The Garbage Man wrote:magicmonkey wrote:John Candy.
bc1970 wrote:When I read an <i>Escape from LA</i> interview with JC where he basically said "We (JC and Kurt) could do a real sequel stemming from the previous film that nobody cared about, or we could redo the first one for a new audience." I went slackjawed. It was there that I began to understand that the hardcore fan is way, way down on the totem pole. How long did everybody wait for that sequel? How bad ass could it have been? Nothing is worse than a wasted opportunity.
Chairman Kaga wrote:I am surprised. I think In the Mouth of Madness is one of his best films and it is right in the middle of the decline of his career.
El Scorcho wrote:The Garbage Man wrote:magicmonkey wrote:John Candy.
That was in poor taste... lol...
But seriously, the biggest "what happened to..." in Hollywood definitely has to be Rick Moranis. His wife died from cancer or something and he just disappeared.
magicmonkey wrote:What happened to John Carpenter?
...With each and every one of his new films coming I still get excited, then let down.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It’s been an amazing couple of weeks for me. My last two interviews were with my favorite living filmmakers. My chat with Steven Spielberg focused on Jaws and this AICN Legends chat with John Carpenter was meant to focus more on his overall career, something I found impossible even in 45 minutes.
When I got the wrap up alert from the publicist I had just gotten to Big Trouble In Little China… and that was even skipping over Christine, Elvis and Starman. There’s some good stuff in there about Halloween and The Thing, but damn. The man’s filmography is so full of gold that even 45 minutes only scratches the surface.
So, while I don’t have any commitments from Carpenter and no real idea if I can get him on the line again, I’m still going to call this Part 1 of my AICN Legends chat with John Carpenter. What can I say? I’m an optimistic guy.
Nobody has had a run like Carpenter. From Assault on Precinct 13 through They Live (and I’d even argue through In the Mouth of Madness, but that may just be me) the man turned in nothing but good to fucking great movies. And in multiple genres.
Hope you guys enjoy this Part 1 chat with the truly legendary John Carpenter where we talk about Kurt Russell, westerns, Donald Pleasence, Rob Bottin, Jed the Dog, Ennio Morricone, Goblin, Jack Burton, Rob Zombie, how underappreciated Halloween III is and why I piss him off. Enjoy!
Chris Hewitt wrote:They are one of the most legendary actor/director partnerships of all time – the duo behind Escape From New York, The Thing and Big Trouble In Little China, to name but three. They are, of course, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, and we’ve reunited them in the new issue of Empire (on sale Thursday).
It’s been 17 years since they last worked together, on their second Snake Plissken movie, Escape From LA, and about four or five since the old friends were in the same room. So they were naturally overjoyed to see each other at our photoshoot in LA on March 7th, quickly slipping into the old routine and, over the course of two hours, unleashing a stream of astonishing anecdotes and, particularly in Russell’s case, room-shaking laughter. “We just have a good time together, as you can see,” explains Carpenter. “We make each other laugh a lot.”
Pick up the new issue of Empire for the full Carpenter/Russell story, including never-heard-before and often hilarious tales of the grueling making of their masterpiece The Thing, including a hair-raising near-death experience for Russell and the rest of the cast before filming had even begun; the marketing disasters that put paid to Big Trouble In Little China; and the magnificent genesis of Snake Plissken.
The interview took place a week or so before news of the Snake Plissken/Escape From New York reboot, with which neither Carpenter or Russell are involved. But we did ask them both about the prospect of a third Escape From… movie, which we can now bring to you exclusively.
“Could I do it again?” asks Russell, shaking his head. “No.”. Carpenter interjects: “He could do Old Snake.” Russell sighs. “I never wanted to do Snake old.” “Why not?” asks Carpenter. “If you’re going to do him,” expands Russell, “do him young. He’s one of those guys.”
Carpenter nods. “They got people working on trying to put together Escape From New York, and they don’t know where they’re going with it.” Russell laughs, heartily. “It’s been done! Guess what, guys, it’s been done. And there’s nothing wrong with it. But what you need now is what John told them then: you need a good young guy who gets the character.”
It’s far too early in the process for the Snake reboot to tell who that might be, but Gerard Butler, who was once linked with the role, seems out of the picture. Russell once famously said that he didn’t think Butler was right for the role, something he was keen to clarify during our interview.
“There are two guys who really do know Snake Plissken and the Escape world,” says Russell. “Number one, John. Number two, me. When it comes to Snake, I can tell you one thing… he’s American. It’s really important that he’s American. There’s a reason why that great fight in the arena [in Escape From New York] is with a baseball bat. That’s American, ok? He knows what he’s doing with that bat in his hand! I thought Gerard Butler was great in 300.
“The problem is not Snake, you can find a good Snake,” continues Russell, before unveiling his grand plan for the franchise. “You gotta get John Carpenter. Escape From New York is just weird because of the way he sees the world, man. He sees it slightly off. It’s his world, it’s a night world. This is his thing.”
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest