The initial shock of Richard Hatch’s passing is beginning to fade, but the weight of who he was and what he left behind is only becoming heavier with time. Richard was unlike anyone I’ve ever met. He expressed with such transparency and optimism that it was easy to wonder, “Is this guy for real?” Then, you would stare into those intense, earnest eyes, and realize, “Wow, he’s for real.”
He shared what he cared about with abounding enthusiasm, without reservation; he shared the people he cared about with love, reverence and humility; and he shared the things you cared about because all he ever wanted was to see people pursuing and living their dreams. I continue to feel humbled the more I learn about his life and accomplishments. To meet him, you would never know the impressive successes he achieved throughout his life and career because he approached life as a consummate student — always curious, asking questions, eager to learn from everyone he met. In turn, he hoped to provide value, hope and inspiration to those he met, and that’s what he did.
Like the myriad people who have shared their Richard stories, I have many and I will forever cherish the special friendship we shared. In addition, several years ago, I had an idea to create a magazine that would combine ideas and interviews relating to sci-fi and its influences on modern life. The magazine never came to fruition, but I did succeed at obtaining a beautiful, heartfelt interview with Richard. These particular words have never seen eyes beyond my own, and I would very much like to share them now — to honor and to celebrate our wise and wonderful friend. He speaks about his introduction to acting, early childhood challenges, his love of Battlestar Galactica, and the hopes and dreams that motivated the Richard we all know and love. It was written in February of 2011, yet his answers are timeless. I hope you enjoy.
1. I’d like to know what Battlestar Galactica means to you. I understand it’s a big question, but you’ve been an advocate from the very beginning, so what is special about BSG and why is it so important to you?
As to Battlestar, I’ve always loved powerful and inspiring stories that touch our deepest self and mirror and illuminate the human condition. The underlying BG story accomplishes all that and more and is much more than entertainment. Art has always been more than just entertainment, but in this industry of ours it became almost sacrilegious to talk about movies or TV series as something meaningful or having value in the world. This truly epic life and death story that is very archetypical in nature (Moses and the Israelites) takes us all on a journey of the heart where our deepest fears, insecurities, judgments and belief systems are all challenged and transformed by the dire life and death circumstances of the show. I also love the fact that every character in the story is morally conflicted and has to face and deal with their dark side, come to terms with their very human flaws and imperfections. And, these kinds of circumstances bring out the very best and worst in all of us. In addition, we, as actors, had to face our own personal issues and judgments about life, politics, etc, as the characters we became very emotionally bonded to, went through their paces and had to live with the decisions they each made along the way. What better venue for not only challenging and evolving the artist in all of us, but more importantly the human being. Why do I love this story? How could I not love this story? I’m political, philosophical, spiritual and deeply interested in the physiology of life and human nature and this life-changing story involved all of these elements that make up the lives we live.Read More