Interview: ADRIAN PAUL, Eyeborgs

Adrian Paul, best known as Duncan MacLeod, stopped by the studio briefly on February 11, 2011 to talk about “Eyeborgs”, premiering on the SyFy Channel on February 12.

Without further ado, here are the questions I was able to get past him in our limited time.

GS: You know I have to get at least one “Highlander” question in here… let’s say we planted a car bomb and blew Duncan into 27 million pieces… is he dead?

AP: Well since Duncan’s head would probably be severed from the rest of his body, I would imagine the answer was yes, dead as a doornail.

GS: How often are you out someplace, having dinner or whatever, and someone comes up and says, “There can be only one”?

AP: Often, and in many languages, too. Also, the frequency depends on where I am.

GS: You have a solid background in the horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. Are you a fan of these genres, and if yes, do you have any personal favorites the casual viewer may have overlooked?

AP: I am not sure I have a solid background in horror. Fantasy, perhaps, and sci-fi definitely, but I am a fan of some parts of the sci-fi arena. Personally, though, I like dramas.

GS: You appeared once on an episode of “Charmed”… who is more awesome, Rose McGowan or Alyssa Milano?

AP: Tough question, depends on your point of view. Are we talking sex appeal? Charm? Charisma? “Awesome” is a large topic. They both have their own qualities.

GS: You have the lead role in “Eyeborgs”, a film about government surveillance cameras that may not be on our side (if I understand correctly). How does your character fit into this?

AP: He is the guy who was responsible for the bill passing to get the cameras into the public arena. However, now he is not so sure they are all that they are made out to be.

GS: When you received the script, was it called “Eyeborgs”? The concept sounds good, but frankly it is a terrible title.

AP: Yes, that was the title. I have nothing to do with that.

GS: How much is this film a satire on things like the Patriot Act and wiretapping, and how much is it just good, fun science fiction?

AP: I think it was written with both in mind. In actual fact, the genre could be said to be a political thriller with sci-fi elements. It is a statement on the amount of surveillance that is in our society today and a comment on whether that is a good or bad thing.

GS: Did you get to spend any time with Danny Trejo? And isn’t he smaller than you might expect?

AP: Size doesn’t matter. You have heard the saying by Mark Twain, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” But yes, I spent a little time with Danny, although our schedules were a little different. I found him to be a nice man with lots of stories.

GS: Can you tell us about the Peace Fund?

AP: The Peace fund stands for Protect Educate Aid Children Everywhere. It has been in operation since 1997 and we raise money for underfunded charities that need our help. Currently we have five charities that we support. Mercy and Sharing in Haiti. Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA)in the Midwest, Krabi Relief in Thailand, Relief Fund for Romania, and Teachers Across Borders in Australia, although there have been others in the past.

GS: I ask this question to everyone: do you have any dirt on David Hasselhoff?

AP: No.

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