Monday, December 12, 2011

Stargate SG-1 - GateWorld: David DeLuise Interview

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STARGATE SG-1 - GATEWORLD: For Pete’s Sake - David DeLuise Interview

Sunday - December 11, 2011
by Chad Colvin

It’s now been almost eight long years since the last time GateWorld had the opportunity to catch up with actor David DeLuise. Our first chat, not long after the character he portrayed — “Pete Shanahan” — was introduced, gave us the opportunity to get to know the latest DeLuise family member to grace the Stargate franchise with their time and talent. But in the years since, many things have happened: the story arc for Shanahan followed its logical conclusion, the actor moved on to a lead role in a popular family television series, and the DeLuise family would suffer a tragic blow as they lost their endearing patriarch.

GateWorld caught up to the actor earlier this fall when he was a special guest during the Chicago edition of Creation Entertainment’s Official Stargate Convention tour. With a lot of interview ground to cover between our chats, we made the most of it, as you’ll read in the transcript below. In this candid interview, David DeLuise goes on the record about Pete Shanahan’s full story arc, taking orders from his older brother [Peter] on the SG-1 set, playing a father opposite actress/singer Selena Gomez, his thoughts on Stargate Universe and the hibernation of the franchise as a whole, the legacy of his famous father, and much, much more!


Amanda Tapping and David DeLuise from SG1's 'Chimera' courtesy of MGM Stargate

... GateWorld: It has been over seven years since the last time that we caught up with you. Season Seven, I think, shortly after you were introduced, long before you knew what the arc for Pete was going to be in Season Eight. So much has happened, with your character on the show, with the franchise itself, with your family. A lot to talk about in a short period of time.

Pete’s arc — his love for, the engagement with and the ending of the relationship with Sam, against where he saw it going — do you think the way that it was portrayed onscreen was pretty honest, overall?

David DeLuise: "I think it was. I think it was good. Even if people didn’t like Pete Shanahan, I think they saw that it was a good thing for Sam to be loved. You know what I mean? If you look at her in some of those scenes, she’s giving it back, too. Isn’t that what we all ultimately want? To love and be loved. So I think those two characters were feeling that. Even if you don’t like Pete, you like Sam, you want her to be loved, right? I think that it was good.

The realistic nature of what was going on was, in my opinion, Sam had to decide whether or not she was going to be the one to move away from their [her and O'Neill's] relationship and be with someone. Because I think everybody knows that if they could have been together, they would have. In one of the futuristic flashbacks, they have everybody together — they’re fishing — and I think that put everybody’s concerns to rest about whether they ended up together or not.

I think my character served its purpose to really put Sam in the position of, “What is it that you want?” I’ve said this so many times before that Amanda [Tapping], working with Amanda, she’s the most professional, the most amazing, sexy...

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