Sunday, March 20, 2011

MICHAEL MADSEN ON "RESERVOIR DOGS"

MICHAEL MADSEN played "Vic Vega" aka "Mr . Blonde" in Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS, a film in which every scene is memorable, as is each character, including "Joe Cabot," the tough boss of the anonymous thugs played by Noir legend LAWRENCE TIERNEY, who was known to be... not always happy on set...

How was it doing the scene in the office with the late Lawrence Tierney and Chris Penn?

Lawrence was angry and Chris and I were having fun. Lawrence didn't really like Quentin at that point. We did three wrestling takes. We broke a lot of stuff and kept going out of frame. Lawrence kept yelling at us because he wanted to go home. Finally the third one was the only one usable and that's the one in the movie. If you look at our close ups you can see how sweaty and out of breath we were because they did all three takes really fast. It was a long morning.

FOR THE ENTIRE MICHAEL MADSEN INTERVIEW ON RESERVOIR DOGS CLICK HERE WHICH INCLUDES A GREAT BONUS RETROSPECTIVE BY TIM TIERNEY, SON OF SCOTT BRADY AND NEPHEW OF LAWRENCE TIERNEY

RICHARD HERD REMEMBERS SCOTT BRADY

THE CHINA SYNDROME, about a nuclear power plant on the verge of a meltdown, is a powerful film made in the late seventies that is, with the current 2011 news from Japan, as relevant as ever. Known for its A-list leads, some of the real power comes from the character-actors including RICHARD HERD, who reflects briefly about the great SCOTT BRADY.

Scott Brady was a fine actor, a great pal and a man of real courage… We'd prowl the studios together once or twice a week, stop in to visit with some of our friends and have lunch at Universal. Fox, MGM etc.

We'd go to Notre Dame Football games when they came to play USC, and we'd travel to South Bend to catch them on their home turf whenever we could.

To this day I miss Scott… We did China Syndrome together and he sent up good thoughts and wishes for me when I was up for the role of Chuck Noll in Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story.

I got the part and spent 2 weeks with the Steelers back in the Pittsburgh area… He was a gutsy guy to the very end…

I'll never forget him.

GARY KENT REMEMBERS SCOTT BRADY

In the 1969 Al Adamson biker flick SATAN'S SADISTS, a group of hog-riding thugs roll into a small town and turn over a cafe where, besides the owner and a waitress is a tough Vietnam-vet marine, GARY KENT, and a seasoned cop, SCOTT BRADY...

How was it working with Scott Brady?

Well, I had worked with Scott Brady before, and liked and respected him very much. He was also one of my heroes when I was sneaking off to movies while still in school and dreaming of becoming an actor. So, being able to work with him again was a joy.

The scene itself was cool... I thought Scott was great as the tough cop with a chance at he and his wife finally getting some slack. I mean, here we were, in the desert, beautiful day... doing what we all liked to do. Pleasant feelings in the acting whirlpool...

Then, to have it culminate in that scene in the cafe... where we are immediately confronted by the thug bikers... tough, it would seem, for anyone to handle... now, it is a tribute to our acting that Scott and I didn't do some major ass-whupping, as we were not the type of guys to let that happen... but, we were acting, and that ass whupping stuff wasn't in the script...

It also was a good example of how "just going along, and maybe they will leave us alone" mostly does not work. My credo had always been, if you are gonna move, do it soon, fast, and heavy as all hell...or you lose...

KIRK BALTZ ON "RESERVOIR DOGS"

KIRK BALTZ played "Marvin Nash" in Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS, the cop who gets trunk-napped by thugs, dragged in a warehouse and turned into a bloody piƱata for kicks: and here are a few selections from my podcast interview where Kirk discusses a scene with Tim Roth, and a story about Lawrence Tierney…

What do you remember about the scene where you and “Mr. Orange,” played by Tim Roth, are alone in the warehouse?

The main thing I remember about that scene was… There’s a great master two-shot of Tim and I that’s from the other end of the warehouse, and obviously the camera’s all the way down there and behind the camera is the entire crew, maybe like thirty, forty people… I saw twenty-five, thirty people at least… What it felt like was like Tim and I were in a play... And we did the whole scene… we did a master… It was one of the first shots of that whole ending sequence.

It was exciting for me because I’d done some other things; I’d done some other films and certainly some television and this was a very exciting moment for me. And we finished one of those master takes… I think the first one… And the whole crew just applauded, like we were at a play… And it was incredibly exciting. And I remember that was a big moment for me and like… you know… I had seen Tim in other things, I was a fan of his work… And I was so excited to have the opportunity to do that much work with him.

Lawrence Tierney, the veteran actor who played the boss, “Joe Cabot,” is known for his backstage antics… Anything happen with Lawrence on or off set?

Yeah there's one little one I got for ya: I’m sitting in my little trailer in-between something we were doing… All of the sudden the door to my trailer flies open, and he walks in and he’s undoing his zipper, and he’s starting to pull his dick out – he didn’t quite get that far, he was getting close. And he’s making a beeline for my bathroom; he kinda looks around a little bit like, “Shit, this isn’t my trailer,” and then he sees me sitting over there, reading a book…

I’m on my chair… And he looks around the room and he sees me sitting in… for a moment what he thought was his room… And then he goes [using gruff voice]: “Can I use your bathroom?” And I said, “Sure Lawrence, you can use my bathroom.” He was a free spirit.

KIRK BALTZ INTERVIEW BY JAMES M. TATE AND TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE PODCAST CLICK HERE AND FOR MY MAIN SITE CULT FILM FREAK THIS IS WHERE TO GO AND FOR A BRAND NEW OFFICIAL LAWRENCE TIERNEY SITE CLICK THIS LINK AND FOR KIRK'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE'S WHERE TO BE AND THIS SAME PAGE CAN BE FOUND AT MY BLOG INTERVIEW PAGE AND HERE'S MY WRITTEN INTERVIEW WITH BOTH TIM TIERNEY (SON OF SCOTT BRADY) AND FELLOW "RES DOG" MICHAEL MADSEN

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

THE DILLINGER KID...
















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