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    MrBovineOrdure

    [1]Jun 9, 2008
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    When you sit down to watch an old movie that you've seen before: Independence day (1996) when you see an actress/actor that you know and didn't expect? Mary McDonnell playing the president's wife?

    I didn't recognise her until about the second scene she was in, and it was only because of her voice and diction.

    It's pretty cool when that happens.

    Anyone else see our BSG folks in roles they didn't expect?

    Mr BO

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    123home123

    [2]Jun 9, 2008
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    I've seen Independence Day on the Encore movie channels about eight times this year, maybe more. I don't usually see the entire movie but I see about an hour or more each time.

    Interesting that she is a dying leader('s wife), similar to her dying leader role on BSG. Another funny item from that movie is Will Smith's dog. His name is Boomer.
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    danharr

    [3]Jun 10, 2008
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    Independence Day and Blue Chips are the films I most think of when I think of her. In Blue Chips Shaquelle O'Neal dropped the B bomb on her
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    nottynotme

    [4]Jun 10, 2008
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    Donnie Darko. She's his mom, Mind blowing movie. I love the ending scene played to REM when the main characters are shown displaying hyper-emotions. They show Mary dragging on a Butt, contemplating the plane engine killing her son. It is on IMDB's top 250 list.
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    WuKeSong

    [5]Jun 11, 2008
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    Olmos in Blade Runner (director's cut). I saw Blade Runner 10 years before BSG, and never made the connection. Simply couldn't remember he was in it.
    Then I saw it again a few weeks ago and... OMG ! That was Bill Adama, but 30 years younger... playing a dark and mysterious character - only a few minutes on screen, and very few lines, but hell, it was very moving.
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    redhawk100

    [6]Jun 11, 2008
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    To be honest I always remember her in that amazing role as "Stands With a Fist" in Dances with the Wolves.

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    MrBovineOrdure

    [7]Jun 11, 2008
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    Bladerunner and 2010 were the first DVDs I ever purchased. Got them when I purchased my first player. I just pulled out that movie tonight. First time I watched it in at least 8 years. I was suprised at Eddie. So young and thin (Weren't we all back then!) Very different character. Dark, almost sinister. He had the last line in the director's cut; "Too bad she won't live, but then again, who does?"

    That movie brings up another idea about the Cylons.... This one will require another thread; "Cylons - Man, Machine, or Superman?"

    Mr BO

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    123home123

    [8]Jun 11, 2008
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    This wasn't a movie but it was an appearance by a BSG cast member. Years ago, I walked into a Borders bookstore in downtown Washington, D.C. This must have been in the early 1990s. I saw a sign for a famous speaker, who happened to be on the lower floor at that very moment. Since I knew him from a TV show, I went down to take a peek. It was none other than Edward James Olmos, giving a fiery speech about Hispanic rights and minority rights, causes that he has been very active in promoting throughout his career. At the time, I knew him primarily from Miami Vice. BSG (the new one) had not even been conceived at that point.

    On a different note, I realized that Leoben is Number Two. Besides the obvious potty joke, there is also the related running joke in the first Austin Powers movie. Remember the scene in the Las Vegas casino bathroom when Austin Powers is fighting off the assassin (with the lucky charms)? "Who -- does -- Number Two -- work for?"
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    Samikii

    [9]Jun 12, 2008
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    Mary M = Donnie Darko's mom. She really is a great actress tho. Hope to see her in much more!
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    tribalchic

    [10]Jun 12, 2008
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    yeah, independence day was the first thing i ever saw her in before she was on BSG.

    I've also noticed James Callis as the gay best friend in Bridget Jones Diary

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    123home123

    [11]Jun 12, 2008
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    I saw a couple minutes of that Canadian teen show Edgemont. I specifically watched it because I knew Grace Park used to star on that show. Dominic Zamprogna was also on that show. (He played Jammer on BSG.) It was quite weird to see those actors in that setting. Everything was relatively stable and relaxed compared to the controlled chaos we often see on BSG. There were no life-and-death struggles in the Edgemont high school, no evil Cylons shooting at them, no symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, nothing. Just teenagers in a much more secure setting. Maybe it was Boomer's transplanted memories of a "normal" adolescence.

    I also remember seeing Grace Park in the UPN show Jake 2.0. She was a lab technician. She usually didn't have that many lines. I saw the reruns on the Sci Fi Channel in 2006 or 2007.

    She was also in an episode of Dark Angel. I recorded the Sci Fi re-airing on the DVR because I knew Grace Park was in that episode. She only had a couple lines, but it was still interesting to see. (I'm also the editor for the Grace Park guide, which is why I know about all of these appearances.)

    Most of the younger actors on BSG don't have that many movie credits yet so we're more likely to see older TV shows that feature those BSG actors, not older movies. Even with one of the older actors, I've only seen him on another TV show. Donnelly Rhodes (Doc Cottle) used to star on a Canadian show called DaVinci's Inquest. It had nothing to do with Leonardo da Vinci. DaVinci was the name of the main character, a coroner in Vancouver, BC. Repeats aired in syndication in the U.S. but at odd hours (12 or 1 am on Sunday nights/Monday mornings). I taped one episode just to see what "Doc Cottle" looked like in that other series.
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    Idbeolderifiwas

    [12]Jun 13, 2008
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    123home123 wrote:
    I saw a couple minutes of that Canadian teen show Edgemont. I specifically watched it because I knew Grace Park used to star on that show. Dominic Zamprogna was also on that show. (He played Jammer on BSG.) It was quite weird to see those actors in that setting. Everything was relatively stable and relaxed compared to the controlled chaos we often see on BSG. There were no life-and-death struggles in the Edgemont high school, no evil Cylons shooting at them, no symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, nothing. Just teenagers in a much more secure setting. Maybe it was Boomer's transplanted memories of a "normal" adolescence.

    I also remember seeing Grace Park in the UPN show Jake 2.0. She was a lab technician. She usually didn't have that many lines. I saw the reruns on the Sci Fi Channel in 2006 or 2007.

    She was also in an episode of Dark Angel. I recorded the Sci Fi re-airing on the DVR because I knew Grace Park was in that episode. She only had a couple lines, but it was still interesting to see. (I'm also the editor for the Grace Park guide, which is why I know about all of these appearances.)

    Most of the younger actors on BSG don't have that many movie credits yet so we're more likely to see older TV shows that feature those BSG actors, not older movies. Even with one of the older actors, I've only seen him on another TV show. Donnelly Rhodes (Doc Cottle) used to star on a Canadian show called DaVinci's Inquest. It had nothing to do with Leonardo da Vinci. DaVinci was the name of the main character, a coroner in Vancouver, BC. Repeats aired in syndication in the U.S. but at odd hours (12 or 1 am on Sunday nights/Monday mornings). I taped one episode just to see what "Doc Cottle" looked like in that other series.


    Speaking of Donnelly Rhodes, about a month ago I saw him at my workplace (I work at a hardware store) it was pretty neat to see him up close although I didn't stop him to chat him up, which I kind of regret now (I shoulda asked if he was the final Cylon )
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    palpatine19

    [13]Jun 13, 2008
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    How surprised was I when i poped in Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, and found Tricia Helfner, and Grace Park, starring in the action roles...very pleasently surprised
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    Rivenhall

    [14]Jun 13, 2008
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    I always enjoy re-watching West Wing because Eddie Olmos pops up as the candidate for the Supreme Court Justice who gets pulled over and thrown into the clink by some idiot cop for 'being a Hispanic.'

    He does a lot with a small role and he's really fun to watch.

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    parallax207

    [15]Jun 13, 2008
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    Here's another piece of ID4 casting trivia for you; the girl who play's the president's daughter was Anne Veal on Arrested Development... I know that has nothing to do with BSG but it's interesting useless Independence Day trivia that connects to this thread.
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    adiav

    [16]Jun 14, 2008
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    123home123 wrote:
    She was also in an episode of Dark Angel. I recorded the Sci Fi re-airing on the DVR because I knew Grace Park was in that episode. She only had a couple lines, but it was still interesting to see. (I'm also the editor for the Grace Park guide, which is why I know about all of these appearances.)

    How funny. I've been rewatching my Dark Angel DVDs lately, and although I haven't yet reached the part that Grace Park is in (which episode is it?), I did notice that a young Alessandro Juliani is in the first few episodes as another Jam Pony messenger guy.

    I caught the beginning of a Halloween movie recently (ugh - it was Halloween Resurrection) and saw a very different Katee Sackhoff (bubbly, perky) in it as well... almost like a Starbuck on drugs, quite bizarre. Also, of course, her turn in the ill-fated Bionic Woman series, which was quite similar to crazy-Starbuck, now that I think about it.

    And as has been mentioned recently, SeƱor Olmos as a senior judge who likes to go antiquing in the West Wing was indeed awesome.

    Aaand if we're going to play the family card: I wondered why Jamie Bamber seemed so familiar, and then I discovered that his sister was in Damages, and they look quite alike. But yes, it's great to see them in other things. Not just because you get to see more of their range of acting abilities, but also because, somehow, it kind of feels like cheering family on.

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    pyrommiv

    [17]Jun 14, 2008
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    I recently saw an old episode of ER, from season 8 i think, in which Mary McDonnell appeared as Carters mother. Not a big role but nice to see anyway, especially as i don't normally watch ER...

    When i first saw BSG I instantly recognised here from Independence Day, but didn't know she was in Donnie Darko.

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    adiav

    [18]Jun 14, 2008
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    Speaking of Dark Angel, guess who just showed up as a coroner?

    A very young Rekha Sharma, that's who.
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    123home123

    [19]Jun 14, 2008
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    Hmm, that's interesting.

    Re Grace Park, the credits on this site show that she appeared in the episode titled "Designate This." It's the first episode of Season 2. I don't remember much about the episode. (It's also the only episode of Dark Angel I've seen.) A group of genetically enhanced people are exercising at what looks to be a prison facility or maybe it's a lab. They are standing outside at attention. That's when Grace Park says her line.
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    my1sunshine

    [20]Jun 14, 2008
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    Recently, I've been re-watching the X-Files, because of the new movie coming up. And I was pleased to spot 3 (So far) BSG icons. A season 1 Episode "Lazarus" has one scene with Callum Keith Rennie, another from Season 1"Fire" has our Mr. Lampkin as the main villain. And Season Four's "Memoirs Of A Cigarette Smoking Man" had a rather lenthy scene in the beginning with Donnely Rhodes as the general who send's the young CSM out to kill President Kennedy!
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