Lee Adama in Battlestar Galactica
British actor Jamie Bamber has appeared in many acclaimed TV series in his career. However it was taking the mantle as Captain Apollo in the superb re- imagining of ’ 70s sci- fi show Battlestar Galactica that remains his most cherished role. We caught up with the actor at Australia’s Sydney Supanova Pop Culture Expo ( www. supanova. com. au).
Would you like to play the role again?
Yes, if the scripts were right and if Ron Moore and all my colleagues were involved then yes, I’d be really excited to revisit it.
What’s the stranges t reques t you’ve had from a fan?
To sign an engagement cake with icing with the fiancée present as well!
Would any of your character’s skills or attributes have ben useful in real life?
I think he was pretty decisive under pressure. I think he was resourceful, principled. His nature was always to follow his conscience and not just to follow the rules. I think those are good qualities.
What would your character be doing now?
I think today he would be at the vanguard of the environmentalist lobby trying to sort some of the global problems we have. If he had the knowledge of what he went through as a Caprican then he’d be like John the Baptist crying in the wilderness about the direction we were going in maybe.
I s there anything you think was unfinished about the character’s story?
No, I think that we explored almost every facet that you could explore in a young man’s life… he did every job from barrister to fighter pilot to president to dissident to rebellious mercenary. He had a good run!
Did you get any souvenirs from the set?
I have a Viper model that was a prop in Lee’s apartment. I have my flight suit, dog tags, bits of paperwork and stuff.
Anything from the show you wish was real?
Be careful what you wish for but some of those Cylons were mighty good looking!
What would i t say on the character’s graves tone?
Here lies Lee Adama. Sorry Dad!