Monday, April 8, 2013

Being Human - Digital Spy: Sam Witwer Q & A

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DIGITAL SPY: 'Being Human USA' Sam Witwer Q&A: "It diverges from the BBC original"

Monday, Apr 8 2013
By Morgan Jeffery

If you're still feeling grief pangs from the loss of BBC Three's Being Human, then now's the perfect time to check out the show's US "companion piece" - Syfy's very own take on Being Human gets its UK premiere later this week courtesy of Watch.

Digital Spy spoke to Sam Witwer - who plays the vampire Aidan - about why fans of the BBC series should tune in to the American version, his thoughts on the original show and what the future holds for Being Human USA...

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... Digital Spy: The UK version of Being Human recently came to an end - what would you say to fans of that show thinking about checking out the US series for the first time?

Sam Witwer: "It's funny - I've gotten more flack from the remake nature of our Being Human from American audiences than I have from British fans. Every fan of the BBC original that I've bumped into seemed very excited and interested in seeing what we did with it - at least to my face!

"Whereas the Americans that I bumped into when we first started… they were the most harsh. I don't what that is - I don't know if Americans aren't happy with being Americans these days? The political thing is wearing on us or something…

"So I'm approaching this cautiously and with a great deal of curiosity about how people are going to react, especially as our first season follows the blueprint of the BBC's first series - but we do it in 13 episodes, they did it in six, so we go to a lot of places that they didn't.

"The thing that I would urge people to remember is that this was always approached very respectfully. It was always intended to be a companion piece and the longer that the series goes, the more that it diverges from the BBC original. In our second and third season, we're doing totally different stories.

"For the first season, we definitely have an awareness of the fact that we're telling the same story so we do throw in some twists and certain things go in the opposite direction to the BBC series, just to keep it fresh and interesting for people who have already seen the original.

"The characters are also very different - they were never intended to be the same people. They make different choices than their BBC counterparts, so it goes off in a different direction

Being Human USA launches on Thursday, April 11 at 9pm on Watch.

NEW episodes of Being Human season three conclude on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 9/8C on Syfy (US), with the season finale, 'Ruh-Roh.' CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EPISODE TRAILER.

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