I had a three-day pass for this con, but
I ended up going on Saturday only since most of what I wanted to see
was on that day. The con opened at 10 AM, but a friend told me to
be there early because the lines just to get passes could be
crazy. I got to the sports complex at just before 9 AM and
luckily didn't find much of a line for the people who
preregistered. I met a couple of guys dressed in Stargate outfits
- green BDU's. Looked like they were supposed to be Jack and
Daniel ...one guy was wearing sunglasses almost like the kind Jack
would wear from time to time and a baseball cap, while the other guy
was wearing gold framed glasses with no lenses in them. They were
pretty much the only other Stargate fans I met outside.
Armed with a program schedule, I headed down to the dealer
tables. What an assortment of weird and interesting stuff.
There was a table with some Stargate merchandise - mostly issues of the
magazine and the different trading cards. Kevin Sorbo and Ron
Glass were already down there setting up for their autographs. I
talked to them for a little while and they were both very nice
guys. I'd first seen Ron Glass way back in Barney Miller (hope
I'm not dating myself here, lol) and he told me he really enjoyed
working on that show. When Kevin Sorbo found out I went to school
at Stony Brook he asked what I studied and I told him "geology."
He said that he was always interested in courses like that. He
asked me if the campus is really nice in the spring, with all the
foliage and stuff (it is). I got autographs from both of them and
it was cool meeting them.
Carmen Argenziano and Ron Glass were due to speak at 11 AM at some sort
of talk entitled "Wise Old Men." We were in the lecture hall
waiting for the talk when they came in and announced that it had been
cancelled. Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica (BSG) was
going to give his Q&A in that room instead, so I decided to stay
put. He seemed like a nice guy, actually kind of
philosophical. He talked a bit about the old BSG, but mostly it
was about the new series. I zoned out a bit there because I don't
watch the new BSG and had pretty much no idea what he was talking
about. *g* He showed a gag reel from that show and also a trailer
from a new series he's working on called Magellan.
His talk lasted about an hour and a half and then I went to get
something for lunch. After that, I headed back over to the sports
complex. I met Tara from the Stargate Alpha and Omega group at
the Information Desk. I told her I'd been looking for Carmen
downstairs at the dealer tables earlier, but couldn't find him.
She told me he was down there now, so we headed back down. After
searching amid the numerous tables and dodging the crowds, I finally
found Carmen. I presented him with gifts of appreciation from my
fellow Sam/Daniel rebels, including a Jacob/Selmak bear (teddy bear
with Tok'ra costume made by Chris), two fanfiction stories by Monica
and Cindy, and a Thank You card/note signed by Chris for us Sam/Daniel
'gaters. He was a bit surprised to receive all of it, but very
gracious. He said, "Oh! A tok'ra bear!" He had just
come in from outside and had been wearing a cap. He put it on the
bear and let me take a couple of pictures of him holding the
bear. Then his handler asked if I wanted a picture with him and I
said "oh, yes, please," so she took one pic of me with him.
Autographed photos were $20 each, but he let me have 2. He signed
one to me and the other I got him to sign "Sam Daniel rebellion RIGHT
ON!" I'd told him that I belong to an online community of
Stargate fans called the Sam/Daniel Rebellion, how we miss him, and how
we appreciate him talking about Sam/Daniel in a positive light.
He thanked me again for presents and shook my hand.
His Q&A was at 3 PM, so I went up into the gymnasium early to get a
good seat. I sat up front and I took a few pics of him before the
questions started. I can't remember how many questions there
were, but almost less than half of them were related to Stargate.
He mostly talked about acting in general and people asked him about the
other films he appeared in, such as Godfather II and Sudden Impact (he
said he liked working with Clint Eastwood in that one). Someone
asked him about Jacob's end on SG-1, and if he felt that was a good
time to end. He said no, and he wished it didn't happen.
However, he had been doing a play in LA during the last few
episodes. He lived in LA while they shot Stargate in Vancouver
and there was an inconvenience and expense issue for TPTB; they were
looking at more local actors. He speculated that maybe they
wanted to start a fresh story. He loved the character and he
wanted to continue, but he said that's showbiz.
Someone else asked him what his favorite episode was, and he said it
was The Tok'ra, Part II. He loved working with the woman who
played Selmak's former host, Saroosh (sp?). He said that when it
was time to do the scene where they had to lie next to each other and
the symbiote would leave her to go into Jacob, he wonderd how that
would look on camera, with him lying there with his mouth open like
that, lol. He also said that there was a moment where he tells
Sam how proud he is of her, and at that moment, he put his hand on
Amanda's cheek and she started crying. He said it ended upon film
and it was a nice moment.
He said that you never know which take they'll use. Once, when
they were going to some planet, he came out of the gate and tripped,
and of course they left that take in. When his son was going to
see it, he kept telling him, "oh, wait until you see this" (he didn't
know that they kept that take in). His son saw it and said,
"Daddy, you look like a sissy!" LOL.
Someone also asked what RDA was like as a person. He said that he
was always warm and friendly, although one time he was in a bad mood
because he had a fight with his ex-girlfriend. Carmen's son was
visiting the set that day and remarked to him what a grouch RDA was.
*grin* RDA wasn't happy for the rest of the day. That was
about it for his Q&A session, and about it for the convention for
me. I had a great time. Carmen was such a sweet guy and I
was really glad to meet him.
Here are a few pics from the con, including several of Carmen with the
Jacob bear (and one of the bear before I gave it to him), several of
him during the Q&A panel, and a picture of myself with him (please
don't mind how awful I look there, lol!). I've also scanned the
two autographed pics from him and put them up here. Click on the
thumbnails for full-sized images. Please do not hotlink.