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The Fannish Life: Doomsday Prophecy-Is It The End Of The World As We Know It?

The Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, a book editor, an archeologist and a rod of power come together

When asked if this Saturday’s premier movie on Syfy has meaning for our everyday lives, Jewel Staite and A.J. Buckley say it’s just a fun, crazy escapist movie.

Staite starred in "Mothman" for Syfy and was one of the cast in "Stargate: Atlantis." Many fans know her from her role as Kaylee Frye in Joss Whedon’s "Firefly."

A.J. Buckley stars in "CSI: New York" and is known to science-fiction, fantasy and horror fans for his role as one of the Ghostfacers from "Supernatural."

Science-fiction fans are very loyal to the shows and stars they enjoy. Staite and Buckley are two of the actors with a nice following of fans and they are grateful for the goodwill and are enjoying the success that having these fans brings them.

As natives of Vancouver, Staite and Buckley were happy to have the chance to film “Doomsday Prophecy” in their hometown. They had known each other slightly before filming and became fast friends during shooting of the movie.

There was a lot of green screen work to be done on the film and both actors say the hardest thing about that is not laughing and messing up your takes because you feel so silly. You don’t know what is behind you and you only have a vague notion of why you are doing what you are doing.

The actors say it was difficult in general not to mess up their takes because they were having so much fun and laughing so much during filming.

Buckley enjoyed playing a character that was quite different from his character on "CSI: NY." In real life, he likes martial arts and he was glad to be able to draw on some of that interest for "Doomsday Prophecy." It was a vacation for him not having scientific terminology in his lines as well.

Buckley is very dyslexic and learning lines is made even more than usual difficult when there are a lot of scientific terms. The stuttering his "CSI: NY" character does came about because of some difficulty Buckley had in the beginning. The powers that be liked the stuttering though and wrote that into the character.

Staite likes the enthusiasm and passion of her character and that she’s a bit like her "Atlantis" role.

Syfy original movies are always over the top and just totally crazy, and "Doomsday Prophecy" is no exception. There’s a rod of power, a crazy colonel who wants to use the rod of power, a book editor and an archeologist who are somehow thrown into the fight for the rod of power and a whole lot of crashing and exploding things.

Staite has seen the final cut of "Doomsday Prophecy," but Buckley plans to watch it for the first time this Saturday at 9 ET, just like the rest of us.

About the Author

Ann Morris imagined visiting other worlds and dimensions in her childhood play but didn't 'officially' begin living a fannish life till the early 1970s when she was a founding member of the Stone Hill Science Fiction Association in 1979 and remains active to this day. She lives in Plant City, Fla., where she writes from her geekosphere.
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