Last week the good folks at Syfy Channel invited us to a phone conference with ‘Warehouse 13′ stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly and producer Jack Kenny to discuss the hit shows final six episodes, which begin airing in the USA later tonight and will come to the UK Syfy channel in just a few weeks time.
SciFipulse was just one of the many news outlets attending and as always the Eddie McClintock and his co-star Joanne Kelly were extremely warm and friendly with all members of the bloggingverse who attended.
Below are some of the highlights from the chat, which will sadly be one of the last ‘Warehouse 13′ conference calls we’ll ever attend with the show sadly drawing to a close.
SFP:What does it feel like to have wrapped the series up and what kind of legacy do you think Warehouse 13 will have given that it was literally one of the first original series to launch Syfy Channel when it rebranded itself.
Eddie McClintock: Well, I mean, I think that the legacy – we’ll see, you know. I’m sure when – back when they did the – however many episodes of the original Star Trek they never dreamed that, you know, despite its being canceled early, you know, in most estimations that it would go on to be such a huge cult success.
So I guess we’ll see what happens. You know, Joanne and I were just talking. It’s like I haven’t seen her. I miss her. You know, she’s my friend who I’ve spent the last five years with and so it’s hard.
You know, it’s difficult not to see everybody but I know we are all wishing, you know, we all are pulling for one another and I’ll look back on Warehouse 13 as one of the, you know, great times of my life and my career.
I watched my boys grow up and I think I may have even grown up a little bit myself, but don’t tell anyone I said that or I’ll have to kill you. What do you think, Jo?
Joanne Kelly: I think, I mean, yes I – you can never kind of foretell what’s going to happen. So all I can say is from my own personal point of view in regards to the show, I learned so much during Warehouse 13.
I think now that it’s over – in fact I – and – since we stopped shooting you realize how special it was. And very much, you know, there’s a ton of times in like where you don’t really understand what something is to you until it’s no longer there.
I think that’s a cliché for a reason and it’s really true for me that, you know, Warehouse 13 was a really special time. And I don’t think I understood that until I stopped, until you’ve stopped showing up every day and you say, “Oh, my God, I’m not going to see these people; these people I’m so used to seeing every day.”
These people have been such a big part of my life. It’s a huge change, you know.
Eddie McClintock: And I finished all four episodes last night. We watched the last one of course is Savage Seduction and so wait till you see that one. I mean, it’s so bizarre. It’s so off the wall and Aaron Ashmore is just so awesome, brilliant, fantastic, fun, I mean, you know, if you know Aaron he’s, you know, pretty quiet and he’s pretty reserved.
And to see him play this character – he plays two characters on the show. It’s just hilarious so.
SFP: Was there any particular storyline that you would have liked to have done, but never got chance to do on the series?
Jack Kenny: Yes, one that lasted 13 episodes.
Eddie McClintock: And 13 seasons. I would – I really was disappointed that we didn’t delve into Traylor more – his past. You know, and I was on Jack a lot about that and, you know, he never really answered my question so it goes unanswered.
Jack Kenny: What question?
Eddie McClintock: About, you know, Traylor’s past. Where did he come from? Just bam, one day he was there…
Jack Kenny: You know, I’m planning a whole – I’m honestly planning a whole hour long at USA about that so I can’t tell you how it ends. And before you ask…
Eddie McClintock: Oh a spin-off and you didn’t even ask me to be a part of it?
Jack Kenny: Before you ask there’s – no, there’s not a part for you – But I will be able to hire your dog.
Eddie McClintock: Can I fetch your coffee?
Jack Kenny: Yes, you can always fetch me coffee. Not all iced tea. You know it’s iced tea. You know, I would’ve loved to – you know, at the end of last season we gave Joanne a cancer line story – And I really would’ve loved to have explored that a little more realistically, a little more over some time have her character get more involved with that. But when they told us we had to end the entire series, we did not want to spend, you know, five of those episodes dealing with cancer because it’s just – it just would’ve been a real downer, I think a downer for the fans, a downer for the actors.
It would’ve been no fun for Jo to have to do that and it was just, you know, so we kind of, you know, I don’t feel proud of this but we kind of ended it quickly and moved on, because if we hadn’t it would’ve been an entirely different kind of an ending to the series and I don’t think what the series actually deserved. So we…
Eddie McClintock: And cancer sucks.
Jack Kenny: Yes, it sucks and we – I think we could’ve dealt with it in a really cool, interesting way. But instead we sort of kind of wrapped it up and moved on because I needed to – I wanted to get into, you know, we had ten stories planned.
We had ten stories broken out for the next season and when they told us we had six and we had to end it, we did five stories and five episodes and then in the last episode we did six stories. So we really crammed it all in there.
Eddie McClintock: Yes.
Joanne Kelly: Oh. I think I just heard what Jack said about the cancer storyline, that they had to wrap it up early and that I felt, you know, I think everybody kind of felt like, “Okay, we have to move on.”
I think we’re all upset that we had to move on so quickly. But also, you know, I think that the writers did such a good job with this show. It is really chock full – looking back after five years and we’ve done a little bit of pretty much everything, so I don’t really have any regrets in that way, not at all.
SFP: Would it be a good plan to start a kickstarted campaign for a ‘Warehouse 13′ movie?
Eddie McClintock: Of course.
Jack Kenny: Yes.
Eddie McClintock: Are you kidding me?
Jack Kenny: Absolutely. I mean…
Eddie McClintock: My wife just bought her third pair of Christian Louboutins. Daddy needs the money.
Jack Kenny: You know, we would love to. I mean, we would start a kickstarter campaign to bring the series back. But – because – well, you know, we all felt like we had a lot more to say and a lot more to do.
And it was the best professional experiences of my career so far and I’m very sad that it ended. I’m very proud of the way we ended it, but we left it in a way that we could very easily do a movie.
SFP: This is for Joanne and Eddie. Guys given that you have invested a lot in your characters over the past few seasons. How much involvement did you guys need when it came to concluding their stories for the series.
Joanne Kelly: I’m an actor; I’m not a writer. But we have great writers and I trusted them to wrap it up in the best way that they knew how. With a lot of actors, once they get involved in that process—and some people are different—some people are really good, but for me, I just trusted the writing staff. Let them do their thing. They’ve done for five years; let them do it a little bit longer.
Eddie McClintock: Yes, I mean, I would say the same thing. I trusted Jack and all the writers for, you know, I don’t know. I always had the greatest amount of faith in them and I’d, you know, like Jack said I’m just – I was the resident meat puppet so just give me the words and I’ll say them, but don’t have me try and write them because then it gets bad.
Jack Kenny: But we did come up with a lot of cool stuff on this set sometimes. You know, we always improved stuff and came up with – and you guys were always really – had a lot of input in that and we had a good time.
So I wouldn’t, you know, I wouldn’t say that we just handed you the scripts and you – and forced you to say what was there. We – I thought you guys collaborated really beautifully with stuff like that.
Eddie McClintock: Yes, well thanks.
Joanne Kelly: Thanks Jack.
Eddie McClintock: But, you know, the – I’d wake up at nights hearing Jack screaming, “As written, fucko.”
Jack Kenny: Well that’s only because I – that’s only because I sneak over to your house and yell outside your window.
Eddie McClintock: It’s actually you yelling, “As written, fucko.”
Jack Kenny: But, you know, we did talk, I mean, for instance the cancer story – I sat down and talked to Joanne for a while about that. I said, “How do you feel about this and how would you want to explore it and what are your feelings about going in this direction?”
We did the same thing with Eddie when he was going to be, you know, when he was going to be in a relationship story with Paula Garces’ character and other – we always try to talk to the actors about the storylines that we’re thinking about and get their input, because I think you get a way better performance and way better involvement from the actors if they – if they’re involved in the stories, you know.
We like to write to everybody’s strengths and everybody – and what makes everybody happy.
Eddie McClintock: Yes. I mean, at the beginning of the series I remember Jack had us all in and sat us down individually and said, “Okay what do you think about this character? Who do you want this character to be?” And so we did have our input in that regard and I think it made it a lot easier to play these characters and show up every day because, I mean, personally for me there wasn’t a whole lot of acting involved for me.
I mean, I just basically showed up to work in the morning and then acted a fool just like me.
Jack Kenny: We did try to find out what you guys were into, what you liked and write to who you guys are because that makes it – I think it makes it more fun. It makes it easier.
You know, it makes – we’re able to – you connect yourselves with the characters more. I mean, Pete’s whole past with alcohol and, you know, everybody’s strengths and weaknesses we try to exploit them in the best sense of that word.
SFP: What for you guys have been the defining moments for the series?
Eddie McClintock: What jumps off for me is, you know, there’s an episode here in the last six called the – is it Savage Seduction Jack? Is that what it’s called?
Jack Kenny: Yes, Savage Seduction, the telenovela episode.
Eddie McClintock: It’s called – it’s Savage Seduction.
Jack Kenny: Savage Seduction.
Eddie McClintock: And Jack came up to me. He’s like, “Okay listen. You’re going to have to learn Spanish so start now.” And I was like, “What?” And the storyline is we get caught in a Spanish telenovela.
So, you know, Joanne and I and Artie were – or – and Saul were all having to take Spanish lessons for about two – I don’t know, couple months I guess. We took lessons, you know, in between, you know, during our lunch breaks and it was probably the hardest I’ve had to work on any of the shows or any of the seasons.
You know, it was hard, you know, having to learn the words and make sure that the inflections were there and make sure that it sounds as though we know what we’re saying, and then translating it back to English as you’re saying it in Spanish.
I mean, it was hard for me. I mean, I’m like four IQ points above the short bus so it was difficult and – but I watched it last night for the first time and it’s so wild and wacky and I’m so proud of it.
It’s – I think it’s really funny and I think it’s going to be one of the best episodes of the series. So for me that’s, you know, and Jack directed that so it’s one of the ones that I remember the most fondly.
Jack Kenny: It was a wild ride I will give you that but you also – I also made you guys learn to tap dance this summer too.
Eddie McClintock: Yes.
Joanne Kelly: Well I don’t know if I ever actually learned.
Eddie McClintock: Exactly.
Jack Kenny: Well you got close enough.
Eddie McClintock: Well…
Jack Kenny: It was close enough for government work.
Joanne Kelly: I think the – see he has the tap against me. I think that my era as Jack was saying we, you know, we had to learn how to tap dance for this episode. And I am many things but a dancer I am definitely not.
And I kind of like was freaking out about it and he kept telling me that it was going to be fine. It would be fine. Just, you know, try and learn, try and do my – and then when we did it I kind of took the risk of just kind of letting go and having a great time, which I’ve struggled with, you know, throughout like my whole journey through Warehouse.
I mean, at one point – actually had a great time. So this is actually important and I think I finally learned this episode that whatever, let go and just have fun.
It’s one of the most rewarding experiences because it – definitely I had such a blast doing that episode and I was so worried about it. And I think that’s probably one of my favorite memories from this year.
Jack Kenny: And let’s point out that that was the second to the last day of the entire series.
Eddie McClintock: Yes.
Jack Kenny: And Joanne finally let go.
Eddie McClintock: I think that’s why we’re such a good balance. You know, Jo was like, “I don’t know if I want to have fun.” And I’m just going, “That’s all I want to do is have fun.” So I think it’s – it was a perfect blend of not fun and fun.
Joanne Kelly: Yes. Yes. Hello? Is people still there?
Jack Kenny: It’s hard, you know, we had such a good time. Honestly we really did have a great time. Almost in every episode there’s a day that I can think back and go, “Oh my God, that was so much fun.”
And, you know, and there’s also a day where you go, “Oh that was a nightmare,” because it was raining or cold or whatever or boiling hot. But there was almost – we just – we had such a good group of people and there was almost in every episode a couple of days or more where we just went, “God we’re so lucky to have this and we’re just having a great time.”
So it’s hard to reduce it to, “This was my favorite day on Warehouse,” because there were so many. But this last summer – these last six because we knew it was ending and we knew how we were going to do it and we were – everybody was just so kind of into it and having a great time.
I think that’s why we keep referring to these last six because they were the best time, because most shows don’t get the luxury of ending their series in the way that they want.
A lot of shows are yanked, you know, prematurely and suddenly. So we got the great luxury and gift of being able to say, “Hey we’re going out and this is how we’re going.”
Eddie McClintock: Yes. I mean, and one memory that comes up that I think is one of the funniest or one of the times I laughed the hardest with Jack and Jo and everybody was when the (ginge) and the Speedo was doing the yoga by the pool with the…
Jack Kenny: Yes. Yes. We had a…
Joanne Kelly: I always thought you were going to say when your moustache came off in the…
Jack Kenny: Yes. I had to apologize. There’s lack of the moustache.
Joanne Kelly: I think that’s the hardest…
Eddie McClintock: Yes.
Jack Kenny: I lost the moustache right off Eddie’s face.
Eddie McClintock: Yes. Yes.
Jack Kenny: But we did have a background performer who – we had a pool scene and people in Speedos and bikinis and this guy felt that he was particularly good at yoga and was…
Eddie McClintock: And he had an unusually robust growth of red pubic hair that was coming from all parts of this Speedo.
Jack Kenny: Speaking now to this too and he was doing some major yoga poses.
Eddie McClintock: The splits.
Joanne Kelly: He had a small animal underneath there.
Jack Kenny: Yes. I did want to go up and say, “Hey, you know, that’s, you know, we’ve all noticed your doing these amazing yoga poses. And what we’d really love to do is have you go and do them in the parking lot. You’re fired.”
But we didn’t do that. We just let him do it and made sure the camera was never pointed at it.
Eddie McClintock: “Wow you’re really great at those.”
Jack Kenny: “Yes you’re really great at those.”
Eddie McClintock: “Go do them somewhere else.”
Jack Kenny: “You can do that at home.” Yes. It was…
Eddie McClintock: It was crazy. This guy was just insane.
Jack Kenny: Yes. We were laughing quite hard.
SFP: Is there any particular story line, person or artefact that you’ve had on the series that you guys would have liked to have done more scenes about or learned much about over the shows five seasons.
Jack Kenny: I would’ve loved to have done a little bit more with Pete’s mom.
Eddie McClintock: Oh yes.
Jack Kenny: But scheduling kind of screwed us on that. But as, you know, and most people don’t know that when you – half the time when you don’t see a character come back on a show it’s because they got another job.
But we didn’t, you know, I would’ve – there was several characters that I would’ve loved to see a little bit more of that we really liked. I mean, I love…
Eddie McClintock: Judd Hirsch would’ve been great if Judd could’ve come back.
Jack Kenny: Would’ve loved to have had Judd back. Yes there was a lot of characters I wanted to bring back that – Amy Acker is Joanne’s sister. She was a lot of fun.
Eddie McClintock: Yes.
Jack Kenny: And we had a lot of really funny characters.
Eddie McClintock: We did. They’re all dead now.
Jack Kenny: I would’ve liked to have opened up the world – broaden the world and really explore those characters more, you know.
SFP: Are we likely to see any of the character tensions and unrequited feelings between the characters resolved as the show draws to a close?
Jack Kenny: We might.
Eddie McClintock: All I can say is this: PICA.
Joanne Kelly: You always say that. You’ve been saying that for five years.
Eddie McClintock: It’s my hook. It’s my hook man.
Joanne Kelly: I do think you see a fundamental change in these characters’ relationships, as I think you do across the board in the show. That’s all I got to say about that.
Jack Kenny: I – what we tried to do in the, I mean, there’s an arc that Eddie and Jo have in the last six episodes that’s really fun to see unfold. And you see a lot of it unfold, I mean, you see the beginning of that – of the – sort of a cracking of that iceberg at the end of Episode 4.
But then it really starts to come to fruition in 5 and 6 and – but everybody – every character has a – kind of a revelation of sorts in the last episode. Every character is granted a revelation in the defining moment and something really cool to deal with and in I think a way that really works.
So I think – I just – I hope that everybody’s going to be very pleased with the final episode. I think they will be.
SFP: Jack at some point I remember you mentioning that you’d have liked to have done a musical episode. Would you mind telling us what your vision would have been for that.
Jack Kenny: Yes we did. We did want to write a whole musical episode and having done just the one big musical number in the finale, I think thank God we only did the one number and not a whole episode because I think it would’ve killed us because it’s just really, really hard.
Eddie McClintock: Yes.
Jack Kenny: I mean, we had – I think for anybody who does – needs a musical Jones to be filled they’ll get it filled in that – in the finale because we have a pretty big fabulous number for everybody.
There’s not a lot of singing from our guys but there’s some dancing and there’s a big event, let’s just say that. There’s a big event.
Eddie McClintock: Not a lot of singing.
SFP: I understand you get to visit kind of a variety of different warehouses in Season 5. Could you tell us a little bit – could you tell us which one was your favourite?
Eddie McClintock: You know, I like the alternate universe Warehouse 13. I thought that was – it was actually in a – what was that facility Jack where they had the…?
Jack Kenny: It’s an automobile testing facility in – oh I can’t remember the name of the town – in – just south of Toronto. It’s this – it’s got a lot of clean rooms. It had a wind tunnel.
It had a room that could be cooled to 35 degrees below 0. It was just this really cool, modern feeling structure and we needed a futuristic modern version of the warehouse and we got to shoot there.
They opened it up to us in every way. It was fantastic. We got to shoot a whole bunch of stuff there. It was really fun.
Eddie McClintock: Yes.
And, you know, it’s the complete opposite of kind of the old creaky warehouse. It’s very, you know, clean and contemporary.
Jack Kenny: Yes it was, I mean, I liked Warehouse 9 too. It was fun but we didn’t, you know, we were limited in terms of how much space we could have when we were in Warehouse 9 in that – in the same episode in the premier of – Season 5 premier…
Eddie McClintock: Oh that’s right. That’s right.
Jack Kenny: So – and that was fun in a different way. It was just we were way more limited in what we could actually show there, so it was fun to go to a whole new place.
I mean, you know, we were on location for almost the entire summer in various locations.
Eddie McClintock: Yes there was actually a dream moment come true for me in that episode when I finally after years of doing it alone I finally got to do my Shatner – that Jack let me unleash a Shatner in the premier and with my little…
Jack Kenny: Remember when you were saying the line, “Kind of that way?” And I said…
Eddie McClintock: And Jack just goes, “Go full Shatner.”
Jack Kenny: “Go for it. Just give me the full Shatner.” It was just so fucking hilarious.
Eddie McClintock: It’s just stuff like that for me, you know, is what makes the shows. Like, you know, when I think it couldn’t really get any funnier and then Jack would come in and go, “Do this,” and then I’m just like, you know, “Why can’t I be you?” kind of for me.
Jack Kenny: No. But you were.
Eddie McClintock: Yes. Yes.
Eddie McClintock: I mean, I was. Thanks.
Jack Kenny: You made it work. I couldn’t…
SFP: Are there any souvenirs that you guys took from the set?
Eddie McClintock: Oh my, I cleaned the place out. Let me tell you a Google or eBay, you know what I’m saying? No.
Jack Kenny: Yes he’s paying for his kids’ future.
Eddie McClintock: That’s right. You know, everybody was like, “I want a Tesla. I want the, you know, the H.G. Wells grappling hook and the Sylvia Plath typewriter.” I wanted the Tesla rifle and production and SYFY and everybody was kind enough to let me have the Tesla rifle.
And I got my cast mates to sign it and, you know, I’m going to mount it and put it in my house and – as a monument to an amazing time in my life.
Jack Kenny: You also got the bongos.
Eddie McClintock: What’s that? What Jack?
Jack Kenny: I said you also got the bongos, which I thought was the coolest thing to take.
Eddie McClintock: Well the – yes and the – yes that’s true. That’s right. There’s a pair of bongos or a set of bongos in Artie’s office that I used to – between takes I’d pick them up and annoy everyone with for five years.
And at the end of the five years I just said, “I’m taking these bongos,” and I had everybody, cast and crew, sign these bongos so that’s another good one.
Eddie McClintock: I took gloves. I took – what else? Shirts, clothes, wardrobe – I got all kinds of stuff. They’ll be in auction later on this month. What about you Jack?
Jack Kenny: You know, I got – in Season 4 I got the astrolabe, which was kind of, you know, what I – all I really wanted. I got the astrolabe so I kind of have that prominently displayed in my office.
I have a Tesla and I have Farnsworth’s Farnsworth, which was really kind of – I got Claudia’s Farnsworth and there’s only one of those and that – that’s what I wanted.
They gave me the football and I know Eddie you wanted the football too. They gave me the computerized football but, you know, I gave that to Andy Gore who is the Head of Quantum Mechanics who makes all of our props for the fans. And he was just beside himself with the idea that – because it’s a one of a kind. It’s the only prop – it’s the only version of that that exists. There was only one made.
And so now Andy has the computerized football, which is kind of a cool thing to have from the show I think.
So everybody got cool stuff. I mean, it’s – people did sort of – people did – everybody did want something cool from the show and, I mean, Mark Stern – what did Mark – Mark Stern asked for something. I can’t remember now what – he wanted the sign Welcome to Univille and…
Warehouse 13 returns for its final season tonight on Syfy in the USA and will hit UK television’s Syfy Channel in a few weeks time.