Robert G. Tapert

Robert G. Tapert


5/14/1955, Michigan

Birth Name

Robert G. Tapert



Also Known As

Robert Tapert, Rob Tapert, Rip Tapert
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Growing up in Michigan with friends Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, Rob went to Michigan State University and studied film there. The three collaborated on a number of student projects, and Sam's little brother Ted also played various roles in their pictures. Executive producer and co-creator of Xena,…more


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    • Rob Tapert: (On why and how he picked Xena's weapon) I had a book of ancient weapons and I saw this weird discus called the chakram and I said let's give her this because it can return and we'll never have another character use it. John Schulian [series writer] said he hated it and said we should cut around it. I told him 'that weapon is the coolest thing I'd ever seen' - it's her signature piece.

    • Rob Tapert: (On how he'd like Xena to be remembered) I'd like Xena: Warrior Princess to be remembered as a show that entertained people during a portion of the last decade of this millennium, and that the people who watched it took whatever they wanted from it and used it in a positive and useful way in their lives.

    • Rob Tapert: (On Cleopatra 2525) I was a huge fan of science fiction. In my warped little mind, I saw a chance to spin sci-fi differently than it had been done before, which was to take it in an irreverent direction. And hopefully, in making it irreverent, but supporting it production-wise, it wouldn't just be junk.

    • Rob: (On Kevin Sorbo appearing in the Xena episode God Fearing Child) I'm really glad he did the episode. I can't tell you how much I think of him for coming back to do that episode. It wasn't all that hard. He also wanted the chance to be a part of that story.

    • Rob: (On the exact nature of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship) Xena and Gabrielle are the best of mates, and whether they have a sexual relationship is kind of their own business. But they do certainly love one another. They would die for one another.

    • Rob: To have any amount of creative freedom in television or in movies is a unique position, and very few people enjoy it. For me, it's what made me love television: I had that freedom that you don't enjoy in the movie business.

    • Rob: (On his inspiration for "Xena") She was based upon characters from Hong Kong movies - conflicted villainesses who had some good elements and some bad elements.

    • Rob: (On being married to Lucy Lawless) Besides the fact that I'm married to the greatest woman that I could ever have imagined in my entire life, our life is like everybody else's. We come home, we make dinner - she doesn't like to cook, I like to cook. She gets up early and goes to work, I get up after her but I work at night. So, it has all the same ups and downs of any other relationship.

    • Rob: (on Lucy's frustration waiting for a Xena movie to be funded) Her will is being wilted away quickly, because she feels it's something she could do again and do justice to, because she knows how many people would love to see it. I don't know what's going to happen.

    • Rob: (when asked if Lucy was the first choice to play Xena) She was always our top choice. MCA wanted to cast someone else.

    • Rob: (on the "subtext") The studio was concerned, but we said we're not even worried about it.

    • Rob: (on the possibility of a Xena movie) If I was a betting man, I'd say something's going to happen.

    • Rob: (when asked if he planned to do tv after Xena) I pitched a show to Renee (O'Connor) and Ted (Raimi) about them as a couple. A silly comedy. And they laughed, but that was more of an off-the-cuff thing.

    • Rob: (on ending Xena after 6 years) Why couldn't it go into another year after that? Because I think Lucy and Renee would kill somebody. I think they really enjoy doing it, but that will take them to 134 episodes, and physically, it's hard.

    • Rob: (On the subtext on Xena and Buffy) Joss Whedon did the right thing. He's got his relationships with his C and D characters. I'll be interested to see if Tara and Willow end up on a happy or a sad note ultimately.

    • Rob: (regarding the studio's reaction to the decision to kill off Xena) They got the first draft of the script and I got a call from the head of syndication asking me about whether this was a good idea and if it would affect the reruns. I told him we've killed Xena five times and Gabrielle three times, Iolaus eight times and Herc a couple of times. My feeling is it sets up the franchise in such a way that there'll be a "want to see" as to what happened after this. I think it's opening a door as well as closing one. He agreed and we moved on.