UmiCon Daytona Preview: Interview with Actor Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead, Westworld, Grand Theft Auto)
If you don’t recognize his face as soon as you see him, Steven Ogg’s voice will certainly give him away. The charismatic actor gained notoriety portraying the critically acclaimed ‘Trevor Phillips’ in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Ogg has been acting nearly all his life. Some recent notable appearances include Grand Theft Auto V, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and AMC’s Better Call Saul. Fans of AMC’s mega-hit, The Walking Dead, know Ogg as one of the ‘Saviors’ that led Rick and company into Negan’s trap. (Keep an eye out for Ogg when TWD returns this fall as he has been filming for their 7th season). Ogg will also be seen this fall in the HBO series Westworld, an adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel and 1973 sci-fi film of the same name. Ogg will be appearing at UmiCon Daytona next month!
Here is a taste of our Q&A…
CS: Do you have any preference between doing voice work to traditional acting roles?
SO: The voice acting thing, it gets that sort of label, but it’s something I’ve never recognized because I think acting is acting. Really, you’re either working or you’re not. That’s the difference.
…With these different mediums, like obviously with GTA, the video game was a motion capture, which is basically an animated performance. So take any performance, be it theater, film, TV, or any other medium and animate it, and that’s what the video game experience was, primarily. Of course, there was some recorded dialogue, where we’re just in the car talking, and that’s strictly voice-over. But certainly, any of the voice acting, for me, it’s still words that you have to communicate. That’s your job.
CS: And, you started with community theater, is that correct?
SO: I did, yeah. I started in Alberta, Canada. The theater is where I began. And that’s the same thing; you get a play, you read, and you have to communicate those words and create a character, and serve the writer.
CS: Have you ever done a musical?
SO: I love music. I’m not a musical theater guy, but I’ve always wanted to do, actually, something where you do like [pauses] Moulin Rouge! You remember when Baz Luhrmann did Moulin Rouge! with Ewan McGregor? That! I mean, Ewan McGregor [sighs] It’s like the guy smiles and I melt. I’m like, Oh your beautiful smile! I love that idea of doing something like that, but I thought even their voices were too good! Like it would be interesting to do something where you have-I’m trying to come up with a better example-but where you have someone break into song, but they’re not…It’s not about the quality of the voice, it’s just about the passion.
… You just start singing cause you love that song or it represents another way to communicate. I’m always quoting song lyrics and singing away, but as far as me going and doing Phantom of the Opera with Norm Lewis? No. No, thanks.
CS: [On TWD season 6 finale] Does anybody come up to you and start doing that whistle?
SO: Interestingly, no. People talk about it, like ‘that whistle creeps me out’ [starts whistling into the phone]
CS: That was one of the creepiest things!
SO: Yeah, they created something really good and creepy with that one. It’s weird cause like, most people come up and they either want me to be mean to them, or just curse at them, or pretend to strangle them. And I’m just like, really? Like, I’m the hug-it-out-guy. I mean, [in a ‘Trevor’-sounding voice] I’ll hold you for an uncomfortably long time, maybe a little too close than you want. But I ain’t gonna strangle ya or swear atcha. I don’t want to do that.
[On his upcoming UmiCon Daytona appearance this September 9-11, 2016]
SO: Certainly, my priority is always work. So, if I have to be somewhere shooting and I’m working Monday, well then my focus is on working Monday, not the cons. But, when I have the time I certainly love to do them! And I certainly feel very grateful for the opportunity to do them. And, to meet people is great.
CS: I know that your fans are grateful that you do take the time to come and do that. We appreciate it.
SO: Well, it’s a mutual appreciation zone.
If you want to take part in the “appreciation zone”, be sure to come out and meet Steven Ogg, and many more, at UmiCon Daytona September 9-11, 2016.
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HBO AND CINEMAX BRING THREE SERIES TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2014
Stars And Producers Of TRUE BLOOD, GAME OF THRONES And BANSHEE To Appear
The HBO series TRUE BLOOD and GAME OF THRONES and the CINEMAX series BANSHEE are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014.
Below is panel information on the three series. Expect live coverage of all HBO and CINEMAX Comic-Con activities at HBO Connect (hbo.com/connect) and at TRUE BLOOD #TrueToTheEnd and GAME OF THRONES #SurviveTheRealm. For BANSHEE, fans can go to cinemax.com and #SDCCBanshee.
Friday, July 25
The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 1:40 p.m. will be moderated by Craig Ferguson. The panel will include: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, executive producers, writers and showrunners of GAME OF THRONES, and George R.R. Martin, co-executive producer and author of the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” on which the HBO drama is based. Cast members scheduled to attend (in alphabetical order): John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). Autograph signing is at the WB booth at 3:30 p.m.
The panel for BANSHEE in Room 6A at 7:15 p.m. will be moderated by Grantland staff writer Andy Greenwald. Panelists include: creator and executive producer Jonathan Tropper and cast members Antony Starr (Lucas Hood), Ivana Milicevic (Carrie Hopewell), Ulrich Thomsen (Kai Proctor) and Geno Segers (Chayton Littlestone). Autograph signing is at the WB booth at 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 26
The TRUE BLOOD panel in Ballroom 20 at 5:00 p.m. will be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: executive producer Brian Buckner and cast members (in alphabetical order) Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Nathan Parsons (James), Carrie Preston (Arlene Bellefleur), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby). Autograph signing is at the WB booth at 2:00 p.m.
To pick up official product from GAME OF THRONES, TRUE BLOOD and other favorite HBO series, fans can visit the HBO Pop Up Shop at Market St. and 8th Ave. The Pop Up Shop, which has made previous stops at SXSW in Austin and at the Linq in Las Vegas, will be open at Comic-Con on Thursday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), Friday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), Saturday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).
PLEASE NOTE: Cast and producers scheduled to attend are subject to change. HBO is not organizing additional media activities for the casts of TRUE BLOOD and GAME OF THRONES.
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HBO AND CINEMAX BRING FOUR SERIES TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2013
Stars And Producers Of TRUE BLOOD, GAME OF THRONES, BANSHEE And STRIKE BACK To Appear
The HBO series TRUE BLOOD and GAME OF THRONES and the CINEMAX series BANSHEE and STRIKE BACK are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013.
Below is panel information on the four series. Follow @TrueBloodHBO and @GameofThrones for live coverage of the TRUE BLOOD and GAME OF THRONES panels and use #SavetheVamps and #JoinTheRealm to join the conversation. For BANSHEE and STRIKE BACK, fans can follow @Cinemax and use #SDCCBanshee or #SDCCStrikeBack.
Friday, July 19
The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:50 p.m. will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell. The panel will include: executive producer David Benioff, executive producer D.B. Weiss, writer and co-executive producer George R.R. Martin and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:45 p.m.
BANSHEE, the CINEMAX action series, makes its Comic-Con debut with a panel in Room 6A at 7:15 p.m. moderated by TV, film and comic book writer John Rogers. Panelists include: executive producer Greg Yaitanes, writer and executive producer Jonathan Tropper and cast members Antony Starr (Lucas Hood), Ivana Milicevic (Carrie Hopewell), Hoon Lee (Job) and Lili Simmons (Rebecca Bowman). Autograph signing is at 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 20
The TRUE BLOOD panel in Ballroom 20 at 3:30 p.m. will once again be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: executive producer Brian Buckner and cast members (in alphabetical order) Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Rob Kazinsky (Ben Flynn), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby). Autograph signing is at 1:45 p.m.
STRIKE BACK, the CINEMAX drama series that follows a covert counterterrorism military unit, returns to Comic-Con with a panel in Room 6DE at 7:00 p.m. moderated by Mike Schneider of TV Guide. Panelists include: writer, director and co-executive producer Michael J. Bassett and cast members Philip Winchester (Michael Stonebridge), Sullivan Stapleton (Damien Scott), Dougray Scott (James Leatherby) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez). Autograph signing is Friday, July 19 at 12:30 p.m
The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s random ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.
PLEASE NOTE: Cast and producers scheduled to attend are subject to change.
HBO AND CINEMAX BRING THREE SERIES TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO 2012
Stars and producers of True Blood, Game of Thrones and Strike Back to appear
HBO series True Blood and Game of Thrones are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions, and Cinemax series Strike Back will have a panel and a screening at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012.
Below is panel information on the three HBO/Cinemax series. Panel times will be released soon. Expect live coverage of the True Blood and Game of Thrones panels, at HBO Connect (hbo.com/connect) and #sdcctruebie #sdccgotfan. For Strike Back, fans can go to cinemax.com/strike-back.
Friday, July 13
* Game of Thrones panel in Hall H will be moderated for the second year by George R.R. Martin. Martin is the author of the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which the HBO drama is based on, and also serves as a co-executive producer on the series. The panel will include: Carolyn Strauss, executive producer of “Game of Thrones,” and cast members (in alphabetical order): Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Executive producers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss will not be in attendance, as they are in production in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
* Season 2 of Strike Back will make its world premiere for fans at Comic-Con 2012 prior to the new season’s debut on Cinemax in August. The show follows stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 as they span the globe to stop potential threats. Stars Philip Winchester (Sgt. Michael Stonebridge), Sullivan Stapleton (Sgt. Damien Scott) and new cast member Rhona Mitra (Rachel Dalton) will appear on a panel moderated by HitFix TV critic Alan Sepinwall, which will take place in Convention Center Room 6DE.
Saturday, July 14
* True Blood panel in Ballroom 20 will once again be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: Alan Ball, creator and executive producer, and cast members (in alphabetical order): Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Christopher Meloni (Roman Zimojic), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby).
* Strike Back screening will take place 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp Stadium 15, 701 5th Avenue at G Street, San Diego (3 blocks from the Convention Center).
The cast will attend this special screening for fans and answer questions afterwards. The first two episodes of the new season will screen for the first time. The preview screening is open to attendees with 2012 Comic-Con badges and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
PLEASE NOTE: Cast and producers scheduled to attend are subject to change.
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Jamie Hector, Robert Chew, Tray Chaney, Fran Boyd, Donnie Andrews, and George Pelecanos speak on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
Kick off the Boston Book Festival with a thoughtful and timely exploration of The Wire with its cast and creators. Its creator, David Simon, referred to this powerful, gritty, and all-too-realistic exploration of urban poverty as a “visual novel.” The Wire, perhaps the most critically-acclaimed series in television history, has been compared to Dickens, to Greek tragedy, even to Shakespearean drama. It is both high art and social commentary. Join several cast members and writer/producer George Pelecanos in a conversation about The Wire and issues of race, class, institutional failure, and the visual novel. The discussion will feature Donnie Andrews (the real “Omar”), Fran Boyd (the inspiration for David Simon’s The Corner), Tray Chaney (“Poot”), Robert Chew (“Prop Joe”), and Jamie Hector (“Marlo Stanfield”) and will be moderated by Reverend Eugene Rivers, co-founder of the Ten Point Coalition.
Following the discussion and audience Q&A, you’ll have your chance to meet the panelists during a book and poster signing.
Tickets, starting at $20, will be available beginning September 14.
Jamie Hector played the role of Marlo Stanfield on The Wire. He studied at the Lee Strasbourg Theatre Institute. Hector has had TV roles in Law and Order, The Beat, Oz, and Heroes and film roles in Clockers, He Got Game, Ghost Dog, Prison Song,and Blackout. Hector’s role in the critically-acclaimed short film five deep breaths first brought him to the attention of The Wire creator David Simon. Hector is the founder of Moving Mountains, a theatre arts and youth mentoring program.
Tray Chaney played “Poot” in The Wire. He began his performing career at the age of four as a dancer. Chaney’s first acting experience was his breakout role on The Wire. He has also appeared in Head of State, the TV show The District, and America’s Most Wanted. Chaney’s autobiography is titled The Truth You Can’t beTray. He continues to pursue his interest in music, recording, and choreographing. In 2009, Chaney was chosen as the face of the national literacy campaign The Write Stuff.
Robert Chew starred in The Wire as the Dickens-quoting drug kingpin Proposition Joe. He began his acting career in regional theatre. Chew also appeared in The Corner, David Simon’s show that predates The Wire. He had roles in Homicide: Life on the Street and the HBO film Something the Lord Made. Chew has worked with children’s theatre companies throughout his career and helped to cast and coach some of the young actors appearing in The Wire.
Donnie Andrews is the inspiration for the character Omar Little. At age thirty-six he carried out a shooting at the behest of a Baltimore drug lord. Plagued by guilt, Andrews turned himself in to the police. In a deal for his cooperation in the investigation, Andrews was sentenced to ten years. He ultimately served a total of eighteen years when the prosecutor reneged on the deal. While in prison he kicked his heroin habit, read the Bible, trained as an electrician, and maintained relationships with police officer Ed Burns and with David Simon, who interviewed him when he wrote for the Baltimore Sun.
Fran Boyd is the inspiration for The Corner, a book by David Simon and Ed Burns that was the basis for the TV series of the same name. Boyd was a drug addict when she met Simon and Burns, who took an interest in her. It was they who introduced her to Donnie Andrews while he was serving time for murder. The two began an intense friendship by phone, which Boyd credits with helping her kick her addiction. She and Andrews fell in love over the phone. Boyd, Simon, and Burns worked to secure Andrews’s eventual release from prison and the two were married in 2007.
George Pelecanos is a best-selling crime novelist and an award-winning essayist. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects, Best American Mystery Stories, Measures of Poison, Men From Boys, Murder at the Foul Line, and D.C. Noir, for which he also served as editor. Pelecanos was a producer, Emmy-nominated writer, and story editor for The Wire. His most recent work is The Cut, the first installment in a new crime series, which Publishers Weekly is calling “vital and timely.”
Reverend Eugene Rivers is pastor of the Azusa Christian Community and is one of the founders of the Ten Point Coalition, an organization of ministers that is credited with alleviating Boston’s gang violence problem in the 90s. Rivers grew up on the streets of Philadelphia and attended Harvard College. His role in working with gang members in Boston has brought Rivers national attention.
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HBO’s “True Blood” and “Game Of Thrones” to Hold Panels at Comic-Con 2011
HBO is excited to announce that TRUE BLOOD will make its fourth consecutive appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego this July. Additionally, Game Of Thrones will make its debut this year at Comic-Con, just days before production on season two begins in Northern Ireland. The Game Of Thrones panel is slated for Thursday, July 21, and the TRUE BLOOD panel is scheduled for Friday, July 22. Confirmed panelists to date are listed below. Additional panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.
Game Of Thrones – Thursday, July 21
Special Guest Moderator – George R.R. Martin
TRUE BLOOD – Friday, July 22
Moderator – Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Deborah Ann Woll
June 15, 2011 by Colin Solan
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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has announced his signing tour dates for his new novel A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
July 12, 7:00 p.m. BOSTON – Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
July 14, 7:00 p.m. NEW YORK CITY – Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
July 16, 2:00 p.m. INDIANAPOLIS – Barnes & Noble, 14709 US Hwy 31 North, Carmel, IN 46032
July 21-24, 2011 San Diego Comicon, San Diego, California, USA
July 24, 2:00 p.m. SAN DIEGO – Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
July 26, 7:00 p.m. LOS ANGELES – Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
July 27, 7:00 p.m. REDWOOD CITY – Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
event hosted by Kepler’s
July 29, 7:30 p.m. SEATTLE – Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
event hosted by University Bookstore
July 31, 2:00 p.m. DENVER – Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202
August 2, 7:00 p.m. LEXINGTON – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir., Lexington, KY 40503
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The “Game of Thrones” booth launching at WonderCon today is based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin. The series launches its ten-episode season Sunday, April 17 (9:00-10:05 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
The booth will feature a full size reproduction of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as well as costumes and props from the show. Items on display will include:
– A Maester’s costume
– The Stark house shield and banner