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David Boreanaz Conference Call Interview

by Lynn DeVries on October 5, 2008 · 0 comments

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David BoreanazBecause of my recent computer problems, I thought I had lost the file to transcribe this interview. Luckily, I managed to find it on a backup, so here it is…horribly late. (Sorry!!)

This is the transcript for the conference call interview with David Boreanaz that took place on September 2…just before the Bones season premiere. So some of the “spoilers” are now no longer secrets. But I thought you might like to read through it anyway. There are a lot of fun things David spoke about and some of the spoilers have not yet happened. I hope you enjoy it:

Question: My question is actually about Zack and the big reveal from the season finale. I was wondering if you could shed any light on how soon and under what circumstances we will next see poor Zack.

D. Boreanaz: Well, I don’t think we should call him “poor Zack.” I think he obviously was a choice of character that obviously needed to be kind of changed up or put somewhere else. I mean Zack’s not really going anywhere. I mean we will see him again throughout Season 4 in certain circumstances. We just actually shot an episode where he got out and actually helped us solve something and I had to put him back into prison, which was pretty funny, but I think where he is right now as far as his character or his concern benefits the show in some ways.

Also, I’m sure people are upset about that, but that is really a decision and something to ask Hart [Hanson] about as far as what his ideas are for what they’re going to use him for, how long they will use him for and to what extent.

Question: My follow-up is just about the popularity of Bones over in England where you were shooting. Did you get to travel around in any greater degree of anonymity, or are they just as on top of things as over there?

D. Boreanaz: It was a bit chaotic and crazy in London. Just Europe in general for me is a bit kind of hairy, more so there than it is over here in the States in certain areas to walk out your door or go to certain places. There is definitely a following with the show and the presence over there of shooting and knowing that you’re over there and the people coming up and the fans following you around. They were very supportive and very friendly.

It did make for crazy moments. I know when I would leave my hotel room or go out for a run, it was a bit nuts. But other than that, it was okay.

Question: Can you talk about the season ahead for Bones and Booth? I mean just give us a taste of what’s coming.

D. Boreanaz: Yes, I mean right off the bat, it’s really focusing on their relationship and how that affects how they solve crimes or how they move forward in whatever case they’re working on. Again, we honor and we really support the character work and that’s what we strive for on the show and which kind of makes us different from other procedurals out there. It is character stuff and we love doing that kind of stuff.

We balance it out with the procedural and the case. Again, the characters will get closer and then far away. I know Hart has some ideas for some fantasy episodes and getting the two of them in bed to some extent and how that will happen and what will happen. I think that’s how the fantasy episode will play out as far as that is concerned. It’s just really working on our relationships and really supporting each other and maybe going into Booth’s past a little bit, seeing where he came from and seeing how that affects his relationship with her.

Question: Fantasy? How might we see that?

D. Boreanaz: I don’t know. I think that’ll come more and more towards the end of the season rather than the forefront.

Question: It sounds like you’re going to be teasing us a lot.

D. Boreanaz: Well, I mean I think that’s the whole point of the show is the give and take. You want to really give back to the audience what they’re asking for, but at the same time, you have to do it smart without tipping your hat too much. I think the beauty of it is that we’re allowed to do that and put the characters in circumstances that dictate that, even in London. I mean the fact that we’re out and she’s with someone and I’m with another woman, “Inspector Pritchard.” It brings up all this stuff. It brings us closer; I mean farther apart. It puts things in perspective for the characters.

Question: I want to congratulate you, obviously, on the show’s success. It’s one of my favorite shows and I’m glad that it’s so prominently featured in the Fox line up. I guess your two previous series really were more cultural and favorite hits than ratings juggernauts. How does it feel to have Bones be so widely viewed and really so widely accepted?

D. Boreanaz: Well, I don’t really necessarily think of it; I don’t think Bones– I think what’s great about Bones is it’s been embraced by the critics and it’s been embraced by a following of people that have really supported us from the beginning, which in retrospect is the same with the other shows that I was on. I mean you have to look at in perspective and what network it was on and how well it was and what it did for that particular network at that particular time.

We pretty much remain still under the radar. I mean I still believe that there’s a lot of growth for our show as far as not becoming too popular, but maintaining a really nice steady climb not only in the ratings, but also with the new fan base that comes on every year for us. In fact, we were able to get it to TNT this year and expose it to even more people and get them excited about Season 4, which I think will be big for us.

I think the beauty of the show has been its gradual increase and not really going straight to a top number one show. I mean, where you can go from there? I mean there’s something to be said about that for the writers and something to be said about the production team and something to be said about the actors that put forth their time and their effort in order to create a character and see that develop rather than have it become so quick because it hasn’t been an overnight quick thing for this show.

Question: Last season, I thought the addition of Sweets to the whole Booth/Brennan dynamic was really sort of inspired. Talk about how your writing staff and your creative team really did a great job of mixing the action and the comedy.

D. Boreanaz: It’s a very fine line. I mean there are a lot of moments that I’m always like, “Oh, David, you’re playing Booth a little bit too much over the top or a little too goofy.” I mean those notes come to me sometimes because I bring in like at least 150% energy into scenes. It’s a lot easier to bring them down… Again, it comes from the work that we do with our acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, who is fantastic. She’s an academy award winning coach and she allows us the ability to give us ideas that we take and give to the show and work in the moment. We work in those improvisational moments. We get scripts that don’t have specific moments or things that Emily and I will put in and that makes sense because really, it’s the characters that kind of pop and create the show today and makes it better and fun to watch because of these moments.

Whether that is with a therapist and bring someone in like Sweets and having him on as a full time regular; I mean giving someone couple’s counseling to deal with themselves in the workplace is phenomenal. I don’t think you’ve ever really seen that in television. I mean it was very groundbreaking for us for the last year. It was a big plus for us. And to use in this Season 4 with criminology and an investigation/interrogation scenes and him helping us out, it just adds a whole other cog or piece of the puzzle for our show.

But for us, it’s really about our relationships and our moments that we find that we bring to the table and that’s how they get developed.

Question: All your fans, I think, love watching you flirt, I certainly do, with Emily. Was the chemistry between the two of you immediate?

D. Boreanaz: Well, they seem to have thought so. When we first did the test, we had one woman in mind for the role and I thought was going to get the role. I went in and read with her and another girl and then Emily too. After Emily tested, and she did her test for the network, they had seen something actually in that test that was very– something sparked and they were like, “That’s the girl.” So, that happens, obviously. When you see, then you develop it and then you work at it. It’s great to be able to have someone that is– I’m very fortunate to have somebody who wants to work at it together and that’s what we do.

Question: What do you think draws these characters to each other? What do you think they find sexy about each other?

D. Boreanaz: Well, they’re very much alike in a lot of ways, but they’re also very not alike. So, I think that there’s that little kid inside Booth that she really enjoys because maybe she lost part of that as far as her character is concerned because she is so straight and serious and very literal. So for him to kind of shake that up, I think there’s a part of her that enjoys to see that, but it’s also frustrating because it annoys her at times, but she does the same to me. I think that’s the balance.

Question: You were hinting at a fantasy episode. Will we see a next step for them in reality?

D. Boreanaz: That evolves. For me to say when that’s going to happen, it’s difficult because what’s the beauty of our show is as we work on each episode and we find moments, that’s where it really evolves because I could say, well, the next episode that we’re shooting next week when we coach, we could find a moment that works. I think the job as an actor is to really bring that to the table because when writers see that or our show writers see that, they get excited about it and they explore that avenue. It’s a moment-to-moment thing for our characters.

Question: In the London episodes, Booth makes it pretty clear that he’s a serious James Bond fan. Is that yet another thing that the character has in common with you? Are you a 007 fan?

D. Boreanaz: I’m not a big 007 fan. That’s not to say I’m overly crazy. I mean for me, Bond was like a really big Roger Moore because that was my Bond that I grew up with at the time that I really got into James Bond. I do like the new James Bond. I think that they’re really kind of aggressive, kind of a little bit darker than the other ones, but I’m not like a huge fan of them. That was just a character thing. It’s just like the Walther PPK thing was something that, “Well, we’re in London, so we might as well play that up.” It was just something that was played on.

Question: Has your involvement in the show made you something of an armchair detective? When you see an unfortunate crime story on CNN or what not, do you find yourself trying to solve it with your limited FBI knowledge?

D. Boreanaz: I really don’t. I think I’m more interested in the character work with Booth than I am about the straight-laced performance of breaking and entering or entering a building, although I do enjoy the aspect of working with Mike Grasso, who is our tech on the show, and going out and shooting with him, using firearms responsibly and tactics and stuff like that. I mean that I enjoy.

I think just his gut and his instinct is where he gets his je new sais quoi, so to speak, as far as being a detective is concerned and figuring out a crime.

Question: That’s fair enough because when I think back over past episodes that I’ve enjoyed, it’s not about the crime, who was murdered, how it happened, it’s about the characters that are the regular characters and the funny things they say to each other and the banter they do. It’s not really about the dead body stuff.

D. Boreanaz: It really isn’t. Someone said it was a reference to Moonlighting this past week that really excited me because that’s what I’ve been striving for since day one. Now, I just really, really want to embrace that and look forward to adding a little bit more action into some of these episodes, which should be fun.

Question: I write for searchingbones.com and some of my readers have wanted to know how Booth will evolve as a character this season.

D. Boreanaz: I mean it really kind of get back into Booth’s past. We’ll see his apartment. We’ll see where he’s living this year, how he lives. One specific idea that I have in general that I really want to exploit is Booth is, on the outside, very charming. He has all of his shields up. But, here is a guy who was an Army ranger. He was a sniper and we touched on it in the first episode. In the season, that came out he was tortured and he got hit in the shins. It would be nice to see Booth; see how he gets ready in the morning, how difficult it is for him and how we give a little bit more vulnerability towards this character, to see him kind of start the day and see how hard it is for him because when you do see him, he’s always on the move. He always has all of this stuff that protects him, but what really lies underneath all that is good stuff. I think we’ll exploit that this year.

Question: I’ve also had a couple of people ask me since we haven’t seen the “cocky” belt buckle in any of the promo photos. Have we seen the last of it?

D. Boreanaz: No. That’s still on. I mean the photos probably depend on how– I haven’t noticed it. I’ve always been wearing it, so I don’t know.

Question: Are there any other aspects of Booth that you’d like to see developed more that there are no plans for at this point?

D. Boreanaz: Getting back to his dad and his grandfather maybe just to figure out his family history, where he kind of gets that kind of lethal threat. There’s something lethal about Booth that’s really intriguing to me that we haven’t really seen, a bit of a dark side to him that I really kind of would have enjoyed to exploit this year. I do think he’s the type of guy that can switch on and off pretty quick. If you really get him angry, he can snap and people would fear him pretty easily.

Question: Like shooting clown trucks?

D. Boreanaz: Yes, I mean very much almost kind of like a “Lethal Weapon,” Mel Gibson kind of face for him is something, I think, in the cards.

Question: I read somewhere that you might be directing an episode this season. Can you tell us something about that?

D. Boreanaz: Yes. I’m actually directing one. It’ll be over the Thanksgiving break. I don’t know the storyline yet or the breakdown of it. When I do, I’ll let everybody know about it, but I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to putting on a different hat, sure.

Question: Have you done any directing at all?

D. Boreanaz: Yes, I have. I’ve directed in the past, yes.

Question: So, this will be not totally new for you.

D. Boreanaz: Not totally new, but definitely new because it’s a whole new show and a new environment. When you work day in and day out with these guys, it makes it a little bit easier.

Question: Just a quick thing; you mentioned Moonlighting. I was wondering if you’re ever worried that maybe if they carry the romance between the characters a little too far whether it’ll have the problems that Moonlighting had.

D. Boreanaz: Yes, I know. I hope that it doesn’t. I think that the more we can keep the characters away the better. I do believe that you don’t want to give too much away.

Question: I know you and Emily are both producing on this show and I was just wondering what involvement you both are having really in the storylines and suggesting new things for the writers and producers.

D. Boreanaz: Well, again, we bring in a lot of our improvisational moments and character stuff. So, all this character stuff and improvisational stuff that you see is our ideas. It really is a moment of reworking scripts, dialogue and changing some things here or there and going through Hart and telling him about it and saying, “We have an idea for this,” or “We’d like the scene to kind of develop this way rather than this way.” So, it’s really a lot of character stuff and ideas that we have that we implement into the storyline and/or into a script.

Question: I love the bit in the season premiere where you’re trying to crack the Queen’s guard, like trying to getting him to smile or something. Was that your idea, or was that something that was written in the script?

D. Boreanaz: Well, at first, it was written a certain way. It was a much longer scene than it was, actually, the way it came out. The idea of the way it was written first was that kind of stare down and me trying to break him, but what we wanted to do was we worked the scene where it was more or less me trying to catch him breaking and actually thinking I did break him when he blinked and all that stuff. So, just turning it around and making it a bit more of a non-predictable scene, because at first– I mean Booth would know who he’s messing with and I think the scene was originally saying like he doesn’t know who he’s messing with. It’s stuff like that that we change around.

I know he’s a Queen’s guard. I know that I can get in trouble. I understand that, so I explain that in the front of the scene rather than me not saying anything at all about that. There are things like that that we just change around.

Question: This might be premature, but have you thought about beyond Bones, like when the series does come to an end many years down the line? Do you want to stay in TV, or do you have your eye on film? What are you thinking?

D. Boreanaz: I focus primarily just really what’s happening in the moment. Obviously, I always like to plant seeds. I planted some seeds, whether that’s developing a show myself to take to a network, getting on board that way. To me, it’s always been something I’d like to do. It’s exciting – develop a story and an idea for a show.

Obviously, film work would be fantastic. It’s just finding time. It’s developing into a leading man that I’m doing right now. So, I’m comfortable with that.

Question: Just switching gears a little bit, what were your favorite TV shows when you were growing up and the kind of guy that you watched on TV?

D. Boreanaz: Well, growing up, it was like Starsky & Hutch, Planet of the Apes, Chico and the Man, Soap… I mean that’s for like the early days when I remember watching television, stuff like that. Those are the things that kind of influenced me.

Question: What about those characters like totally got you as a viewer?

D. Boreanaz: Well, I mean Starsky & Hutch, it was just two guys. They were really cool in a car that just did stuff. Chico and the Man was an unorthodox kind of comedy and Freddie Prinze was just an amazing talent; Soap, a great humorous dialogue. Then also like all the Norman Lear stuff. I mean his dialogue is priceless. You couldn’t even show some of that stuff today the way that was written. I mean to me, that’s the best stuff ever put out there. You can’t touch that stuff. Even today if you aired some of that stuff, it would be too much for network television. I mean that’s just way smart and not being able to identify it at the time, but being affected by it obviously because I remember it now. That’s stuff I inspire to. So, things like that.

Question: Yes, it had a lot of social commentary. Earlier you mentioned wanting to sort of emulate the Moonlighting character. Bruce Willis obviously had a brilliant career. Are you still looking toward movies and kind of following the arc of his career path?

D. Boreanaz: I’d love to, yes. I actually bumped into him I think it was the second season of Bones and I bumped into him and he couldn’t have been nicer. If I had to model anything, it would be like kind of a list of him or the way his career has unfolded and getting a really good action piece, to really jump into something that I love to do. I mean I think one thing the show misses out is using more action stuff with me. I think they used maybe 3% or 4% in the past three years and I know Hart is going to focus more on doing more action sequences that help that in this area because I mean it’s just one area that I love to do. I love doing that kind of stuff.

James Garner too was big. He was fantastic.

Question: What did Bruce say about the series or did he say, “Hey, I saw”–

D. Boreanaz: No, he was very cool. He’s like, “Yes, I know the series.” He said, “You’re doing a great job.” I said, “Well, I’m trying to follow in your footsteps, following your lead because I have such high respect for you” and he couldn’t have been nicer.

Question: I was curious; how does he London version of Brennan and Booth do the job compared to Brennan and Booth? Do they do it different?

D. Boreanaz: I don’t think they did it differently, but they did it similarly, just with a different tactic. One of our focuses going into the London show that we worked on specifically was when we were around them, seeing the two of them, we kind of mirrored them. We looked at them and said, “Wow, that’s really us.” That kind of helped with our connection, our relationship with them.

Question: Earlier, you mentioned that you take Zack out of prison for some help and then you put him back in.

D. Boreanaz: Well, I don’t take him out of prison. He escapes. I’ll just say that.

Question: Does that mean that the Gormagon storyline comes back?

D. Boreanaz: God, I hope not. Gee, I hated that.

Question: I thought that was awesome.

D. Boreanaz: Gormagon or whatever. Yes, I was out on that one. I’m not a big fan.

Question: So, you don’t know if that’s coming back or not.

D. Boreanaz: I don’t think it is, no.

Question: Sorry, this is going to touch on Gormagon again. Is there any fall out from how Seeley sees himself as an agent from that whole experience because this was someone you saw all the time?

D. Boreanaz: No, not really because I think things will be explained a little bit deeper when Zack comes back for an episode.

Question: I understand that Grave Digger is making a reappearance.

D. Boreanaz: Yes, that’ll be good. That’s something that we kind of kept open ended. That show was originally shot as a closed show and then they recut the ending and it’s become a fan favorite. So, we should definitely have a visit from him again.

D. Boreanaz: I just want to thank everybody for responding to our show and supporting us for the past few years. We look forward to a really good fourth season and some good surprises ahead.

[Note: In case you are interested, I highlighted my own questions in navy. That way, those of you who asked me those questions will know that I was thinking of you when I asked David about them.]

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