Becoming William Adama

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on March 27, 2013
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome - Pilot
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME -- Pictured: Luke Pasqualino as William Adama -- (Photo by: Syfy)

For the new “Battlestar Galactica” prequel, did Luke Pasqualino talk to Edward James Olmos since he was playing a young version of William Adama?
Treva Taylor, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Since Pasaqualino, 23, was playing Adama as a young man, not the serious leader that Olmos, 66, played in the series, he felt it was important to him to perform his own interpretation of the material. But he did obtain Olmos’ email and the two did correspond back and forth.

“None of it was really about the work in terms of material and script and performances,” says the young Brit, who had not been a fan of the series prior to landing the role. “More about just what’s expected. You know, kind of the head to go into this whole thing with. I think Eddie’s fantastic. He did an amazing job and he’s got such a huge fan base. I feel like he helped make ‘Battlestar’ what it is today. “

The one daunting thing about “Battlestar” for Pasqualino, who is best known for his roles in the U.K. series “Skins” and Showtime’s “The Borgias,” was the amount of acting on green screen that he would have to do so all the sets and special effects could be added later.

“I think the hardest thing for me was really just the stuff in the spaceships, when something hits the wind screen or blasts something, you actually don’t have any of that to play to,” he says. “All we have is a tennis ball on the end of a stick that you have to follow. That was really the hardest for me, but I think we kind of adapted to it a lot quicker than we thought we would.”