Actor Brian J. Smith, who plays Lt. Scott on SGU, is tackling the criticism of his horny character and defending the rebooted franchise from fan outrage. You shouldn't assume his character is a "sex-pot" or demand instant gratification, he insists.
In an interview with Show Patrol, Smith who plays the religiously troubled Lt. Matthew Scott on the new series Stargate Universe, the actor explained what it was like working on a series that had angry fans from the get-go.
"There's a sense of ownership from a lot of fans that's amazing and rare, but it's also dangerous," Smith explained. "It's a double-edge sword."
"The tomatoes and lettuce and rotten vegetables were flying through the air before we even opened the curtain. I think that what we're trying to do is very difficult, which is acknowledge the fact that this does come from 15 years of built-up mythology and also 15 years of [a] very specific kind of tone that appealed in a very intense way to a number of people. And now that we're trying to take what's great about Stargate and make it accessible to new people.. . I think the hard-core fans feel the same way that people felt about Star Trek. [They ask] ‘How dare you commercialize what is so special to me! How dare you try and take something that I've supported and watched and bought the DVDs and gone to conventions and try and make it something that my next-door neighbor, who's a jock and who I can't stand, can get into as well!'"
It's true that SGU had to follow the grittiest of space operas, Syfy's Battlestar Galactica. Pair that with many fans that think that Stargate was just fine as is, and you've got an angry mob right at your door. But we're not so sure everyone is so up in arms about his jock character being too simple - if anything, people just want more development of Scott, not less.
But, even though we think there's more to Scott than meets the eye, so does Smith. He even goes as far to suggest that maybe Smith isn't the horny, broom closet-screwing frat guy, as he's been stereotyped thus far.
"If you ask me, he's had sex with three people his whole life...We just happened to meet [all his partners] in the show...I've been a little bit concerned about some of the fan reaction online—the sort of insistence on sexualizing his character in a way that I don't think is appropriate. I'm kind of confused by it, honestly...
It's just assumed that he's the sex-pot and he can't keep it in his pants. I think we've made it very clear that with him and Chloe there's an emotional attachment. They have an understanding based on the loss that they've both experienced—her recently and him in his past, that nobody can understand, not even Eli. Their relationship is based on that kind of shared pain. And it's not about sex. We didn't shoot the first time that they make love in "Light" as rollicking, you know? It set a very different tone from when you saw him engaging with Lt. James on Icarus Base. [It's] very, very different. These are two people who found each other.
Just three people, really? Just three, and now he's hitting the supply closet? Well to each their own, but we think that a character can still have a lot of sex and still be "a thinker," as Smith describes Scott. Take Gaius Baltar, for instance. We're not worried about a character that can have a lot of sex, and still think on their feet, we just want all those minutes of thoughtless poking around to mean something. And if his relationship with Chloe is destined to mean more, than so be it. We're patient, and there's still many more episodes to come. And apparently SGU is all about the long haul investment:
"What people are looking for is "faster" and "funnier" and "brighter" and "new," you know? In a way this show is quite old-fashioned because we're saying, "No, we're going to take time. We're really going to take time and we're going to go slow." No, we're not just going to be action adventure; we're also going to take time to show these people at their lowest and at their most ugly, at their most vulnerable."