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Feature: Battlestar Galactica (2000s) - Identity Crisis
Hero, celebrity, husband... Cylon! Now Anders’s secret is in the open, can he dare to hope for a better future? Actor Michael Trucco discusses…
Some people spend half their lives trying to ‘find themselves’ and figure out their place in the world, but for professional-Pyramid-player-turned-resistance-fighter Sam Anders that seemed obvious, even as the world was turned upside down around him. At least it did, until Battlestar Galactica’s third season finale revealed that he was, in fact, a humanoid Cylon, one of the Final Five. But, with the Cylons attacking, he didn’t have time to dwell on it, as the newly trained pilot showed where his loyalties lay by flying his Viper into battle against the machines.
Shooting those combat scenes was a dream come true for the actor who plays him, Michael Trucco.
“I was like a kid in a candy store,” he enthuses. “After two seasons on the show, not to mention being a fan of Galactica, to finally get a chance to sit in a cockpit of a Viper, I mean, how cool is that. I love that the fourth season opens with a ‘bang’ and we’re right in the thick of things. Sirens are going off, lights are flashing, it’s a full-fledged attack and our heroes are throwing everything they’ve got, including Anders, at the Cylons. Coincidentally, I had done a lot of cockpit work before on a TV show about military fighter pilots called Pensacola: Wings of Gold. Almost every week our characters spent time in the cockpit and, just like Galactica, we’d have a similar shooting set-up with a mock-up plane sitting on a gimble and the camera right in front of us...
Read the full interview, plus an interview with Edward James Olmos in Starburst #365