Mike Dopud, SGU’s Varro, on Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome & More [Personality Focus]

by on May 4, 2011

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Mike Dopud in ECHOES

Mike Dopud in ECHOES

In case you didn’t know, the man who plays Varro on Stargate Universe, Mike Dopud, is a busy man indeed. This is a Personality Focus piece.

In an interview over on the Baltimore Sun, Mike Dopud thought he was a shoe-in for the third season of Stargate Universe, but as any fan will attest to, the very last episode of this wonderful show will be airing May 9th on the Syfy channel.  He was disappointed about the developments but then put the nose to the grindstone and got to work, but as you look at his career, he’s been a very busy man, period.

Right now he’s filming a pilot for Fox called Exit Strategy, starring alongside Ethan Hawke.

While doing that, he snuck away to film his part in the pilot for the project Echoes.  That’s being prepared by SGU alumni creative team of Mark Savela and Ken Kabatoff.

But also of interest is that you can catch him in the upcoming movies on the silver screen, Mission Impossible 4, Rise of the Planet of the Apes & This Means War.

For the Battlestar Galactica diehard, he will be playing an integral role in the upcoming prequel/spinoff on the Syfy channel called Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

Like I said, the man is busy.

In that interview he touched on how Varro was becoming a trusted member on board the Destiny in SGU and that he hinted at Varro and TJ maybe getting together, at least if it had gone into a third season.

Echoes

Echoes is a pilot that Mike Dopud shot his part in, over a period of a weekend.  It comes from some SGU creative teams folks that have some time on their hands and put this project together.

It’s about survivors on Earth and how they’re coping two years after an alien attack to the planet.  They say they have an original spin to apply to the story, despite sounding very familiar.

The pilot has Dopud, and also stars Victoria Pratt, Lochlyn Munro, Jarod Joseph and will be directed by Will Waring.

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Mike Dopud, Photo by Dennys Ilic

Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome

On Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, Dopud said that it’s a two-hour movie pilot that they are hoping will get picked up by the Syfy channel.

The series, like Sanctuary, is being filmed totally against green screen and he indicated that it’s a good story with “a little more action.”

Dopud plays Deke Tornvald, a top Viper pilot who has the most kills and he is Adama’s idol.  But aside from the hero image, as you get to know Deke, you realize he’s not quite all he’s cracked up to be.  I guess we’ll see how human he can be as he’s not the nicest person there can be.

About Mike

He hails from Montreal, Canada.  He’s the second son of a Yugoslavian family and he speaks three languages fluently (English, French, and Serbian) and graduated with degrees in Physiology and International Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.

He touches on how he got into acting, more along the path of a stunt actor and then slowly but surely kept getting better roles and starting to get recognized and, we we’re seeing, more prominent roles.

He was told he needed to study and all and did that.  While doing background work on the X-Files, he was asked to pick up David Duchovny for three seconds and he was hooked from there on.

Some of his television work includes The Sentinel, Millennium, John Doe, of course, there was Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate UniverseBattlestar Galactica, and was in ten episodes of Smallville.

He’s also had one-ups in Flashpoint, Caprica and Human Target.

He’s had appearances in 73 movies with his first credited work was as a stunt player in the 1997 movie, Mr. Magoo.  Also in X2, Paycheck, Walking Tall, The Chronicles of Riddick and I, Robot, Fantastic Four and so many more films, all pretty big hits actually.  He’s had a blessed career as a stunt actor

The Baltimore Sun article is a great piece of work as they delve into Mike Dopud‘s past and present work.   If you’re a fan, I think you’ll love the write up of the interview.

[Interview:  www.baltimoresun.com; Echoes: gateworld; Echoes Facebook Page; Mike Dopud on IMDb; ]

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