Your new movie The
Insurrection - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you
tell us about your character in it?
I think is kind of like if Q-Anon became militant. I play a
character that is retired military and has recently been arrested for a
complex charge resulting in a long sentence. I am released from jail by
my future employer and hired as a “body guard”. When I understand
her political views and realize our similarities there it becomes more
than just a job but an opportunity for redemption.
you get involved with the project in the first place? And what can you tell us about The
Insurrection's director Rene Perez [Rene
Perez interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
I first worked with Rene on an homage to Charles Bronson, Once
Upon a Time in Deadwood, and liked his
“outlaw film maker” attitude. He works with a very small but talented
group/crew, and really answers
to no one.
What can you tell us about The
Insurrection's shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
It went really smooth. We had a great time.
future projects you'd like to share?
We are currently preparing for a kind of sequel to The
now waiting until the quarantine/safe-at-home stuff is over.
Now my readers would probably tar and feather
me if I didn't ask you to talk about some of the iconic films from early
in your career, like Eddie and the Cruisers, Streets of Fire,
The Philadelphia Experiment, and Moon 44 - so if you could
at all spare me that fate, I'd feel obliged ;)
Yeah I’ve been blessed with a long career and worked with a lot of
very talented people. To put it simply, I focus on my work and try to
let the rest do their work.
You have been in the film business since the early
1980s and seem to have been in constant demand since then - so how did you manage to adapt? And how would you describe
yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your
characters to life?
Personal development, health - and that means trying to evolve as a human
being and continue to train as an actor. Polishing my craft I believe
is the most I can do to keep working as an actor.
Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
There are a few movies I’ll make after the corona thing settles down
and a few I’d like to make but, best not to talk until they’ve been
All the best, Michael.