of the first things Wayne was asked was about was the roller coaster
incident. He’d never been on a roller coaster before and when they
decided to shoot the part of Icarus Abides where John gets free of
Harvey on a roller coaster, they asked Wayne if he was okay with that.
Oh sure, no worries. Now, those of us who were at the convention
in 2000 learned from Brian Henson and David Kemper that in Australia
“no worries” means “you are so screwed!” Eight takes and they
were finished and Wayne made a run for it while the rest of the crew
shot Ben’s close-ups with a stand-in who was trying to hang on while
riding the roller coaster and at the same time, trying to read
Harvey’s lines for the first time.
next question was about why so many science fiction villains have
English or Australian accents. Wayne said that there’s nothing really
un-charming about the Australian accent, and he usually tries to go
neutral. When he does this he usually ends up sounding English. It
wasn’t so much that he wanted to sound British or Australian for
Scorpius, it was more that he wanted a way to demonstrate Scorpy’s
power, his position and status.
had what he called a “few little giveaways” for the fans. After he
had answered the first fan’s question, he turned the tables and asked
a question of his own. Fill in the last word of one of Scorpy’s lines.
Believe it or not, Wayne had to read the line from his notes and he
explained why. Once a scene is over, he tosses the script pages and
forgets about them. He feels that if he keeps dwelling on the old stuff,
it will have an adverse effect on the new scenes. “I condemn you John
Crichton to…” The fan got it right – “live”. Wayne had a few
shirts with South Park Scorpy on the front. They were designed by Dave
Elsey of Creature Shop fame and they’re super!
you feel that Scorpius/Harvey is winning John’s trust? Wayne answered
that he didn’t think he was exactly winning John’s trust but that
Scorpy is a single minded person and he and John have a shared goal.
He’d never seen anyone like Crichton in his life before the Aurora
Chair. Wayne feels that they have a regard for each other’s
intelligence. Scorpius doesn’t lie and John identifies with that. If
Scorpy makes a contract, he’ll abide by it.
question for the fan: “My patience is formidable, Crais, but it’s
not…?” “Infinite.” The fan answered the question and won the
second of the three t-shirts.
fan told Wayne that his scenes with Claudia Karvan (Natira) were amazing
and wanted to know if there was a chance of Scorpy’s friend coming
back. Wayne said, “Oh, yes. Please!” He likes Claudia a lot and has
worked with her off and on over the past 10 years. She was excited about
wearing the prosthetic makeup for her role in Farscape, but she had a
hard time because it was really uncomfortable for her. He said that some
scenes, like the scene between Scorpy and Natira, are much easier to do
with someone you’ve never met before. If you know the other actor it
can be a bit…icky. Claudia’s not his sister, he said, but “you
know what I mean.” They actually reshot some of that scene because it
came off as Wayne and Claudia rather than Scorpius and Natira.
question from Wayne: “These cartoons are a crutch, an attempt to
shield yourself instead of doing what is called for... Revenge!” No
shirt given out on this one until the next fan up to the microphone got
it right and won the shirt.
wanted to know if Scorpius is one of the most ambitious people on
Farscape. Wayne said he thought so because Scorpius is one of a kind, a
hybrid, who grew up on his own. He’s been tortured and he was only
kept alive as an experiment. He’s had to do it all on his own, he’s
very self-sufficient and he presents one thing but his real agenda is
Wayne talked a little bit about the clone in Crichton’s
head. He’s not really becoming a friend of Crichton’s, he’s more
like a mirror. His mission was to get the wormhole information and
that’s done. Now he’s like an actor without a role, wandering around
looking for a job. Because he was abandoned by Scorpius, he needs a job
and he’s going to serve Crichton as best he can.