ONeill is the leader of the SG-1 team, which travels via an ancient space
portal, the Stargate, to other planets. They search for evidence of activity by
the evil Goauld and make contact with the inhabitants of the places they
visit, including descendants of people taken from Earth long ago.
Although he has played everything from a
sexy Soap Opera surgeon to a crazed abusive husband, Stargate SG-1 marks
Andersons entry into the world of Science Fiction. My credo is,
Ill try anything once, well, virtually, so I would have been
a hypocrite if I had said, Nah, just forget about it, says
Anderson. It was high time that I gave Sci-Fi a shot and this show
provided me with the perfect opportunity.
Im having a lot of fun with
the dialogue and the whole concept and especially with my portrayal of
ONeill. An actor couldnt ask for any more freedom than I have on
this show, notes Anderson. Also, as one of the executive producers
Im obligated to the franchise. If you want to keep an actor in line make
him a producer and he wont rush off to race cars and jump out of
airplanes on the weekends. Its called responsibility!
It was John Symes, President of MGM
Worldwide Television Group, who approached Anderson about playing the lead,
after acquiring all rights to the 1994 StarGate movie (starring
Kurt Russell as Jack ONeill).
"John and I had worked together on
MacGyver. He hired Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright [the shows
executive producers and writers] to develop the programme and called me and
said, I want you to do this. Do your homework, as I know you will, and
over-analyze it, as Im sure you will, which I did, he laughs.
I watched the movie a few times and saw it had the phenomenal potential
to be a great series. We were going to be limited only by our
Have you seen our Stargate SG-1
coverage in these recent issues of TV Zone?
|Don S. Davis
(Gen. Hammond) interview
|Christopher Judge (Teal'c) interview
|Season Two episode guide, six pages
|Amanda Tapping (Sam Carter) interview
(Daniel Jackson) interview
|Jonathan Glassner (Executive Producer) interview cover story
|Please note: links are to details of each issue. Features are not