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Timeless Destinations Michael McManus interview transcript
January 15, 2006

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Janika: Below is a transcript of Timeless Destinations' interview with Michael McManus on Scifi Talk with Tony Tellado.  I did not get permission to print this, nor is this (my) site affiliated in any way with Timeless.  I am posting this interview for those Lexx fans who cannot download a 35 minute podcast or are hearing impaired.  I am making this transcript myself-- it is not copied from anyone else.  I searched Scifi Talk's podcast pages for a link to transcripts and never found one, so here you go.  BTW, a link back to Tony's comment page on this interview can be found at the end of this post.  You can go there and tell Tony thanx doing this interview and making it available to the fans!  He's a super busy guy and has a lot of stuff going, but he does read your comments and appreciates your input.

Intro by Brian: This is Brian Downey.  I play Stanley H. Tweedle on the Lexx.  The Lexx is the most powerful destructive force in the two universes.  Please tune in to Scifi Talk, because it's one of the last good things on this stupid type 13 planet.  -Ugh!- 

Tony Tellado: Hi, welcome once again to Scifi Talk.  This is your host Tony Tellado.  You know, it's a great pleasure to talk to a fine actor, Michael McManus, who was Kai on the television series Lexx.  Kind of a classic series in my eyes, I've always looked back very fondly, and you'll hear me singing the praises of it during the course of this interview, because I really dug the series for its uniqueness.  Scifi needs a lot of different types of shows, and certainly Lexx falls into its own category, no doubt about it.  Michael will be appearing at Timeless Destinations in 2006, and that'll be great because it'll be reunion with his Lexx costars-- Xenia Seeberg and Brian Downey-- in addition to one of its favorite guest stars, Ellen Dubin.  So a little Lexx reunion going on at Timeless Destinations.  You'll want to find out more about that convention at timelessdestinations.com and visit my Scifi Talk page on Timeless at scifitalk.com.  And without any further ado, here's my conversation with Michael McManus.

TT: I'm really glad that you're gonna be at Timeless Destinations coming up this summer.

MM: Right, will you be there?

TT: I hope to be there very much, yes, so we can meet in person, that would be awesome.  I think that's great, I think you'll really like it because it's a very intimate kind of convention, and the line between the actors and the fans is really narrowed and you can really interact with people, and they can certainly interact with you as well.  So I think you'll really like it, and it's a very laid back atmosphere, with I really like, too, so I think it's gonna be fun.

MM: All right.

TT: I would also love to see a Lexx panel with yourself and Ellen Dubin, and also Xenia as well.  It would be great to see you all on a panel discussing the show and looking back and reminiscing about it.

MM: Right, yeah.

TT: I find myself watching it even to this day, it's a great show.  And Kai was such a fantastic character.  I know that you have a good stage background, and that obviously helps in doing this type of thing, because if you can do anything on stage, playing these otherworldly characters, makes it a lot easier, although I can only imagine how you approached playing a 6000 year old assassin.  So what went through your mind, especially when you were doing the original movies back in the late '90's?

MM: Well, it's hard to say.  I was kind of catapulted into the series very late, so I think my costume was still being sewn on me when I did my first walk down the gangplank after Barry Bostwick, who played the head of the rebels.  The thought processes were pretty pragmatic, really.  An example would be when they talked to me about the weapon.

TT: Yes, the brace.

MM: Bill Fleming was the art director.  He asked me-- they were having an argument in the art department whether or not it should be on my right arm or my left arm.  He was saying it should be on the left arm, and somebody else was saying, "He's right handed, it should be on the right arm."  Bill came to me and spoke to me about it, and immediately I thought-- should it be on the left or the right-- and I thought it should be on the right because it if you're a fencer, you don't fence with your left hand, you fence with your right hand.

TT: Right.

MM: And because it was already pretty clear the utility of the brace, I thought I'd look like a girl throwing the brace around with my left hand.  I'm not ambidextrous at all.  And that started to define the culture as a refined sort of thing with fencing, and thinking about the brace in a practical way led to thoughts about the Insect culture while the hair was being designed, and there was a lot of input into that hair being designed, and my justification for the weird wig-- including the costume-- was that when one civilization takes over another it tends to adopt some of their practices and asthetics, at least.  And because the Brunnen G's last great conquest was the Insect civilization, they inherited some aspects of Insect asthetic, so they're kind of black, and stringy things on the head, and costumes that kind of come over the hand, a little bit like a praying mantis or something like that.  A general sort of asthetic seems to have been borrowed from things that have to do with Insects.

TT: Yeah, cool.

MM: And that was kind of the way it all got patched together, in a pretty whirlwind experience leading up to the first roll of the camera.  And then, in the developing part of the series, there was a kind of move after the first movies in the writing department, and I think also the line producing department, although I'm not sure, to try and do a very classic tv series thing, which is to develop the characters.  And I thought, developing the characters, like the characters themselves help themselves developing was a sort of anti-Lexx idea.  It's a good idea, but it seemed to me more like a Star Trek idea, so I thought why on earth would somebody who's been around for this long develop anything?  I mean, you develop the situations in which we can see more of the character, but I think that character can stay as a fixed point and not develop after such a long process.  And the idea for that, and that would have been at the beginning of the second year, to me was to go, in science fiction you've got the guy who wrote An Anthropologist from Mars-- Oliver Sachs-- he wrote about Spock, and he was just writing expansively about the brain problems, and in this case autism, I think, and he wrote about the mandatory autistic character in a science fiction show or series, and he was talking about Spock, and I took that as a very strong point of reference for any kind of talk about the character developing, so the idea of wanting to have feelings or wanting to become a human being, I was sort of anti that.  Because if you're not a thing, it's very hard to want it, if you're that removed from something it's very hard to want it.

TT: Yeah, exactly.

MM: If you don't have the equipment that would want something, you can't want it.

TT: Yeah, exactly, exactly.

MM: So I really, I kicked against that little bit, and that seemed to work out because every year there seemed to be some theme around mechanical failure of the mechanical part of the character, and that's where I could really plug into playing the role.

TT: I think, speaking of Mr. Spock, I think you had the best-- no pun intended-- deadpan since Mr. Spock.  You obviously, as an actor, have great comic timing to do it just at the right time, and that is an art.  I have to commend you for that.

MM: I think that's got a lot to do with the writing.  It wasn't always that generous, but when it was generous, it was fairly deliverable dialogue, in that sense, that kind of humor, and then the writers' willingness also to sort of stay in character when they were writing characters.

TT: Well, I also felt that, in a lot of ways, Lexx was a lot more satire, and maybe even at times farce, than science fiction, and really poked gently and very funly at popular culture.  As Americans we took a lot of shots, but I didn't mind.  I thought it was kind of fun, actually.

MM: We stopped filming for a couple of days, we stopped immediately after the second plane hit the World Trade Towers.  We were finishing up in the worst satirical series of episodes, re: pop culture, American culture, and various other things the last 24 episodes that where shot, and we stopped, and it was a strange shock because the sort of things we were making fun of, they didn't seem like objects of-- they didn't seem funny at all anymore to me.  And for the way out, it was very odd to write about a kind of wacked out world where incompetents were running it, who were running it on greed and appetite like Swift had created them, instead of their mothers-- Jonathan Swift.  I mean, the characters who are inhabiting the world now are absurd, just, they seem ridiculous, and the news that comes down every day just seems more and more depressing.

TT: It is scary.

MM: We had started then, and we were shooting Lexx, and I thought, Wow, we're dated.  We got this in one year before.  We were prophetic.  Anyway, that's maybe going a bit too far.  Yeah, the satire really really started to get into focus in the last year.  The fantasy was the main thing in the first year, and I think that was kind of Paul's-- Donavan, the creator-- that was kind of his vision of the show, of a show that starts somewhere way way far away in time and place, and way far away from Earth, and ends up blowing up the planet Earth.

TT: Exactly.  Now, I love, like in the later episodes when you went to Las Vegas, that was just hysterical.  Talk about satire, on the Airforce One with the president, oh man.  I think that was definitely a knee-slapper, no doubt about it.

MM: Well yeah, but I mean again, after the World (Trade Center), I mean the world's taken a few turns, and that football now, which was such a laugh in the show, it makes me a little bit sweaty on the forehead.  I don't laugh so hard at that film.

TT: But no, those are great episodes and great shows.  Is there anything that stands out for you looking back on the series now?

MM: No, I mean, I think the series was like work and there were sort of disappointments in it and little triumphs like any kind of job that's over a longish term.  And the travel aspect to shooting the Lexx was very satisfying.  We spent a lot of time in Berlin, ? (couldn't catch it), and Japan, Thailand, Iceland.  I went to Iceland.  The other guys went to the Virgin Islands.  And other little trips-- Newfoundland, St. John's, and a very nice experience of shooting in various places around the world after a very intense period of maybe 5 or 6 months in the studio.  The job was fantastic, I've got to say that this sort of-- the post Lexx thing has just been a disaster, work wise.  And that's really the impression I'm puzzling over right now.

TT: You mean, how has it been, I mean, you say everybody sees you too much as Kai, is that what the problem is?

MM: I have no idea.  I don't know.  The market in Toronto's gotten a lot softer.  For actors it's harder to get work for Canadian Toronto-based actors, period.  There's a lot of stuff that I'm-- It's partly my own situation, as well, because I'm not against it financially any more.  There's a lot of work I just won't do.

TT: Well, yeah, I hear you.

MM: And so I think really-- it's been an awfully long time, and there's been a lot of things going on in my life.  But in terms of landing again on my feet as as actor, that hasn't happened yet.  And that's really the impression I'm left with, which it seems to be a fairly regular theme amongst actors, and maybe even particularly among scifi actors, the difficulty of recovering somehow.  And I don't know if it's got to do with your own presentation of yourself, or with people's idea of you because you've done scifi.

TT: Well, it's also, what, you've done a series for awhile.  I think most actors find it difficult at first, making the transition to doing other roles other than the person they played for a few years.  And also, maybe necessarily not the actors, but people seeing them other than that person.  It's hard for them sometimes to get past that.  And a lot of actors from like Star Trek series, you don't see them in as much any more because they're not doing-- although they will show up in a scifi kind of movie, and stuff like that.  So it's not easy, but it's obviously something that everybody has to go through that does that kind of thing.

MM: Yeah, and I used to joke, and it is a kind of a joke, although there is, I think, a little grain of truth in it, that scifi, from the industry's point of view, is just this side of porno.  And so it might worry some producers, somewhere in the back of their mind this actor has somehow attached himself to science fiction, and then that actor might not be right for some other kind of work.

TT: I think it was worse because years ago an actor like Tom Cruise would never do scifi, but now he does it and then he can go do something else.  So it's not as bad, especially for movies, but it's still hard for tv series to do a guest shot on a different show or another series that's not related to that.  It's really difficult, so I can certainly empathize with that.  And you actually were living in Berlin for quite awhile, and now you're back in Canada.  How has that transition worked out for you?

MM: Well, I was always taking extended visits to Berlin, I was kind of like an elaborate tourist in Berlin, and looking at things and seeing if I could live there-- I don't actually think I could-- and I don't know if I ever actually thought I could live the rest of my life in German, or in what passes for English in Berlin. And it's not over yet. It's still a connection that I'll have in the working part of my life, and other parts of my life, definitely, are still going to be conducted in Toronto and North America.

TT: Cool. So, have you thought about maybe doing some work in Vancouver, too? There's a lot of filming going on there, as well.

MM: Yeah, sure! Tell them I'm ready! Will work for reasonable wages.

TT: There you go. That's awesome. And you've also done things like The Adventures of Jules Verne, which I thought was a neat idea for a series, and you were on that. Describe that experience, working on that show.

MM: That was the budget crunch time, and that was whot they call a bottle episode. What that means is that they use a bunch of old scenes in a memory sequence, or something like that. When I showed up for that job, it was, again, very late casting, so I was second choice, and I showed up and the costume designer hadn't been told, so when he saw me he said, "We'll have to change your costume", and I said, "Why?", and he said, "Because you don't weigh 235 pounds." They billed it for an actor who was quite large. And then I showed up. But it was fun. They were frantic, and that was the end of their last season, and they seemed to want to do more, but they seemed to already have a kind of sense that it wasn't going to carry on.

TT: Essentially, the show had two Zevs during the course of Lexx. What was that like for you, and I'm not gonna ask you which one's your favorite, that wouldn't be fair. I'm sure each of the ladies brought their own magic to it. Usually a show doesn't replace one of the leads during the course of a season or run of the series. What was the like for you? Was that an easy transition for you and the rest of the cast?

MM: It was part and parcel of the beginning of the first series, and Eva Habermann was lost because the production took a little too much time to get money to go for another round. She wanted to do it, but she was already committed to another series, and the buy out for that was extraordinary, it would cost the production a fortune, so they decided to keep the scripts and to sort of recycle Zev, and turn her into the orange lizard skin Xev, Xenia Seeberg. And it was kind of a normalish transition. I like the hospital episode very much, when Eva-Zev dies and the Xenia Seeberg-Xev is introduced in a very nice way. The whole texture was changing. Somehow, it seems like it sort of allowed for that. I've only watched it in sequence thoroughly pretty recently, six months ago. I don't like to watch stuff as it's being shot. And it doesn't seem too hiccuppy. I've got to say, I was very attached to Eva because she adored me. S it meant no acting required. I'll just be indifferent to this love pouring out of a gorgeous young German girl.

TT: Yeah, that's not a bad gig, as they say.

MM: It doesn't sound like work at all. And Xenia, I think that she found her own way and figured things out, and quite rightly let the character adapt to her.

TT: She was great. Actually, she'll be at Timeless, too. When's the last time you saw each other?

MM: That's a good question. I'm not 100% sure. I believe the last time we saw each other was in Asia when we finished shooting.

TT: Wow, then it's time for a reunion, for sure!

MM: I've seen Brian more recently, and he's also gonna be in Vancouver.

TT: That's nice. I've interviewed Brian and he was great. He's so funny. Oh, man, he killed me. What was he like on set, was he the one that broke everybody up?

MM: He was funny, yes. I don't know, I would have thought that for five years to be Stanley Tweedle every day would be a very hard job, and he did it very well and never complained about that.

TT: No, he made it look easy.

MM: Yeah, it was easy for him. He's an excellent actor. He's another very mysteriously underemployed Canadian actor.

TT: Oh, he's very quick, too. We did an interview, and it turns out, it was supposed to be a press conference and ended up being a one on one, and we spent 15 minutes talking about Warner Brothers cartoons, and it was just awesome, it was so funny. But that's the way his train of thought was, and I just rode the train, because it was fun. He's such a funny guy. And there's an actress that's also gonna be at Timeless whose work I've admired. It was your Giggerota, and that was Ellen Dubin. What did Ellen bring to the show that-- it just seems that when she was on, the show got some juice. It was like one of those recurring guest stars on a scifi show, you say, "Oh, good! She's on!", you know, you want to watch it. What was it like, the experience with Ellen Dubin's character?

MM: In the first episode, my entire contact with her was throwing her off the bridge. In the second movie, I don't even know that I ever saw her. I don't think I ever did. (Janika's note-- Kai and Stanley tied Giggerota up in the cryochamber before scouting Brunnis in a moth.) I didn't see her in the 13 Fire and Water episodes. I think from a distance I may have shot all of her bodyguards with my brace when she was playing golf in Thailand. No, she stayed away from me...

TT: And wisely so! What was it like to have 790 have a crush on Kai? Especially towards the end there when he was just madly in love with him.

MM: Great... Now there, talk about great developments in scifi, that made the character of the computer head.

TT: Yeah, it did. It was great.

MM: It was a treat to watch, and being able to be indifferent to his increasing psychopathy until it actually really required some attention, which we didn't really give it anyway, being dependent on the psychotic robot head, he was the articulate part of the brains of that whole Cluster technology that we were on, the Lexx. And very many things could only be answered by 790, lots of logical requirements from him all the time. But it was just fantastic, it was great.

TT: What I thought was interesting was you were on Forever Knight, and then Nigel Bennett was on your show, so he kinda returned the favor. What was it like when Nigel came over?

MM: I wish he's been as generous with me as I was with him! I was on one episode with him, he was on again and again.

TT: Exactly. So what was it like when he came over and visited occassionally as Prince, I believe his name was on the show.

MM: Yeah, well, he became more and more solid in the series. Nigel is terrific, he's just a great actor who is a real stout British actor man. He managed to do something very difficult, which is for the entire duration, without getting angsty about it and without worrying about it, he played one of these kind of trickster characters, I mean like a kind of version of Q or something like that.

TT: Yes, exactly.

MM: And that's-- it's kind of a gift of a part, but it's very double-edged, and he did this very well. You've gotta walk a fine line, you can't get too campy, but you also can't let anything stick to your character. And somehow you've got to justify these bizarre things that you're able to do, places you can appear, things that you know about, powers that also turn out to be limited. He had to deal with all that, and he managed it very very well. He's a very director-friendly guys, and he's an all-around kind of guy to have around, and I think he managed a very difficult kind of part in a super professional fashion, very good.

TT: So you said you've watched the shows in sequence, have you seen a lot of the series on dvd, have you had a chance to go back and visit it now and see it that way?

MM: Yeah, I've watched it, like I had every right to, I stole it from the internet, because I've got the video copies, but they're so horrible to watch. These kind of copies are just a nightmare for an actor to watch themselves retaped on video, on VHS, so I've got that downloaded, I checked it out with my new p2p file sharing programs on a computer that I've had now just a little while, and found out that my video card is very good in my computer, I really like that. My internet connection's very good, and you can download gigabytes of Lexx on almost any file-sharing protocol out there.

TT: Wow, that's amazing.

MM: So I stole it from the internet. I don't think they could pin tha ton me, I don't think it's a crime if you're actually in it. If I was less lazy, I could have just gone down and gotten it at the dvd store.

TT: Well, I think they should give that to you, because you were in the show. I think if I were the producers, you should have a copy. So you should say, hey, this is your work, man.

MM: Yeah. No, like I say, I got the VHS copies.

TT: Yeah, but you know, they've gotta go with the technology, with the nice dvd's. I mean, that was awesome, the quality on that is just fantastic.

MM: Yeah, and it does suit the material better, it looked better than when I'd seen it on tv.

TT: Plus no commercials. And that's the best way to see it. You're just totally wrapped up in what you're seeing, you don't have to cut away every few minutes to sell something. That's what great about dvd's.

MM: One of the other reasons why it was particularly great with Lexx is because it wasn't built for one set of commercial breaks. It was built for three different sets of commercial breaks. That sometimes shows, I think, that they're a little bit shorter in the States because there's more commercial time required for the channels, but they're a little bit longer in Europe, and in Canada it varies.

TT: Yeah, we call it stripping here, where we take a series and cut it up so that it fits the commercial time.

MM: Stripping...

TT: Yeah, and that's really what it is, it's really stripping the product, which is why we love dvd's, because there's no editing, you're gonna see the episode as it originally aired without any cuts or anything like that, and wonderful sound, and also great quality. I do want to mention that Lexx always had its share of Gemini nominations, so it really hit the bar on a lot of different levels, too. I look at it as just-- people say it's a scifi show, I say oh, c'mon, it's great satire. You can argue it either way, but I think it was just cutting edge satire, and I have nothing bad to say about a show that helps me laugh at myself once in awhile. So it was a cool thing, definitely, it really was something awesome. Actually, one of the people involved in the Timeless Destinations, kind of like their group that emails each other, had a couple of questions for you. The first queston, name is Angel, and Angel wanted to know first what your future plans were.

MM: I don't have any. My plan is to try and get a plan.

TT: There you go, Angel.

MM: No, but tell Angel I'll let Angel know if it involves further schooling or a return to the stage or beating the pavement to try and get episodic tv work. Angel will be the first to know.

TT: There you go. All right. Well, stage work, I think you be good for you. I think that'd be cool for you.

MM: That suits me best, in a way.

TT: A lot of actors have always told me that they're very much at home on stage, much more than they are on tv and in films. Does that apply to you?

MM: Yeah, sort of. Again, the other interesting thing about the Lexx experience was to me, always the-- well, not always-- but often the experience is qualified in front of the camera, on the radio show, or onstage by the director. So what-- and this is the kind of school of acting that I came from-- Gordon Peacock, my favorite teacher from the University of Alberta-- he'd studied at Carnegie Mellon I believe, I think, and then other places and he ended up with an endowed chair in Texas, sort of towards the end of my tenure there, running the directing program. Again, I think that's correct. But he was very practical about many things, and one of the things he was practical about was that actors followed their directors, so once you got a director, you'd try and hang on to them, and hope that they get work, because then you get work with them. And to me, it's preferable to work with, say, Martha Henry (Martha Henry - Northern Stars) or Deanna LaBlanc (sp?) or someone like that, you won't know the names, than it is to work with-- and do what other people might think is a lesser part-- I would rather work with them than a director who I don't really understand, I don't understand what he sees in his head, and do my favorite part. And in a way that's the most heartbreaking thing, and the thing I kind of wonder about from the Lexx experience that a couple of the directors-- and I'm a little bit miffed that none of them have ever called me to give me this part, and that's maybe a normal thing, I don't know, but I know there are directors on Lexx that I would die to go work for, I'd go work for free because working with them I thought, everything becomes clear. And with other directors you're always just trying to rack your brains to figure out the simplest problem, because all of a sudden everything's deeply mysterious. So, in a small way, latching onto something like-- like Robert DeNiro had Scorsese-- is really important for an actor, because you need that strong, creative dialogue with a really good-- not a good like in a perfect sense-- a good for you kind of director, when you're an actor.

TT: Would you ever consider switching roles and being a director sometime yourself?

MM: Yeah, I think about it.

TT: Well, Angel's second question is about Kai's assassination uniform. Now, he (he?) was asking, he wanted to know if you managed to either keep it somehow, or is it somewhere in storage, as far as you know?

MM: I've got it.

TT: You've got it! Hey, cool!

MM: I've got the real costume, and I don't know what those early days after the Lexx finished and they were selling off stuff, they said that they sold the real brace, and they haven't, because I have that, as well. So whoever bought that one, they can ask for their money back, it's not the real McCoy.

TT: So there you go, Angel, he's got it and he's not gonna give it to you. But that's great. As I say, there was something, to me, that was-- scifi, at the time when Lexx was on, there was those Friday nights that had Farscape and Lexx back to back, and those were, I think, two of the most original scifi shows, and you can put that in quotation marks because Farscape was also its own thing as well.

MM: Absolutely, yeah.

TT: And I just thought that it was very original and very out there. I like what Scifi's doing now, but I certainly enjoyed those Friday nights, and I think there's room for both those type of programs.

MM: Oh, absolutely, yeah.

TT: So I think it's great, and those were very special Friday nights for me, to enjoy both shows. It was a great time, and it was sad when it all ended, both shows. Farscape did get their end, eventually, in a tv movie, but actually Lexx did have an end, so we did close the door, and nothing was left hanging, as they say. That was pretty good. So we're looking foward to having you at Timeless, I think it's gonna be a lot of fun, and it'll be great to see with some of your old friends, kind of hanging out. Certainly wish you the best. You are probably very modest about it, but I think those kind of parts, a character like Kai is a lot harder to play than it looks on tv. It looks like-- oh, he's easy-- but no, I don't think so. It's really a mindset that you had and you really were one with this character. You just seemed to find where he was, and you just-- he took you where you needed to go, and you were there. He was a very cool character in that sense, and obviously the offshoot of that is, like, women were crazy about Kai.

MM: Well.... Let's just keep it at that. Crazy about Kai.

TT: Oh, a lot of female fans were nuts-- really liked him.

MM: I met a buddy of mine in Toronto, I went over after one session of shooting-- I think it was after the 13 or something like that-- and always at the end of a shooting session, given the nature of the beast, one would be quite burnt out, I think-- and I dragged myself over to this guy's place, and he just had to introduce me to the new roommate in the place he was living. He was living in a kind of coop, an organized rooming house, very genteel and very nice and everything, but still requiring them to occassionally get people from the outside of their little circle to inhabit rooms and pay money. And they had a girl who was just about to return to Australia who'd been studying in Toronto, and I met her, and she had to confess after about 15 minutes that she was very sorry to have met me. Not in a bad way, it was a very sweet way, but she was like-- that character was so charismatic and you're just this guy. Skinny-shouldered. With a mouth who sort of seems a little bit like he's read too many books or something.

TT: Well, you know, the thing about Kai is I think what attracts women to him is less is more, you know? The guy has a little bit of mystery to him-- and the black outfit, and the hair-- it's a whole combination, and they just dig him. Michael, it's a curse, what can I tell you?

MM: Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Kai curse.

TT: But don't worry, they'll like you for you, too, no doubt about it. But I really want to thank you for taking time out, and certainly wish you the best, and, as I said, if you can tell, part of the reasons I do this is I'm a fan of science fiction tv, and I feel, looking back, that Lexx was definitely part of history, that we should always look back fondly and say yeah, that was a cool show, that was a lot of fun, and there's room for Lexx as much as anything else like the straighter shows like Star Trek and stuff like that.

MM: Oh, yeah. You've gotta be able to let it all hang out in science fiction once in awhile. In fact, one of my favorite scifi movies of all time is Barbarella (Barbarella Queen of the Galaxy Loves You). I just adore it. And it's kinda wacky and sexy.

TT: Yeah, kind of Lexx! Because it was strange, it was sexy, it was satiric, it was great. It's good stuff. Yeah, it was fun. Thank you again, and I really appreciate you being on the show, and look forward to seeing you at Timeless, and also meeting you in person. That would be a thrill for me as well.

TT: Great to hear that, great to have the opportunity to speak to this actor. One of the best things about what I do that constantly has me shaking my head when I sit down and analyze who I've spoken to in the past is the number of great people that I get to talk to, and I certainly would put Michael there. I certainly don't urge you to do what he does, is to download episodes on the internet of Lexx, but there's a lot of great dvd's out there that have a lot of great features that are worth picking up, and reliving this series over and over again. And definitely check out timelessdestinations.com for any more details on the convention. You can also get a room and sign up for this great convention. It's a lot of really great actors that are gonna be there. It'll be be kind of a Farscape and Lexx reunion then, too, which is kind of nice, and we'll have that Friday night lineup from years past brought back together again. That'd be awesome. And definitely check out scifitalk.com and my Timeless Destination page where you can hear this podcast, along with other podcasts with many of the other guests that will be there as well. A very special thank you to Bill Weinstraum (sp?) and Associates for setting up the interview with Michael McManus. Until next time on Scifi Talk, this is Tony Tellado. Thanks so much for listening.

MM: My name is Michael McManus. I played Kai in the Lexx, and you're listening to Scifi Talk.

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