30 June 2013

Tony Curran: June updates

Character Swap
The Defiance cast tells you what cast member they would like to play besides their own.

Defiance (Syfy) Episode 7 “Goodbye Blue Sky”
Episode Synopsis: Defiance (Syfy) Episode 7 “Goodbye Blue Sky”- Interesting relationships develop when the residents of Defiance are forced to stay indoors as a threatening Razor Rain storm approaches. Meanwhile, visions lead Irisa to the Spirit Riders and Sukar, who has fallen under the influence of a strange and mysterious force.

Defiance - Syfy Video Featurette: 'Episode 7 Recap'
A Well Respected Man, Dude Datak Definitely Does! 

Defiance “Datak Tarr” Tony Curran

Green Tips from Tony Curran of Syfy's "Defiance"


The Point Radio: Check Into BATES MOTEL With Nestor Carbonell
After a fast paced (and successful) first season, Bates Motel has wrapped and we talk to series regular Nestor Carbonell about his role now and in the upcoming 2nd run of episodes, plus we examine the unique alien life on SyFy‘s Defiance with Jamie Murray and Tony Curran.

Tony Curran and Jaime Murray Talk With SciFiMafia.com About the Tarrs of DEFIANCE
If there’s a power couple in Defiance, it is the Tarrs, Datak and Stahma. Will we be seeing them continue to gain advantages or will we be seeing a shakeup? Tony Curran and Jaime Murray took some time to speak with the media recently, including SciFiMafia.com, giving us some insight into their characters, and a few hints of what’s to come.

They were clearly enjoying chatting with each other as much as with all of us. Now make sure to imagine them saying these things in their native accents – Tony Curran is Scottish, Jaime Murray is English – to get the true sense of it:

SciFiMafia.com: Hi, thanks so much for being on the call today. I was already a big fan of the work of each of you so I’m so glad you’ve been given such great parts in Defiance. And I’ve got to say the subtlety that each of you bring to your parts are what I really, really enjoy about watching your performances overall.

Tony Curran: Thank you. Jaime’s very subtle as Stahma. I’m trying to be a little more subtle.

SciFiMafia.com: Well, you know, it’s those couple of times that you kind of make us like him that I really appreciate because, you know, it’s one thing to be kind of big and loud and mean but then every once in a while you’ll pop in something I like, then I really kind of like him but I don’t want to…

Jaime Murray: Yes and I think that I – whether the audience sees it – but when I’m in scenes with Tony… there’s a lot of hot air that comes out of Datak but there’s so much vulnerability. You know, I would be in a scene with Tony – with Datak, you know, and just see this little boy or this little alien.

Tony Curran: Yes, no it’s true. It’s true.

Jaime Murray: And I often, you know, there were real moments as Stahma that I just wanted to take care of him. I just wanted to save him from himself. And I loved him. I love him.

Tony Curran: Now going down that straight through… I think that those big characters like Datak are a lot of men who have got a volatile temper and it’s probably from their unfortunate past that they’ve had. So then Stahma’s obviously had more of a, you know, silver spoon in her mouth – if you will – upbringing. I don’t think she’s as vulnerable as Datak can be. He is like a – yes, he can be like a spoiled child. Yes, that’s a good point. Which makes people interesting to play I guess. It makes them interesting to play, yes.

SciFiMafia.com: And that’s kind of what I wanted to ask – do you have a greatest joy about your part and maybe your biggest challenge?

Tony Curran: Yes I think what you mentioned there, that I think is fun because, you know, there’s a lot of roles out there that anger plays and… I always look to movies like Angels with Dirty Faces or White Heat. I was always a big fan of Jimmy Cagney.

And when people say “you are playing an alien and you’re watching Cagney movies?” I’m like yes because he was a kid from the street as well. And at the end of the day he was as hard as a shell that he perceived to have. He was damaged. He was damaged goods. He had issues and the reason that he behaved the way he behaved was because of his upbringing because obviously like we all – our past shapes our future. And definitely Datak’s past is shaping his present and his future.

But just to be all about sort of blowing hot air and behaving in an aggressive manner would be very dull. I think it’s interesting to see that, and you’ll see in episodes to come, how Stahma takes care of Datak. Because he is like a big kid in many ways and he is a vulnerable individual … Yes, I think that there are huge vulnerabilities in him.

Anyway, a lot of the characters in Defiance – they have many skeletons in the closet and they’re almost trying to separate themselves from their past instead of facing the past and dealing with it. And I think as you see the next few episodes come up, there are some back-stories coming up which will reveal things about many characters in Defiance that you don’t know about now.

SciFiMafia.com: And Jaime? What’s your biggest joy about your part, that you really get the most out of?

Tony Curran: Apart from working with me obviously.

Jaime Murray: No, no way. I really lucked out there.

Tony Curran: I thought you fell asleep there while I was talking. I thought Murray – she’s fallen asleep again. She’s buying a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. Sorry.

Jaime Murray: The unexpected delight in playing this alien is it forced me to look at what it means to be human. And when we’re talking and trying to look like these characters, you’re constantly talking about what human beings do. So that was really fun.

But also I just feel as though there’s so much scope for this character. I feel as though, and it will start happening in this season, but I feel as though Stahma doesn’t really know who she is. I don’t really think she has any real idea of who she is. I think she only knows who she is in terms of other people, and I think that’s going to be really exciting for it to suddenly dawn on her that she’s not on planet Casti anymore, that she’s surrounded by free and emancipated women.

And although she has power and although she is intelligent, she is so defined by the men in her life, and I think it will be interesting to see it dawn on her that there might be other ways of existing in this new world.

SciFiMafia.com: Wow. I think she’s just going to be a force in nature. I can’t wait.

Tony Curran: She’s going to become more of a force than me.

Jaime Murray: I’m an existing mix of – she’s incredibly powerful and almost …

Tony Curran: Machiavellian.

Jaime Murray: Machiavellian in the way that she behaves. But … I often felt very vulnerable playing her. I felt very isolated. I felt very lonely because she doesn’t really let that mask slip with anyone. So if you’re constantly hiding behind your mask, you’re not really truly connected. And I think that she might actually kind of realize how disconnected she is and she might kind of try and be brave and connect with somebody and that might be quite of a profound feeling for her. And let’s see how that turns out.

Tony Curran: Yes, that’s interesting. If you’re held up in that sort of, you know, in that castle all the time. I mean there’s not many…

Jaime Murray: She’s a bird in a gilded cage.

Tony Curran: Yes, exactly…

Jaime Murray: The way you behave in that moment – I mean there’s a raw immediacy about who he is which, you know, I bet he sleeps quite good at night whereas I bet Stahma doesn’t sleep so good.

Tony Curran: Yes.

SciFiMafia.com: Well I can’t wait to see any of it. Your performances have been absolutely outstanding and I really appreciate the work. Thank you both so much for your lovely responses.

Thanks again to Tony Curran and Jaime Murray for taking the time to talk with us.

Defiance, starring Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene, and Jesse Rath, airs Mondays at 9/8c on Syfy.
Defiance, If I Ever Leave This World Alive
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Defiance: Goodbye Blue Sky Review

Bear McCreary Featured on Soundtrack for Syfy's DEFIANCE
The Best is Yet to Come: Interview with Defiance's Tony Curran
One story element in most, not all, Sci-Fi TV shows is that of an extraterrestrial presence. That is certainly true of the new hit Syfy series Defiance, and in more ways than one. Although its aliens are collectively known as Votans, that group is made up of seven very different species, including the Castithans. Theirs is a pale-skinned race that highly values physical appearance as well as social status, where females are subservient to males, or so it sometimes appears, and sex is used as a means to an end.

Veteran stage and screen actor Tony Curran plays Datak Tarr, the most influential Castithan living in the Defiance settlement. He is a family man as well as businessman and a sore loser who does not take kindly to being crossed or looked down upon, especially by humans. Being such a rich and layered character, it is no surprise that the casting process for the Datak role was equally complex.

“I initially auditioned for Scott Stewart, who directed the Defiance pilot, and [series co-creator/executive producer] Kevin Murphy,” says Curran. “When I walked into the room, Grant Bowler [who plays Defiance’s chief lawkeeper Joshua Nolan], was also there. Everything seemed to go well, and then I received a callback. From there, it was a matter of trying to find the right man and the right woman for not one but two roles, because the chemistry between Datak and his wife Stahma had to be right for them.

“So I would go back in the audition room with a number of actresses and we’d play out quite a few scenes. Obviously there was more than one Datak there and more than one Stahma, and they [the producers] were just looking to find out who suited each other and was there a sparkle between the two actors. They really took their time and put the actors through the 'wringer' in some cases.
Read more at   http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2013/06/the-best-is-yet-to-come-interview-with-defiances-tony-curran.html
Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE executive producer Michael Taylor speakAX: Do you have a favorite alien race on your show?
TAYLOR: I guess I like the Irathients and the Castithans. More specifically, I like our characters – Stephanie Leonidas’ character [Irisa, who is Irathient] and Tony Curran’s character [Datak Tarr, who is Castithan], the way they embody them. Tony Curran’s Datak Tarr is our putative villain, but he’s just such a fascinating character, and same with Stephanie’s character. She’s a wild child, the girl with the dragon tattoo – the alien girl with the dragon tattoo.
Read more at  http://www.assignmentx.com/2013/exclusive-interview-michael-taylor-on-defiance/

TV REVIEW Defiance 1.09 “If I Ever Leave This World Alive”

Defiance Season 1 Review “If I Ever Leave This World Alive”
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Exclusive: Tony Curran on Playing Datak
Exclusive Interview with Tony Curran of Defiance on May 23, 2013
Interview by Jamie Ruby
Written by Jamie Ruby

Syfy's Defiance is home to a diverse group of alien races, including the Castithans. One of the Castithan families living in the town is the Tarrs – Datak, played by Tony Curran, and Stahma (Jaime Murray), and their son Alak (Jesse Rath).

Curran recently talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about what it's like playing Datak.

Fans may not get to learn exactly why Datak can be so cruel this season, but as an actor, Curran has to come up with his own ideas. "It's something I've asked them and I've asked myself. I don't think it goes into it specifically; I think that's something that could be in the next season or in seasons to come, hopefully. I think what we know about his past has been sort of a sordid upbringing. He's been sort of downtrodden all of his life. He was a lower working class boy from the ghetto, if you will, and he's always been trying to get on the ladder to some sort of respect and wealth. I think he's very much a social climber. But I think a lot of that backstory has been created in own mind's eye, if you will, because there's what's written on the page, in the script, and an actor's imagination which can fill in the gaps. You perform what's written down, but at the same time it's good to get your imagination running down certain avenues as well."

According to Curran, certain parts of Datak's backstory may not even be decided yet, but that makes it exciting. "How did this creature, this man, this disgruntled individual become the way he is? I don't think it goes into it as much as it will go into it in the future. I'm sure as the seasons hopefully continue there will be input, because a lot of what me and Jaime, Stephanie [Leonidas], Grant [Bowler], and Julie [Benz], what everybody does on screen, the writers react to that and go, "Oh, that's interesting what they did there." They've obviously got their ideas for the season or for the episode, but I guess there're certain scenes that just have that little bit extra, which is what you want. You've got what's written on the page, but then you come to the poker table, if you will, and you've been given your hand and you go, "Okay, this is my hand; let's see how we can make this hand better," and are we going to go all in?

"But I think that's what makes a lot of the scenes exciting in Defiance. You come on set and you go, "Right, this is what we have on the page here, but how can we ignite it and make it more unpredictable and more dangerous, more sensual?" Get back in the bath again, you know?"

Curran thinks that Datak is not just a victimizer, but also a victim, which he likes. "My nephew was in a history class and I think they were talking about Shakespeare, and he wasn't concentrating, and the teacher goes, "Barry!" And he goes, "Yes, Mr. Murphy?" And he goes, "Shylock," - he has talking about The Merchant of Venice, obviously – "Shylock, Barry. Victim or victimizer?" And Barry said, "Oh, I think he's a little bit of both, sir." And Mr. Murphy said, "Very good, Barry. Sit down."

Read more at http://scifivision.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1627

PR: Defiance TV soundtrack
Original Music by Bear McCreary
Featuring Performances by Brendan McCreary,
Raya Yarbrough, and Young Beautiful in a Hurry

(June 12, 2013 – Culver City, CA) Sparks & Shadows, a new boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of the Defiance Original Television Soundtrack. The album, containing 22 tracks of original score, original songs and cover songs as heard in the first season of Defiance, will be available through all digital providers on June 17th.

Defiance gave McCreary the opportunity to write not only the underscore for the show but also songs for the multiple alien races. “Scoring a project like Defiance is a rare situation for a composer,” said McCreary. “I was asked to help bring the alien cultures to life by developing a distinct musical heritage for each. I fashioned Votan instrumentation and lyrics into a variety of popular songs and ceremonial pieces. I wrote pieces for street musicians that float through open-air marketplaces. I produced alien classical music, jingles, jazz, rock-anthems and torch songs.”

To perform these songs, McCreary called on collaborators that Syfy fans are sure to remember, vocalists Raya Yarbrough and Brendan McCreary, both of whom have worked with Bear on a number of series dating back to the Battlestar Galactica years. Bear also teamed with the band Young Beautiful in a Hurry (fronted by Brendan McCreary), for whom he directed the video “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) - events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape). Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin serves as supervising producer/director on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Defiance Soundtrack Album

Defiance - Syfy Video Featurette: 'Episode 9 Recap'

Review: Seuchenalarm (1.09)
SyFy Announces Comic-Con Panels
Events include showings of Defiance, Helix, Being Human and Warehouse 13.
Syfy has revealed its slate of panels at San Diego Comic-Con this year, including presentations for Defiance, Helix, Being Human and Warehouse 13. Here's the official lineup and details:
Defiance (10:30am-11:30am, Room 6A): Earth has changed, and entertainment will never be the same. Join Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Jesse Rath (Alak Tarr), Executive Producer Kevin Murphy and more from Syfy's groundbreaking multi-platform series as they discuss the overwhelming success of Defiance (the show and game) and share exclusive details from the second season. Moderated by Maureen Ryan, TV Critic for Huffington Post.

Comic Con 2013: July 17-21 San Diego, CA
SyFy has announced the cadre of TV shows and guests that they’re bringing to Comic-Con this year. It includes the folks from DEFIANCE, including Julie Benz and Jaime Murray (who I somehow thought was Bill Murray’s daughter until recently), HELIX and Ronald D. Moore (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) discusses what to expect with his new series, the cast of BEING HUMAN will tease next season, while WAREHOUSE 13′s crew will bid farewell and pimp what’s in store for its highly anticipated final season. Read on for dates, times and places, and more of the stars!

PANEL: 10:30AM-11:30AM ROOM 6A
Earth has changed, and entertainment will never be the same. Join Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Jesse Rath (Alak Tarr), Executive Producer Kevin Murphy and more from Syfy‘s groundbreaking multi-platform series as they discuss the overwhelming success of Defiance (the show and game) and share exclusive details from the second season. Moderated by Maureen Ryan, TV Critic for Huffington Post.
Read more at http://famousmonsters.com/comic-con-ronald-d-moores-helix-being-human-and-warehouse-13-join-the-fun/ 
EXCLUSIVE: Interview With ‘Defiance’ Stars Julie Benz and Tony Curran 
Five By Five: Ep. 57: Julie Benz and Tony Curran
Give a warm GeekNation welcome to episode 1 guest Julie Benz and her costar on SyFy’s “Defiance,” Mr. Tony Curran. Get the behind the scenes scoop on the show, their upcoming season finale, and what to expect from Season 2. Plus, find out what the heck Tony is doing in this pub photo!
Tweet Out: Ep. 63: Julie Benz and Tony Curran, Part One
“Defiance” stars Julie Benz and Tony Curran answer your Twitter questions in part one of their Tweet Out, tackling topics like which scenes on the show were the most fun to shoot, how long it takes to have their makeup applied every day, what they’d bring from “Defiance” into the real world, and much more!

Tweet Out: Ep. 64: Julie Benz and Tony Curran, Part Two
“Defiance” stars Julie Benz and Tony Curran are back to answer even more of your Twitter questions in part two of their Tweet Out, tackling topics like Tony working with Steven Soderbergh, what it was like for Julie to playing Darla, if Darla and Glory would have gotten along, their biggest challenges during the filming of “Defiance,” their wardrobe, and much more!

Defiance 1.10 "The Bride Wore Black" Review: Bridges

Episode Trailer - Airs Jul 1 '13

Defiance - Geek Nation Five by Five: Julie Benz & Tony Curran Audio Interview

Doctor Who: Vincent and the Doctor (Review)
Posted on June 19, 2013 by Darren
... The character work with Van Gogh is great. Tony Curran does a great job, despite obviously not being Dutch. Curran is one of those character actors who tends to pop up in the strangest places, and I have a growing fondness for him....
Read more at http://them0vieblog.com/2013/06/19/doctor-who-vincent-and-the-doctor-review/

Featurettes, Clip and TV Spot Help Prep for Tonight’s Must-See DEFIANCE

Defiance - Syfy Video: 'Past Is Prologue' Episode Trailer - Airs Jul 1 '13

Defiance comes alive on television and online


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