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Bakula Talks Arson In 'Blue Smoke'

By Michelle
February 6, 2007 - 8:45 PM

Scott Bakula (Captain Archer) appeared on Good Day LA to discuss his new Lifetime movie, Blue Smoke, which airs next Monday night.

Bakula plays John Minger, a police detective who mentors an arson investigator researching a suspicious blaze. The film is based on a novel by Nora Roberts. Streaming video of the interview may be found here.

Told by one of the interviewers that she had liked all the sex, intrigue and murder in a previous Roberts adaptation, Bakula said that Blue Smoke was about "Sex and intrigue and murder...and fire. I'm an arsonist and Alicia Witt plays an arson investigator in Baltimore." When the trio of interviewers reacted in surprise to Bakula's saying that he played an arsonist, he quickly corrected himself: "No, I play an arson investigator." But asked whether he really wanted to be the firestarter, he added, "Maybe I am!"

The Star Trek: Enterprise and Quantum Leap star said that it was easy to get into character on the set of a film where there are actual fires burning. He said he thinks many people, "especially the male side, has a fascination with fire." He was not familiar with Roberts' work before taking the role, but he said that he noticed that she appeared to have about twenty volumes for sale in every airport bookstore.

Asked whether Blue Smoke has any good sex scenes, Bakula joked, "Many good sex scenes...in fact there's one sex scene with a scorpion," before admitting that he was making that up. He did not have to audition for this role - "Happily, for this one they called up and said we want you" - but he said he is still often asked to audition, and it's difficult when he runs into friends he has known for twenty years and spends time chatting before getting into character.

Blue Smoke will premiere on Lifetime Television on Monday, February 12th at 9 p.m. The network's page about the film is here. Thanks to Project Quantum Leap for the links.

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