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RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON ON O'NEILL'S PROMOTION, SEASON 8...AND RETIREMENT
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Ian Spelling, Dreamwatch #112, Dec 03
Dreamwatch: The hot rumour is that O'Neill will be
promoted in Season Eight. What directions remain for the
character to go in?
Apparently only up. As far as year eight is concerned, we're
leaving O'Neill in an odd place at the end of year seven. But
depending on what the boys have planned beyond Stargate, I'm not quite
sure what can or what will happen to O'Neill. There are so many
options because of our sci-fi premise. He could ascend. he
could die. He could be promoted. My preference would be to
see him end up in a log cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota!
Dreamwatch: If Season Eight goes well, how open would you be to a ninth year of Stargate?
RDA: At this point, I'm not very open to it. I
don't know. I should be fair to everyone, including myself, and
say that I should use year eight as my 'So long.' It's just
time. I have this beautiful, wonderful, life-altering being in my
daughter who I really want to be around for. So I think that puts
things in order.
Dreamwatch: How about the idea of Stargate SG-1
movies? If they could bring you in for a few months' work and
then let you get on with your life again, would you be open to playing
O'Neill in a series of Stargate films?
RDA: We've talked about that. Yeah, I'll listen to
anything. My agent knows that once Stargate is over, I'm going to
want to take time off, build a house and be with my daughter, and
possibly go on some travel trips, possibly back to Tibet and certainly
back down to Equador to do some diving and possibly some filming [for
his documentaries]. But, for the most part, it's clearly feeling
like a transition time for me.
Dreamwatch: It sounds like you're planning to move away
from acting even further. Some might call that retirement.
Is that what you're thinking about?
RDA: I don't know what to call it. For a
workaholic to say 'I'm retiring' - I mean, who believes that? Not
only that, how do you defins retirement to someone who loves
working? I honestly don't know.
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