Over the last 25 years Adam Baldwin has appeared in more than
60 movies. In 1980 he was chosen from 4,000 aspiring actors
to play the title role in My Bodyguard. He's also appeared
in Full Metal Jacket, Independence Day and The
Patriot. On television Bladwin starred in Earth to
the Moon, but sci-fi fans will know him for his recurring
roles on the final two years of The X-Files, Angel
We caught up with him as Serenity, the movie spin-off
from Firefly, was due for release on DVD...
After being so cruelly dumped by the TV network, was making
this movie made all the more pleasurable because you were
able to prove the network wrong?
Baldwin: No, no, no. It's a story of redemption, it really
is. Television is hard enough, it's hard enough to get a show
even made, even to get one pilot made. So, we are unique in
that we even got on the air, period. Most shows don't.
The fact that Firefly was on for 11 episodes and then
got a box set, is... you know, it's a numbers game. Bottom
line, we didn't get the ratings, but we sold enough DVDs and
now we are a major motion picture. That's a good story. I
don't think there's another story like that.
we can't go into it with vindication and revenge, that's negative.
We have a very positive product here, a wonderful movie we
love, and we want to just drive forward with that. You can't
What do you think was so special about the series that warranted
it being made into a feature film?
I think there are three elements that I see. One is certainly
Joss's dedication and love for these characters, he really
wanted to tell the story. Number two would be his ability
to reach out to Universal Studios after the show got cancelled
and number three, which is very important, is the fan base.
The fan base that found the TV show and bought all those DVDs
made Universal's decision that much easier.
of the most notable things about the movie is that it has
real dialogue. Sometimes sci-fi
films can be very clichéd, it wasn't the case here.
What do you think the secret is of writing a believable storyline?
You have these nine very strong characters that are able to
function or dysfunction on this space ship, and that's really
what's interesting, for me anyway, just to watch actors struggling
to win that conflict. It's Joss's writing and we just kind
of play and run with it. He
writes with a unique rhythm. If you can key in to that rhythm,
you can be successful.
The women are in very prominent and strong roles in Serenity.
What did you think about it?
It's a testament to Joss's creativity, he loves writing strong
women characters, that flows from him. He casts some pretty
How did you cope acting against a green screen when there
was nothing there for you to act to?
AB: There was minimum green screen used. They had actually
animated this whole chase scene, where we were going to be,
as a form of a story board and they had also animated the
trucks, the support vehicles behind it, so everyone knew where
the positioning was going to be. And that's what we did first.
it was this very well organised machine in place because we
were on a tight budget, relatively speaking for this kind
of a film, and it was good and right, and here we go again.
cuts are tough to watch sometimes because of the skeletal
mock-ups of the space ships look a little like: "Oh? Well,
okay, it's a rough cut". But that all got smoothed over.
Was it hard for you to balance the humour but still be the
toughest guy on the team?
Jayne is this guy who says what everybody wishes they could
say. He's that big elephant in the room that will just spew
the truth and I think people relate to that. My inspiration
was really drawn from the shoot-them-up westerns that I grew
up watching, like The Wild Bunch, The Good, the Bad and
the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West and great
character actors like Eli Wallach and Jason Robards - guys
like that who I modelled Jayne after.
But Joss gave me some really fun words to say and I just got
to drop my voice like this.
What is your favourite scene or moment in the movie?
My favourite moment is a quirky little moment with River and
Simon when he says to River: "Am I talking to Miranda now?"
and she just looks at him like... "No, idiot!"
my favourite scene to shoot was that whole initial chase scene
on the 'mule', that was just great. That's some of the most
fun work I ever had: it was hot, hard, it was great.
Thank you for your time.
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