â€œIf you add up the amount of time Dirk Benedict spent playing the character, not the years obviously but the number of episodes, Iâ€™m more Starbuck than he is, so put that in your pipe and smoke it.â€
Itâ€™s the kind of fighting talk that Starbuckâ€™s famous for, and Sackhoff certainly shares her characterâ€™s feisty tendencies. Sheâ€™s not afraid to say what she thinks, which is something Dirk Benedict should have known before he decided to lay into the new version of his famous character. While Richard Hatch, who played Apollo in the original series, has become a regular in the cast, Benedict has been openly critical of Battlestarâ€™s new incarnation, and Sackhoff positively bristles when she talks about her predecessor.
â€œIf Dirk pitched up to work on the show Iâ€™d probably quit,â€ she says. â€œI met him in Los Angeles and I thought weâ€™d really hit it off, he was a great guy, he was very complimentary and very un-Hollywood. Then he turned around a month later and talked complete crap about the show and the actors on it. He wrote an article saying the network sold out and my character was more brash than his character.
â€œI felt like heâ€™d stabbed me in the back. I know that sounds like me being very sensitive but I felt very befriended by him, then I read that about a month later.â€
And, yesterday, the Huntsville Times published an interview with Dirk Benedict. It doesn’t mention the Starbuck issue specifically, but it’s an interesting read. (Benedict will be appearing at the NovaconUSA sci-fi convention this weekend.)