Sam Witwer

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Sometimes it seems that getting a remake of The Crow off the ground is almost as difficult as trying to get a third Ghostbusters made, but with movement happening on the latter, what will it take to get progression on the former? Of course, you’re immediate reaction may be, “Why does it need to?” the vitriolic distaste for remakes drives fan culture, and not all of it unjustifiably cynical. Still, some people want to see The Crow fly again, but damned if the Powers That Be can’t figure out a way to make it happen, especially since they keep losing directors and leading men. So let’s go right to Crow creator James O’Barr, who would he want as The Crow? Hint: he’s already fought vampires, Superman and Cylons. (more…)

Original image from SyFy series Being Human

Yesterday we spoke with Sam Witwer about playing Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, his love of the force, the chances that he might come aboard Frank Darabont’s upcoming series, LA Noir, and I asked Sam if some around The Walking Dead had tried to diminish Darabont’s contribution to the show. Part 1 can be found here, but today Part 2 is ALL about Being Human (well, almost ALL about Being Human).

On the series, Witwer plays Aidan, a Boston-based vampire who is trying to find the way to normal. He shares an apartment and a life with Sally (a ghost) and Josh (a self-hating werewolf). The concept is based on the popular UK show of the same name but the two aren’t particularly identical at this point and Aidan has been on the edge of a downward spiral all season long.

In this half of the interview, Witwer discusses that potential spiral, the journey his character is taking, what he doesn’t like about his vampire super powers, and the chances that we’ll see zombies on Being Human.

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It’s hard to put my finger on it — the moment that I realized that Sam Witwer was really one of us — a nerd, a geek, a fan. Was it his hilarious Star Wars-centric voicemail greeting? The way he bemoaned his Being Human character’s use of vamp super speed or the way he passionately spoke to me about those who would deny Frank Darabont’s contribution to The Walking Dead? How about all of the above? Simply put, talking to Witwer was like talking to some guy you’re lined up next to while waiting to get into a Comic Con panel. The difference is he’s the guy who headlines those panels and he really doesn’t seem to be fazed by it.

In a wide-ranging, 2 part interview that touched on the above topics and The Clone Wars, The Muppets, the comic book superhero he wants to play, whether he would stay on Being Human if his castmates left, and the chances of him joining Darabont’s new series, L.A. NoirWitwer came off as easygoing, affable and honest. A regular guy who doesn’t BS, an actor who is too excited by the work he does to come off as jaded.

Check out Part 1 today and look out for Part 2 tomorrow, only on NerdBastards.com.

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A perfectly straight guy has no interest in swinging the other way (obviously), but under a gun-to-the-head circumstance, in which we had pick to another man to bone or blow, there is…the list. Every guy, whether he care to admit it, has a list filed away of dudes they’d go gay for. In my case, Being Human‘s  star Sam Witwer is the top contender. Not only is he a very striking-looking man, but he’s a Jedi master.

The guy’s provided the voice work and likeness for Starkiller in the two Star Wars: The Force Unleashed games, and he’s now the voice of the resurrected Sith Lord Darth Maul on Clone Wars.

So, here’s video of Witwer showing talk show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb how to handle a penis a lightsaber.

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Damn, weren’t those some wicked-sweet Jedi movies? And how about that Darth Maul? *lips quivering*

Hmm, I really have no idea how my confession of men I’d like to fuck has anything to do with Witwer playing Jedi Master to some bimbo talk show hosts, but I feel good admitting it.

I’ll be in my bunk. Playing with my lightsaber of course.

Source: Blastr

 

Whoa, guys. Whoa. Watching this teaser for Darth Maul‘s return on Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave me chills. All the awesome of Maul that was promised and not delivered in Episode I, is here.

Tell me that didn’t get you pumped for this new arc on Clone Wars!? My favorite story line last year was learning about the Nightsisters and Nightbrothers on Dathomir, Maul’s homeworld. An excellent part of Clone Wars has been exploring the notion that not only Jedi and Sith can wield the power of the Force. And with that knowledge I just know the battles between Maul, Obi-Wan, Ventress, Savage Opress, Grievous and Dooku are going to be incredible!

Here’s a quick setup for the season ending arc from USA Today,

In the upcoming Clone Wars arc, General Grievous launches an attack on Maul’s homeworld of Dathomir, and Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters has told Savage Opress (voiced by Clancy Brown) about Darth Maul, sending Opress on a quest to find his long-lost brother.

And you can see how it’ll play out in the above trailer. Dave Filoni, the director of Clone Wars, also shared a few things that’ll be different about Maul upon his return. For one, you probably noticed it in the trailer, but he’s got mechanical legs! Filoni said the story of how he survived bisection will be dark and dramatic and that his face-off with Obi-Wan will have,  “a lot of want for revenge in his mind, what he’s been thinking about through what must have been a terrible trial.” And sadly, he won’t have the duel-bladed lightsaber, but only a fragment of what’s left. Kind of like his mind. Sam Witwer, who’ll be voicing Maul in Clone Wars, talked about the crazy mess Maul’s become in an article we shared earlier.

Darth Maul returns on Star Wars: The Clone Wars March 9th.

USA Today also has a clip from the first episode of the four part finale,

Source: USA Today via Nerds in Babeland

Recently we’ve been talking a lot about Episode I, what with its new 3D release and all, and almost universally there is one thing everyone agrees upon as being the best part of The Phantom Menance: Darth Maul. Sure, he’s on screen for something like 20 minutes and is then, somewhat laughably, cut in half and sent down an exhaust shaft, but when you look back at Episode I trying to rationalize why you might have, at one point in time, liked it, you pull out, “Darth Maul was cool.”

And he was, still is, cool. And he’s back. Friday, March 9th Darth Maul returns on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We’ve learned so much about Maul since Episode I. We’ve learned about his planet, Dathomir and the clans of warrior Nightbrothers and Nightsister witches. We’ve learned he has brothers, Savage Opress and Feral, and now Savage and Maul are having a family reunion.

Maul is voiced by Sam Witwer of Being Human fame and while yes, I’m slightly disappointed Ray Park couldn’t record just a few more lines what I’ve heard of Witwer is perfect. Besides, Park was Maul because he had the moves, that’s slightly less necessary in animation. [Edit: Oops, as a commentor below points out, Park didn’t record Maul’s voice, but rather Peter Serafinowicz provided the voice-over in Episode I. Mea culpa.] Below you can check out a video of Witwer discussing what direction their taking Maul in as well as him recording along with Clancy Brown (Savage Opress). Oh, and a tiny snippet of a clip.

Crazy Maul sounds awesome! I love the idea he’s become this deranged madman hellbent on revenge against Obi-wan. It’s genius, and Witwer brings not only a great voice talent but a lot of his own great ideas. Witwer is no stranger to Star Wars, either. A self-professed fan he’s also voiced The Son in “The Mortis Trilogy” on Clone Wars as well as Starkiller in The Force Unleashed.

I can’t wait for Maul’s return, how about you?

Source: MTV Geek

‘Being Human’ Renewed for Third Season

Is the Americanized version of Being Human better than it’s UK counterpart? Meh, probably not, but hey, the Americans try. I for one, think it’s good stuff. The show, which is about a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost cohabitating and trying their darnedest to live and act like “normal people”,  effectively examines the human condition. With emotionally besieged characters and topics that are heavy and complex, you couldn’t ask for better Emo Sci-Fi.

Anyway, the strangest set of roommates ever—vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath)—will continue trying to live normal lives (or afterlives) in a Boston brownstone, because Syfy announced today that the hit series will be back for a third season.

The press release announcing Being Human‘s renewal touts the show’s strong showing with the female audience (the best ever for a Syfy series) as a big selling point, as well as the continued general growth in viewership between the first and second seasons. Mark Stern, President of Original Content at Syfy, had this to say:

“With the success of season two, Being Human has become a premier destination for Syfy viewers,” said Stern. “Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke have taken this series to new heights this year and we’re excited to see where the third season will go.”

I, for one, am stoked. How do the rest of you feel?

I don’t know if you can tell, but the zombie pictured above happens to be Being Human‘s Sam Witwer. If you remember, he’s the zombie soldier that gets a hole blasted into his head at the end of season 0ne pilot and also provides the grenade that saves the group in season two of The Walking Dead.

Why would this matter? Because Frank Darabont had plans ao far ahead in the series that he had an entire side story for a character that’s only in the last seconds of the first season of the show. Similar to the web series that was done to tell the story of the “bicycle zombie”, “Tank Zombie” Sam would have had an entire episode to star in about how he came to be in that tank, but it’ll never happen . . .

thanks to AMC.

Click the link to listen to Sam not only vent frustrations about how much Darabont poured his guts into the franchise, but how awesome this would have looked.
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BeingHuman

Have you watched “Being Human“? No, not the original British one. I’m talking the new, revised, American version on SyFy Channel? Shiiiiiiiiiiit! The revamp is just as good as the original, if not better (matter of opinion). If you’re out of the loop, here’s how it goes. A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost cohabitate and try their darnedest to live and act like “normal people”. “Being Human” is harder than it looks.

Now, I never thought this show -which sounded like set-up for a bad joke- would be so astoundingly relatable. Oddly enough, it poignantly examines the human condition via super natural characters and their connections, or lack there of, with the world. Lust, despair, anger, anguish, reluctance, remorse and other underlying tones are prominent. Can I love? Can anyone love me? Why am I this way? I just want to feel/be normal. Basically, we’re talking Emo Sci-Fi. It’s good stuff. Besides emotionally besieged characters, the topics are heavy and complex. It forces you to ask difficult questions, such as what constitutes a Monster?

Suffice the say, the show is charming, in a dark, sardonic way.

Anyway, the strangest set of roommates ever—vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath)—will continue trying to live normal lives (or afterlives) in a Boston brownstone, because Syfy announced today that the hit series will be back for a second season.

A Snippet from SyFy press release:

New York, NY – March 17, 2011 – Syfy is ordering a second season of its new hit drama series Being Human, it was announced today by Mark Stern President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Since the show’s January 17 launch, premiere episodes of Being Human have averaged 1.8 million viewers making it Syfy’s most successful winter season scripted series launch in 6 years.

I for one am thrilled that SyFy will be able to keep this amazing series on a Network that seems to be doing everything it can to euthanize itself. I’m still mad about Caprica and Stargate Universe.

HIT THE JUMP for the full press release.

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