Friday, January 23, 2015

THE PEACEMAKER

Lawrence Tierney in SILVER BULLET
SILVER BULLET is an overlooked Stephen King adaption adapted by King himself from his book CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF, a subtle old fashion style horror flick about a wheelchair bound boy played by Corey Haim, his cool uncle Gary Busey, and a mob of angry townsfolk not happy that residents are being mutilated... And keeping peace in the local tavern is Lawrence Tierney wielding a bat called Peacemaker... He's a real tough guy and would give the WALKING TALL sheriff a run for his money... But when he goes up against a lunar activated antagonist, well... Let's just say the big man can't stand a chance, and his bat winds up in the trash... And now who will run the bar? Perhaps the guy who served Gena drinks in GLORIA?
Never bring a bat to a Wolf Hunt

RICHARD HERD REMEMBERS SCOTT BRADY

Richard Herd
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.

RICHARD HERD: Scott Brady was a fine actor, a great pal and a man of real courage…

Scott Brady
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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

MICHAEL MADSEN ON RESERVOIR DOGS

LT as Joe Cabot
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?

MM as Vic Vega
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.

Tough guys Tierney & Madsen
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

GARY KENT REMEMBERS SCOTT BRADY

Gary Kent
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...

Gary with 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...

Scott Brady
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... CLICK FOR MORE GARY KENT INTERVIEWS

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

THE DILLINGER KID...
















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