Q&A (Questions & Answers) with Richard
Questions may be asked via our online
submission form, here at RichardHatch.com. Richard
himself will answer the most frequently asked questions
from time to time.
Why was Galactica 1980 released without Richard or Dirk?
I donít know if Dirk was asked to do it, Iím sure he was but I was definitely
asked and decided to turn it down because I felt the new show had destroyed
the original premise of the original. Once you bring the show to earth
that early in the story you have ruined the whole impetus behind the heroic
journey to get there. It is the harrowing journey to get to any destination
that is most interesting. Once you arrive the show is over, or if it is
to continue than it will become an entirely different show. Nothing wrong
with that except why wastes such an incredible opportunity to explore
the universe and the mysterious path of the Kobollians.
Why is Glen Larson refusing to collaborate with you?
Glen created the show and as such feels a sense of ownership. Even though
he sold the rights to Universal Iím sure itís hard for him to let go and
let someone else take over. When it comes to collaboration itís a tricky
issue. Glen is used to doing things his way and Iím not sure he respects
actors all that much. Maybe he just doesnít like the fact that I took
it upon myself to go out there and make something happen, I really donít
know for sure. Additionally, itís only natural that he would have his
own ideas about where he would take the show and his vision for the Battlestar
may not have agreed with mine.
To tell the truth I understand some of his feelings, but I personally
would have collaborated with him if he were open to it. I even stated
that in many articles. If we could have gotten together and found a common
direction that would have served the show's best interest I think our
collaboration would have worked. In truth there are many stories to tell
and many directions to go in which are equally valid. My only demand would
have been to bring back the original cast and add a new generation born
in space. The rest would have been open to collaboration. I respect Glen
and his many accomplishments and my quest to bring back Galactica
was not to steal anything away from him. It was to honor his original
story and bring back the show that no one in the industry seemed to care
If I won the lottery, how much would it cost to buy the rights to
Battlestar Galactica? One hundred million, two hundred million?
Iím not sure. The price would depend on the year and how much attention is being paid to the show. Thereís a lot to be considered. I spent a lot of time trying to find answers to the very same question but unfortunately Universal was not very cooperative. I also donít believe it is Universal's policy to sell such a show.
If the new producers ignored your and our call for the continuation
of the new Battlestar Galactica along the old story lines with
the old cast and adding new ones, what will be your response to them?
I have laid out what I believe is the majority of the fans vision for
the show, time and time again as forcefully as I can. I have also addressed
what I and many others believe would be the repercussions if they ignore
the fans requests or input. I have also shared our research, insights
and feedback from the fans acquired from all my journeys around the world
on behalf of the show. They have seen my Battlestar Galactica: The
Second Coming trailer. We have shown them the amazing response we
had to it from fans old and young everywhere. They have seen the polls,
which overwhelmingly support the original actors and storylines. The next
move is theirs, but the response and success of the show is truly in your
hands, as it has always been. You are the ones they have to satisfy not
me. In the final analysis if they create a great show which you all love,
and I and any of the other cast members are not asked to have meaningful
roles in it, than so be it. Yes, it will be painful but I will always
be grateful for having spent some wonderful years involved in a story
I love and getting to know some of the most interesting and intelligent
human beings on the face of the planet.
Can you see Battlestar Galactica evolving like Star Trek
along different directions (Next Generation, Deep Space Nine,
Yes, but in my opinion you first you have to reestablish the original
storyline and characters like Star Trek did with the original cast.
Star Trek: Next Generation would probably not have survived in
the early going if the Trek movies with Shatner and company had
not paved the way. Once you satisfy the fans desire to revisit and catch
up with their favorite characters they are much more receptive to exploring
new themes and storylines. The situation with Battlestar Galactica
is similar, but a little different from Star Trek. Battlestar
Galactica was shot down in it's infancy. Just as we fell in love with
the characters and plot lines the show went down due to cost over runs.
The majority of the fans have been waiting for twenty three years to see
what was going to happen with the original story and characters and unless
you satisfy those expectations you run the risk of alienating the very
audience you need to make your new version successful.
What will happen once Battlestar Galactica finds Earth, in
your own view?
When the Galactica finally finds Earth, I believe they would
find that the thirteenth tribe had only visited there and then moved on
to some other destination. I believe that maybe some of their people would
stay and interact with the indigenous species, but the main group would
leave after a brief visit and continue to follow the path of the thirteenth
tribe or maybe seek out a planet of their own. If they found that the
indigenous species had destroyed themselves in some Great War or ecological
disaster than maybe they would stay and colonize. There are many options.
It would have been fun to explore them.
First of all, let me say how utterly crushed I am that you have been
treated so horribly by the powers that be during this whole process and
that all of our dreams of Battlestar Galactica living again in
the way WE the fans want it have been destroyed by the overblown egos
of Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto. My question is when these ď We know what
you want better than you do peopleĒ fail in their attempt to reinvent Battlestar Galactica in their own self serving image, will you
continue to try to follow your vision (and the fans) in a made for TV
movie or some other form or have you given up? (I wouldnít blame you if
Well, thatís a long question. Let me say right off that we all have
to keep an open mind with whatever Tom and Bryan come up with. The industry
is full of overblown egos but many times you never really know who the
big egos are. From what Iíve heard about Bryan and Tom they seem to be
not only very talented artists, but very nice gentlemen as well. They
are fighting the good fight with the studios and networks to create the
best show they know how.
Unfortunately we donít know what they are up against or whoís the determining
factor in which vision they finally have to follow. The natural tendency
for any artist is to find their own unique way of doing something that
they believe is original and fresh. There is also a tendency to reinvent
a story or show so one can take credit for itsí success. A classic like
Battlestar Galactica is a difficult creature to tackle. It is all the
more difficult when you have so many cooks in the kitchen trying to assert
their will and vision on a project. I have great compassion for Tom and
Bryan and the task they have before them. I do appreciate your understanding
and support for all that we have accomplished these past few years. We
tried very hard to build a bridge between the past and future with our
trailer, and for the most part I think we succeeded; and by the fan response
we definitely have. However, it is a very delicate line to tread and when
you have too many points of view being thrust upon you it can be even
more difficult, if not impossible.
As far as Iím concerned I donít think itís honorable for me to judge
them or try and compete with their project by doing my own BG movie, even
if I able to. I am however moving forward with many new projects including The Great War of Magellan where I can explore in a new universe
all the wonderful and cutting edge stories and concepts I was hoping to
bring to Battlestar. I havenít given up on Battlestar; Iíve
just had to redefine my role in it and will wait to see if there is a
meaningful place for me in the new production. If not than so be it! Yes,
it will be very painful, but there always comes a time when circumstances
force you to move on in your life and maybe that time is now. Iíll always
believe in Battlestar. Iím looking forward to creating new and
exciting projects that will not only entertain but also inspire and uplift
Hi Richard! You have the BEST web people working on your web sites. Theyíre very friendly and on the ball. Have you thought about giving them audio files from your speaking engagements, so we can learn more about your workshops and talks?
Thank you and Michael Faries thanks you. Weíve worked very hard under
very trying conditions to bring you the best web page we can. I wanted
to create a BG site that would represent the fans opinions and points
of view. Itís their page and I hope it will always remain so. As to my
teaching, workshops and lectures please check out RichardHatch.com.
I teach people how to do the easy way what I struggled so hard to learn
the hard way. I love to inspire people and it has become a professional
hobby of mine over the years. I get invited to travel around the country
giving talks on many subjects ranging from acting to communication to
learning how to master fear. Building self esteem and mastering fear have
been two of my lifeís main lessons and we always teach what we have had
to master during the course of our journey on this planet. I will be having
exerts from my past workshops and seminars up on my personal web page
soon, including audio and video versions as well.
Richard, how bittersweet will it be for you to see a new Galactica series possibly go on without you after you have put so much time and effort into bringing it back?
It will be definitely painful but I have been through a lot of pain
and frustration in my life and have learned somewhat how to deal with
it in a positive way. Iíve already had a lot of time to come to terms
with the fact that I may not be in the new show. Fortunately I have also
been developing many new and exciting projects that I am looking forward
to sharing with all of you. I love Sci-Fi and I canít wait to explore
further into the unknown and like Star Trek, continue to go where
no woman or man has gone before. The grand adventure stands before us
at the threshold of space.
Will you be going to auditions for the new Battlestar series? If
not, why? If yes, what do you expect?
If they decide to use any of the original actors in the series they
would be continuing to play their own roles and would definitely not have
to audition. But it would be definitely newsworthy, and who knows maybe
I could audition for Starbuck and finally get laid on the show. ;)
Would you ever consider filming in Australia, and are there any Aussie actors youíd really like to work with?
I looooooooooove Australia and would shoot there in a minute. Iíve been
there many times and would even consider living there. I love Mel Gibson
along with a lot of other actors I canít remember the names of. Ask me
again sometime when (hopefully) I can remember their names?
Have the executives working on the new Galactica spoken with
you about your Second Coming story or your being somehow involved in
the new series?
I have had no official meetings with anyone connected with the show.
Tom DeSanto has spoken informally to many of the original stars of the
show including me a few times and also to the fan clubs and Battlestar
Galactica web sites. There are a few rumors going around that Dirk
and Herb have met officially with the producers but nothing has been confirmed.
As far as I know at this time I am not in the pilot. I do believe that
if they were absolutely going to use me in any significant way in the
series they would have officially asked me by now.
Why was your third and most recent Battlestar Galactica novel, "RESURRECTION" so different from your two previous books? The transition
of the story took on a dramatic new tone, and in some places a whole new
story line. i.e. Apollo and Sheba were about to be sealed and the new
chemistry between Apollo and Cassie. Plus, I noticed several typos and
editing problems. I guess Iím just wondering what happened. Overall, I
have been impressed with the story line. Just curious.
Good questions. First of all the book directly follows and completes the first two novels. The different tone is the result of having a new writer working with me. Obviously any new writer will have his or her own unique style. I usually write out a detailed story outline and than the writer Iím working with lays out the chapters. Iím not sure what you mean by dramatic new tone as my story picks up right where we left off in book two with Starbuck being severely injured and fighting for his life. In addition the fleet is still escaping from their last destination as quickly as possible to avoid a major confrontation with Cylons, whom we know are hot on their trail. After a major battle with the Chitains, the fleet cannot afford another fight with the Cylons and are trying desperately to find the safest place possible to repair their ships and replenish their supplies.
The whole new story line you speak of is only an evolution of the existing
one as characters in our story are constantly being forced by circumstances
to re-evaluate their intentions and face their deepest fears and desires.
In twenty-three years the relationships between Apollo, Sheba, Starbuck
and Cassie and the rest of our characters have continued to go through
many trials and tribulations as they grow and evolve in the show. Sometimes
they move on to other relationships and sometimes they return to renew
old ones on an even more profound level.
In my story, Apollo who is supposed to marry Sheba, has reconsidered
for the time being because the possible death of his good friend, Starbuck.
And the near destruction of the fleet has forced him to re-evaluate his
feelings. Additionally, due to Starbuck's impending death, Apollo relives
the death of his great love, Serina. He realizes he is still holding on
to her and not able to love anyone else fully until he does. He shares
this with Sheba and tells her that he doesnít want to cheat her out of
the love she truly deserves from the man she loves.
Cassie, Starbuck and Athena have always gone back and forth with Starbuck
continuing to struggle with commitment issues. Itís interesting that both
Starbuck and Apollo have the same commitment issues for different reasons.
Starbuck has grown obviously and is beginning to take on more responsibility,
but has yet to cross over the line. He still loves the ladies. Would Starbuck
be Starbuck if he settled down, maybe, but certainly not yet? Cassie,
after twenty-three years, has developed into a very substantial woman
and realizes that she may never have the commitment she now wants from
Starbuck. The severe injury to Starbuck and the conditions in the fleet
pave the way for Apollo and Cassie, as well as Starbuck and Athena, to
become a little closer as they all seek refuge from their prior relationships
-- and share their pain and frustrations together. Apollo and Cassie end
up getting a little too close as they try to lend support to each other
during Starbuck's struggle for life.
This doesnít mean that they will end up together, or that Cassie wonít
ever return to Starbuck, but a lot of personal growth has to happen before
then. Who really knows what the final outcome will be? Doesnít that make
things a lot more interesting? Think of all the future issues and situations
that can come from these dynamic turn of events. Maybe Athena is just
the right woman to make Starbuck grow up. Maybe Athena will help him finally
realize that he really loves Cassi and doesnít want to lose her. Maybe
jealousy and betrayal will force Apollo and Starbuck to really get into
it creating a struggle that will ultimately deepen and evolve their friendship.
Who knows what the future will bring but the possibilities are endless.
Just remember itís the struggle and the challenges between characters
that create the drama and ultimately evolve the storylines, taking us
hopefully to places we never realized we would go.
With regards to the typos and punctuation, I can only tell you that the editors are suppose to take care of that. Because of a very rushed deadline, not only were we faced with an impossible deadline, but the editors' as well. Also, believe it or not, they published our very first rough draft (which we had only submitted for Universal's approval and go ahead). We were already on our third draft when we found out. You have no idea what a monumental struggle it has been just to get these books out due to a lot of issues which I donít really want to go into here. Needless to say, I have done my best to overcome every obstacle thrown at me and I would only ask that you and the rest of the fans be patient and forgiving as we try to find solutions to all the remaining issues facing us.
By the way, the paperback of "Resurrection" will be out next year and will
include all the rewrites and corrected punctuation. My fourth Battlestar
Galactica novel, entitled "Revolution," will also be out next year.
Who did the singing, you and Bruce or a Jan and Dean soundtrack?
Both! Bruce and I recorded all the tracks during filming but they mix
them in with the originals. It was a lot of fun. I have been singing all
my life and have not only written a number of songs but performed them
on a soap opera I was on in the seventies called All My Children.
You got to work with Karl Malden on the Streets of San Francisco.
Did he give you any words of wisdom about show business that you have
used? Be it as an actor or lecturer.
Karl never gave me advice on show business directly but his personal conduct and way of being set an example for everyone on the set. Actors who guest starred on the show were always inspired to give their best performance or face the consequences. Karl didnít beat around the bush. When you came to the set it was time to focus and work!
What was it like to have been a part of one of the most craziest
movie kisses in Hollywood history! You know what Iím talking about, you
and Michelle Pfeifferís kiss in the 1981 version of Charlie Chan and
the Kiss of the Dragon Queen.
Making that movie was one of the most wonderful experiences I ever had in the business. Michelle and I became great buddies and played gin rummy all day in between shots. We both loved to win and had a great time being competitive with each other. If you thought our screen kiss was fun you should have seen our practice sessions!
Why donít you put together a Galactica convention? You have
been one of the leaders in keeping Galactica alive in the hearts
of people all over the world. I have seen you at conventions here in Atlanta,
I think it would be great to have a con focused on BG Thanks!
Great idea, but I really donít know what the state of Battlestar
Galactica will be at that time. If the new series is successful, the
producers and Universal may have their own plans and not appreciate any
outside interference. Weíll have to see. Thanks for asking.
Hello Richard, I was wondering since your not afraid of sharing your personal experiences and accomplishments with fans along with your workshops that help improve peopleís lives; do you ever plan to do an autobiography in the future?
I guess everyone in this business if they live long enough and manage to stay in the public eye will be asked to write their autobiography. I donít know how many people would be willing to pay to read my personal story but I do think that everyone should write one for themselves if only to remember and embrace our own unique and heroic journey in this world.
Do you think that being shy is a developmental problem or just heredity/genetics?
Both. I believe that shyness is a product of low self- esteem and the vast majority of us have these issues to varying degrees. Iíve read a few articles that also talk about the connection to our family history. I do think itís possible that heredity and genetics play a part sometimes in establishing a predisposition for shyness. I was very shy growing up and have taught a lot of classes to help people learn how to positively deal with it. Shyness and low self-esteem can be overcome and mastered. Iím proof of that.