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Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview from July 8, 2011 with Eric Balfour from Haven.

Eric Balfour

Question:
Are there any plans for an episode of Haven where "Duke" gets to show off his musical talents?

Eric Balfour:
I realize now that we're like three-quarters of the way through the season. But I do actually quite a bit of singing, but it wasn't written that way. I just, for some reason, I sing a lot of my lines, just for fun. There's nothing been written as, per say, that "Duke" actually performs, but I do sing a lot. I don't know how it happened, but this season, I found myself singing to myself a lot in my dialog.

Question:
What would be your first order of business as king, funky, smelly, boogie bear, king of Balfour bears?

Eric Balfour:
My first order of business would be that people no longer shake hands when they meet each other. They have to hug each other. I don't know how this whole Care Bear thing started, exactly. I literally woke up one morning and was just feeling a little unusual. And just randomly decided I wanted to be king of the Care Bears. And people seemed to enjoy that idea. It's one of those weird kinds of things. I'm glad that everyone is enjoying the Care Bear Kingdom.

Question:
And if you had a trouble, you could pick and keep, what would it be?

Eric Balfour:
I would want to be like the Beast Master and be able to talk to animals and have two little ferrets that I carry around in a backpack, that would go and steal things for me.

Question:
What would you do when you were to be stuck on a mountain with Emily and Lucas?

Eric Balfour:
We would probably have a lot of dance parties with our iPhones. We all have pretty good music collections on our iPhones. So we'd probably have big dance parties. And that's pretty much our favorite thing to do and to smack each other on the butt.

Question:
The show's gain has garnered such an online presence and you're also on Twitter. And I was wondering how important is the online community to the show's success? And why is it important for you to interact with your fans online?

Eric Balfour:
The online community and Twitter is just a really wonderful fun way to communicate with the fans of the show and for people to become my friends through the show and to have an open dialogue. As far as the show, because of the way that our show is structured there's like three people who kind of own it and different partners and...And so it's really important for the promotion of this show, the online community. There's only so much money that one single network can put into promoting the show. And so our audience and our fans have really been driven by word of mouth. We don't have the luxury of a lot of like billboards or ad campaigns and things like that to promote the show. And so the online community has been huge for us. So we really love them because they keep us employed. And the louder and more noise they make and the more they talk about the show, the longer the show is going to stay on the air. And it really is the lifeblood of our show.

Question:
How has the dynamic within the cast changed, as the show has progressed?

Eric Balfour:
Well last season, we me and Lucas have had a history together. We worked on the show before and we have a really good rapport. And Emily and Lucas had worked before together, but we hadn't all worked, the three of us together. And we really became friends last year. And this season we really have learned to look after each other and support each other. And it really is a really tight bond.

Most shows don't have this small of cast. Most shows have seven or six stage regulars or even sometimes more. It's really the three of us that are permanent fixtures on the show. So we really have become like this little unit and little family in a way. And so I think the biggest difference from this season to last is just our comradery and our comfort level. I mean I love Emily and Lucas and there isn't anything I wouldn't do for them.

Question:
What do you enjoy most about working on Haven?

Eric Balfour:
I love playing "Duke." I really do. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the writers for writing this character because he's so much fun to play. He has no boundaries. He can say what he wants. He can do what he wants. He doesn't have to abide by anyone's rules and I think that's probably something I enjoy in my own life. I love playing "Duke.

Question:
If there's more to learn about "Duke" do you feel you've got a handle on who he really is or is he still somewhat mysterious to you now going into the second season?

Eric Balfour:
It's always interesting, because the writers are always throwing new little twists at us about the characters that we didn't know. From an emotional standpoint, I feel like I definitely do understand "Duke." I love this dude. I just think he's awesome. So in that regard, yes. Every episode there's always some little twist the writers are throwing at us and little hints that they're giving us and we find out some new twist about the show. I'm never completely sure of exactly who "Duke" is but I think at his core I really do understand who he is and I like him. He's fun.

Question:
Since we see more of "Reverend Ed" when the show returns, can you talk about working with Stephen McHattie and what it's like to play off of his intensity?

Eric Balfour:
Stephen McHattie is pretty fricking awesome. He's an odd bird is some ways. He really is an artist. That, I appreciate so much, that he takes what he does very seriously and he's very good at it. But he doesn't have sort the normal, linear conversations like the average Joe does, and that kind of makes him fun. But at the same time you're always a little unsure of what Stephen McHattie thinks and you're always kind of trying to figure him out. But I think that makes him really fun.

Question:
Does it help that he's from Nova Scotia?

Eric Balfour:
I didn't actually know he was from Nova Scotia. No, it doesn't because I didn't know.

Question:
Does "Duke" serve Keys Beer at the Grey Gull?

Eric Balfour:
Oh, absolutely. He has a very large selection of excellent ales and beers.

Question:
Can you kind of talk about the new character that's kind of coming into your character's life and about her?

Eric Balfour:
So "Duke" has this woman come into this life. And "Duke" is sort of, I guess similar to me in that way that "Duke" is attracted to dangerous women. And he one of those guys who doesn't like anything that comes easily. He likes the challenge and he likes a certain amount of danger and game and suspense. So this woman comes into his life and definitely starts to turn things upside down and really is a catalyst for a big part of where "Duke" is going this season and really in future seasons too.

Question:
Are we going to get more of the town's past this season, kind of more about what's going on?

Eric Balfour:
Oh, yes. We're going to find out a lot about this town and we're going to find out a lot about how "Duke" is connected to this town and to the troubles.

Question:
Are we going to get see more about how what happened with "Duke" and "Nathan"?

Eric Balfour:
No, we are definitely going to start to see "Duke" and "Nathan's" relationship evolve. Thus far we haven't spent a lot of time as we did last year examining their history. I think last season we had a lot of references to sort of what caused their rift and the possibilities of what they once were friends and no longer are. But this season we're really sort of moving forward with their relationship and seeing what it's evolving into.

Question:
Are we ever going to get an Eric Balfour Care Bear plushy?

Eric Balfour:
Can we get this happening? We need a little funky, smelly boogie bear, Care Bear doll with a little goatee and a long face and a big nose,

Question:
How you felt about doing those gigs and what was so unique about Haven that probably stands out for you?

Eric Balfour:
Well, as far as Haven is concerned, I just loved that this show took place in this very quirky, macab, funny world. And I love the character. And I love that Haven, while it has all this mystery and it has all this danger, it also has this very small town warmth and it has this sense of family and it's strange. And I'm always pushing the producers and the writers to actually perpetuate that even more because I think one of the most interesting things about this show is how sort of odd everyone is in this town. I mean when you think about the characters, "Vince" and "Dave" who run the newspaper I love those guys. They're just funny and weird and goofy. And I'm hoping to really, as the show goes on and we move into further seasons, that we really, really keep pushing that boundary even further.

Question:
One gig was No Ordinary Family. How was that for you and how was it different from your Haven experience?

Eric Balfour:
Obviously the biggest difference is, is that Haven and the crew and show have become like my family. I mean we really are lucky. We have an amazing crew and we have a lot of fun together. It's always interesting to go to another show, as a guest, and to sort of be an outsider. But it was a lot of fun. I mean hanging out with Michael Chiklis was really cool. And it was actually cool because the couple of weeks that I was there, he was right in the middle of releasing a song that he had produced and sang. And so it was really fun watching the dude from The Shield actually really being like giddy and like a little kid. He was so excited about this song. So it was really fun to hang out with him. And he was a really cool dude. And I got to hang out with Lucy Lawless who is just awesome.

Question:
I was a major fan of Lost but a lot of people were disappointed that they never got an answer to why. Why was the Island that way? So I'm wondering if for Haven, do you know if there's going to be an answer as to why there are troubles or why they come back?

Eric Balfour:
I do know for a fact that Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, the creators of the show, definitely, 100%, know exactly what's going on in this town. So some day, I know they'll, but I think it's probably not going to happen for like Season 5 or 6. They're going to prolong it as long as they can, but they definitely, definitely, definitely have an answer. I've always imagined, in my mind, that what's going on in Haven is in some ways - it's almost like global warming. As things shift in the universe of Haven and the world shifts and humanity shifts, things change. And while at one time, Haven, this town, was exactly, as its name ensues, was a safe haven for people that had these supernatural curses or troubles or afflictions. And so as nature changes, something happened in the energy of this town that created this Molotov cocktail of supernatural occurrences. And I always felt that it was much more evolutionary versus being one single action.

Question:
You're playing this ambiguous character in Haven. And you don't exactly know what's going on with him from week to week. But how do you get in the mindset to play this part?

Eric Balfour:
What it usually entails is a lot of phone calls and emails back and forth from the writers. Because this show is so intricate in its dynamics, you're always having to ask questions and to get questions answered. There's two different schools of thought. Some people like to keep the actors guessing, because they want their responses to be honest.

For me, as an actor, I always like to know what's coming ahead, because I feel like it is my job to paint a palette, and to know that if I'm going from A to B, there's certain hills and valleys that I'll want to hit along the way. So I like to know the answers. So a lot of the time it's me reading the next week's script and then sending like two-page emails to the writers with a thousand questions and they just go, "Oh, man. Balfour is emailing us again. What are we going to do?"

But they're always really cool about it. And they always take the time to answer our questions and talk us through things. And I've got to hand it to them. They're amazing in that way, that really appreciate and respect how much we have breathed life into these characters. And so they really do value our opinions about what our characters do. And it's really neat. It's cool.

Question:
You talk about how much you love the character and everything. And other than the fact that you're both attracted to dangerous women, what characteristics do you see in yourself, that your character "Duke" has?

Eric Balfour:
I think the most obvious answer for me is that we both have an aversion to authority. Neither one of us likes rules very much. I think that would be the most obvious thing to me when I think about how me and "Duke" are similar. It's interesting. There's a lot of similarities. I think "Duke" is innately more confident than I am in some ways, which has actually been really kind of a blessing for me in my own life playing "Duke," I have to get outside of myself and really have strong belief in who I am as "Duke" because that's what makes "Duke" really kind of awesome is that he has a confidence and a charisma that I've sort of learned a little bit from playing him in my own life. He walks through the world believing that he can do anything and that the rules don't apply to him in that. Anytime somebody said you can't do something, that's just a challenge for him to do it. It's a lesson that I've sort of taken in my own life.

Question:
What's your opinions of that being seen as this TV sex symbol?

Eric Balfour:
It makes me kind of laugh. I actually remember last year at Comic-Con there was that was when that article about the shirtless-man-of-the-week came out. And all of my castmates and the producers from Skyline were making fun of me. It just all seems kind of silly to me sometimes. I mean I'm probably the most critical person in the world of my own physicality. So I'm always a little shocked when people say things like that or find me attractive I guess. Because I'm always very critical of myself.

Question:
You've got this thing going on between you and Lucas that has the same attraction for the same woman. Why do you think she should pick you over Lucas?

Eric Balfour:
If I was being really honest, I don't know that I would tell the character, "Audrey" to pick "Duke." I think in some ways that"Duke" is "Duke" because he is a loner in a way. He does walk to his own drum beat and I don't know that he is capable of really ever being domesticated. I think it would be a lot of fun to see "Audrey" try to settle him down, but at the end of the day, I don't know if "Duke" is capable of it. I think "Duke" is one of those guys who probably will one day get on his boat and sail around the world and kind of sail into the sunset on his own. And, he'll just disappear one day and you'll never know what happened to him.

Question:
What are your expectations for your character for Season 2?

Eric Balfour:
I was really looking forward to "Duke" being faced with tough questions, where he really had to choose a side, finally. Because last season he was able to sort of dance around and play both sides of the fence. And it's such a perfect transition for him to have to make these decisions because it's exactly what he doesn't want to do. He's painted himself to be self-serving and to only look out for himself. So I think this season we're going to really get to see "Duke" have to choose a side and it's going to be really tough for him.

Question:
If you could give "Duke" a Care Bear name, what would "Duke's" Care Bear name be?

Eric Balfour:
Heimlich bear.

Question:
You film in what must be probably the most beautiful landscape that any sort of science fiction, sort of fantasy show films in. What are some of the pros and cons of filming in a seaside town?

Eric Balfour:
Well the pros of filming where we film are, without a doubt, the visual landscape of the place. We could never recreate this world on a soundstage or in Los Angeles or almost anywhere. It is vital to the visceral energy of the show. I mean this town is a character in the show. And the landscape is a character in the show. So in that regard, we couldn't do the show with these towns that we shoot in, in Nova Scotia.

The downside is that it's only summer about four days out of the year... that's a little bit of an exaggeration. But I mean, literally in June, we redubbed the month of June, Jun-uary, because it pretty much rained the entire time. So it's a challenge. I mean it gets cold and it gets rainy and it's unpredictable. But we deal with that because it is so beautiful when the sun does come out and even when it doesn't it definitely has this really neat makab soggy sort of other worldly feel. So, yes, that would be my answer.

Question:
What can you tell us about when it was like working with Jason Priestley, who I understand is coming on the show this season?

Eric Balfour:
Priestley has got to be the sweetest dude I've ever met. Really. When he was younger he was on one of the most successful shows in the history of television, you know? And he is so not jaded and so excited to come to work. And, what was my favorite thing was when he directed an episode recently, because it's just really fun getting directed by other actors who have a sensitivity for what we do. And he's just a really, really sweet, fun guy.

Question:
Having starred in Haven and Skyline, have you always been drawn to the Syfy genre?

Eric Balfour:
No, not at all. I wouldn't say that I'm not a fan of science fiction, but it's not innately in my lifeblood like other people. I've been fortunate this last year or so to get to work on some really fun science fiction projects. But I'm a fan of a lot of different genres. And it was, honestly, as much I'd love to say, with some calculated move and decision. I'm always just happy to be working. And so it was a certain amount of just serendipity and coincidence that created that course of events. But, there are sci-fi projects that I love when you think about Blade Runner or Aliens, or even things that cross into sort of fantasy and horror. There's all kinds of projects that I always love, but I would say that I am innately a science fiction buff.

Question:
I've read that you directed Do Not Disturb. Would you like to focus more on that behind the scenes work in the future?

Eric Balfour:
Absolutely. I just signed on to direct this really hysterically funny, smart feature that Molly Austin is producing called Jesus Hates Zombies, based on the comic by Stephen Lindsay. And it's hysterical and witty and heartfelt. I'm so looking forward to it and we're just getting it all put together right now and talking about cast and location and it's so exciting. I love directing. It's what I want to spend my life doing.

Question:
Can tell us a story where you've encountered a really extreme fan?

Eric Balfour:
I've been really lucky that even in the most extreme fans have been really loving and wonderful. But, they're of my fan, and almost in some ways now, I would consider a friend, Lavinia who started her own fan site for me. And she knows more about my career than I do. And so I guess you would call that an extreme fan. But she is really kind of wonderful. And then there's another Twitter follower, The Dede, who started a Twitter site called BalfoursYard. And she is amazing. She tweets me every single day, "Good morning." It's incredible.

It's incredible. She does all these cool things. Yesterday, I tweeted something silly about Care Bears, which is sort of everyone has been talking about today. I basically, for some random reason, I don't know what I was thinking that. I don't know if I just woke up silly. I declared myself the Care Bear king and I said, "Everyone go out and give some help." And she actually managed to make up a picture of me, with a crown, with Care Bears, as the Care Bear king. And she does it all the time, all these crazy things and cool things. And so I guess those are extreme fans, but they're really awesome. I mean they're incredible.

Question:
What have you learned about yourself from working on Haven?

Eric Balfour:
I would say that's a really good question, a really good question. I think one of the things that I've learned about myself is that in playing the character "Duke" I realize how many insecurities I have myself, because "Duke" is so confident and because "Duke" carries himself with such gallantry and sort of grandiose behavior. It really made me look at my own life and my own insecurities in how, in some ways, I don't live that way. It's really forced me to look at my own life and look at my insecurities and look at the things that I carry around as baggage really, that in some ways holds me back. So that's been one of the biggest things I've learned about myself. And honestly, that is really the thing that most profoundly stands out to me.

Question:
What's been something that your fans would be surprised to know about you?

Eric Balfour:
I think a lot of people would be surprised to know that my favorite television show is So You Think You Can Dance. I love dancing. I grew up a dancer. That was my first love growing up. And I'm just fascinated by talented dancers and by choreographers. I think they'd be surprised to know that every Wednesday and Thursday night I'm by the TV watching So You Think You Can Dance.

Question:
What if they ask you to be a star on there, would you?

Eric Balfour:
Oh, are you kidding me in a heartbeat. I want to be a guest judge on the show. I'm dying to be a guest judge.

Question:
Can you talk about some of the like stunts that you do on the show?

Eric Balfour:
This season we've actually been getting to do a lot more. There's been a lot of gun play this season, which has been really fun. We just finished an episode a couple of weeks ago, where I was getting to fire this like big 12-gauge shotgun with these massive rounds. And it was fun, it was fun. It's running around, bad ass with sawed-off shotgun, just really cool.

Question:
What's been the favorite scene you've filmed this season?

Eric Balfour:
I think my favorite scene this season, honestly has been really the scenes between me and Lucas and Emily. At the beginning of the season there was so much going on individually in each of our character's lives, that we were sort separated a little bit. And so as the season went on, I started (missing) them. And so as the season went on we really got to get back to the three of us being together and the comradery and sort of the shorthand that we have with each other. And that's my favorite stuff so far this season of shooting. It's just playing Emily and Lucas. I really have a good time with them.

Question:
You seem to be a person who cracks up individuals on the set. And I guess I feel that when you and Emily are interacting, that you tend you have a lot of fun. Could you tell us maybe some of those humorous or maybe one of your best incidents of humor on the set of Haven?

Eric Balfour:
Well, there's actually a video that's floating around that's actually on my Youtube channel. And it's very indicative of how we play on set. It's a video of me, Lucas, Emily -- and I think a new character on the show, Vanessa Anhong's character -- driving from set to lunch. And we literally were having a dance party to LMFAO in the car. I mean that to me sums up exactly how we are on set. We work really long hours and it gets really late and we get really loopy. So we're always just trying to like make each other laugh. I mean poor Emily has to deal with me and Lucas basically torturing her like older brothers every day. She hates it and so I'm going to tell everybody."

We now call her Anally Rose. Anyone who wants to tweet her or tell her, just be like, "Hello, Anally Rose. What's going on." It'll drive her crazy and you'll make our day.

Question:
How does "Duke" sort of figures into that storyline of Emily's past. My guess is you're going to play some type of significant role in that?

Eric Balfour:
Yes, as we're learning that obviously, "Audrey Parker's" character, or "Lucy" or whatever. I can't even keep it straight at this point. But as we are learning how she is connected to Haven, we're going to find out that "Duke" has a really strong significant role to play in what is happening in this town. And actually how, not only "Duke" but his entire family is connected to Haven and its struggles.

Question:
Can you say what was the biggest challenge for you in this new season?

Eric Balfour:
I think the biggest challenge this season was because what I love about "Duke" is his humor and his sort of spontaneity and his wit. And that's the, in some ways, the levity that he brings to the show. But because there are some really drastic things going on for "Duke" this season and some really heavy things happening, it was really challenging to be truthful and honest in the moments that those things are happening with the character, but not lose what makes him fun and not lose that sense of play that he has.

Because as life gets dramatic it's hard to laugh it off. But that's, in some ways what really makes "Duke," "Duke". I think like a lot of my favorite movie anti-heros, he has the ability to laugh in the face of danger. When you think about like "Han Solo" or Bruce Willis in Die Hard. I mean "Indiana Jones", like these guys, what makes them great is the ability to crack a joke when they're facing their doom.

Question:
Back in the episode where they aged you, how alike or different do you think you're going to look like when you reach that age yourself?

Eric Balfour:
I would say I'm going to look very different because I'm going to be like the 1970s version of Jim Morrison. I'm going to have a big fat gut and a giant beard and long straggly hair. And I'm going to be like a cross between Elvis and Jim Morrison when I get older. And I'm just going to be like hanging out on a beach, surfing on a long board, talking about the good old days. I think the character, "Duke's" old version was much more thin in scope than I will be. I'm going to let it go man. I'm going to rock out and get old and ex-old-rock-starry when I get old.

Question:
Since the show is dealing with supernatural elements, I'm wondering what's your personal opinions on that?

Eric Balfour:
Well, there are a lot of things that we don't have proof of in this world. There are a lot of things we don't answers to. We don't know for sure if aliens exist or we don't know if ghosts exist or humans or an afterlife. All these questions, we don't know the answers to. And I don't profess to say that I have a definitive answer either, but I guess I would say it sure does make life more interesting to believe that these things exist. In some ways, whether or not they do, I sure would like to believe that there are crazy little alien men running around on another planet and that ghosts really do exist. And that there are people out there that have super powers and can do things with their mind and we see evidence of it all the time, but obviously we don't have definitive proof. But I sure just think it makes like more interesting to believe that those things do exist.

Question:
So I take it you've never had like no, in your own mind, a supernatural encounter, anything like that yourself?

Eric Balfour:
Every time a girl says that she will go on a date with me, I think that is a supernatural occurrence. So I see it all the time.

Question:
Have you ever been approached by any irate Stephen King fans about Haven?

Eric Balfour:
No, I haven't. I think for the most part the Stephen King fans have been very supportive of the show. I don't think we were never dishonest, that we said that Haven was like a direct copy of a Stephen King novel. Haven has always the novella that Haven was based off of was always the jumping off point. And we were always really straightforward about that. I mean obviously, if you've ever read it, it's very short and very simple and there's not a lot to base an entire series on. So it was always the jumping off point. And I think because we were honest about that, that the Stephen King fans didn't really have any argument to that or angst.

Question:
Can you tell us how the difference between the two?

Eric Balfour:
The sci-fi fans are way more awesome and crazy and enthusiastic.

Question:
Did you actually direct an episode this season?

Eric Balfour:
No, unfortunately, all of the directors on the show have to be Canadian because we are a Canadian co-production. There are Canadian content laws. So you have to be Canadian or at least have landed immigrant status to direct on the set of Haven. So until I marry a Canadian, I'm not going to be a director of Haven.

Question:
Then the other question was I saw your interview with Kevin Pollak, which was really fun to watch. I was wondering what was going on with the status of your musical comedy pilot?

Eric Balfour:
We are moving full steam ahead and we actually plan on shooting the pilot right when I get done basically with Haven. We're doing some work on the outline of the show and just had a really great meeting with Fuse yesterday, actually and really excited. Everyone is really sort of excited about where we're going with it. They've been really great and I'm just excited to work with them. They're a young, hungry network and they want to do something really special and they want to do something bold. And I'm just stoked to be working with them.

Question:
And which network is this? I'm sorry I didn't hear.

Eric Balfour:
The Fuse Network.

Question:
I wanted to ask what's the name of that show you were talking about?

Eric Balfour:
The show that we're developing with Fuse Network?

Question:
Yes.

Eric Balfour:
It doesn't have a title just yet.

Question:
Oh, okay. All right.

Eric Balfour:
But it's soon to come.

Question:
What would be your ultimate dream role or is there somebody specific you'd like to work with in the future that you haven't?

Eric Balfour:
Oh, man. That's a tough call. But I would say right off the top of my head, people I would want to work with, Meryl Streep and Danny Boyle. Hands down, that would be those top of the list, ask me any day of the week. And dream roles, god, I want to play a pirate. If they do another pirate movie I want to be a pirate.

Question:
What would you do if you weren't acting?

Eric Balfour:
It might be a little bit of a half answer, but I mean I love writing and producing and directing. So I'd never gone into acting, I probably would be directing. But at the same time, I've been music and I probably would have - what's interesting, when you make choices in lifebased on the best decision at any given moment. And so while I've always loved playing music, music has always been more of a passion versus an actual money-making career thing for me. And acting has provided stability for me and a career, as unstable as being an actor is.

But I think, no matter what, I would still be an artist in some way, shape or form. I don't know that I wouldn't be involved in the arts. So it's not the honest answer if I wasn't an actor. I can't say that I wouldn't be involved in the arts. I guess if you were to ask what would I do if I wasn't in entertainment at all, I would either want to be a professional surfer or a professional MMA fighter.

Question:
Is there any other projects you have coming up you hadn't talked about yet?

Eric Balfour:
I love mixed martial arts. I have been training since I was a teenager and I actually am a co-owner at a gym here in Los Angeles called Legends. Everyone should go check it out and go take a Muay Thai class at LegendsMMA.com.

Question:
Is there any other projects you have coming up you haven't mentioned yet?

Eric Balfour:
No, that's Haven. Haven, Haven, Haven. That's what I'm really excited about right now because Haven is the best show at 10 pm on Friday nights on Syfy Channel.

Question:
I wanted to know do you have a preference for any TV shows from when you were a kid to when you are now, whether it's Haven-like or whatever, a really cool sci-fi fantasy or horror show, that you really like?

Eric Balfour:
Growing up, one of my favorite sci-fi shows, hands down, was the original Battlestar Galactica. That was one of my favorite shows. And then the other one was Buck Rogers.

"Twiki." I remember there was an episode where they were doing a toast and it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. It makes you realize like how much my people, the Jews, really are, influencing Hollywood. Because they were doing the toast and then "Twiki" went literally, she goes, "Beep beep. La Chaim." I couldn't believe it. And I actually only noticed it recently. There was like some like marathon something, somewhere with Buck Rogers that I saw that. I was like that is the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Question:
What was the most challenging part for you to play, either on Haven or just in general, in terms of your acting career?

Eric Balfour:
One of the most challenging role for me, honestly was the character I played in the movie that I did, that Quentin Tarantino produced, Hell Ride. Because everybody in the movie is all these like monster Tarantino crew guys, you know? Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones and David Carradine and they were all such big personalities. And my character had to be this very sort of angsty, serious, young sort of guy who was, you know kind of reserved and insular, because he was sort of learning the ways of how to be a biker dude like these guys. But it was hard to do, when all these guys are so over the top and they're so fun and you just sort of wanted to break out of being sullen and serious all the time. So that was honestly really challenging because finding the art to that character was really tough for me.

Question:
What acting part would you still want to do?

Eric Balfour:
That's a tough question and you're right. I mean I feel like in some ways I'm still just getting started. And there's so much I want to do but I think I would love the opportunity to really get to play with some comedy to really explore kind of really fun, broad comedy. I'm fascinated by comedians and the work that they do. The timing of comedians is so intricate and so amazing that I really love the opportunity to really, I think, work people, sort of knowing more for being a dramatic actor, and I would really love the opportunity to get to be funny.

Question:
Eric, doing another reboot of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, entitled Leatherface 3-D. And I was wondering what's your thoughts or opinions on that?

Eric Balfour:
I honestly don't know much about the project, but I do know that the guys who really gave me my first shot in a starring role, in a movie where Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and Michael Bay, in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre that we did. So I've got to say if anyone was going to remake that movie, they did an outstanding job and they are just amazing guys. So without them involved, I honestly don't know what the movie will be, but I wish them the best of luck and I hope it turns out decent.

Question:
I was wondering if there's any like core or horror TV shows that you grew up, that you really dug or like a part of you when you were growing up as a kid?

Eric Balfour:
I really thought that the series that Scott Free did for a while, that Ridley and Tony Scott did, The Hunger, was fantastic.

Question:
If they were to do another Dinoshark movie, like Dinoshark versus whatever, like they did with Dinocroc versus Supergator, and they bring you back for that what movie monster would you want to go up against with the Dinoshark?

Eric Balfour:
Dinoshark versus the Care Bear.

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