ShareTV Talks with Robert Knepper and Ray Park
Best Known for his main role as T-Bag in Prison Break, or his many appearances in movies such as Hitman, Hostage, Transporter 3, ...
Best Known for his iconic roles as Darth Maul in Star Wars, Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe, or Toad in X-Men.
Sep. 16th, 2009 -- NBC held a special conference call with celebrities Robert Knepper and Ray Park for which I was invited to attend on behalf of ShareTV. These 2 stars are joining the cast this season on Heroes, which premieres Monday Sep. 21st on NBC (9/8c). Robert will be playing the role of Samuel Sullivan, a somewhat dark and mysterious leader of a traveling Carnival that has become a home for those with special abilities and powers that don’t want to deal with the real world. After Samuel’s brother dies, he makes it his personal mission to start recruiting others with abilities. Ray will be guest starring as the role of Edgar, a member of Samuel’s carnival gang who possesses the ability of super speed. While Edgar is seen as Samuel's right-hand man it becomes clear you must be careful who you trust.
And here is the transcript:
NBC Coordinator: And now we have Chris Richmond with ShareTV.
Chris Richmond: Hi, how are you guys doing today?
Robert Knepper: Hello, hello.
Ray Park: Good, good, good.
Chris Richmond: My first question is, you know, you guys are new to the show and I'm wondering what is your favorite scene that you've shot so far on Heroes and can you describe it so we have something to look forward to?
Ray Park: You go ahead Robert.
Robert Knepper: I've had two different moments - two very well written scenes; one with Masi and one with Zach. They were again because of the writing they were just really moment to moment slam bang blasting scenes. And they - by the end of both of those scenes - there'll be other scenes I'm sure but so far those meaty scenes for me have been the kind of - when you finish them at the end of the day - at the end of the night you go wow. And hopefully it translates to the screen as well. So far the feedback has been really good about them. But they’re basically - they’re similar scenes in that Samuel gets down to the nitty gritty with both Hiro and Sylar, kind of calls them on their shit and says, you know, come on, don't BS a BS-er here; what’s going on. And it'll be interesting for the fans I think to see not only what Samuel does but mostly what - how he can get under people’s skins. And he certainly did in those two scenes with those two characters.
Chris Richmond: Very nice. And Ray what about you?
Ray Park: A lot of the stuff that was done together has all been a new experience and, you know, I've really enjoyed everything we've done so far. And everything has been different as well. It was great to have myself and Zach and Robert and (Don) and we were all in - they showed the carnival for its entirety and, you know, you can see, you know, the carnival in its glory. And it was fun to do that, you know, to have - to be in the midst of everything and play out. So, you know, I'm sure they'll be planning more things to come as well. And also to do one of the fight scenes with Milo as well. And that was earlier on at the beginning of shooting. And I had a lot of fun doing that; that was an experience as well as to how shooting fight scenes would be compared to anything else I've done. And it’s been really nice.
Chris Richmond: Was it more difficult than your past roles or is it pretty basic compared to like working on Star Wars or GI Joe?
Ray Park: The thing - it hasn't been basic or difficult it’s you've got to, you know, you've got to be on you’re a-game. And you come in and sometimes you have injuries or you’re aching or sore from rehearing for two months and - it’s nice to come in and rehearse, work out the details of what we’re doing and then film it, you know, the following week. And so it’s fresh because, you know, I wouldn't have to do it 1000 takes, you know, it'd be a few, six, and it was - it was really good. It was nice to - because I'm always like did I do well? Should I do another take? Should I go again? But it was just really good to just be on it, do it a few times and it was nice and clean. So the experience is great. You know, I was asked if, you know, would I have considered TV in the past and now I'm - like I'd love to continue and hopefully continue with the luck and, you know, maybe one day I'll have my own TV show I'm hoping. I'm really enjoying the experience.
Chris Richmond: Very nice. Was there any new skills either of you had to learn for your parts, I mean, I believe, Ray, your part - the character uses knives a lot. I mean was there anything you had to learn for that?
Ray Park: Yeah, for me it was the knives; I don't use knives at all. You know, I don't like knives. I've been cut a few times by a knife by other people and it’s been - but I was very, you know, because of the carnival and I always loved the circus as a kid and so I've used the martial arts background and performance background with the martial arts to bring it into the character. So I'm glad that my daughter loves going to Benihana's. That’s embarrassing to say when she - a four year old says, daddy can we go to Benihana’s because, I'm impressed by their chefs there so, you know, I've picked up a few tips from those guys. And of course I always wonder what would Jackie Chan do if he had a knife and a spoon and a fork and how cool would he use one of those utensils. It’s something I work on and try to come up with something that was clean and simple but a big flash that would happen over the (unintelligible).
Chris Richmond: All right. Anything Robert that you had to learn - skills for your part or...
Robert Knepper: Well I just - Ray just tipped me off for something if I ever - I'll know when I see him working at Benihana’s someday that he'll be nostalgic for Heroes long after he’s gone because he'll be the new sous chef at Benihana's. No I think that all this seems pretty familiar to me. Just different clothes, different character and stuff. The trickiest part for me is working on the dialect. I mean that’s something I'm still fishing around with. Actually when we went to Comi-Con when was it a month or so ago, I don't know. ...time is flying. Was it July or August I can't remember. But I actually said in front of the audience I said you guys are going to see me actually rehearsing this thing over the next several episodes instead of having it all perfected before I start it’s something I'm developing as I'm doing it. Which before my last gig I don't think I probably would have had the cheekiness to say something like that. But I feel like, yeah, you know, there’s enough trust that they know I'm - my heart is in the right place to delve into this character; it’s not that I'm being lazy. I just - I'm really discovering - truly discovering as I go. And I think that’s the thing I learned on Prison Break is that - and it’s things I've talked about with a lot of the actors on this show, when you get into your fourth year you have to kind of reinvent yourself; you have to keep it fresh somehow. I mean I do, some other people maybe could phone it in but I think if you start phoning it in you’re always going to start phoning it in on future jobs. And I never want to get in that position. And I'm just challenging myself now at the beginning of the job so that, you know, I keep reminding myself that that’s always how I'm going to work and how I will, you know, three years from now on Heroes if it goes that far.
Chris Richmond: Yeah I would hope so. Like someone has already said I had thought your voice on Prison Break was, you know, that’s how you would normally talk. I was surprised myself to hear you. I was like wow, you know...
Robert Knepper: ...I'm just a little boy from Ohio man.
Chris Richmond: One last question for Ray, a lot of people I know have talked about how your, you know, your big roles have all been, you know, in costumes, where you don't really have many lines or it’s mostly the martial arts. So are you excited to be able to play a part where, you know, people get to see your face and you have more lines?
Ray Park: Yeah definitely. It’s a big step for me. I mean in the past I always wanted to - it was frustrating because I, you know, the parts I've played but I wanted to, you know, continue to work. And as I've gone on I'm like I told myself I really enjoyed the parts, you know, I don't mind the going to wardrobe and makeup and do it as long as I get to play an interesting part. And so I've worked - been on Heroes it’s really - it's, you know, the first time you get to see me really, you know, just let loose and, you know, I get to have a lot of scenes it’s not just me running around and I'm chopping and doing kicks and punches and flying through the air. You know, I get to, you know, be involved in the scenes. And which is great, you know, and it’s great to have that, you know, confidence and have, you know, the - and even the writers and producers to give me more stuff to do. And it’s great - it'll be really it'll be the first time people get to see, you know, what I can do and, you know, I'm always learning. And I’m glad for the experiences I've had.
Chris Richmond: All right and it was great talking to you.
Ray Park: You too.
Robert Knepper: Thank you.
Chris Richmond: Thank you.
Ray Park: Thank you.
Samuel [played by Robert Knepper] meets Hiro for the first time
Edgar [played by Ray Park] fights Peter Petrelli in super speed...
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