlestar Galactica' Movie and 'Caprica'

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 18th 2010 11:05AM
battlestar galacticaAdmiral Adama himself, Edward James Olmos, visited my hometown of Brownsville, TX on Tuesday to promote 'Kings of Brownsville', a documentary about the border town's champion student chess players.

Olmos' passion for the film was obvious during a press conference with city officials. Of course, I couldn't resist the urge to ask him a few questions about one of his other passion projects, and one of my favorite shows of all time, 'Battlestar Galactica'.

We talked a little about the show's legacy, his initial thoughts on 'Caprica' and what he thinks about that planned 'Battlestar' movie project from director Bryan Singer and producer Glen Larson.

Olmos said 'BSG's legacy would stand the test of time because it "touched the human psyche in a profound way and created a world that we could relate to, even now in 2010."

When I asked if he had any plans to return to the 'BSG' franchise in some capacity, Olmos said he wasn't sure and that being a part of the show was a "once in a lifetime experience." He also mentioned director Bryan Singer's upcoming 'Battlestar' film project, produced by original series creator Glen Larson.

"The next thing they're doing with it ['Battlestar'] is working with Glen Larson," Olmos said. "Glen, who created the original franchise, will do it his own way, and I don't think we'll participate in that. I'd love to help him, but I don't think we'll get to."

Mirroring comments made by Ron Moore about someone trying a different take on 'BSG', Olmos seemed cool with the idea of Larson and Singer moving ahead with a revival of the original show for the big screen. He didn't elaborate on exactly how he would like to "help" Larson with the new version, but it was clear that his love for the franchise still runs deep.

When asked about Syfy's 'BSG' prequel series, 'Caprica', Olmos said he "liked the pilot very much," and he was looking forward to seeing the prequel's story progress.

Can 'Caprica' repeat 'BSG's success to become one of the boldest and most innovative series currently on TV?

"It's too early to tell," he said. "I haven't seen all of the episodes to air, but it'll be interesting to see."

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Even Mr. Olmos knows this show is presently sucking after the pilot. You should have never left, Ron, never! We miss you and need you back for some more writing.

I also think BSG by Singer will not be nearly as good for the basic reason that Singer is much more simplistic than Moore; he's less political and less gutsy. He's better than J.J. Abrams, though.

February 25 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I LOVED when Glen Larson was publishing those Far Side comics

February 18 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Still think the bryan singer movie is a BAD idea.

February 18 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Pop's comment

Agreed. The franchise doesn't need a restart this close to BSG finishing up. Particularly if it won't be related to Galactica as we know it.

February 18 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's not good if he's not mentioning any more direct to DVD BSG movies like The Plan. :(

February 18 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to bsgfan2003's comment

That's probably a good thing. It had it's run, let it rest in peace.

February 18 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still think there are stories left to tell.

February 18 2010 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it just me or does the guy in that picture look like Max Weinberg?

February 18 2010 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jim's comment

...And Olmos is Max Weinberg in the Made for TV movie about the Late Night debacle. For Jeff Zucker -- Megatron

February 18 2010 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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