Sunday, May 3, 2009

Stargate Atllantis - SciFi and TV Talk Blog: Kavan Smith Interview

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Kavan Smith - Major Impact

by Steve Eramo

As an actor, when playing a recurring role in a TV series, the last thing you want is to receive a script and read that your character is among those trapped in a building that is collapsing on top of them. That, however, was the fate that befell Stargate Atlantis‘ Major Evan Lorne in the year four finale The Last Man. Luckily for him, he and Dr. Rodney McKay, together with Colonel John Sheppard and Ronon Dex, were discovered alive and well in the fifth season opener Search and Rescue, much to the relief of actor Kavan Smith a.k.a. Major Lorne.

... In the aforementioned The Last Man, Smith relished the opportunity to share the stage once again with Hewlett. Both actors spent some time behind prosthetics as a portion of the story takes place in an alternate timeline where their characters have aged a number of years.
... “Acting with the latex is challenging in that your face doesn’t move as much,” continues Smith. “You’re not as able to manipulate your facial muscles, but what it does, though, is really slide you into the character. You look in the mirror and you’re like, ‘I am old, there’s no question about that. I’m a 65-year-old man. That’s what they [the viewers] are going to see and I don’t have to act that way because I look it.’ I feel bad for some of the guys on Atlantis who do the full prosthetic masks when playing Wraith or other aliens. It’s four hours in make-up in the morning and then a couple of hours at night to get it all off. When you have a break you can’t really sleep because you can’t put your face down, put weight on it or things like that..."

Kavan Smith as General Evan Lorne in 'The Last Man'

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