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14 January 2008 @ 03:05 pm
Ask The Chief  
The Last Supper and the Truth thread has become too big for Aaron to keep a track of, so I have spoken to him and he has agreed to take questions in this new thread. Please use common sense when asking questions. Do not ask questions that are too personal and obviously he can't answer specific questions about season 4, so don't ask who the final cylon is. And if you do, don't expect to be told the truth! Of course all questions don't have to be about BSG. Ask him what his favourite breakfast cereal is :) Email notifications are turned off on Aaron's LJ account so please make it easy for him to respond by posting your question as a new comment rather than a reply to a comment left by someone else. 

Deadline for submitting questions is midnight on Sunday January the 20th Vancouver time (PST). Which makes that 8am on Monday UK London GMT time, 7pm on Monday Australian EST and I'm sure the rest of the USA knows how to work out the time difference. Then I'll send this link to Aaron and he'll come on here and answer them when he gets a chance.

And if you haven't done so already, go over HERE and have your name added to the list of Aaron's Angels

EDIT: You may ask more than one question in your comment.

UPDATE (Jan 20):
This thread is now closed to any new questions.
Please do not add any new comments as they will be deleted.
I have sent the link to Aaron and will answer them when he gets a chance.
Once he starts answering I will "freeze" each thread so that no replies can be made.

If you want to discuss any of Aaron's replies, please do it in this thread.
rebelliousrose: red/blackrebelliousrose on January 14th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
First of all, I apologize for all the flashbulbs in your face at DragonCon- I'm used to shooting outdoors and I forgot how annoying the flash was. However my friend Joe in the hospital was thrilled by all the pics of you (he couldn't go and see you due to illness) so thank you for your forbearance and hopefully not hating me. If you come back to DragonCon, I'll buy you a single malt of your choice.

My question is; (well, I have like five hundred, but I'll cut back and make it a two parter); Would you, as an actor, like to see the Chief and Boomer's story have a resolution? and do you have a favorite american hockey team? (I'm a Flyers girl from childhood.)

Thank you for being generous enough to interact the way you do with fans. It means a lot to us.
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I am Canadian. My favorite NHL team is the Canucks. Period. I cannot have a second team.
BUT... if forced... my favorite goaltender (actively playing) is Martin Brodeur so I guess I root for the Devils when they are playing. Purely out of loyalty to Marty.

I DO NOT want to see the Chief and Boomer return to any kind of relationship. There are rumors from the writers that the two of them reconnect but I HATE stuff like this. I like shows, like BSG, that move quickly on story lines and then get off them and never return (which was why I hated season one of Sharon and Helo running and running and running... we get it!!!! They're on a planet running... Jesus... get off it now. Or the love 4 some with Apollo Anders Dualla and Starbuck.... Ugh.... move on please....). That honest enough?
I would not like to see them get back together or have any kind of resolution. I don't think Cally would like that too much either.Cylon baby Nick maybe but not mommy.
canadiangirl_86 on January 14th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Thanks (yet again) for doing this, Aaron.

I was wondering if you could tell us about a scene or two that you found especially challenging to shoot in seasons 1-3.

Love your work on the show. You just keep getting better and better.

Edited at 2008-01-14 04:59 am (UTC)
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Everything on BSG is challenging... Its all so dark.

Probably the stuff at the beginning of season 2 where there was always someone dying. I had just lost my wife to breast cancer so shooting for 4 months of someone always dying in my arms was rather difficult.
Its why I drink... I blame BSG and Ron Moore for my liver failure... ;-p

kidding. It was hard but looking back it turned out pretty well I think.

That stuff and stuff from Season 3 after I tore my groin playing hockey. I couldn't even move. They had my crutches standing by waiting for someone to yell 'cut'!

Christine: Eugene on drumnow_all_is_well on January 14th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)

Is music a big influence in your life? What are your favorite bands? Do you have time to check out local bands where you live?

Thanks for being so fraking awesome!
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)

If you ask anyone on set, what does aaron do between takes? I am on my ipod. That is why I love my wardrobe so much. it hides my Treo and my ipod.
I love it!!!!
It takes a lot of energy to shoot BSG for 13 hours and I am the kind of person who recharges alone so between takes I will put my headphones on and listen to something that recharges me and it also keeps the wolves at bay.... ha

music has always had a huge impact in my life. I grew up on almost every flavor.

I listen to everything. literally.
Right now I have refound my love for the Rat Pack.
I always listen to Elvis.
I love Anthrax, Metallica, The Town Pants (good friends of mine) Bare Naked Ladies, ....
man it is so hard to make a list.
Literally everything.
Another bunch of very close friends of mine have a band called desert raido. They are Vancouver boys.
My very good friend is Brad Paisley and I love his music. Actually will be at his Vegas show this Saturday. don't tell him, it's a surprise.
I wake up in the morning put on classical music or instrumental piano and make my coffee and sit quietly.
music is big
Tels: rainbow lighthousetelscha on January 14th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Of all the roles you have played what has been your favourite?
and if you had the choice of any role what would you chose?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Chief. Chief is a very cool character.
Sam the Butcher will be interesting to see.

I want to do a sit com or a WW2 movie next.
duckbunny: BSG Tyrol cutewoolly_socks on January 14th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Hi Aaron, do you ever play golf with Callum (Keith Rennie)? Who wins?

Edited at 2008-01-14 06:27 am (UTC)
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
HA. yes. I beat him once.... only because he took a 13 on the final hole. he was trying to clear the water hazzard. it was a Tin Cup sort of moment.

Not many people ever beat Callum. He is pretty frakking good.

Him and Bamber. Bamber is a great golfer. GREAT.
carencey77: aaron's angels by scarbuck and meshel73carencey77 on January 14th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Hiya Aaron! Completely non-showbiz-related question...I know it's two years off, but are you going to try to stick around Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics, or get out of town? I hear there will be hockey. ;)
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
I will be here for the hockey. I could care less about any of the rest of it. This is the last Olympics the NHL'ers will be used and they are in my home town.

geeda on January 14th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Hey Aaron, what are your favourite restaurants/pubs in Vancouver?
Any favourite local microbrewery beers?
PS - You were an awesome MC at the Town Pants 10th year show. Very nice of you to make sure the band members were well...hydrated :)
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
ahahhahahah... they were hammered... I am proud to have played a Jameson aided part in that.

favorite restaurants? Earls on Top. I worked there when I was starting out. Say hi to Dario for me.
Pre and post game Canucks go to Shark Club. Say hi to Conrad, Tim, Matt, Mike, Rob... the list goes on. Oh and Daniel Bacon of Stargate Atlantis is the DJ at Shark after Nucks games and on the weekend. so go make fun of him for me.
Vij's is the BEST Indian food in Vancouver.
Japanese? Happa Izakia. sp?
G Sport on Granville is a great little sports bar as well.
And of course go to the Roxy and ask for Kyle. He'll know what to do...... shhhh... just let it happen, don't fight it.
jamieaddictjamieaddict on January 14th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
Hi Aaron!

What is your idea of relaxing when you're home?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
quiet instrumental music. candles and a glass of red.


Nothing but the fireplace and reading.
Genetically Engineered and Superior: Scott Ianchristessa on January 14th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
\m/ You frakking rock \m/
Hi Aaron!

First off, it's so awesome of you to set up an LJ account to connect with fans.

I'm a big Anthrax fan, and an even bigger BSG fan, so I'm sure you can imagine my delight hearing the band rave about my favorite television series. I saw a few pictures of you wearing an Anthrax tee and I was wondering if you were repaying the homage, are also a fan, or both?

Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: \m/ You frakking rock \m/
I am a huge fan. Have been since I played hockey and football. It was what we played in the dressing room before games.
Scott Ian and I have become quite good friends. I am trying to get him on the show if we come back. He is a big BSG fan geek. It's hilarious.

Sarah: Aaron Douglas [001]about2fray on January 14th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
This may seem senseless, but that's just me.

You mentioned that your friend Brad was from West Virginia. Have you ever been, or considered coming around for a bit? I trash talk about my little home town, but it's a very beautiful place.
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I may get out there for a con sometime but other than that I am not sure. Maybe if Brad plays a show in WV and I can get out there for it.
Madfrey: BSG - Misc {cylon parties}likeatruck on January 14th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
(I'll be interested to read what you have to say about the Chief/Boomer situation, too...)

Hello Aaron! I really enjoyed meeting you at Brisbane Supanova last year (I was the faux-nudePoison Ivy-esque cosplayer, though I'm sure you can't remember, haha), and I was wondering what else you got up to during your stay in Australia. What did you think of the place?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Australia was AMAZING!!! so was NZ.

Dan and I had the best time. I cannot wait to go back. His girlfriend really wants to go so he make be there sooner than me.
I want to go visit my friend Michelle in Melbourne so I am going to try and do that.
Not sure when though.
Hostile 17: BSG - Karaanno_superstar on January 14th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
Will you be back for Wolf Galactica Four? I attened Wolf Galactica Three as my first Wolf con and while I had a fantastic time (enough to come back this year), I was told it was not the same without "the Aaron Douglas Experience". ;)
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
I am going to try.
Everyone email Bryan........ha
I love the Wolf events. They are by far the best cons on the planet. You get so much real time with the fans and actors.
I love going to them. and they are cheap.
I always tell people from the US that they could probably do a Wolf con in London cheaper than they could a Creation con one state over.
Everyone is equal when they're dead: the chiefjulianathursday on January 14th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
like christessa stated above it is pure awesomecakes that you created a journal to reach out to your fan base. We couldn't appreciate it more.

I'm curious. What your favorite memory on the set has been so far?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
There are dozens.
Working with Mary.
with Dean.
punching Nicky
punching Tahmoh
punching Eddie
having a wardrobe malfunction which caused the entire set to see my hammer.
showing my son the ships for the first time.
laughing with Mary and Paul till we could not shoot.
working with Eddie in season 4 in a very specific scene in the bar.
getting Starbuck pregnant.
killing Gaeta
running david Eick over with my car.
watching Tigh and Dualla have an affair.

just so many.....
(no subject) - chieftyrol on January 23rd, 2008 12:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
arlcarlc on January 14th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hello Aaron,

I was going to ask you to Marry me, but then I realized I'd have to wait in line, soooo...here's my question:

"What's it like working with Mary McDonnell?"

Thanks, and keep up the great, great work.

Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Mary the sweetest most wonderful woman you will ever meet.
It was, to this point, the highlight of my acting career. It was so special and I will never forget that day and that scene.

the one at the end of dirty hands.
(no subject) - chieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
ficwriter1966ficwriter1966 on January 14th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
OK, I'll chime in!

We need your favorite Ron Moore anecdote.

(Thanks for doing this. It's above and beyond.)
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
End of season 3. I found out in Sept that they were going to make the Chief a Cylon. I was not allowed to say anything to the writers, I wasn't supposed to know. I asked Ron and David off handedly if anything was coming up for the Chief.

They both said, "nope, not much, just rolling along like he usually does."

I walked away thinking LIARS!!!!!!! FRAKKING LIARS!!!!!
Jenn: Junowildflowerz on January 14th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
K, I'll ask one.

Do you read? If so, what types and authors interest you?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I read a lot!

I am just finishing a book on Elvis called Revelations from the Memphis Mafia by Alanna Nash.

A Frakking brilliant book.

I am also reading a lot from Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and brilliant men of that ilk.

I also love Wilbur Smith, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.
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Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
I have spoken to many military people about situations like this. Where you have a crew chief who has been there for years and a new hot shot officer. Now the officer has all the rank but it is very well known that a Chief will ask the office to 'come around this corner for a second, I want to talk to you' then jam the guy against the wall and explain that it is his crew that keeps that jackasses plane in the air and that will never speak to the deck hands in that manner again.....

and the senior officers always back up the chief.

I like that.
teribsg on January 14th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I was wondering how the strike is affecting all the BSG workers (everyone)? And if there is an end in sight? Please don't let them just end the show, let there be a resolution after the strike!!! Thanks
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: bsg
we have been down since mid november.
The strike continues.
if we do not return soon my fear is that BSG will end where it is.
and that will really be too bad.
maquismommaquismom on January 15th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
When I start my imaginary theater company and bring you in as a guest artist, what role would you like to play? Are you ready for Hamlet yet? And since I understand you're a good singer you might as well stick around and do a musical, too--any favorite roles you might be interested in?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I would love to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.

Or Henry the IV
:-): petmekarie22 on January 15th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
You are so sweet to get online and post with your fans like this. Michael Trucco does the same thing, and I think it's so great that you guys are that down to earth and you want to spend time conversing with your fans. Bravo!

I was trying really hard to think of a question that you would be able to answer (i.e., not too spoiler-y), and I remembered a really good question that Katee answered in an interview about season 4 a while back. I figure if she can answer it without getting into trouble, it shouldn't get you in any trouble either.

The question was: What has been your favorite line that you've spoken so far in season 4?

(Katee's answer: "I'm not a cylon, you bitch!!" The boards went crazy speculating about which "bitch" she was talking to.)

Thanks again for being here, Aaron. We love you, we miss you, and we can't wait to see you on our screens again! God bless.

Edited at 2008-01-15 01:13 am (UTC)
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Katee was calling Trucco a bitch...... ;-)

Favorite lines from season 4?

Daddy's sorry.....

Drop your dicks and grab your sticks (although that might not make the edit)

I guess he told them.....

If I think of any more I will let you know.
robsomebody on January 15th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Wow, like everyone has said, thank you for taking the time to do this! Never expected this in a million years. So my question:

Have you kept (or plan to keep) any cool BSG set pieces to remember the show by when it's all over?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I steal stuff everyday......
Nicole Anell: happysqueenicole_anell on January 15th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
1) If you could play any character on BSG, other than the Chief, who would it be?

2) What was your favorite episode or scene LAST season? See, no spoilers necessary for this question. :)

Thanks for doing the Q & A!
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
1. a centurion

2. boxing with adama

and being on the algae planet with my best friend from high school who I got to work as an extra. was great to see him and hang out for a few days. I got him really drunk one night when I had an afternoon call and he had to be up at 5:30... hahahahhhaaaaa
Oz Qozq on January 15th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
ideal role?
Hi :D

If you could play any role from any time, any movie (real or imagined), or any book, what would it be?

NOTE: no BSG allowed! "What I'm doing/have done" would be a cop out..lol
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: ideal role?
Han Solo


Agent Pendergast from the books by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston.


any character from Wilbur Smith books
Luckylucky63 on January 15th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Hockey eh?
Wow! This it is so amazing that you are willing to do this Aaron, props to you!

First I was wondering a bit about your relationship with hockey. Did you ever play? Favorite player? Personally, I am a goalie and have been born and raised a Dallas Stars fan :)If you are ever in Dallas I have season tickets and a connection for the Platinum level suites!

Now for a show related question. Some of us have been dieing to know the "drunk Jamie" story that Katee and Tahmoh alluded to at one of the cons, so can you shed some light on that or tell us a funny story about something that happened with the BSG cast on or off set?
Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Hockey eh?
I will be in Dallas in March for Allcon

I have been on skates since I was 2. I am also a goalie. Goalies rule.

I played till Junior. Favorite players? Growing up, Billy Smith, Richard Brodeur, Ron Hextall, Kirk McLean.
Now, Martin Brodeur.

There are thousands of funny stories. Maybe get Michelle to make me a page where I can write a story every week and post it. Would y'all like that?... Sorry for the y'all, I'm listening to Brad while I type and that's how he talks..... ha
dianora: pr tim infodianora2 on January 15th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
So....what is your favorite breakfast cereal? Raisin Bran or Cocoa Pebbles? Or can the two coexist peacefully?

More serious question: As you look for (and book) post-BSG work, are you planning on staying in Vancouver long-term and working from there, or do you envision a move to L.A. at some point in your future?

Aaron Douglaschieftyrol on January 22nd, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Honeycomb, Captain Crunch, Rice Crispies (if they are in bar form) Lucky Charms

I will move wherever I have to to get a good gig. I would love to stay at home but that is not the nature of our biz.