While the initial modern Battlestar Galactica series offered few lesbian or gay characters—and when they did appear, they were typically treacherous types—its first spinoff, Caprica, not only included LGBT characters as a part of the show’s primary cast, it also depicted a more fluid sexuality.
The latest iteration in the popular franchise is Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome—which was released originally as webisodes and now lands on Blu-ray and DVD February 19—which follows the adventures of young William Adama and is filled with action, eye candy, and a new Battlestar bromance.
Luke Pasqualino (William Adama) and Ben Cotton (Coker Fasjovik) recently chatted with The Advocate about the spin-off’s future, the franchise’s inclusion of LGBT characters, and overcoming the challenges of working in a green screen environment. But the most interesting bit may be how the two prepared for Battlestar’s newest bromance.
As Pasqualino, who some may recall from his hot turn on Showtime's The Borgias or as Effie's boyfriend on the UK's Skins, says: "For me, it came from me and Ben becoming such good friends. We didn’t feel that we had to hold back on any kind of performance. I knew if I wanted to scream in his face or laugh at him, I could’ve. [Director] Jonas Pate gave us free reign to take our performances wherever we wanted in terms of improvisation and all of that and I think being able to explore every realm of our characters’ relationships [helped.] It was a great team effort."
And then Cotton follows up, adding: "I found there was a real freedom...to let it go and just play with each other, like Luke said. Jonas would allow us to find it and to do the work to have relationships that were beyond what was on the page. I think that really helped to create chemistry between the characters."
Pasqualino isn't through with sci-fi, he's cast in director Joon-ho Bong's highly anticipated Snowpiercer, with co-stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill, and Octavia Spencer.
But as Pasqualino recently told Out when discussing the openness of his generation toward sexuality:
"I’m a naturally affectionate person with the people I love, but I think a friendly hug can sometimes be misconstrued. I don’t think all guys are comfortable showing affection in the U.K. I’m an Italian, and so have been brought up to give people two kisses when greeting them -- men included!”
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