Growing up, Richard Hatch had the stereotypical reaction that everyone who wants to be an actor gets, especially from his father.
Battlestar Galactica (BSG) changed that, partly because his parents were Bonanza fans.
“What’s better than playing Lorne Green’s son?” asks Hatch. “It was a validation.”
The original incarnation of BSG reached 65 million viewers, and hit a lot ofpeople according to Hatch.
“The Battlestar Galactica experience was monumental,” says Hatch. “There’s never been something bigger” as a debut.
Hatch believes that the story is iconic and that is the reason that it is so successful and has been reproduced and spun off other shows.
“It has something to say to everybody,” says Hatch.
Noah Hathaway played Atreyu in The Neverending Story and says that fans still send him scales from the dragon that is on display at the Bavarian Studios in Germany.
“(The film was) physically one of the most demanding films a kid ever did,” says Hathaway.
Because he was up for anything and “had a lot of energy,” he wouldn’t ask for a stunt double during the demanding scenes.
One of his favorite projects was Sushi Girl, which starred Mark Hamill, but the draw for Noah was someone else.
“It was Sonny Chiba for me; that was the clincher,” says Hathaway.
The cast still gets together from time to time.
“It’s pretty cool when Mark Hamill comes to your house for barbeque,” says Hathaway.
Hathaway also played Hatch’s son inBSG.