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of the audience who were selected earlier acted out a skit directed by Tony Tilse
and Andrew Prowse. I hated to miss this but I needed to run back to the room and
download all the photos I¡¯d taken to my computer so I could come back later and
there's one thing you can say about Anthony Simcoe it's that he certainly isn't
boring! He doesn't make an entrance, he creates an event. Everyone else¡¯s entrance
was a calm walk to the stage. Not Anthony. He ran out from behind the curtain, made
a loop of the room, leaped onto the stage and fell down. Whew! Then he had us all
repeat the phrase we learned last year ¨C ¡°I vow, I will never
be taken prisoner, again¡±. And one more time.
gave us a quick rundown on Anthony¡¯s day, beginning with the alarm going at five
in the morning and ending with him going home in the evening. It takes ¡°only¡± an
hour and a half now to put on his makeup. He then goes to the set with wearing
boxers, the chest piece, and the front piece of his head makeup. He¡¯s missing the
back of his head and wardrobe has the rest of his clothes at the side of the set.
Then they do a rehearsal or two and it¡¯s ¡°D'Argo-ing up¡±, which means putting
on the rest of his clothes and the back of his head and everyone else takes a break.
They shoot the scene and then it¡¯s ¡°D'Argo-ing down¡±. This happens over and
over until the last scene is done for the day. Everyone else goes home while it
takes him an hour or so to get out of the makeup. Then he takes a shower and goes
home. Alone. Sometimes he spends an hour or so at the gym and then he¡¯s in bed
early to be ready for the 5am wake-up the next morning.
first fan up to the microphone asked him whatever happened to Jothee. He said that
D'Argo threw his butt off the ship. He¡¯s lost somewhere off in the Uncharted
Territories of space, in pain. Alone. With sores festering all over his nether
regions, never able to partake the joy of companionship with another woman. He¡¯s
going straight to hell! Then in D'Argo¡¯s voice: ¡°We have problems in our
woman asked if, every time Rygel farts, if they actually have to inhale helium.
Nope. It¡¯s shifted later in post.
he find it hard to do the voice all the time? It really isn¡¯t too difficult
because he¡¯s usually only speaking during a scene a couple of times every hour.
It¡¯s more difficult in ADR (additional dialog recording) because then he¡¯s using
the D'Argo voice two hours straight. Ben and Claudia¡¯s ADR sessions can be six or
eight hours long, but Anthony can¡¯t sustain that deep voice for such an extended
there¡¯s so much latex on his face, he can¡¯t get all the movement in a normal
face, but he can get a great deal, so if the face isn¡¯t moving it¡¯s because he
doesn¡¯t want it to move. He notices that a lot of people working in prosthetics
think they have to exaggerate their movements to get through the make-up and then
they just end up looking silly. He loves working in prosthetics. He¡¯d rather be
D'Argo than any other character in the show. Everything about the character is
different from Anthony. He¡¯s working with an American accent when he has an
Australian accent and the voice is totally different. With all the prosthetics,
D'Argo looks totally unlike Anthony.
favorite serious D'Argo moment is from Suns and Lovers, where he¡¯s burning the
tattoos in the furnace. If you watch carefully, there are a few tears, a very
vulnerable moment. He also really loves the dancing D'Argo, and he gave us a super
didn¡¯t know that there would be prosthetics involved in his character until the
seventh audition, then he saw the drawing of what D'Argo would look like. He looked
at it. He looked at Rockne. He looked back at the drawing. He said, ¡±I¡¯ll take
it!¡± It was actually a difficult decision to make because when you¡¯re an actor,
your face is your brand and you want your brand to be out in the market. He knew he
had to accept that his brand was going nowhere while he was on Farscape. But the
benefits of doing the show far outweigh this.
favorite episode? Til the Blood Runs Clear
because they got to go away. They all packed up, jumped into vehicles and headed for
location. The first shot he had was the one in the desert where he was walking away
from the prowler. He was in makeup for four hours, put on a mask and walked across
the desert. That was it for two days for D'Argo, so Anthony had a bit of a holiday.
calls himself the most over trained and under talented actor in Australia. He takes
acting very seriously as a craft. He did his undergraduate studies in acting at one
school, then he ran a theater company for a year. Then he decided that he needed
more training so he moved to Sydney and auditioned for NIDA (National Institute of
Dramatic Art), graduated and then worked for a couple of years in plays and small
film roles and guest roles in television. Then he got his masters degree which was
focused on teaching acting and drama. Then he became the youngest ever acting
lecturer at NIDA. He was directing a play when he got the call to come do Farscape.