Extended – Tahmoh Penikett Dollhouse Panel Interview

by admin on September 4, 2008 · 6 comments

Here’s the extended version of the Tahmoh Penikett Dragon Con video that I posted up on the site the other day.

Some of what he says here is rehash (from other interviews), but he does suggest that there are “some incredible roles coming up” and hints that actors that Whedon has worked with in the past might get the opportunity to do their thing in DH. He also tip-toes around the Whedon-Pilot Reshoot-Fox issue, further indicating that this show is as much FOX’s as it is Whedon’s, or Eliza’s for that matter.

He talks here about his audition process whilst offering advice to aspiring actors. But what really interested me as an objective observer, is what attracted him to the part. He gives Whedon his customary mention, and but also describes the character he’ll be portraying – Paul Smith, as “self righteous, driven but very much a lone wolf”. That’s more like it, let’s hear more about these characters, or at least the actors interpretation of them. Tahmoh also mentions that he’s game for singing, if the show requires it. He also continues to tip his hat to Joss Whedon.

So far, pound for pound, I think that Tahmoh Penikett has been the best promoter of Dollhouse. I previously thought that Eliza Dushku was the best Dollhouse promotion, but Tahmoh Penikett’s articulate, thoughtful and enticing descriptions of Paul Smith, and DH in general, have done the most to impress this blogger.

Video Credit: nnaylime

Michele September 4, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Thanks so much for posting these videos. I missed out on this panel (as I was feeling as bad as Tahmoh was) and have been looking for possibly the full video of the panel. I have a question though, do you have the portion of the panel where he mentions doing an interview with the Galactica Quorum podcast? I heard he mentioned this and I wanted to get my hands on that. If so, I’d be oh so grateful if you could publish it or send it to me.


Roco September 4, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Hi Michele, I don’t have the full panel video I’m afraid. Do you know if he mentions the podcast during the Dollhouse or BSG panel? I know that there are some BSG panel vids here, so you could try sifting through those. I’ll keep my ears to the ground though, and post here in the comments if I find it:)

Michele September 4, 2008 at 7:26 pm

I was told it was during the Dollhouse panel. I asked nnaylime and they said unfortunately they didn’t have any more video from the panel. Perhaps some other whedon fan at the panel might have a video as well. I hope so 🙂

Roco September 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Ah I see. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for ya. I’m sure it will surface sooner or later 😀

Btw, if anyone has it, feel free to chip in and let us know. Cheers.

carolyn September 5, 2008 at 6:48 pm

character’s name changed to Paul Ballard, instead of Paul Smith. Tahmoh commented that he was much happier with Ballard.

Roco September 5, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Yeah, I also prefer Ballard. Perhaps Whedon will one day reveal the thinking behind changing it? Which do you prefer, Ballard or Smith?

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