Several years ago, I attended a science fiction/fantasy convention with a friend of mine and one of the guests was Michael O'Hare. We were excited to meet him because we liked his work on B5, even though he at times appeared rather wooden due to not being accustomed to the limited rehearsals that television entails. Once there, we entered a small room that was set up like an auditorium and there was Michael O'Hare. Initially, I didn't recognized him because he had gotten so FAT!!!
I later found out that it was because during the show, he was pumping his body with drugs and illegal substances and after he made his last appearance, he went sober. As a result, he gained so much weight which is expected after enduring such an ordeal. Anyway, he discussed about his experience on B5 and as an actor. Later when it came for the Q&A session, I stood up and asked him about his experience at Julliard School in New York City. He looked directly at me and his face lit up because he was glad that one fan asked him an non-B5 question. He said that one thing he learned at Julliard was how to be vunerable. Afterwards, he was signing autographs and I told him that I was very disappointed that he left the show and personalized his autograph to me and shook his hand.
About a month later, I went to Tate's Comics, a store that sells comics, books, magazines, model kits and just about everything you could think of in a sci-fi/fantasy convention. Anyway, I spoke with a guy named Paul who was one of the people in charge of the conventions and asked him about his thoughts on Michael O'Hare. He said that O'Hare is quite weird and elaborated that he was hitting on Andrea Thompson (Talia) who was married at the time to Jerry Doyle. Doyle was naturally pissed about it and said that he wanted O'Hare off the show. It seems that the departure of O'Hare was more than just show business politics when the network suits said that they didn't like him because they felt he was too wooden and lacked charisma. And now, I just came across a link that further confirms my conversation with Paul about O'Hare being a prick by a chap who calls himself djehuty: While listening to yesterdays broadcast of the Jerry Doyle show (he played security chief Garibaldi) I was treated to some insights into the bizarre nature of O'Hare that confirm and surpass all the rumours I've heard about him. Such as:
"My first season of Babylon 5 working with Michael O'Hare, he's a whack-job a complete lunatic. He flies out from New York, he gets the gig, we're doing our rehearsels he says to me one day "Uh can you give me a ride out the the set?" yeah sure! "Wanna stop and have breakfeast?" yeah good! He gets in the car and he's playing with the buttons in my car trying to turn the radio off and I'm like what are you doing? And he goes "I don't want any sound" and I go well why dont you just ask me to turn it off? And he goes "I dont want to talk today!" And I say well why do you want to go to breakfeast and he goes "you talk, I'll listen!" so obviously we hurry through breakfeast, we go out to the set and I realise I'm dealing with a complete nut-job here.
After we finished that first Friday night we go to this bar in Santa Clarita and I'm off in one corner talking to this actress Pat Tallman..just chatting her up having drinks we just got done shooting. He comes over and sits between us and I go oh ok...he was number 1 on the call sheet, he was the lead. He was the guy that got all the media interviews..because he was the lead on the show, and the face and voice on Babylon 5. So he's chatting her up and I'm like "Oh..ok..I'll just talk to the bartender here..." and order 3 more drinks. He turns around, looks at the 3 drinks and says "What is that?" and I say "umm...I'm buying a round..", and he says "Dont try to control me!!" and I went "oh..o...k..." this guy is a complete lunatic!
Now outside of the fact that he sexually harrassed an 18 year old makeup artist and hair gal because he's talking about how its lonely to be on the road and well he did certain things at night with her in mind I thought thats a very nice thing to address to an 18 year old that was interning on a show, not making any money trying to work her way up in the union.
He punches a female actress on the set. He comes after me we have the big meeting. Finally I say to him "Michael is there an Indian behind every tree?" and he says "maybe..you and I will settle this May 26 after we wrap production" And at the end of all this I went back to the guys and said you know what? I don't need this crap..I dont need the money" Eventually Jerry gives an ultimatum that if Michael is back then he's out I presume for season 2. I'm glad O'Hare left and we got to keep Garibaldi.
And here is the link: Register at IMDb.com
Well, it's not surprising that Doyle found O'Hare to be a nut considering that he was heavily on drugs at the time. Still, it's no excuse for the way he behaved. That would explain why Doyle said that he refused to be in the same room with him and threatened to quit the show after learning that O'Hare would be making an appearance in the two-part episode, "War Without End". Then Straczynski came up with a clever way in which both actors would not have to meet in the same room by filming O'Hare's scene separately from Doyle's, which resulted in Sinclair saying goodbye to Garabaldi via video phone. At first, I gave O'Hare the benefit of the doubt but now that all the pieces are coming together, I'm glad that he left the show and Doyle stayed onboard. Apparently, other cast members had problems with O'Hare as well and it would explain why he hasn't been working in seven years. Now I hear that he's currently a trader at the stock market. It just goes to show you how much we don't know about people.