17 April 2001
Roswell star to land in Man.
By PAT ST. GERMAIN, ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER
Roswell star Brendan Fehr will be spending some quality time in Manitoba this month, working on the feature film Wilderness Station. The 23-year-old actor is set to play a brutish 1850s homesteader in the movie -- a major departure from his brooding good-guy role as an alien on The WB's Roswell.
"That's why we took it, something different to do," Fehr's manager Jim Sheasgreen says.
Wilderness Station, based on a short story by Alice Munro, is about a young woman who agrees to marry a homesteader named Simon (Fehr) so she can get out of an Ontario orphanage. The bride eventually falls in love with Simon's younger brother and, after a woodcutting "accident," confesses to murdering her husband.
He's just finished the second season of Roswell, and will begin a new film in L.A after Wilderness Station finishes shooting in late April.
Anne Wheeler (Better than Chocolate, The Sleep Room) is directing Wilderness Station, which is a Credo Entertainment/CineGroupe co-production.
04 April 2001
Brendan Fehr is starring in a new film "The Forsaken" Horror/Thriller - Release: April 27, 2001
The fans of Shiri Appleby, "Applesaucers"
as they call themselves, have purchased an ad in the February 23rd edition
of Daily Variety to say "thanks" to their favorite Roswellian. They
want to acknowledge Shiri's contribution to the show in her Liz Parker.
29 March 2001
(From Tri-Star Pictures)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrvm
Kevin Spacey (Quoyle)
Cate Blanchett (Petal Bear)
Dame Judi Dench
Written by Beth Henley, E. Annie Proulx (novel)
If you thought American Beauty was dark, well, get a load of The Shipping News'
Dark family secrets? Prize-winning book? Oscar-nominated stars and director? Sounds like another award magnet.
08 March 2001
ON LINE: CELEBRITY QUOTE -- JASON BEHR
(Cyberspace-AP) -- "If anyone ever comes up and says anything,
it's usually very complimentary, and that kind of stuff usually
puts a smile on your face."
Jason Behr, on what it's like being recognized on the streets.
(From America Online)
07 January 2001
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH NICK WECHSLER
By CHELSEA J. CARTER
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nick Wechsler admits he's baffled by the
"Hollywood thing" - fame, fortune and having somebody bring you a
bottle of water.
At 22, the actor has had an early taste of success as one of the
leads on the WB's teen alien-ation drama "Roswell" about the
fabled 1947 spaceship crash. The show airs Mondays (9 p.m. EST).
"It's kind of strange. There are people who bring you water all
the time. Why can't people get their own water? I don't get it,"
he said during an interview on the set at Paramount Pictures
Wechsler left his very un-Hollywood home of Albuquerque, N.M. -
where his father is a sheet-metal worker and his mother works for
the U.S. Forest Service - after he graduated from high school.
He soon landed a small role as a purse-stealing punk in the 1996
TV movie "Full Circle" and a supporting role that same year in
the TV series "The Lazarus Man." In 1997, he was cast as Trek, a
child conceived at a "Star Trek" convention, in the short-lived
series "Team Knight Rider."
But the sporadic work wasn't enough to support himself, so he
went to work at a video store before landing the role of Kyle
Valenti, the scene-stealing smart-mouthed jock who makes life
difficult for the teen aliens on "Roswell."
1. When you landed this role, how was it pitched to you?
Wechsler: It was like, `Do you want a job?' It didn't matter
what the pitch was. I had to get something because I was doing
nothing. It sounded all right to me. I initially read for the role
that Colin (Hanks) got. Then they called me back for the role that
I ended up getting. ... I know it sounds kind of funny. OK, they're
aliens and they're walking among us and they're in high school. My
good friends are always picking on me about it.
2. Are people starting to recognize you on the street?
Wechsler: Occasionally, one or two people. But nothing much yet.
I'm not really looking forward to it becoming an issue. There are
probably a lot of people who like that kind of stuff. But I don't.
I haven't gotten anybody who is crazy enough to confuse me with my
character yet. I'm a little afraid of that. I try to accommodate
people as much as I can. Handshake. Hug. Whatever they ask for. A
couple of times, they've asked for an autograph. I don't think of
myself like that. So when people ask, it's kind of a strange
feeling. I'm like, `Who me?'
3. What's the hardest part about acting?
Wechsler: You'll be better for it, if you can just have
confidence. That's something I've always known. I know I'll be
better. I know plenty of actors who are arrogant and don't deserve
to be. But because they are arrogant, they just perform better
because they don't believe they can fail. I know I'm mortal and I
explore it constantly, and because of that I get down on myself.
3 1/2: So you're saying that you are your own worst critic?
Wechsler: Yes, I guess I am.
4. Where do you go from here?
Wechsler: I don't want to really go to school. But I probably
should. If you're asking what I'd ideally like to be doing, I'd
love to be doing movies and pretty much nothing but. Who wouldn't?
Whatever I do, I want to give really good performances. Who knows
how long this acting is going to last for me? I don't want it to
sound like I'm threatening to leave. I'm excited about going to
work. I love acting. But I have yet to like one of my own
5. What do you think about the spate of reality programming?
Wechsler: I don't like it when there's a wave of anything. It
just seems everybody is trying to beat everyone else to the punch.
... But there are things I get hooked on. Seriously, I enjoyed
`Survivor.' I didn't get to watch all of it. But the little bit
that I did, I was like, `This is pretty good.' I like to watch
people actually argue. I like to watch people actually get along. I
like to watch people flirt. It's different when you see it in a
movie. It's all the best take of the flirting or whatever. It's
really interesting to fumble and trip with the things they do in
real life. I just like to watch people do it the way it's really