Peter Macon is an American actor and voice-over artist who plays the role of Bortus the second officer aboard the The Orville.

Background Edit

Peter has played roles in Jonny Zero, Dexter, The Shield, Bosch, and Shameless, among other roles. He has also done several voice-over roles for franchises such as Twisted Metal, Cool Boarders, and Wolfenstein.

He describes his childhood as one filled with Japanese anime and the movie Blade Runner, which he credits better prepared him for The Orville than his training in fine theater.[1]

The Orville Edit

Peter Macon and The Ants, Starfest Denver 2019

Peter Macon and The Ants, Starfest Denver 2019

Macon has enjoyed telling the story of ants inside his costume on many occasions.

Peter Macon auditioned for the role of Bortus and fell in love with the character. The audition scene was from the cold opening of Command Performance when Bortus requests leave from Captain Ed Mercer to nest his egg. Creator Seth MacFarlane texted Macon with the news that he was hired that same night.[2]

On August 19, 2016, Macon and J. Lee (John LaMarr) were announced as series regulars.[3] Macon comments that he empathizes with his character as dry-humored, unresponsive, but deeply emotional.[4] As a father himself, the tension between Bortus and Klyden over the sex of their child, Topa, strikes a deeply personal chord with him.[4] Further, because Bortus's family is on the ship, Macon intentionally brings the worries of a father and husband to his character; with each battle or near-death experience in the show, he wants to protects lives of his husband and son as well.[4]

Macon's Bortus costume is particularly complicated, itchy, and hot, which led to problems on set. Macon and Scott Grimes recall that on a particularly hot day of filming the first season, the wardrobe department slit a hole in the back of Macon's headpiece to circulate air and cool Macon down while he waited for his scenes. Macon lied on the couch of his trailer, not knowing that his trailer had become infested with ants and five or six ants crawled into his costume through the opening. When it came time to film Bortus, the wardrobe department re-sealed his headpiece with the ants in it. Macon was constantly irritated by the ants, and he began hitting himself in the face to crush the ants under the prosthetic. The ants continued to bother him for most of the day.[5] "That was pretty horrible," he reflected.[6] One ant even crawled into his ear canal.[7]

Trivia Edit

  • Macon has an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, won in 2002 for his work on Animated Tales of the World. Creator Seth MacFarlane won an Emmy in the same category two years prior.
  • He says his first reaction after reading the script of Command Performance was: "Damn, now I got to sit on an egg."[4]
  • When MacFarlane texted him with news that he won the part of Bortus, Macon's reaction was, "How did you get my number?"[8]
  • Macon is so frequently in costume as Bortus on the set that craft services staff sometimes do not recognize the actor and attempt to bar him from food.[9]
  • After Bortus grew a mustache in A Happy Refrain, makeup artist Garrett Immel made Macon a t-shirt that said "Mustache Ride," which Macon says his wife now wears around the house.[10]
  • Macon was so frequently in his Bortus costume during Season 2 that co-star Jessica Szohr (Talla Keyali) did not see him out of costume for the first two-and-a-half months. Szohr recalls:

Our trailers are right next to each other, so one day I’m leaving work and I went to say ‘bye’ and ... introduce myself, and he said “It’s Peter, I’m Bortus”, and I was like, “Wait, what? What do you mean?” I thought he was messing with me.[11]

Interviews Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. "THE ORVILLE Exclusive Seth MacFarlane & Cast Interviews - #SDCC 2017". JoBlo TV Show Trailers. July 23, 2017.
  2. "THE ORVILLE PODCAST EPISODE 3 - THE PETER MACON INTERVIEW". The Orville Podcast. Sept. 22, 2017.
  3. "Peter Macon &J Lee Join Seth MacFarlane's Sci-Fi Dramedy, 'Orville'". Shadow and Act. April 20, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Episode123 - LIVE from the Paley Fest Blue Carpet feat. The Orville & Mom casts". On the Mic with Tim Drake. March 27, 2018.
  5. Video by The Paley Center for Media. March 17, 2018.
  6. Hughes, Mike. "Seth MacFarlane’s hopeful ‘The Orville’ ventures into space". Lansing State Journal. Sept. 8, 2018.
  7. "The Orville Official Fan Podcast w/ Peter Macon (30)". Planetary Union Network. Feb. 13, 2019.
  8. "SDCC 2017 Orville Peter Macon Interview". 3BlackGeeks. Sept. 25, 2017.
  9. Sisk, Angela. "The Orville Panel Comic Con 2018 Part One". YouTube. July 22, 2018.
  10. "The Orville Official Fan Podcast w/ Peter Macon (30)". Planetary Union Network. Feb. 13, 2019.
  11. Heilbronn, Leora. "INTERVIEW: THE ORVILLE’S JESSICA SZOHR". Brief Take. March 21, 2019.
  12. Sun - Main Stage | NYCC 2019 | SYFY WIRE. SyFy Wire. Oct. 6, 2019.
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