MacGyver and Steven Seagal Launch New Geek Squad Service
On Monday, Best Buy tech-help division Geek Squad launched its new Black Tie Protection service, which covers home theater, mobile tech, gadgets, and more, in addition to computers. Naturally, the electronics retailer decided that it needed some star power to kick off its new product, so it invited three celebrity "icons of protection": Tanya Roberts of 'Charlie's Angels' and 'That '70s Show', MacGyver (aka Richard Dean Anderson, and Steven Seagal), a musician who's made some martial arts movies (or is it the other way around?).
Since Best Buy is the exclusive provider of this service, the celebs showed up at a Manhattan store in three black SUVs escorted by the incredibly intimidating Geek Squad members in their Geekmobiles, black and white VW Bugs that are the official cars of the service. Anderson arrived first on the orange carpet, yelling "hello New York!" to the crowd of media, fans, and bewildered pedestrians walking on Broadway. Roberts came second, looking great at age 52. And finally, Seagal's SUV showed up and the martial artist got out of the wrong side of the car, said hello to the host briefly, and walked quickly inside. Some onlookers looked disappointed, but then it was time for the Q & A.
Flanked by Best Buy and Geek Squad employees, the three "protectors" sat on a small stage with lighting so hot that two of them asked for it to be changed before anything started. While this may sound like diva behavior, we can attest that it really was hot as hell up there, especially if you were wearing a suit like Anderson's. Poor Mac was getting sweaty by the end. The brief Q&A session mainly featured a female audience member telling both Anderson and Seagal how much she enjoyed their work without asking a question. Awesome.
Luckily for us, we were given a few minutes to talk with Mr. Seagal – you'd call him that too if you were standing right next to him – about tech, music, and his current work. Check out the interview after the break, as well as our gallery featuring more pictures and quotes of the stars. Something, um, may depend on it.
How computer savvy are you?
So if somebody had a problem, you couldn't protect them whatsover?
So how did you get involved with the Geek Squad?
Well, because, I'm not the only one who's not a genius at computers. Everybody needs these guys and I think it's a brilliant concept to have these guys out there protecting people.
What's a gadget or a piece of technology that you can't live without?
Well, I have people doing everything for me but we use the iPhones, the iPods, and we have computers in all of my facilities and offices and homes. They're just an integral part of the way we live.
What song gets the most play on your iPod?
There's a song called "I'm Ready" by Muddy Waters that we play a lot.
Now, being a musician, what's your opinion on illegal downloading?
I think it's a shame that it happened. It ruined and destroyed the music business as we know it. Now the music business is over.
What are you doing now with your music?
I'm currently making an album with Willie Mitchell in Memphis. I'll finish when I finish.
Between, you, MacGyver, and one of Charlie's Angels, who wins in a fight?
Finally, what's the weirdest fan experience you've had?
Weirdest? I mean, 452,000 letters a week, stalking...
Lots of bizarre photo requests, like you breaking someone's arm?
Yeah, we get that kind of crap all the time.
What are you working on these days?
We start a movie in New Mexico in about two weeks. It's called 'The Keeper.'
What's the plot?
The plot is about a guy who gets a phone call from an old friend that his daughter is in danger and he ends up kind of bodyguarding her and uncovering this sort of plot where they're going to be taken hostage over uranium and different valuable assets and this guy helps.
So you're going to kick a lot of ass?