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Richard Dean Anderson, the man behind Jack O’Neill has reunited with Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright for his biggest career interview ever. This season finale of Brad Wright’s Conversations in Sci-Fi drops with a live online watchalong of the full video interview on Saturday, January 22nd right here on The Companion.
Rick’s last convention appearance was in 2019 so this is an incredible opportunity to hear these two Stargate veterans deep in discussion about a show – and character – that means the world to so many of us. To whet your appetite, check out this new clip where he learns from Brad the bizarre rule that his agent slipped into his contract for Stargate SG-1…
Brad Wright: “Let me tell you a story from the beginning of Stargate. I tell this to… I don’t know if you remember this, but it’s a great Richard Dean Anderson story. Contractually your name, Richard Dean Anderson, had to be the same size as the title Stargate SG-1, in terms of the same font.”
Richard Dean Anderson: *starts to protest*
Brad Wright: “Now that’s not something you requested obviously that was just something that your agents and lawyers stuck in and so… In fact, I know that’s not something you requested because I remember you laughing your head off when I showed you the poster that couldn’t fit Richard Dean Anderson anymore. It could only fit the word ‘Hard Dean Anders’.
Richard Dean Anderson: *laughs and then gestures approvingly* Well…
Brad Wright: “Hard Dean Anders was all that fit and you had the same reaction that you had just now: ‘I kinda like it.” Hard Dean Anders – let’s go with that.”
Richard Dean Anderson: “I’m just now finding out about the font size.”
Brad Wright: “Oh no, yeah, I remember you just laughed at that and said ‘Don’t worry about it, change it to whatever you need’. It was pretty funny.”
Richard Dean Anderson: “Make it fit.”
Brad Wright: “Yeah, that was you not exercising your tremendous star power. At least we didn’t go with Hard Dean Anders… that would have been different.”