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Actor,Brandon Firla has been leading an exemplary career as a comedian and an actor within the Canadian entertainment industry.With the actor’s previous comedic experience in the hit sitcom, Billable Hours,Brandon has been able to utilize his extensive experience for the past two seasons in CBC’s hit sitcom ,Little Mosque on the Prairie, as the conniving,manipulative and judgemental character of Reverend William Thorne.
With Brandon being kind enough to participate in a interview with us and the development of Thorne having been a central aspect of the current fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie, we took the opportunity to discuss the actor’s response to the negative fan reaction towards his character, how he prepared for the unique role of Thorne, the actor’s favourite moments for the character of Thorne in the current, fifth season and more.
1. When the character of Thorne was initially introduced in the fourth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie, there was a great deal of negative fan reception towards the character.What was your response to the fan criticism and how do you think the response has changed, given Thorne’s recent developments over the course of the current fifth season?
When I accepted the role, I knew I was going to make fans of the show unhappy. Not only was I replacing one of the most beloved characters, but I was also serving up a fairly negative representation of Christianity.
I was happy that people were passionate enough about the show to get angry over changes that were made. I think it’s rare for a Canadian audience to get riled up at a TV show unless it’s Hockey Night in Canada. I took none of the criticism personally, or at least that’s my therapist told me to do.
I’m not sure how the response has changed. I think Canadians might be warming up to him a bit now, but I don’t want them to fully trust him. They should think that something sinister still lurks behind that warm smile. Much like Stephen Harper.
2. Given your secular upbringing, what resources did you use to help prepare yourself for the role of Thorne?
When preparing to play a priest, there’s really only one book you need. No, it’s not the Bible. It’s “Christianity for Dummiez”. The Bible is a bit too dense for my limited comprehension. I also started attending Anglican services around Toronto and tried to blend in as best I could. For inspiration, I also like to think of who my character reminds me of in the real world, and somewhat model the character around that person. For Thorne I thought of the most bigoted, unapologetic asshole I could think of: Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly.
Also, with Thorne being rather un-Christian for most of last season, I would ask myself: “What Would Jesus Do?”, and then do the opposite.
3. This season Thorne has come to the realization that Mercy is his long-term home and has begun to develop various relationships in the community, including a friendship with Ammar and a romantic relationship with Rose. What has been the most challenging aspect of portraying the character of Thorne this season and how have you coped with this challenge?
Playing Thorne this season was a bit of a balancing act. We were trying to open him up as a more 3 dimensional character this season, showing him falling in love, making friends, redeeming himself, etc, but I wanted to retain some of the bitterness that is truly at the core of his being. I see him as a tragic character really, because in the end, he’s the one who has to go through life as Thorne. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
4. Could you please share some of your favourite moments from the current season, in terms of Thorne‘s development in his relationship with Ammar,Rose and others in the community.
This season was great because we got to see so many different colors of Thorniness. My only regret about last season’s Thorne was that his actions became predictable after the first few episodes. We knew that he was going to do and say the worst things possible, so we were always a couple steps ahead of him as an audience. But this season actually let Throne be unpredictable. I think one of my favorite moments was when he learns how much fun being honest can be, but goes too far in honestly telling Sarah how awful a Bridge player she is. It showed his utter lack of self-awareness. I also enjoyed the competition with Magee leading up to the wedding.
5.Could you please give us a brief idea as to some of the challenges and surprises which are store for Thorne towards the end of the current fifth season, particularly given Ammar and Rayyan’s wedding as well as the awaited return of Reverend McGee?
I won’t reveal much, but I will tell you that Thorne converts to Islam, takes over the Mosque for Amaar and retitles the show “Big Thorne on the Prairie.” And it’s revealed that McGee is actually an Extraterrestrial lifeform and is sent back to his home planet Zarbax 5 in the Omega Quadrant. The final laser battle kicks ass.
6.What message, would you like to convey to viewers of the series?
Well, as an actor, I try to refrain from conveying any messages to viewers. That’s not really the job of the actor. I think that’s more in the arena of the writers and producers if anyone. For me, it’s really important to remain objective and not judge the character I’m playing or anything he says or does, and just commit fully to his objective in any given scene. The last thing going through my head is what the audience might be thinking or what I might want them to think or what message I’m trying to send them. It’s really up to the audience to interpret whatever message they want out of any program they’re watching. That said, since Mosque is a comedy series, the one thing I’d like to convey is laughter.
Take a read through CBC’s official excerpt of this week’s new episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie.
The Bachelor Party
Rev. Thorne is jealous when Rev. Magee throws a bachelor party for Amaar. Determined not to be outdone by his Anglican nemesis, Thorne organizes a paintball party to settle the score with Magee on the battlefield. Meanwhile, Sarah comes to the rescue after Rayyan gets locked out of her bachelorette party sans hijab and gets stranded on the edge of town[ CBC]
Tune in on Monday, ,March 14 2011 @ 8:00pm eastern standard time.
Which part of the episode are you the most excited for? What is your reaction to Magee’s return and what are your speculations on the outcome of Thorne’s relationship with Magee? What other speculations on the storylines of the episode do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments section , below.
Take a read through, below, for excerpts on the upcoming final episodes of Little Mosque on the Prairie’s current fifth season,orginally released by Zap2It.
Please note that the following content contains brief spoilers which pertain to the remaining episodes of the current season of Little Mosque on the Prairie. Those readers who do not wish to be spoiled, should refrain from further reading.
February 28: “Love at First Fight: Amaar is on the outs with Rayyan after he supports a bylaw.”
March 7: “An Arranged Marriage: Amaar and Rayyan ask Sarah to arrange their quickie wedding.”
March 14: “The Bachelor Party: Rev. Magee arranges an Islamicly appropriate bachelor …party for Amaar”
March 21: “If You Leave Me Now: Amaar wrestles between being an Imam in Mercy and a dream job in Montreal
March 28Amaar’s Well that Ends Well: Baber lets the cat out of the bag about the happy couple’s plan to move
Which storyline are you the most excited to see explored? Why? Do you have any speculations as to how some of the specific storylines of the episode should develop? Sound off in the comments section, below!
When Thorne starts acting oddly, Rayyan is convinced he’s up to no good and follows him. She discovers a newly tongue-tied Thorne has fallen for Mercy’s quirky librarian, Rose. Rayyan tries to bring the couple together — despite Amaar’s pleas to avoid meddling – and nearly torpedoes the awkwardly blossoming relationship. Meanwhile, Sarah and Fatima’s friendship is tested when Fatima hires Sarah to do renovations in the café.[ CBC]
Airing tonight on CBC @8:00pm eastern standard time
What are you the most excited for in this episode and what speculations do you have for the various storylines which will be presented in the episode?Drop us a line in the comments section of the post.
Indeed Little Mosque on the Prairie returns with the official start to the fifth season , on Monday, January 3 at 8:00pm eastern standard time.
To get a sense of what awaits viewers in the season premiere, take a read through CBC’s official description below and the network’s official trailer for the new seasons of its winter programs, for a peak at what is in store.
Amaar searches for the perfect way to propose to Rayyan after getting Yasir’s permission to marry his daughter. Sarah volunteers to help but soon what is supposed to be the most magical night ever becomes a series of comic misfires. Meanwhile, when Thorne finds the town has turned on him after his bad behaviour toward the Muslims, he tries to find a new way to fit in.”
What are your thoughts on the description and trailer?How do you think the upcoming storylines which were highlighted, will play out?Which storyline are you the most excited to see explored?
Actress Sitara Hewitt has been leading a distinguished career. Having been a dancer, host, model and an actor, the delightful actress has now been bringing her talents to CBC’s hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, as the devout, Rayyan Hamoudi.
With the actress being kind enough to participate in an interview with us and Little Mosque on the Prairie approaching its fifth season for January 2011, we took the opportunity to discuss her character and the series in general. In particular, we discuss how she connects with the character of Rayaan, her view on how the character has developed over the course of the series, what is in store for the fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie and much more.
1.Your mother’s side of the family has an Islamic background and you spent a few years as a child in the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan. How has this part of your background helped you relate to your character and overcome some of the challenges in portraying Rayyan?
Staying in the Himalayan villages with my mother while she did her PhD and studied the people’s lives for her book was an incredible experience. I met some of the most generous, kind people who live in complete synchronicity with nature – we could learn a lot from them. They were all devout Muslims. I learned a lot about how and why women cover their heads, and a great deal about modesty and devotion. And I learned to be very comfortable in a ‘Chador’ or Hijab!
2. How do you think Rayyan has developed over the course of the series?
Rayyan has grown up over the years. She started off as more naive, then after an engagement that didn’t work out she became more focused on her career and being a good person for herself, and not for a man. While she remains quirky and sarcastic, she has also become less immature, and more compassionate and relaxed. As we all do as we grow.
3. In last year’s season finale, Rayaan and Amaar finally professed their love for each other. What was your reaction when you found out about this storyline and why do you they think they waited so long?
I was delighted. It just felt right. . and I think they waited so long so that viewers would enjoy the anticipation. (smile)
4. Can you please give us an idea as to what story lines and surprises are in store for the fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie, both in terms of the series in general and for Rayyan?
Mmmm, well I can’t say much though I’d love to. Rayyan and Amaar take the next step and getting to know each other in a dynamic (with chaperones hehe) that they both never dreamed that would occur. It’s not always a smooth ride though . . . Oh, and Thorne is a lot nicer and human. Two favorite characters make a surprise return as well. It’s a really nice season.
5. Do you have a message for fans of the series, which you would like to convey?
Thank you for giving this show a chance, and for being so loyal. It’s a concept that has never been done before, and though we may not please everyone we truly love making this show, and hope you all continue to enjoy it.