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Barry Pepper to play in BATTLEFIELD EARTH'

Well, personally I really like Barry Pepper quite a bit, and would think he'd be fantastic in this film... which is being directed by the Lucas' right hand man on Star Wars Episode One. Hmmmmm... hope he learned his craft real real well! This is a huge film, if done right... But who knows, right? (BTW I do have this on three sources right now)

I happen to know that Barry Pepper, Private Jackson in Saving Private Ryan, has just been signed to play Jonnie Goodboy Tyler in John Travolta's new flick "Battlefield Earth." Mr. Pepper is gaining quite a fan base and this is a major step up for him! Now if they'd just release "The Green Mile" for Pete's sake!


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  • April 5, 1999, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Great casting choice

    by Mr. Zumdish

    it's good to see that they are using good actors in this instead of the wannabee actors of young Hollywood...actually I just wanted to be first today.

  • April 5, 1999, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Battlefild Propaganda

    by JackStar

    Cool for Pepper. I just remember putting BE down after a couple reall boring chapters when it became clear how much a piece of Scientoligist propaganda it really was. It's interesting that it took the release and relative( world wide at least) success of Heinlien's ode to facism,"Starship Troopers", to get a go ahead on BE, which has been soon to be a major motion picture for so long that later printings of the book had to cover up and remove the "Soon to be.." sticker on the cover.

  • April 5, 1999, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Make the guy a star! Please!

    by Bit

    i swoon at the sight of barry pepper. if there's anyone left in hollywood with any smarts he/she will make pepper into a BIG STAR because not only does he have looks and charisma, but he's an amazing actor too. THE most memorable thing about Saving Private Ryan, hands down. Once he was killed, I was ready to leave the theater.

  • April 5, 1999, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by gunny

    You ain't the only one,Lane, that has enjoyed this book. Regarding above posts that refers to BE as Scientology propaganda, and "Starship Troopers" as fascist: Ignorance is displayed so as to make a Klan rally look like a MENSA convention. Obviously some gather all knowledge from the TV screen. I pity those who do(generally). Anyway, "Battlefield Earth" is little more than what it appears to be; a kickass sci-fi postapocalyptic action/adventure epic. I don't know why some are so paranoid about scientology. It's a tad ridiculous, IMO, but its no threat. You won't be turned into a born-again Scientologist, or whatever they have, by reading one of L.Ron Hubbard's books, for God's sake. As for "Starship Troopers" being fascist, that was just Verhoeven's leftward spin on Heinlein's LIBERTARIAN views. Sheesh.

  • April 5, 1999, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by JayneTQW

    "Bit," I'm with you. Barry Pepper definitely has what it takes to be a major star. Hopefully, getting signed to a deal like this is evidence that people are sitting up and paying attention. He turned in a magnificent performance in "Saving Privaate Ryan" and was a stand out among the clone drones in "Enemy of the State." If "The Green Mile" turns out to be as huge as Harry is predicting it will be, followed by Battlefield Earth (supposedly to be released in Summer 2000), Barry should be well on his way. On top of rugged good looks and obvious talent, he also appears to be a genuinely nice guy, which -- except for Hanks and maybe a couple of others -- you don't see a lot of in Hollywood anymore. Woohoo Barry!! Way to go!

  • April 5, 1999, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Funding for F/X: Hopefully better than Wing Commander!

    by Frank Rizzo

    Someone please tell me that this film will get enough funding to avoid Wing Commander-itis. I didn't bother wasting my money, but everyone I ever talked to said the actual villains looked damn silly. As far as the satantol--oops!--scientology propaganda goes, I mostly remember there being lots of jabs taken at psychology in the book with a very cool story if you can get past that. (Although it has been at least 10 years since I read it.) Of course, if the movie is made with a pronounced pro-scientology slant, you can bet that every nut in hollywood with money to burn will be willing to donate or loan money to the production, so I doubt funding will be a problem....

  • April 5, 1999, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I'll tell you what's so dangerous about Sientology

    by PDaddy

    Scientology is not as innocuous as some here would lead you to believe. The main objection I have to this religion is it's almost bizarre obsession with pscyhiatry and psychiatric mediations. Now, the Christian Sientist movement gets a lot of flak (and rightly so) for refusing to allow their members to bring their children to physicians to pratice modern medicine. I submit to you that psychiatric maladies can be JUST as potentially harmful and life-threatening as physical ones. By relying on "em-grams" and the like, Scientology denies its members the ability to seek out adequate treatment for their respective psychiatric illnesses. Sientology preaches ADAMENTLY against the utilization of psyhiatrists, psychologists, or any mediations that affect the mind. In today's age, diseases such as depression ARE curable with proper medications and counseling. While I have never been clinically depressed, I have had the unfortunate experiene of seeing friends and acquaintanes who are. Once they finally admitted they had a problem and got help, modern medicine helped them immensely. The consequenes of not seeking or not even being ABLE to seek psychiatric help can be devastating. Now, I am as for the free expression of religion as anyone, but this freedom does not make any religion immune to criticisms in regards to beliefs that could be dangerous to its members. Well, that's my two cents about Scientology. As for the film, I'll have to wait and see if it really is the "propoganda" that many seem worried about. If it is, I can't see myself supporting the film. If not, well, here's to hoping it kicks ass. Cheers.

  • April 5, 1999, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Mr. Pepper

    by BelAir

    Barry Pepper has to be one of the most talented actors I have seen in a while. He just has the natural ability! Though Private Jackson was the first role I had ever seen him in, I was immediately drawn to him. I have since been able to watch him in Enemy of the State, Firestorm, and am looking forward to seeing him in "The Green Mile". Look out for this guy! He's definately being noticed now!!!

  • April 5, 1999, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Another thought on Barry

    by BelAir

    This man is not only beautiful, but an amazing actor as well! He has a lot of fans out there, and is just starting out. I can't wait to see Battlefield - no doubt he'll astound audiences once again! ;-)

  • April 5, 1999, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I love this book!

    by Loki Trickster

    I read this book two years ago, and I saw L. Ron Hubbard for what he was...a talented science fiction writer. There's no weird propoganda in it. It was just a kick ass book. Nothing special or momentous or deeply philosophical about it. I also loved "Starship Troopers"..but that one actually did try to say something about the individauls responsibility to society, how you need to work in your society before you should be allowed the vote. I'm not sure I support it, but it made a statement...not a fascist statment, but a statment about our responsibility to our government and our nation. That's why I"m pissed it was turned into an eye candy p.o.s. Now, Battlefield Earth should be a great, turn-off-brain, engage-childlike-sense-of-wonder movie. I'm looking forward to it. That's about it. -Loki

  • April 5, 1999, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Scientology & psychiatry

    by Bit

    Although I don't usually find these types of fringe cults/religions at all threatening, let me say that three times in the past six months I have received a "magazine" from something called the "Citizens Commission on Human Rights International" entitled "Psychiatry: Manipulating Creativity". Inside there's a letter signed by Anne Archer, Jason Lee, Jenna Elfman, Juliette Lewis, Nancy Cartwright among others, lending their support to the ideas expressed inside this magazine. Now, I don't know why I keep getting this thing. Maybe it's cause I'm a journalist. Maybe it's cause I got on the wrong mailing list. Who knows. But what you'll find inside this load of crap is argument after argument about how psychiatry "kills creativity", using such examples as Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, and Kurt Cobain as examples. Most of the above died or suffered from drug abuse and there is no evidence that psychiatric intervention at any time in their lives caused them to be less "creative". I myself have suffered from clinical depression and can say from experience that during my depression my creativity was GONE. It was only when I was treated and my depression lifted that I was able to access and have the energy for those things like writing and such that were so impossible for me to do during my depression. Beware of this magazine (it comes by mail - i haven't seen it in stores). It tries very hard to mask the fact that it is a Scientology vehicle. Lastly, most of the Hollywood Scientologists I'm aware of are some of the least "creative" people I can think of. Ok - end of rant. Back to...BARRY PEPPER!!

  • April 5, 1999, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Don't know much about Scientology

    by bswise

    I just hope that BATTLEFIELD EARTH is better than that other Scientologist propaganda, VOLCANO.

  • April 5, 1999, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Clams to the left of me

    by benwog

    Lane, I'm shocked! Weren't you the one last time who chastised me for bringing up Scientology in a BE thread? Well, I'm glad to see you are more informed about the cult than I expected. For those who wonder, some call Scientologists "Clams" because Hubbard wrote we all evolved from clams and by clicking your fingers together (as if playing castinets)you can cause people's jaws to lock up. You can read more about that at If you would like to see a lovely cartoon I made that tells the top secret sci-fi looniness behind Scientology, go to or if you would like to see Scientologists picketing my house because they believe me to be a religious bigot, go to

  • April 6, 1999, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Hubbard/Crowley connection!

    by Frank Rizzo

    All that stuff posted (above) about scientology was very interesting and all, but does anyone know that Ron Hubbard was best friends with Aliester "the beast, 666" Crowley, the most notorious satanist of the entire 20th century? Or that when Crowley died, Hubbard believed that the "mantle of the beast" had been passed onto him? Or that his own son freely discusses his father's experimentation with hard drugs and satanic magick? Rule of thumb: Any cult/religion that has secrets revealed only to initiates of higher degrees is BAD NEWS. And if that cult makes the ignorant lower initiates pay big bucks, well...those lower level initiates tend to be dim-witted people who live in a fantasy world and have more money than they know what to do with--no wonder scientology is so big in Hollywood! At any rate, I hope this movie doesn't result in thousands of new converts. "Dangerous cult"? Yeah, you could say that!

  • April 6, 1999, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Whocares iwant skin tight outfits!

    by leesa

    OH quit your yappin already... This scientological-postapocalypsal movie is going to be a hit because it sporting good quality actors like Mr. Pepper.. It his actors like himself that make movies what they are...Just because he is great!!And there are a millions of people just like myself that are going to flock to this movie just to see Mr.Pepper possibly in outfits more common in comic/science-fiction/hero-type movies ..such as plastic, muscle-hugging, Barry loving material that allow him to be flexible in his acting.. WE LOVE HIM NO MATTER WHAT MOVIE HE IS IN.. but of course we will have our opinons on the movie..but we trust Barry's intellect to choose the good ones.. later dude

  • April 6, 1999, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Scientology & Mr. Pepper

    by BelAir

    Alright, I'm not a big fan of the "future" type movies, but I will definately see this because of Barry Pepper. He is absolutely fantastic, and I'm sure he can pull off any role no matter what the subject is. He's has a way of bringing his characters to life like no other actor out there...just amazing I tell you! I could talk for hours on this man's talent, but I'll just stop now...

  • June 18, 1999, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Barry Pepper Rules!

    by BPfan

    I am an absolutly HUGE fan ever since seeing him in 'Saving Private Ryan'. My Great-Uncle was in WWII and he had asked me to watch 'Saving Private Ryan' in hopes that I would better understand what it was like for him. He was a snyper, like the character that BP portrayed. He was sincerely touched by BP's performance. Enough to go to "new fangled email" and send me a note asking me to please watch the movie. I walked away with two things. One, a better understanding of what our vetrans went through, and Two, a look into what an astounding actor Barry Pepper is. Sincerely, Kris

  • July 23, 1999, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Can we talk about the subject?

    by JohnD

    I think Barry will be great for the part. Jonnie Tyler is not an easy character to play, he's the kind of character Swartzenneger (I bet I spelled that wrong) plays, but with brains - an intellegent man of action. To be convincing as a moucho dude who can bring down an alien civilization will be quite a challenge.

  • July 24, 1999, 1:32 p.m. CST

    career impact

    by CuppaCoffee

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    by CuppaCoffee

  • July 24, 1999, 1:42 p.m. CST

    tab, not enter

    by CuppaCoffee

    okay, finally figured it out. I think Barry Pepper's performance in Private Ryan was fantastic. The main role in Battlefield Earth, Johnney Goodboy will be not easy to recreate, but I think Barry can pull it off. I read the book many years ago and really enjoyed it. It had nothing to do with Scientology that I could detect and pointed out some defects that could be changed with psychiatry. Barry certainly brings a passion to the role that any actor playing Johnny Goodboy will need.

  • July 16, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST

    If he had a Ph.D. he'd be Dr. Pepper.

    by Wolfpack