BACKTOFRANKBLACK EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: RON SELMOUR!

Ron Selmour was born Haiti in the West Indies and grew up in Montreal. He spent the first years of his life going to plays & musicals with his parents and watching his father on stage. In 1992 he enrolled in the Theatre Program at Concordia University. Ron has starred in the horror movie Bones and appears in the feature films Blade Trinity, Black Christmas, The Chronicles of Riddick and the forthcoming 2012. Ron is no stranger to the SF genre and he has guest starred in numerous SF series' including The Outer Limits, First Wave, Dark Angel, Harsh Realm and as Ernie Shiffer in Millennium's In Arcadia Ego. Ron took time from his very busy schedule to talk to BackToFrankBlack and I am sure you will agree with me, this is one enjoyable interview that just oozes personality and heart. Enjoy the read folks.

MARK HAYDEN: Am I correct in thinking that 'In Arcadia Ego' launched your career on the screen? How did you arrive at a career in acting and how did the role of 'Ernie Shiffer' come your way?

RON SELMOUR: In Arcadia Ego was indeed my great beginning on the screen. The role came to me as I was passing through Vancouver on my way to LA from Montreal. I had auditioned for a guest role on The X Files but that didn’t pan out, then, Coreen Mayrs, the CD, brought me back a bit later to read for the role of Ernie Shiffer and voila... I was ecstatic about it simply because I was and still am a dear fan of Chris Carter’s work.

The desire to act began to manifest itself strongly midway through highschool. Growing up in Haiti my father was a theatre buff...but I hated it. My folks sent me to Canada for a better education; maybe becoming a lawyer or something like that. Then I saw a Westside Story production at my high school. All the hip kids, the coolest cats in that school were in that production. It was a tiny stage from a little high school in Montreal called de Roberval. It was like magic. I wanted to be part of that.

MH: What was your reaction to the role itself? Did you have any trepidation at all in playing an individual who, it was revealed, raped a woman while she was incapacitated. Can you recall your reaction to the character when you received the script?

RS: I don’t remember having any particular reaction regarding the role itself other than sheer excitement. It was a vindication of some sort for me. My dream was coming true and I was more interested in being true to the character. I was eager to sink my teeth into the role and fly off with it. I felt very spiritual about, actually, and quite grateful.

MH: You had some great on-screen time with Lance Henriksen and Terry O'Quinn. Did you learn anything for the process of working with them so early on in your career and how was the experience for you?

RS: I remember at one point, we were standing outside. We were about to go on camera after rehearsing the first scene. Lance noticed that I was all weirded out and asked me what was wrong. I replied to him that I was tripping out because of the admiration I had for him.

Five months prior, I had no idea where my life was going to end up. He smiled, tapped me on the shoulder and said let’s go back inside and have fun. Terry was very laid back and very professional. I had their full support and I felt comfortable because they made me feel like I was doing good. Lance was the ultimate cool cat. He made it look so suave. I dug that very much.

MH: It's been something of a revelation to me, as a layman, how many actors do not revisit their work on the screen. Have you seen 'In Arcadia Ego' or any episodes of Millennium and what are your thoughts and feelings on it? Can you appreciate why so many individuals are passionately wanting the franchise to be revisited.

RS: You’d be surprised to hear that I still watch that episode. I have a scene from “In Arcadia Ego” on my first and my second demo-reel. I play them for friends all the time, so I can tell stories about my first real gig. The vibe and the quality of the intensity of the show is so captivating, I found it revelant enough to watch over and over again.

MH: You've been is some sterling productions in your career so far but I was delighted to catch you in James Morgan and Glen Wong's 'Black Christmas.' Did you have an opportunity to meet Glen and James when you worked on Millennium? How do the experiences of working in film and television compare for you.

RS: It was a delight to work on ‘Black Christmas’ simply because those gentlemen are great people to work with. I wasn’t on set for that long but I remember it was particularly a fun shoot.

The experiences of working in Film and Television are one and the same. To me it’s the same craft. I have to go through the same process as far as exploring every aspect of the whole dynamic of the piece and the character or characters I happen to be working on or with.
Making love is making love, y’know what I mean?

MH: Millennium fans in particular are looking forward to '2012' as it appears, on the face of it, to deal with similar apocalyptic themes to Millennium. Could you tell us a little more about the film and whether you enjoyed your work on it?

RS: 2012 is one heck of a ride…it was a heck of ride shooting all those roller-coaster scenes. To break it down...2012: It’s the year the Mayan calendar ends, henceforth, the end of all mankind and you had a sense of that when on the sets. On the other hand; 2012 to me is rebirth, my daughter Soleii E Selestene Selmour was born during the filming of it. It was the new beginning of a beginning for me and there I was in the middle of the end of the world. I don’t think anyone can grasp the concept and the magnitude of the story yet. I was involved in one of the multitude of happenings that’ll be taking place around the World. Can you imagine that?

MH: I read that you are an artist and create work from your studio that you exhibit at private shows. Could you tell us a little more about your art, what medium do you work in and how would you describe your style?

RS: I do paint indeed. I’ve been going at it on a serious trip for the last eight, nine years. I’ve organised and participated in a number of artshows. My style is poetically abstract. I paint like I write prose. I tell endless stories through my work. I venture with oil, acrylic and watercolor. It’s a fantastic exercise. Somehow it spills over into my approach to the craft of acting in that it opens up windows in and around the mind that give you a new angle of looking into things.

MH: What can admirers of your work keep their eyes open for with respect to the continuing career of Ron Selmour?

RS: I just guest starred in Caprica. A television series set in the fictional Battlestar Galatica universe beginning 58 years before the events seen in Battlestar Galatica. I finished filming my scenes last night.

I’m also priveleged to be concurrently working with Zack Snider on Sucker Punch. I play a gentleman name Danforth who is part of this labyrinth like plot. A 1950’s period action movie. Zack Snider describes it as Alice in Wonderland with a machine gun. It depicts the story of a girl named Baby Doll who is confined to a mental institution by her evil stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomised in five days. While imprisoned, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain. In this fantasy world she needs to steal five objects to help her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.

It’s great fun, life is good. I’m on cloud nine and I intend to stay there or go up higher. I love my work, I’m loving life. We go on from here….more great work…and go on further making a difference in the world through my work.

MH: Once again our thanks for agreeing to talk to us.

RS: No thank you, Mark, for this healthy exercise.

PLEASE LEAVE YOU THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS FOR RON AT THIS BLOG AND JOIN WITH ME IN WISHING HIM ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THE FUTURE. THIS IS WHO WE ARE!

Here's Dirt's Thing - Maranatha Video Review!

Ladies and gentlemen it's time, once again, for our masked avenger, wrestlemaniac and super powered reviewer DiRT to cast his x-ray vision upon another episode of Millennium and direct his considerable following in our direction in the process. This time it's Maranatha and Frank Black's battle with a Russian Antichrist.

In Maranatha, Frank Black and Peter Watts investigate a series of brutal killings in the Brighton Beach Russian community of New York City. The shotgun slayings seem to be the work of mysterious Russian diplomat Sergei Stepanovich, a man recognized by the local immigrants as Yaponchik, a mythical Russian figure destined by prophecy to be revealed as the Antichrist. Now it might just be me but Yaponchik could well be a near rival for Lucy Butler as one of Frank's most chilling adversaries.

To my mind, Maranatha had the feel of a gothic melodrama with few spoons of Russian religious thinking mixed with global unease about nuclear power but you're not here to listen to me right? So grab a Vodka, a dish of Soleniye Ogurscy and settle back for more from the man with the mask.....

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Is he right or wrong? What do you think of Maranatha? Did Chip write his Millennium magnum opus way back in season one or was his later attempts much better. And what about Lance, great acting or do better next time? Whatever your opinion about this episode and this review we want to hear about it.

As always, every new video we add to Youtube, or is added to Youtube for us, reaches out to a whole new audience and may find a Millennium who never knew of our campaign in the process. Don't forget, keep sending those letters and postcards to Mr. Steve Asbell.

As always, lend your considerable support to the man and go visit his own websites and find out what it's all about. Remember, every video made for the this campaign is an indispensable way of reaching out to a potential new campaigner.

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MILLENNIUM CAST AUDIO MESSAGES NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!

As promised I have put together the audio messages and exclusive footage of Barry W Levy recording his poem for you all to download. Once again we extend our thanks to Sarah-Jane Redmond, Missy Crider, Van Quattro and Barry W Levy for taking the time to record these for us and we thank all of you who took the time to show you appreciation and share a comment with them here at our Blog.

If you enjoyed these then all we ask in return is that you join the campaign and send one letter or postcard to Steve Asbell at 20th Century Fox. Like the Millennium Group, we don't believe you can sit back and wait for a happy ending and we have been resolute in our determination to bring this fine franchise back to the screens but we need you to help us. Please send one postcard or letter today and help us to bring back Frank Black!

That said, please download these and enjoy them and share your appreciation for the cast of Millennium and their continual support and kindness. This is who we are!

Mark

MILLENNIUM STARS UNITE TO WISH YOU A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Time for one last treat? I think so. Myself and Jim have long desired to see Millennium given an audio book treatment in the same vein as the sterling creations by Big Finish Productions. These guys kept their own beloved franchise alive in this format during it's long hiatus and whilst we wait for for a movie we see no reason why the desire for more Millennium should not be capitalised upon. With that in mind I set about trying to organise a little something to treat you all with for Halloween.

Sarah-Jane Redmond, Van Quattro, Missy Crider and Barry Levy all freely gave of their time to record a few Halloween poems and greetings to you, the fans. Please join with me in thanking them for the warmth and kindness they have afforded this campaign and for the sheer enthusiasm they have for what we are doing and for Millennium. Additional thanks to Kristen Cloke and Jeff Parise who tried to find time to do the same but who's busy lives demanded their attention. We thank you all for everything.

That said, Happy Halloween to one and all from all the team at BackToFrankBlack and a few famous faces to boot. We hope you have had a wonderful Halloween and we thank you for all your support over the last thirteen months!

Mark

A House With No Windows by Richard Jones

Sarah-Jane Redmond (Lucy Butler) recites a poem about a malign entity that inhabits a room in a building and whispers to its living occupants.





Ghosts by Fannie Stearns Davis

Van Quattro (Willi Borgsen) brings us the haunting tale of a man filled with fear about the prospect of ghostly apparitions visiting him on the spookiest night of the year.





Waiting For A Miracle by Leonard Cohen

Missy Crider (Janette Vitti) speaks of two lovers drawn together by circumstance who patiently wait for their miracle to come.





The Hag by Robert Herrick

Barry W Levy (Braylock) tells this traditional tale of the Devil's liege herself. A perfect poem for Millennium fans and the spooky season.





Bonus Track: Halloween Magic by Barbara M Hales

Missy Crider gives us one extra treat with a cute little poem about the magic of Halloween.




Hopefully these will be available for you all to download in the very near future. I am putting together a nice package for you all including an alternative version of Sarah-Jane's recording and video footage of Barry's. Once it's all ready, you will be the first to know. Additional thanks to Laura and Frank at Spooktalkular.com for helping me out when our resident audio expert was in Chicago and to Graham P Smith for helping make Sarah-Jane's contribution possible as well as providing technical support along the way. We thank you all for everything.