Like most stories about Kentuckians, this one begins at Cannes. That's where the two men who knew each other in college reconnected. Dickson, a bond analyst turned actor, was at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival as the producer of a short ("Fiasco") that made it to the festival and Arnold was there with one of his projects. Dickson said, "A year passes and I’m in Kentucky and he contacts me to start interviewing for his show. Three rounds later, I was given the part." The two worked together to create the character which is an indigenous but less well circulated species of Kentuckian than "the stereotypical view of Kentucky being very country." Arnold said to Dickson "You and I both know that Kentuckian that people don’t know." So, Dickson said, "I would go to different thrift shops and work on my costume. I had a great time with the costume." (Spoiler alert.) It would seem that Dickson's character, George, doesn't last very long on the show, apparently. But he said he really enjoyed making his minor role one that resonates. “I almost look at acting and film as a war of attrition and if you keep yourself in the game long enough, you’re going to have some success. I am grateful for a good friend sending the elevator back down, to quote Jack Lemmon.” Dickson praised Arnold's directorial skill on the August/September 2012 shoot and his recent good fortune in Hollywood. “Matt was just signed with ICM, kind of like being the fifth pick in the NBA draft.” In describing his style on set, Dickson said: “I would use terms like 'driven,' 'fearless,' 'extremely inventive.' He sticks to his guns and really takes care of his actors.” As for the Tunguska Event, the disclosure of that element to the cast came as it did in the the "reality show," from the "host" of the show. So, the confusion and fear experienced by the cast is based on a real unknown. The Tunguska Event is one of the most referenced scientific phenomenon in pop culture, and is the basis for several works of fiction. "And that is the brilliance of how Matt did it. We didn’t know. He would walk around with the script in his back pocket and say 'OK, we’re going to need a fire. George is going to volunteer to start a fire, but he’s going to be really bad at it.' When I leave the show, I only found out about it 3 minutes beforehand." Dickson said he thinks fans of the paranormal and people who like being scared and watching a little drama will like "Siberia." "Siberia" premieres on NBC tonight at 10 p.m. Follow the show on Twitter @NBCSiberia. Kakie Urch is an assistant professor of multimedia in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications. She has been to Siberia. The real one.