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Transscript vom Chat mit Bill Mumy

Hi folks,
oder besser gesagt guten Morgen um 04:10 Uhr.
Der Chat mit Bill war genial, kurz und buendig:
Hier ist er:

seaya mreow!@
AKalel Thanxs. How long do chats go on for cause I want to know if I can do this, play mindprobe and then comeback after?
Banister Bill was great on B5.
Moderator Bill. can youi type to the screen?
Bill Yes I can
Moderator Great!
Moderator Hi everyone, thanks for joining us here. I'm Patrizia DiLucchio for SCIFI. Tonight we are pleased to welcome actor/musician/graphic novelist Bill Mumy. If anyone knows that it is like to "grow up in the genre," it's gotta be Bill.
Bill Greetings from Laurel Canyon in California
Moderator From the Twilight Zone to Irwin Allen's TV show Lost in Space Bill literally came of age in millions of living rooms across America. More recently Bill has hooked another generation of fans playing Lennier, the Minbari aide to Delenn, in the acclaimed series Babylon 5.
Moderator Bill's credits are not confined to acting. His alter ego, "Art Barnes," is one half of the infamous demented novelty-song act Barnes & Barnes, perpetrators of the notorious song '"Fish Heads." He is an accomplished solo recording artist, composer of television and film music, and an author of graphic novels.
Moderator Laurel Canyon -- you're supposed to get some rain tonight!
Bill We've got plenty of rain, all day
Moderator Ready for the first question...Here we go
Moderator RandyBKC to Moderator: What's the latest on 'Overload'?
Bill Sets are in storage. Script has been rewritten, cast is still ready to go and we are in the unfortunate process of finding financing again.
Bill And I remain confident that the movie will be made.
Bill It's just temporarily in the cornfield.
Bill Should I say done when I'm finished.
Moderator to : hey,bill, did you and mira furlann have to shave your heads to play your characters?
Bill While we're paused, I'll take this opportunity to go to for all things mumy-like.
Moderator I guess you didn't see the question
Moderator Let me try again
Moderator >zog< to Moderator: hey,bill, did you and mira furlann have to shave your heads to play your characters?
Bill Can you see me now?
Moderator Yes
Moderator Loud and clear
Bill Shall I do the answer again?
Moderator Yes, we didn't see it :)
Bill We did not have to shave our heads, but we did have to get up really, really early to glue foam rubber on our heads
Bill Did you see that?
Moderator Sure did!
Moderator Next...
Moderator to : - Greetings Mr. Mumy II know you did a episode of DS9 how did it differ from doing a B5 episode?
Bill Oh boy. There were countless differences.
Bill First of all, I played a human so I didn't have the hassles. And it was real fun to be on a real studio lot.
Bill Not to knock where we made Babylon 5, because that was great. But it was great to be on a regular sound stage.
Bill Everything at Star Trek is sort of decided by committee and takes a long time.
Bill It takes a long time to get finalized. At Babylon 5, things were run by Joe and that would be it.
Bill Everyone at trek treated me fantastically. They really rolled out the red carpet for me and it was kind of a dream come true.
Bill DA
Bill I thought it was a good show.
Moderator to : What was it like for you to return to the realm of Science Fiction for the first time since Lost in Space ended production?
Bill I've done so much work in science fiction in my career, I'm not sure what this question is referring to.
Bill But I've always loved fantasy and sci-fi stuff.
Bill DA
Moderator to : Hey Bill do you plan on doing another cd with the Bee Five group?? Thanks
Bill I loved writing and producing that project, although there are no plans work with that group again.
Bill My third solo album Pandora's Box is currently out. Barnes & Barnes The Essential Barnes & Barnes
Bill is currently out. My next solo CD After Dreams Come True will be out in May.
Bill My band the Jenerators, with actor Maguel Ferrar will be gigging in March and there are a lot of musical projects coming from me to you.
Bill The new millenium from the stage of the Universal Ampi-theatre and rocking with my old band mates America.
Bill But I have been talking to Claudia about a solo project for her that I would probably produce.
Bill Peter Jurasik is in North Carolina and I have no idea where Andreas is, although I did see him at DragonCon in June.
Bill I talked to Mira about 2 weeks ago. Make plans to jam!
Bill DA
Moderator to : How did you get into writing comics?
Bill I was spending so much money buying them, I had to justify it by writing them.
Bill DA
Moderator to : Bill, any word on ANYTHING being available to continue with the SPACE CASES story? (you just KNEW I had to ask that)
Bill I wish !!! It is still running all over the world, but not in the United States.
Bill Very proud of the two seasons we produced and would return to that.
Bill I love writing with Peter David.
Bill DA
Moderator to : Bill, who was the biggest practical joker on the sets of Lost In Space and Babylon 5
Bill Lost in Space - I'd have to say Mark Goddard. On Babylon 5, I'd have to say Claudia
Bill although I'd know he wouldn't admit it, but JMS was probably the biggest of all.
Bill But I got mine in!
Bill DA
Moderator to : Hello Mr. Mumy! I would like to know what kind of motivation it took to prepare for your character as Lenier on B5?
Bill I learned a lot from Lennier.
Bill Was loyal, capable, brave, noble and sad. And so well written that the preparation was easy.
Bill Plus I was allowed input into his development.
Bill DA
Moderator to : Hello Bill, what are your musical influences?
Bill So many.
Bill From the Kingston Trio thru Nirvana.
Bill Bryan Wilson, Rolling Stones, Dylan -- but all roads lead to the Beatles.
Bill Don't want to forget Neil Young and Robert Johnson.
Bill DA
Moderator to : Mr. Mumy, did you have any martial arts training for "Lennier"'s infamous Bar Fight (I don't remember the episode by name, sadly. : ) )
Bill I did study martial arts for a while.
Bill DA
Moderator to : hi Mr. Mumy do u fly military planes like jerry doyle and bruce boxleitner does?:)
Moderator Bill, can you type?
Bill Yes, I'm here
Moderator Great
Moderator to : hi Mr. Mumy do u fly military planes like jerry doyle and bruce boxleitner does?:)
Bill I'm much more comfortable on space ships than on airplanes.
Bill DA
Moderator to : How was it working under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock ?
Bill He was a cruel, saddistic bastard -- good director though.
Bill DA
Moderator to : Was speaking in Minbari tough?
Bill Actually yes. Having to memorize nonsense words is harder than having to memorize and to relate to.
Bill By the second season, Joe wanted it to be absolutely perfect when we spoke in any of the alien languages.
Bill I prefer speaking in English.
Bill Flock sha!
Bill Flok sha!
Bill DA
Moderator to : Bill, did you think that "Fish Heads" would become the comedy classic that is has when you recorded it?
Bill Absolutely. No doubt about it!
Bill Did anyone see the Fish Heads on the Tonight show last month?
Bill Did anyone see the Fish Heads VIDEO on the Tonight show last month?
Bill DA
Moderator to : What was your opinion of the Lost in Space movie and were you asked to appear in it?
Bill I thought it could have been better. And yes, I was asked to do a cameo -- which I did not want to do.
Bill DA
Moderator to : you said that you have done a lot of sci fi. do you feel that you have become typecast as a sci fi only actor?
Bill Not at all. I just happen to like working in that arena. And I wear a lot of other hats.
Bill Writer, producer, musician, voice-over artist. Though given an opportunity to work in an arena that you enjoy, I'll go for it.
Bill I've recently done two episodes of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command series.
Bill DA
Moderator to : What is your take on the Napster situation? Do you offer songs in mp3 format?
Bill I'm no Will Robinson when it comes to computers. I haven't decided how I feel about napster yet.
Bill But my partner in Barnes & Barnes is not comfortable with it and has pulled some songs off of MP3.
Bill DA
Moderator to : how much freedom did JMS give you in your time as a director on B5
Bill I was never a director on Babylon 5.
Bill DA
Moderator to : On the B5 episode that guest starred June Lockhart even though you weren't in any scenes together were there any feeling of deja Vue?
Bill I see June somewhat regularly. So, it was great to have her on the show and I'm sorry we didn't have any scenes together.
Bill But there was no de ja vu. We filmed that episode the week of the big California earthquake.
Bill It was very tense there for quite a while.
Bill Lights shaking. We felt the whole building was going to fall down on our heads.
Bill And you'd know that if I'd run out in the street looking like an alien from another planet, someone would have just run me over.
Bill DA
Moderator to : What is difficult being young, working, going to school, and keeping up with other kid activities?
Bill I've been working as an actor since I was 5. I still have a lot of friends of the same friends I grew up with.
Bill Although I have led an abnormal life, it feels normal to me.
Bill Going to school on a set is quite difficult though.
Bill Thinking about the scene you are about to shoot and thinking about geography can be quite a drag
Bill and I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore.
Bill DA
Moderator Bill. a lot of people are asking if you were ever a Doctor Who fan?
Bill I've enjoyed several incarnations of Dr. Who and have met a few of the Doctors at sci-fi conventions.
Bill My friend and Babylon 5 director, Tony Dow, worked on the last Dr. Who project.
Bill I thought was really good.
Bill I wouldn't say I would say Iwas a "fan" though.
Bill I wouldn't say that I was a "fan" though.
Bill (Sandy's fingers aren't working well tonight!)
Bill (Bill is on the phone.)
Bill DA
Moderator to : Bill, what was your favorite acting job?
Bill That's so hard.
Bill I loved the three Twilight Zones I did.
Bill I loved being Will Robinson in Lost in Space.
Bill I loved starring in Bless the Beasts and the Children.
Bill I liked most all of it.
Bill Lennier was so well written. Lennier was a great character to play.
Bill It would depend on my whim of the moment.
Bill DA
Moderator to : I saw "Trekkies" recently and they did a segment on the strangest things that fans send the stars. What is the strangest thing you've ever recieved?
Bill A death threat!
Bill DA
Bill A death threat!
Bill DA
Moderator Bill, how did your parents happen to get you into acting? Were they actors, or involved in the business?
Bill At this time we'd like to announce that the official Bill Mumy Fan Club is back in action.
Bill Anyone interested can go to for more information.
Bill My grandfather had been an agent in the 30s and 40s.
Bill His biggest claim to fame was getting Boris Karlof the role of Frankenstein.
Bill My Mom worked as a writer/secretary at 20th Century Studios for a little over 10 years before I was born.
Bill My Dad was a cattle rancher.
Bill I broke my leg playing Zorro when I was 4 years old.
Bill I sat in a cast and stared at the TV set for 10 weeks.
Bill watching Superman and Zorro and I knew that I wanted to be like them.
Bill I wanted to be an adventure hero on TV.
Bill So I made it happen.
Bill With my parents who never spent a penny of my money and my mother always came with me to the studio.
Bill Until I was 18.
Bill DA
Moderator to : Hey Bill what's your favorite ship from the B5 universe?
Bill The White Star of course!
Bill DA
Moderator to : Were you one of the actors who cried when they read the B5 'Sleeping in light' script?
Bill I got a little misty eyed!
Bill DA
Moderator to : Were you given much back history on the Minbari or your character in general or did you just do it on a script by script basis?
Bill Joe and I talked a lot about where Lennier had been and where Lennier was going.
Bill But I wasn't given any files on Minbari history, if that is what you mean.
Bill DA
Moderator Bill, half the audience wants to know what your favorite B5 episode was?
Bill Hard to say. They were all pretty good.
Bill I liked Quality of Mercy a lot.
Bill I liked them all.
Moderator Can you type again Bill?
Bill Can you see me ?
Moderator Yes!
Moderator Bill, we're winding down here. We always ask this of our guests. What advice do you give to would-be actors, or musicians who would like to do what you do?
Bill Don't do what I do, do what you do!
Bill Follow you muse!
Bill Follow your muse!
Bill Be prepared for rejection.
Bill There is art and there is show business and they are two completely animals.
Bill If you want to be in show business, you must learn to compromise your vision.
Bill Art for art sake is a great thing.
Bill So is good show biz.
Bill DA
Moderator Bill, you been a wonderful guest. Thanks for taking the time to join us tonight... Now what was that website URL again :)
Bill And I'd like to say, as much as we all love sci-fi, you only have one planet for the time being.
Bill And Mother Earth needs all the help she can get right now.
Bill So let's all give it to her!
Bill Thank you kindly.
Moderator Words to live by. Thank you, Bill. Have a great evening
Moderator Thanks to our audience too for hundreds of questions!
Bill I guess I'll say Good bye now. I left the White Star double parked.
Moderator We'll open the floor now, but before we do -- one quick announcement. Please join us tomorrow night at 9PM ET when we'll be talking with First Wave star Traci Lords
Moderator See you there. Good night everybody.

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