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    • Michael Shanks: (about playing Victor on Burn Notice) It's one of those roles where I get to chew every bit of scenery in town, which is always fun to play. When you have that kind of artistic license to go big or go home, it can be a bit of a romp. From the point of view of having spent the last 10 months in less than ideal weather conditions, I was happy to be outside filming in South Beach, for example, on my first day. I'd been to Tampa, and I'd been to Orlando, but I hadn't been to Miami, so to go there to work, to see the city that way, to have your first day be right down on Ocean Drive and to be filming in the sand of South Beach for a scene, I don't think you can beat that.

    • Michael Shanks: As I did it, I began to realize that my instincts, and everything that I sort of naturally possess - where my brain tended to go when I was working always was more the director place than even the actor place, always looking at the overall big picture instead of just your part in it.

    • Michael Shanks: (describing his character on Stargate SG-1) Daniel is a dreamer, an idealist. He has a boyish curiosity and a love of humanity and life. He's driven to search out the best in people, and he has a very romantic viewpoint when it comes to history, life, love and people. He's the consummate optimist. He's always looking for answers - for what made us who we are today, what we've learned, what we can learn from others around us. At the same time looking for a home he can call his own, a place where he can hang his hat.

    • Michael Shanks: I get to do all this cool stuff I've always wanted to do and pretend it's real, and I get paid for it!
      (Michael Shanks, FanOdyssey, June 2003)

    • Michael Shanks: It's absolutely true that it's almost impossible to play a character without having any affection for him.

    • Michael Shanks: You know, I did actually find a Daniel Jackson action figure based on the feature film, except he had this brown shirt and a baseball cap, which the character never actually wears in the movie, and on the box cover is James Spader's face with this huge arm with the machine gun.

    • Michael Shanks: It's fun to play a character who doesn't deal well with adversity and has to make up for his mistakes as he goes.

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