Lani Tupu


Lani Tupu Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Lani plays the guitar and piano.

    • Lani's artwork has won him the National Bank Art Award in New Zealand.

    • In 2007 Lani was in the play "Anna in the Tropics" in Sydney, Australia.

    • Lani guest starred in the 4th episode of "The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd".

    • Lani has worked as an acting teacher for screen skills. He and Tee Morris have done a series of workshops called From Page to Screen (FP2S).

    • Lani prefers to sketch in either black ink or charcoal.

    • Lani has had his art work exhibited at Pacific Wave Festival in Sydney Australia on November 4, 2004 and at the Road to Auckland at the New Zealand Reef Gallery in April 2005.

    • Lani reprised his roles of Bialar Crais & Pilot for the "Farscape: The Game" video game.

    • Lani is represented professionally for his acting by the Australian firm Sue Barnett & Associates; for his art by Peachtree Services in Seattle, Washington.

    • Lani's make-up for Crais took an hour to apply.

    • Lani was trained to work without using a microphone at the theatre.

    • Lani's colleagues at Theatre Corporate in Auckland included Michael Hurst of Xena and Hercules fame.

    • Lani prefers slow food to fast food and describes himself as a sit down person.

    • Lani Tupu is married with one child, a daughter.

    • Lani Tupu received the 2002 Roswell Award for "Actor Or Actress In A Role That
      Will Be Most Missed".

    • In 2004 Lani appeared in a TV commercial for "Panadol", an Australian pain relief product.

    • Lani's Farscape colleague Jonathan Hardy, who starred as the voice of Rygel, was Lani's second boss and Artistic Director at Mercury Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand.

    • Lani has a Blue Burmese cat named Angel.

    • Lani stated in an 1999 interview that he is a night person, and getting up at four o'clock in the morning was the hardest thing for him while working on Farscape.

    • Lani's favourite snacks are cold dark chocolate and chocolate ice cream with Grand Marnier.

    • Lani's favourite music artists include the New Zealand band "Fat Freddy's Drop" and the atmospheric Iceland band "Sigur Ros".

    • Lani doesn't have the patience for long make-up processes, and due to his experience with heavy prosthetics in the Farscape episode "John Quixote", he will never say yes to them again.

    • According to a 2006 interview, Lani's most challenging role he had ever played was "Jesus Christ Superstar".

    • Lani's favourite Farscape episodes are "Premiere", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Green Eyed Monster", and in particular his final two episodes "Into the Lion's Den, Part 1 and 2".

    • Lani's interests include oil painting, movies, and he loves playing bad guy roles.

    • Lani originally auditioned for D'Argo in the series Farscape, but Anthony Simcoe got the role, and he was offered and given the part of Captain Bialar Crais, and later the voice of Pilot.

    • Tupu's name is Samoan in origin and he has Polynesian ancestry.

  • Quotes

    • Lani Tupu: When I get time to paint, I like doing oil painting. It just gives you time out on your own. If you're an actor you're always working in a creative environment, with a whole lot of other people, so doing your own stuff, or creating your own music, is good because it gives you another creative outlet.

    • Lani Tupu: I prefer to play the bad guys, but I look at it from a role-to-role point of view, because there are some characters I don't think I would want to play. I'm not [into] the horror genre. I run away from it. There are other genres I would really like to be working on.

    • Lani Tupu: When I was offered the role of Captain Crais (on Farscape), I thought it was just one episode, having lost out to Anthony. Then I was offered the bible to read, the outline of all the characters, and I discovered who Captain Crais was and thought, "This person? You bet I want to be part of it!" So that's how it happened.

    • Lani Tupu: (about why he likes going to conventions) When I'm invited by the organizers. For example this summer, I started in San Diego for Comic Con and here, and it's been a great opportunity to see America, and I think I've seen more of America than most Americans over the years doing conventions. It's a great opportunity to reconnect with the fans, and to see America.

    • Lani Tupu: What I love about Science Fiction is the world of imagination, thing that impresses me about the Sci Fi culture, is the ability to just imagine things way beyond the envelope, the possibilities of other worlds, that is so far away from Earth bound conventions and that's not too bad.

    • Lani Tupu: (About getting his roles on Farscape) I tested like every body else over 2 1/2 months, and I was testing for D'Argo at the same time, that was the role I was going for, and when Anthony Simcoe got D'Argo, I was asked a few days later to play this character called Crais. And after I landed Crais, they asked me to test for Pilot, so I was blessed to have two roles.

    • (in a 2001 TV Zone interview, on Farscape)
      Lani Tupu: I would like to think that Farscape will be remembered as a show that made a difference in terms of sci-fi and in terms of story and the characters. I'd like it to make that kind of stamp, and I think it has all the hallmarks of that. I'd also like to think that the work I'm doing as Crais and Pilot is some of the best work I've ever done.

    • Lani Tupu: You have to have the claws of an eagle, hide of a rhino, the heart of a lion, and the grace of a dove to be an actor.

    • (in a January 2003 SCI FI Weekly interview, on the question what his ideal role would be)
      Lani Tupu: In terms of dramatic roles, well, I've yet to do Othello. I think, as an actor, there are certain roles in your lifetime which are like the Olympic Games or climbing the Himalayan mountains. One of them, for me, is Othello.

    • (about leaving New Zealand)
      Lani Tupu: If I hadn't left New Zealand, I wouldn't be flying around in space with a wacky and wonderful bunch of misfits, such as the Farscape crew, and even more so, meeting an equally wild and wacky bunch of sci-fi fans. My world has certainly expanded; it really is a long way from Kansas, Toto!

    • (in a 2006 interview on the question how much of Lani Tupu is in Captain Crais, and what is different)
      Lani Tupu: Lani Tupu or Captain Crais? The difference? Some days it was hard to tell who was crankier!

    • (on the question if he believes that there might be life beyond the planet earth)
      Lani Tupu: Aw, heck yes. It would be arrogant to think that there is only human civilization. I definitely believe that there's a power and a force out there in the universe.

    • (on the question if he ever wanted to do anything besides act)
      Lani Tupu: If I could sing, I'd like that. I wouldn't mind singing for five minutes. If I could be a tenor, that's what I'd be.

    • Lani Tupu: I'm a sci-fi baby... it's not a genre that I'm particularly familiar with. But being part of Farscape now, I'm looking at sci-fi shows from a completely different light. What I love about them is the imagination that takes you beyond the conventional, everyday story.