Over the course of this evening I have had a little e-mail correspondence with our friend Richard Hatch who has re-iterated to me that although he may or may not take on the role in Ron Moore’s Galactica, it does not alter his love of the classic series or his willingness to support any continuation should one ever get produced.
“My belief is that there is no competition between the old series and the new. You cannot compare them as they are totally different in tone and style, and the original was filmed over 25 years ago.” Hatch revealed in a statement to Sci Fi Pulse.
“I love the original series and will always fight for it and believe in it. This new series for me is something totally different. I don’t know why the studio went in such a totally different direction and I think it would have been much better if the new series had it’s own name or maybe a spin off in the BG universe, however they decided to go in this direction and we have to deal with that.”
The actor also revealed that he understands some of the angry feelings that fans may have, and admitted that he has at one point or another felt the same anger. However Hatch stated that to his way of thinking Anger is a negative emotion which is more often than not ignored by the powers that be.
“I have told people that the failure of this new series won’t help anyone or bring back the original. Rather than try to undermine this show or attack it, fans should give constructive feedback that will give the producers ways to make it better. I’ve learned the hard way that when you attack out of anger no one listens and you just waste a lot of energy and end up exhausted, serving no one’s interest.”
Hatch also added that he will only take on an acting role if it holds some creative challenges for him. He also added that the remake will never be as special to him as the original.
“It will never be for me what the original was, but with enough time and care it can hopefully evolve and grow into something unique and original, and have something special to offer the Sci-fi community. As an actor I make choices to accept a role based on the quality of the role and the acting challenge it affords me. The character Ron presented to me really sounded interesting and I am very appreciative that he is willing to reach out to the original actors and offer them something worthwhile to play. I wouldn’t be doing it otherwise. My greatest heartache is that at this time at least the original series was not continued and evolved, but I have had to put aside my anger and frustration and deal with what is. This has been a major struggle and life lesson for me. The point is I can’t change what is so what can I do now in the present moment that will make a positive contribution to Battlestar. That’s where I’m coming from.”
Sci Fi Pulse would like to thank Richard for sharing these thoughts with us. In closing Richard also thanked the fans for all of their ongoing support and hopes that in light of recent events that they will continue to show support for him and his role in the remake should he indeed take such a role on.
By Ian M. Cullen