CynbytheSea Interview with Eugene Robert Glazer(Operations)
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First off, thank you all for your lovely thoughts and comments. It is my
pleasure to finger type my answers to your questions. Thanks for the support
and for keeping the show alive!!!.
Q1.) Your character of "Operations" seemed to have no personal life, a
very stressed, hot, demanding type of attitude and steel hand running Section
One. We know this is opposite to your own nature. How did you build up
"Operations'" ruthless personality, without creating a flat,
monotonous and repetitive, one-sided character?
To play "Operations" I just dipped down a bit into my dark side to
explore the machinations of the man. I also put myself in his position and found
that considering some of the scenarios, I, as the person would have responded
the same. I also built the character on the research of several people I had
Q2.) What do you think Laurie Drew intended to portray with your attire and that
of Madeline's dark colors as well?
Laurie wanted to portray a stylish severity. The monochromatic attire I wore
added to the character's mood. The clothing portrayed a certain distinctly
classical look, that suggested the dark sides of the characters.
Q3.) We saw in the wrap reels that you filmed, you took one last visit to the
"Perch, Was this your favorite place on the set? If not the Perch, then
Certainly not the hen coop. It was very difficult to film up there and very hot,
what with all those people crammed into that small place. My favorite place to
film was in Birkoff's area because it allowed me room to move around.
Q4.) Have the studios approached any of the original cast of "La Femme
Nikita" to propose a reunion film? How do you think your character could
return in flashbacks?
The studio has not and will not propose a reunion
film. If they did, I would return as "Operations". It was not really
me who died in the garage.....
Mary DeFrancesco-Rome, Italy
Q5.) We have read that you are working on a play, for which we would like to
know on the progress of this as well as will you be writing a book on your
memoirs of "La Femme Nikita?"
EUGENE: I am not writing a
play. I am still contemplating writing a screenplay about the Vietnam War and
the POW/MIA's left behind. A far as my memoirs.... Better left undone... I don't
think I could put it on paper.
Q6.) Section One trained its viewers to watch for details. We know that the cast
had 5 year contracts, and that 4 years was fulfilled. Is there any chance for a
film or any continuation of "La Femme Nikita" whatsoever?
No continuation of the show
at all is in the cards. IT IS OVER.&
Q7.) Were you indeed interviewed by Christopher Heyn for his upcoming book
"Inside Section One," and are there any excerpts you can share with
Yes I interviewed with Chris and my old memory is trying to remember any
excerpts. But to be fair to Chris, you'll have to read the book. When it is
coming out I have no idea.
Q8.) Are there any special backstage secrets or any unusual things we didn't
know about the set of "La Femme Nikita" that you can share with us?
My briefings were quite long at times and I sometimes waited till the last
moment to learn them. When I arrived on set and finally shot the briefing, my
dialogue was pasted to my monitor on the table... only occasionally though.
Q9.) In your wrap reels, you visited the "Perch" one last time.
Can you tell us what you were thinking or how you felt about that?
The last visit to the Perch was rather sad and nostalgic. After almost 5 years,
a lot of memories flood in and bring a sadness and closure.
Cynthia Wilkerson-Corpus Christi, Texas USA
Q10.) Did you personally like the character of "Operations"?
I adored "Operations". I think "Ops" was a great character
to play because he had many levels. You never quite knew what he would do and to
Q11.) I have seen you in episodes of both "24", and "Mutant
X", which is made by a few of the "La Femme Nikita" crew. What
was your most memorable experience of being part of "La Femme Nikita"?
Knowing we were making something totally new and out on the edge. It was a joy
coming to work every day. The other actors and all the other people involved in
the show were great to work with. My most memorable experience... working on
Kristen Smith-Melbourne, Australia
Q12.) In the last year, you have been in shows "Mutant X" and
"24", how did this come about and what did it feel like to work with
some of the old crew again?
The shows were offered to me. It was a blast working with some of the old gang
again. It felt like coming home.
Q13.) Many female actors use their full name, you do as well, is there any
particular or personal reason for this?
I use my full name because that is my name and when the film credits roll at the
end of a movie... the name stands out!!
Q14.) Can you give us any secret intel about the show "Area 23" that
you are involved with? And is it possible for it to become a cult show such as
La Femme Nikita?
As far as I know they are still trying to raise money for it. It is a bit like
Mutant X, but better. As far as it becoming a cult hit like Nikita... I doubt
Q15.) When you see other actors from "La Femme Nikita" in other films
or television, does it bring back any special memories of when you had spent
time with them?
Yes it does. I remember so many things and have a big smile afterwards.
Warren Stewart- Perth , Australia
Q16.) What episode of "La Femme Nikita" was the most memorable to
you and can you tell us why?
"Slipping Into Darkness" and "Sympathy For The Devil". Both
of those shows allowed me more emotional range.
Dawn Carlson- Danielson, Connecticut, USA
Q17.) What did you think of the way the story line ended for your character of
"Operations" on "La Femme Nikita?"
I thought it was an honorable way to die, trying to save a child.
Q18.) What did you think of the idea of the mole, and Nikita and her father
being in charge of everything?
At first I resisted, but came to realize it was a great idea. That's what made
the show so good.
Q19.) If you could have chosen another character of "La Femme Nikita,"
what would it have been?
Michael of course. Who wouldn't want a butt like his., and the chance to get
Chrissy Langeveld - Leiden, Netherlands
Q20.) What do you miss most about the show "La Femme Nikita?"
All the folks. The actors, writers, craft people, directors, etc.....
David Gillespie- Charleston, West Virginia USA
Q21.) What was your inspiration to make "Operations" such an intense
character, with so much depth and charisma?
My inspiration was all my research and imagination. As for the charisma..
thanks, I needed that.
Angelique Goyena- Norfolk, Virginia USA
Q22.) Of all your endeavors in the acting field, which film or series did you
find the most rewarding?
"La Femme Nikita" for TV and "Hollywood Shuffle" for film.
Working with Robert Townsend was a hoot.
Q23.) Were the cast and crew of "La Femme
Nikita" as easy to work with as you have indicated?
EUGENE: Like butter
melting on a warm bun.. smooth, fun, challenging and lots of laughs.
Sandy Merdith- Wellington, Kansas USA
Q24.) What did you like most about working with Peta Wilson and Roy
The entire package head to toe. Only Peta though. Roy is
cute, but I like blondes. They were both giving and gave 105% all the time,
which made me not feel like sluffing off at times.
Vickie Luke- Charleston, West Virginia USA
Q25.) You seem to be a very kind and gracious person off screen. What was your
inspiration for the character of "Operations"?
What you see as "Operations" is the real
me. The kind and gracious is the act. My inspiration was my imagination and
people I have known.
Q26.) Now that "La Femme Nikita" has been
off the air for some time, what do you think of the large and admiring fan base
that still seeks to keep "La Femme Nikita" alive?
EUGENE: I think it is
astounding and I am honored to have been a part of such a noble movement.
Mary Vickory- Mahopac, New York USA
Q27.) Did you ever have a particular idea/concept for an episode, and if so,
what was it, and did it, or did it not get filmed, in portion or whole for
"La Femme Nikita"?
EUGENE: My idea of
"Ops" as a POW was worked into a few episodes and especially
"Sympathy For The Devil".I did want to do a show about the
government cover up of the men we left behind in Vietnam, but... the powers that
be felt that was not in keeping with the shows through-line.
Q28.) Did you "believe" in the world of Section One? That is, I was
drawn in completely by Section One having its own "world",
"language" it made,, and broke its own rules etc. That in part made it
such a completely fabulous show, as it was so unique from anything else that was
on television at the time........Your thoughts please?
The world Section One exists in more ways than we can even imagine. The
language used was quite real, a lot of research went into the scripts. These
worlds do exist...
Brenda Allison- St. Louis, Missouri USA
Q29.) Would you return to "La Femme Nikita" if it became a series
Sure enough.. As long as we have the same cast....
Cheryl Dame- Plattsburg, New York USA
Q30.) When you were shooting "Four Light Years Further", and
everyone thought that the show was over, what did you and the cast feel?
We were sad and yet kind of relieved it was over, so we could continue on to
Q31.) Do you keep in touch with any of the cast from "La Femme
Yes. Occasionally Alberta and I email each other a word or two. Other than
that no. I do try and contact them when I get to Toronto.
Mary Kalogerinis- Adelaide, Australia
Q32.) As "Operations" you gave a terrific performance in this complex
role. You didn't show many feelings/emotions, and you had to make personal
decisions including who should live or who should die. Could you identify with
this role and why?
I could. Many times I wish I could make the decision who lives and dies. I can
identify with the moment to moment tension and decision-making that had to be
made. I know about the lives of these people and would not want to live that
way, but to act, it is fine. I get to drop it after the Director
Q33.) Do you have a personal
favorite scene from the show "La Femme Nikita" and why?
One of my favorites is
"Sympathy For The Devil". When I am in the club and say to the Mafiosa
boss, "Everything in this room might be yours Carlo, but everything
outside that door is mine." Then I toss an olive into his wine glass.
Another is "Slipping Into Darkness" - all the scenes. I had a chance
to really fly. Lastly the scene with Madeline when I broke into her office when
the plague hit section.
Sabine Buess- Baselland, Switzerland
Q34.) What was it like to do a soap opera like "General Hospital"?
It was not my cup of tea. It is way
to structured and fast-moving. It was fun for a few, but no to more.
Q35.) What do you prefer, television or films?
EUGENE:As most actors, films will always win out. More
time is spent on the moments and the characters are better developed.
Q36.) I have seen you in many different roles,
what type of role would you prefer doing?>
EUGENE: I really enjoy the
BAD good guy or the GOOD bad guy. I like characters with a lot of levels and
dark corners. I enjoy adding humor in the dark places.
Deb Schwartz-Cheboygan, Michigan USA
Q37.) Of all your roles and shows you've appeared in, which is your favorite
of course. I was able to be and play many different levels of a character with
Q38.) Is there anything, anything at all, that you would have changed about
Yes. Operations would have gone out on more missions outside of Section. I
would have also given him a little bit more of a fun love life....
Susy Seturino- Dallas, Texas USA
Special comments you would like to make Sir:
Special comments eh!!! I am pleased and privileged to be a part of your
LFN history and great spirit for the show. Thanks for having me aboard, and in
these most troubled times... I only pray that there are dozens of Section Ones
out there... We need them.. Love to you all, Gene.
Eugene Robert Glazer ~ Operations ~ "OPS"
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