Earlier today, Lee Pace hit up Facebook to answer some fan questions. The hour-long event (which was only meant to be 30 minutes) was hosted by AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire” FB page, so a big thanks – and props – to them for giving fans such an opportunity. Among talking about Joe MacMillan, Lee also answered questions about his favorite 80s music and what kind of movies inspired him as a young actor. You can check out an excerpt of the questions below, or read the whole transcript in the press archive.
It should also be noted that you can now find Lee Pace on Facebook:
Q&A: You’ve embodied so many different characters throughout your career as an actor. Do you have a set process for preparing yourself for the characters you play, or does it differ with each persona?
LP: Hey. Thanks for the question. The process is always different. Always different inspirations. Different cast of characters.
Q&A: What is the hardest part about playing this character?
LP: Learning the lines. And saying them in the right order. Just kidding. Seriously, thanks for the question. I’m intrigued by Joe as well. And I guess there are a lot of answers. He’s not an easy man to understand, and I’m still learning. His unprincipled ambition. His wild aspiration… Joe is an unhinged man. He lives a fantasy of his own creation. He is tenacious and will not rest until the world matches the possibility that he can visualize… That’s not a sane, or respectful, way to live. I love Joe. I defend him, even when he does despicable things. Joe knows what he wants to be… but he doesn’t know how he is. Who am I, really? It’s an important question for a man to face… and it’s time Joe started to ask it.
Q&A: Favorite 80s music?
LP: I’m a big music fan, and the music from the early 80s is so diverse and cool… The Clash. New Order. Michael Jackson. Who else?
Way back on May 22nd, Lee Pace was in Los Angeles to attend the “Halt And Catch Fire” premiere. He stars in this new AMC drama, playing the visionary Joe MacMillan who will do anything to have his voice heard in the computing boom of the early ’80s. His co-stars were in attendance at the event as well, including Scoot McNairy (Gordon Clark), Mackenzie Davis (Cameron Howe), Kerry Bishé (Donna Clark), and Toby Huss (John Bosworth).
“Halt And Catch Fire” is currently airing on AMC. You can catch new episodes every Sunday at 10/9c.
On March 15th, AMC brought their upcoming series “Halt And Catch Fire” to the annual South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Lee Pace was in attendance, along with Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe, Mackenzie Davis, Toby Huss, creator Christopher C. Rogers and Christopher Cantwell, and executive producer Jonathan Lisco. You can see photos from the event (including the panel) in the gallery. I’ve also added an interview with Lee and Mackenzie from SXSW to the press archive; check out an excerpt below:
CraveOnline: What are your roles in “Halt and Catch Fire” as they pertain to the PC industry?
Lee Pace: I’ll start about Joe MacMillan. Joe is someone who comes from IBM. There was this phrase that our advisor told me about, The Wild Ducks. The Wild Ducks are the ones who left IBM and tried to start something else. There were a lot of them. So that’s what Joe is. He’s someone who’s leaving the corporate structure because this technology is such an exciting, fun wave.
He’s looking down the road and seeing the potential of this technology. In the pilot I have a line that sticks out. “Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.” I just need to get people to build the computer that I want that I’m going to bring to the world. That’s why I get together with Gordon Clark and Cameron, so they can build my computer. So we’re making a computer. It’s really simple.
We’re just trying to make an awesome computer because in the world of tech, you’re either the most awesome or you’re out of business. Either you’ve got something that people want to spend your dollars on because everyone’s trying to fight for the same dollars.
So how do you get to be the guy who gets them? The show is very much about how now these phones in our pockets are such ubiquitous parts of our lives, and they’re great. They give us so much freedom and do the things that we need them to do but someone made that happen, lots of people working very hard together and fighting and collaborating to turn the mainframes into these.
Scans courtesy of Joyce.
In a new, short interview with Total Film magazine, Lee Pace talks about Guardians of the Galaxy — including what to expect from his alien warlord character, Ronan the Accuser. “He’s a true villain,” he says. He also talks about his interest in comics as a kid and even teases readers about his upcoming AMC drama, “Halt & Catch Fire.”
In the past 12 months, you’ve gone from sharing the screen with a dragon to appearing alongside a raccoon…
A raccoon with a machine gun! It’s been quite an interesting year. I don’t know if Ill ever play a human again! I was a vampire in Twilight, the King of the Elves in The Hobbit, and now an alien warlord in Guardians of the Galaxy…
You play the movie’s big bad, Ronan the Accuser. Was that a fun experience?
It was awesome! That movie’s going to kick ass! We’ve just knocked it out of the park; it’s going to be wild! I kept looking over at [director] James Gunn saying, “Is it too much? Am I over the top? Pull be back whenever you’re ready!” and he was just like, “More, more!” He’s a true villain!
Were you a comic book fan when you were growing up?
I’m a very curious person; I don’t leave any stone unturned. I remember being interested in comics, and I really liked the Silver Surfer. Guardians of the Galaxy is a bit deeper into the Marvel Universe, which I think is to its advantage. Iron Man was something that people were not super-familiar with when that movie first came out. I think people are certainly going to like this film, and I certainly hope they do. It’s fun!
You’re also starring in “Breaking Bad” producers Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson’s new AMC drama, “Halt & Catch Fire,” which is about the beginning of the personal computer industry…
I’m excited about playing what is going to be a very complicated character over a lot of years; to keep digging deeper and trying to find out more about who he is. It’s set in the early 80s, which was a fascinating time in American history, so it’ll be a cool world to play in. “Halt and catch fire” is a very early computing command, which means to shut down.
I’ve caught up on the major Lee Pace updates, including a bunch of new additions to the press archive. There are several newly added articles and interviews available to read, mostly as part of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug promotion (although there’s a smattering of Guardians of the Galaxy as well). You can find a list of the various press pieces below; I strongly encourage you to check out the pieces on their source page if it’s an option:
• CLICK, Dec. 9 2013: Dwarf vs Elf: The Real Battle in Middle-earth
• NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Dec. 8 2013: Evangeline Lilly’s Hobbit Temptation
• TIMEOUT, Dec. 7 2013: The Hobbit‘s Clash of the Kings
• F*** MAGAZINE, Nov. 2013: The Hobbit: Elves vs Dwarves
• SFX, Jan. 2014: Lee Pace: “It’s Fun to Play a Badass!”
• Click, Dec. 11 2013: Uncut Interview: Lee Pace
• BEST MOVIE, Nov. 2013: The Father of Legolas
• F*** MAGAZINE, Nov. 2013: Pacing his Elf
• SKIP, Nov. 2013: Into the Woods
• Popcorn, Oct./Nov. 2013: Lee Pace Talks Thranduil
A compilation interview officially released by Warner Brothers-New Line Cinema features Lee Pace talking all things Thranduil. After setting up some basic information, he admits that Thranduil’s real desire is to make Thorin kneel — which he delivers with a cheeky grin. As he’s repeated in several other interviews, he also reiterates the importance of nature to the Tolkien elves and how important that is to his character in particular. There’s also a bit about filmmaking and the collaborative process.
Way, way back – on November 4th – Lee Pace attended a special fan event for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Various actors from The Hobbit trilogy all joined together from various cities around the world for a live Q&A session with fans. Lee Pace was joined with Luke Evans and Andy Serkis in London, while Anderson Cooper served as the host with guests Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom in New York; Evangeline Lilly was also involved. If you haven’t yet seen the full video of the interview, you can check it out below:
In February, Lee Pace was announced as a cast member for a potential new AMC series, “Halt & Catch Fire.” The pilot was filmed in April and May and was awaiting word from the network on whether or not it would be picked up for a full season. Finally, we have more news on the future of the series, and it’s good!
Earlier today, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, AMC announced that they would be picking up “Halt & Catch Fire” for a full season. Additionally, they also ordered a season for another pilot, “Turn” — the first time AMC picked up two series in one cycle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Although there’s no word yet on when the series will enter into production, follow LPO on Twitter for quick updates. In the meantime, Lee is in London shooting Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel and the “Halt & Catch Fire” team will need to write further episodes, so it may be a while still for us to get a weekly dose of Lee on our TVs.
Yesterday (July 20th), Lee Pace made a rare public appearance at San Diego Comic-Con! He was there as a surprise treat to those lucky fans who were sitting in Hall H for Marvel Studios, who had promised talks for Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As part of his Guardians of the Galaxy cast – most of whom flew in from London just for the SDCC panel – they talked about the film (it’s “early days,” as production only started ten days ago) and even debuted some footage. Check out some pics of Lee and the cast in the gallery.
Alongside Karen Gillan of “Doctor Who” fame (who recently buzzed her hair off for her role as Nebula in Guardians), Lee was also interviewed on the Comic-Con red carpet. They talked of their roles and what to expect with the film, although they can’t give too much information away just yet. You can watch several videos by clicking below: