receiving an American football scholarship for the University
of Oregon, Christopher Judge seemed destined to have a sport
based career. But from an earlier age it was acting that was
his real passion. He
beat thousands of other hopefuls for the job of
hosting the West
Coast FOX KLSR Morning Show.
This break led him to several guest star appearances on a number
of television shows. At present his distinctive voice can be
heard on the animated series Action
(Simon Gray), Book
(Plato) and X-MEN
Judge likes to relax by spending time with his children Christopher,
Cameron and Catrina. Nick Smithson caught up with him recently
as the fourth series of Stargate SG-1 was due to be released
in the UK on DVD and video...
Nick Smithson: What is it about your
character that attracted you to the role... apart from the
Judge: (Laughs) When I first heard about the character I was
reminded of all those characters throughout history who have
bucked the system, that have desires of making a change and
have actively pursued it. When I read the script for the pilot
I was so excited to play the part because Teal'c is a rebel
in a society that doesn't tolerate rebels. His society is
very regimented. The people there follow the rules of the
Goulds and for my character to take that step and veer off
from the Status Quo... I just thought that aspect opened up
a whole world of possibilities.
What do you think Teal'c brings to the SG-1 team?
: Teal'c is a 97 year-old Jaffa and carries the laval form
of the gods inside him. During his 97 years he has travelled
between many worlds where the Stargates have been placed.
He has seen many different life forms, many different species
of life. He is an invaluable member of the team for that reason.
brings her scientific knowledge to the team, Jackson brings
his historical knowledge, O'Neill brings a tongue-in-cheek
humour - along with his military knowledge, and Teal'c brings
knowledge about other life forms. He knows tactical information
about the Goulds as well as a lot of historical information
that would not be easy to come by for outsiders. That sort
of makes up the entire knowledge of the whole team.
Why did you choose acting over a promising sports career?
Since I was three or four years old I always knew that I wanted
to be involved with entertaining people. As I grew up I saw
more and more athletes moving over into acting and I thought
that this would be a quicker route into acting. So I attended
the University of Oregon on a football scholarship. It
was more of a stage for me. I enjoyed the games - that was
a forum for me to entertain others.
How does this role differ from those you have played in the
A lot of roles I've played in the past have been very narrow
in scope. I've played 'the disenfranchised cop' or the cop
who came from a bad neighbourhood and was angry about the
way things were going in the particular environment that he
worked in but felt helpless when it came to making any sizeable
role, on the other hand gives me the chance to make changes
in the different worlds we travel to - especially those worlds
I have previously visited in a different capacity.
is what is so exciting about this character - the many levels
I can play. What is also challenging is the fact that my character
is not used to being able to express his emotions and so the
challenge, for me, was to make my emotions felt through not
saying a lot of words but by letting my emotions play across
my face and body. I really think this is a fantastic challenge
as an actor.
What do you think the appeal is with the series? Why do you
think viewers have embraced it so readily?
I Think that when you use situations on a parallel world that
mirror situations on Earth then it makes people stop and think
about the wars we fight here on Earth, and why we bother.
I think it also allows people to question how we treat those
that are different to us even though we are the same race.
It allows them to look at the way we view other races, cultures
top of this the show has a great sense of humour but it also
has a serious message. It helps society to understand that
we shouldn't be fearful of different customs and rituals.
What does the gold emblem on your forehead signify?
This brand is actually worn by the Jaffa race and signifies
the imperial serpent guard. We are in service to the Goulds
- Gods for want of a better term - and the gold signifies
that my character is the first prime - or the leader of the
serpent guards. These emblems are branded on my characters
race when they are very young and as they rise through the
different ranks they change colours. When Teal'c defects he
can discard all of his armourment and all the apparel that
he wore but once he decided to leave the serpent guards this
is the one aspect which he is stuck with. He must carry that
burden for the rest of his life.
If there was a real Stargate in operation would you be eager
to visit different worlds for real?
If there was a Stargate unearthed then I would certainly be
amongst the first to sign up to go through. I think it is
incredibly shortsighted or naive to think that we are all
alone in this vast universe. I think it would be amazing to
be able to go somewhere else and see what is out there - what
a tremendous experience that would be.
Thank you for your time.
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