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On the set of SOF with Winter....
Montreal 1998


The fan's interview with Tim Abell / Benny Ray Riddle... 1998


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH TIM ABELL

This is our interview conducted with Tim in 1998. We asked fans to post their questions to Tim on the forum and then all the questions were compiled and sent via email to Tim. His replies were sent to Greg and I via email and you can read them here word for word. You will note that Tim's replies are all in caps which, as a lot of us know, is how Tim always types. :o)

QUESTIONS FROM THE FANS: (to Benny Ray and/or Tim Abell)

Q. _Stealth asks: I have a question for Benny Ray. Does he really have a Southern Accent? Or is it just for the show?

A. WORKED HARD NOT TO HAVE AN ACCENT WHEN I FIRST STARTED ACTING. I DECIDED TO SLIP BACK TO MY BAD SPEECH HABITS FOR MY SOF INC AUDITION AND BRUCKHEIMER LIKED IT. SO, YES I DO HAVE AN ACCENT. AND YES, IT IS FOR THE SHOW.

Q. Pegathus asks: I can only think of one question... boxers or briefs?? *s*

A. BOXERS WHEN I WEAR THEM. OTHERWISE, COMMANDO! (DEPENDS ON THE KIND OF TROUSERS I'M WEARING AND THE SITUATION)

Q. SnowiFox asks: What is your greatest regret?

A. NOT SEEING MY GRANNY BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR.

Q. Vector asks: Do you need a spotter that will cover your six as well as put in 200 % effort...

A. ON A TWO MAN TEAM, YUP. YOU LOOKING FOR WORK AMIGO?

Q. Cielleigh asks: If it was for Benny Ray - do you regret not being able to spend a lot of time with your kids?

A. YUP......MISS 'EM A LOT.

Q. Cielleigh asks: If it was for Tim - one question wouldn't do it! How 'bout - do you still teach dancing? I could use a few lessons!

A. LOVE TEACHING DANCE! I HAVE BEEN TEACHING MELINDA TO SALSA, MAMBO, SAMBA, TANGO, FOX-TROT, CHA CHA AND RUMBA.

Q. Rat asks: What do you like better as a side arm a 9mill colt or a 9mill glock?

A. GLOCK 19

Q. KChocken asks: How did you and Matt first meet and why do you feel he picked you for the team.

A. I HAVE MY OWN BACKSTORY ON HOW MATT AND I MET. BUT IT COULD CONFLICT WITH THE WRITERS FUTURE STORY LINES. SO I BETTER KEEP TO MYSELF ON THAT UNTIL WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE.

Q. Paula asks: A question for Benny Ray. Have you ever posed naked? If so where can I get myself a copy!

A. I POSE NAKED ALL THE TIME! ESPECIALLY WHEN I'M COOKING.

Q. SpecOpFan asks: Where did you get that scar on your forehead?

A. PLAYING DODGE THE ROCK WITH MY BROTHER.....HE WON.

Q. Liebchen asks: Are you aware of any such teams out there, such as that in SOF? Do they have loyalty to a particular country or just the highest bidder?

A. I AM NOT PERSONALLY AWARE OF ANY SUCH GROUP..... AND IF I WAS.....I'D GIVE THE SAME ANSWER.

QUESTIONS FOR BENNY RAY:

Q. Where did Benny Ray get his 'country boy' sayings?

A. GRANDPA, PAP OR PAPPY

Q. How many times has Benny Ray been wounded in action?

A. BOOGERED UP REAL GOOD 5 TIMES. PAIN IS JUST WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY.

Q. Will there be any deeper interaction with Benny Ray and his family in future episodes?

A. MY SON IS KIDNAPPED AND USED AS BAIT TO LURE THE TEAM INTO A COMPROMISING POSITION.

Q. What does Benny Ray do when he is not on or planning a mission?

A. HUNTING, FISHING, SPORTING CLAYS, RIFLE RANGE, MOUNTAIN BIKE, WATER SPORTS AND SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY.

Q. What is Benny Ray's favorite rifle?

A. 5.A1.REMINGTON 700 . 308 W/ LEUPOLD MK IV TACTICAL OPTICS AND HARRIS BIPODS (SNIPER RIFLE), A2.H&K MP5 (ENTRY WEAPON), A3. COLT A4 (CARBINE)

Q. What is Benny Ray's favorite handgun?

A. GLOCK 21

Q. What was Benny Ray's favorite episode?

A. BROKEN PLAY AND OVER THE WIRE

Q. Will there be any romantic interaction for Benny Ray in a future episode?

A. WOULD YOU ALL LIKE TO SEE BENNY RAYS ROMANTIC SIDE? I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE IN STORE FOR ME. PERSONALLY, I'D LIKE A LITTLE ROMANTIC INTERACTION. IT'S ONLY HUMAN. MAN CANNOT LIVE ON ADRENALINE, BULLETS AND BUDDIES ALONE!

Q. Half of your fans see you as a love interest for Margo and the other half see you as her guardian angel. How do you see it?

A. I SEE IT AS BOTH. ITS A VERY FINE LINE BETWEEN BEING BUDDIES AND BEING SOMETHING MORE. I LIKE THE FRICTION BETWEEN OUR CHARACTERS (BENNY RAY AND MARGO) A LITTLE TENSION IS A GOOD THING...THATS MY WAY OF THINKING.

Q. Do you feel the loss of your teammates and friends, CJ and Chance, as much as your fans do?

A. PROBABLY MORE....KNEW THEM AS FRIENDS AS WELL AS WORKING COMPANIONS. THEY ARE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

QUESTIONS FOR TIM ABELL:

Q. As an actor, how do you like working in a television series as opposed to doing movies?

A. NEVER WORKED ON A BIG BUDGET FILM. FROM WHAT I HEAR, IT'S GREAT COMPARED TO WORKING ON TV. BUT, COMPARED TO THE MOVIES I'VE WORKED ON, I LIKE WORKING ON SOF INFINITELY MORE.

Q. Would you like to write an episode for SOF?

A. YUP

Q. Are you working on any other movies?

A. WORKING ON A DEAL FOR JANUARY 99

Q. As an actor, what kind of roles would you like to play in the future?

A. COWBOY, SERIAL KILLER (I LIKE PLAYING DYSFUNCTIONAL TYPES AS WELL AS CHARLIE BRONSON TYPES) ACTION HERO WHO GETS THE GIRL!

Q. How did you like filming in Canada?

A. MONTREAL IS OUTSTANDING!

Q. Do you prefer your military flat top to a regular hair cut?

A. I PREFER HIGH AND TIGHT FLAT TOP....BUT, THIS YEAR NO FLAT TOP.

Q. With twelve movies and a television series under your belt, has the climb up been very difficult?

A. SLOW AND STEADY. BUT WELL WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT. IT'S GREAT TO DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE AND MAKE A LIVING AT THE SAME TIME!

Q. What is Dennis Rodman like on the set?

A. UNPREDICTABLE.

Q. What is your favorite all time movie?

A. BRAVE HEART, COOL HAND LUKE, HOMBRE, AND ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST. COULDN'T DECIDE ON JUST ONE!

Q. Who is your favorite actor/actress?

A. PAUL NEWMAN, MARRIED TO SAME WOMAN 35 YEARS, GIVES MILLIONS TO CHARITIES, LIVES A LIFE WORTH REMEMBERING. ALSO ROBERT DUVAL AND TOMMY LEE JONES.

Q. How real does it feel when the bullets start flying?

A. SMOOTH IS FAST...COOLNESS AND A STEADY NERVE WILL ALWAYS BEAT SIMPLE QUICKNESS.

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