Oct. 23, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST
should be in more mainstream films
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST
Not fucking Henricksen. At least get the man's name right, as honestly, after all his years in the biz doing so much quality work, even when sometimes stuck in mediocre projects, you can at least pay him the respect to actually bother to spell him name correctly. Seriously, that is some incompetent and borderline disrespectful shit right there. So just fix it already. <p>That said, Henriksen has always been one of those truly great character actors who can bring something special even to the most underwritten of roles, one of those guys who always seems to give the full effort with everything he does, even when the project may not turn out to be the best, and who makes any project he does instantly better just by the fact that he is in it, and thus you know that, no matter what, there will at least be one thing worth watching, no matter how bad a trainwreck the rest of the film may be. And on the occasions where he is given a character or role with a bit of meat on its bones, he truly does bring the magic. Yes, I am an unashamed Lance Henriksen fan, and have been for many years now, and hopefully will be for many more yet. Hollywood seriously needs to wake up and remember Henriksen exists, and start offering some more quality roles to the guy. I mean anyone with a range that Henriksen has shown over the years deserves his pick of quality roles from the high profile end of the spectrum. Make it happen Hollyweird!<p>Oh, and apart from the idiotic spelling his name wrong debacle, good interview.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST
The dude's real.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST
by Sailor Rip
...for a human.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST
I want to have a bear with Lance...
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST
What a great idea and an excellent interview. May AICN Legends continue for a long time to come. Thanks Capone and to Lance Heriksen for all the great perfs and for being so open. Looking forward to future installments. :)
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST
by Sailor Rip
You can fuck Lance and try to have some kind of bear/human hybrid. Me, I'm gonna have a beer with the guy.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST
continue it.And Mr Henricksen thank you for being an important part of my movie experience,during my years on this planet.thank you. <p>'Believe me, I'd prefer not to. I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid.'
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST
...lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to kickass movies and geek culture.<P>Thank you sir.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST
after watching that crappy quality bootleg of the new trailer, I feel much better about the quality of the movie...
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST
from what i have read some years ago,Chris was the one who created the series,but the scripts and rest of the production were handled by others.These people turned Millennium in the second season,darker and more ominous,and definitely was acknowledged by fans as becoming even better than X-Files.Chris,as another egoistic Lucas,didnt like that other people got,deservedly,more credit than him,so he took full control of the 3rd season,removed the paranormal,end of days tone of the series which lead to smaller viewing numbers and finally to its cancelation. <p>is this true?
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
An in-depth interview with Lance...awesome.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST
I alway wondered what made him so appealling to watch. And that line says it all: "You are in the background eating a sandwich, and you are more interesting that what’s going on in the fucking foreground!”
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST
As others have pointed out, it's HENRIKSEN. If I'd written an interview with somebody and not bothered to spell their name correctly -- awesome interview though it might have been -- I'd be too embarrassed to know what to do with myself. Henriksen needs more good roles; there's a guy who Hollywood has only occasionally used properly.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST
always with the 'humble' shit.. <p> either way great interview.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST
...spectacular...exhilarating, epic, dark, beyond creepy...more like existential dread.<P>At least that's how I remember it. I should re-watch it, but knowing it just peters out at the end is depressing.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST
I don't suppose you could follow up and ask him if he's going to be doing more work in Mass Effect 2? There was nothing cooler than having Lance ring you up in the game and ask for a favor.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST
Fantastic job Capone, already looking forward to next weeks interview...
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST
<P> ...just based on the site's history. A lot of the best AICN legends are more infamous than famous, but that should not be a hinderance. <P> Bruce Campbell, John Milius, Roland Emmerich, Steven Seagal, JJ Abrams, Kevin Smith, George Lucas, Luis Guzman, Peter Jackson, Udo Kier, John Carpenter, Slyvester Stallone, Tom Atkins, Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linkletter, Robert Rodriguez, Terrence Mallick (the missing link in AICN's Austin history), George Romero, Edgar Wright, Roger Ebert, Roger Avery, Joel Schumacher, Werner Herzog, Christian Bale, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton...and my memory is failing me.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST
...interviews with Robert Englund, Jeffrey Combs, Steve Buscemi as well as the guys at KNB.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST
an interview with Harvey Keitel?
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST
<P> It's hard to think of a definitive list because you're trying to make a list of "actors, directors, etc. who influenced and inspired AICN" along with people who have impacted or had interactions with AICN. <P> Other people to add to the list: I'd love to see a three-way interview of Rob Bottin, Greg Nicotero, and Tom Savini. You can also add to the list Keith David, Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Joss Whedon, the cast of Firefly, Judd Apatow, Rob Moore, and the dude who produces Survivor (and I'm happy that I've forgotten his name, meaning I'm free of the reality tv show curse). I'd love to see Scorekeeper interview Alan Howorth, John Williams, John Barry, James Horner, and Ennio Morricone. <P> And many more, I'm sure.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST
Great interview, except for Henriksen's questionable taste (30 DAYS OF NIGHT is one of his favorite movies? wtf). Also the man's been in his share of stinkers and dtv movies - would have been interesting to ask him about whether he enjoys doing them or if it's just a payday.
new AVATAR trailer = far superior to the old one.<p> Impossible to tell with that youtube clip how good the Navi effects are but the editing of the trailer, the snippets of dialogue, are better than the last one. The story still seems a pretty hokey and heavy-handed throwback to what the cavalry did to the native americans. But the shot of the badguy sipping coffee while in engaged in battle was pretty cool.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST
I'd trade Avatar, Iron Man 2 and whatever Spielberg does next for a real Millennium movie.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST
I don't mind reading but why don't you or Quint ever record these things with a camera?
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
Fantastic interview and very inspiring. Lance has beena great actor for years and hearing about his technique and working with first time directors and such...it was really inspiring and kudos to Capone for this interview. No joke, this is one of the best interviews I have ever read.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
I chatted with him briefly; this is just before Millennium was to be released on DVD and Alien Vs Predator was to be released in theaters. <p> I was interning in Hollywood and was sitting in my office when I noticed Lance coming up the stairs before me. I decided to go out to "get a drink of water", so I walked down the hall and filled up. He saw me looking at him I guess, and smiled and waved to me, so I figured that was as good an invitation as any to introduce myself. I walked up, told him I was a big fan, and we chatted it up for a few minutes. Told him I was excited for the Millennium DVD release (being a big fan of the show), and how excited I was for AvP. He said he hoped it turned out well and hoped that Ridley (Scott) would like it. It was quite an awesome experience. Very gracious guy. Great guy. Wish I asked for a picture with him.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST
Along with Michael Ironside..that voice..gravel and honey.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST
Makes the teaser look like crap. This should have been released first methinks.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST
Little tough to shoot video of a phone interview. It would just be 50 minutes of me hunched over my phone. Not very exciting.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST
Great job, and I look forward to more interviews in this series. (But you've gotta follow this one up with a postscript about having a beer with Henriksen!)
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST
I'm not sure they all qualify for what I envision for this column, since a lot of those interviews might happen because of some new project, and I wanted to try to make these discussions focused on the subject's entire career, and not just their latest work. ?Also, all of the folks I've interviewed so far for this column are over the age of 60. I'm not saying younger people wouldn't qualify, it would just depend on how much time we have to talk and how extensive the scope of the interview goes.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST
You better take him up on his "we'll have a beer" comment when he's back in Chicago!
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST
<P> I hear what you are saying. I will enjoy the column no matter what. I based a lot of my recommendations on AICN history. For example: <P> John Milius - AICN's 10k story was Moriarty's King Conan script review. , <P> Roland Emmerich - Godzilla info was an early big get for AICN, and the site has had a weird love/hate relationship with the guy. <P> Steven Seagal - Vern <P> JJ Abrams - Admittedly, the Star Trek review earlier this year covered the topic, but the whole Superman thing is a big part of AICN history. <P> Luis Guzman - has had a weird cult following in the ranks here that I've never quite understood ( but am not offended by). <P> Joel Schumacher. If I remember correctly, the site's Batman Forever scoop was AICN's calling card to wider fame. <P> Roger Ebert - By putting Harry on At The Movies, basically granted approval to internet voices as legitimate critics and commentators. <P> You could easily make a case for just covering legends as in major or cult influences on the AICN staff and fanbase. However, if you interpreted AICN Legends a little more literally, it would be interesting to interview people not just about their careers but about their side of the story where their work and the site existed.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST
...would be Harry's interview with the guys who did the Night of the Living Dead release with new footage. Still one of my favorite articles of all-time. :-) Let's get them all in a room together.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST
That's the first time I've read an entire AICN interview in full in a long time. Keep it going, Capone. Great stuff.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST
Where I'm not 100% sure of what you envisage for this column, I can only assume you're targeting (but not limited to) the 'unsung' heroes of film (such as Henriksen, who has a tremendous body of work, has worked with some of the greatest directors and still only has a 'cult' following, as well as being an amazing actor). On that basis I'd still love to see interviews with Bruce Campbell, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston, Sam Jackson and the maestros of make up effects such as Savini, Nicotero, Berger, Kurtzman and Bottin as I'd wager they have some fantastic stories to tell regarding their incredibly varied and consistent careers...
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
Maybe not Huston, haha, as good an actor as he is, maybe he doesn't quite fit the criteria...
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST
by The StarWolf
A MILLENNIUM movie? Sounds good. But only if they set it late in the first season. I lost all interest after they killed off Black's wife. She was the one good thing in his life and losing her made it all just too unnecessarily grim.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST
will be amazing. I promise. That is all.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST
Best cannibalistic mercenary in a trippy western ever!
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST
May not fit the criteria, but as son of John Huston, he's got to have some stories to tell.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST
THIS is a reason to come to this site (as opposed to groundbreaking "news" that Joss Whedon is directing an episode of Glee). Henriksen is a legend.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST
I'm sure he has, I can't help but think in about 20 years he will be a legend in his own right...
Oct. 23, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST
<P> 1. Hard Target - Lance and Arnold Vosloo are my favorite villain combo in movie history. <P> 2. Aliens - Great turnabout on the Ash character from the first film. <P> 3. Dead Man - for all the reasons discussed in the interview.
Oct. 23, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST
Lance's character was an oasis of comecy relief.."That guy Silberman cracks me up. Last week he had this guy in here who burned his Afgan, he screwed it first and then he set it on..."" The guy's probably on PCP. Broke every bone in his hand and he won't feel it for hours. This happened before to me" The scenes between him and Paul Winfield were almost like those of an old married couple.
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
Just kidding, although I would've asked. This was a great interview and a great idea. So much more interesting than just seeing somebody plug a new project. Keep it up Capone. I look forward to the other ones, although there aren't too many other people as cool as Lance Henriksen.
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST
Awesome that Lance was your first - I've always felt he's a great actor and needs more quality roles.
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST
And thanks to Lance Henriksen for being gracious enough to participate! He really is an excellent actor. Millennium is one of my favorite series ever.
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST
I'd gladly interview Mr. Seagal, in a fucking heartbeat. And as for the idea that this column will be for unsung heroes of cinema, not so. First of all, I don't think Hendriksen is unsung. Secondly, two of the next three columns are with Oscar winners--one for Best Supporting Actor and one for Best Actor. The third (the only woman so far) is an Oscar nominee. Of course, I have a fourth interview that wasn't done for this column, but we spend more than an hour talking about his fascinating career. I might just throw that in to mix things up a bit and not let age be the only consideration. This column is still being figured out. In the end, it might just come down to how much time I get to spend with someone worth spending time with.
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST
i believe that mulder and scully never met frank black and there were no millenium end of days zombies crossover to barf over.
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST
What a badass. My memory may be gone, but didn't they finish the Millennium story in an X-Files episode?
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST
Cool, can't wait to read em. Enjoy yer beer with 'the man'... Also, whereas you say he isn't unsung, he's not exactly a household name either (from a casual perspective). He is, however an incredibly significant (and amazingly talented) supporting actor, which is what I was getting at... Hope you enjoy your beer with him...
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST
but that was the last sighting of Frank Black. It was not a definite end of the character. Must be said that the x-files episode in question was more than weak.
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST
Hard Target is fucking brilliant, quite frankly. Its actually gained some interesting subtext these days if you look at it through what happened in New Orleans post-Katrina. Anyway, Lance and Arnold Vosloo are a brilliant villain and henchman, there's a great scene where Lance talks the homeless Vietnam vet into being hunted. Man I want to watch that again now.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST
"Whoops" <p> I had to rewatch that scene over and over again as a kid, because my dad loved to point out inconsistencies from shot to shot to my brother an I. In that particular shot, the position of the grenade switches between the shots, facing to the right in one, the left in another. <p> So I got to hear Lance innocently proclaim "Whoops" too many times to count.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST
Just had to
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST
by Onin Solstice
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST
Great job, Capone. You have to keep this up. I love this stuff, career-spanning interviews, etc. That interview totally made me happy. He just seems like he really gives a shit. So many people making movies don't seem to care about it at all. Now every time I see him, I'm gonna smile. :D I've gotta catch up on some of his movies that I've missed.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST
was Elizabeth Taylor. Yeah I know that's pretty insane. But she tweets. So she's a woman of the people. You might as well give it a shot. And Christopher Lee goes without saying, right?</p> <p>I'll have to think up some more reasonable suggestions as well. But I really love this idea.</p>
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST
Keith David<br>Harry Dean Stanton<br>Tracey Walter<br>Michael Ironside<br>Michael Biehn<br>Clancy Brown<br>Michael Wincott<br>Michael Massee<br> James Hong<br>William Fichtner<br> Tom Atkins<br>Kevin Conway<br>Ernie Hudson<br>Robert Englund<br>Jeffrey Combs<br>Tom Noonan<br>David Morse<br>Christopher Walken<br>James Woods<br>Dennis Hopper<br>Terrence Stamp<br>Rutger Hauer<br>Bill Duke<br>Udo Kier<br>Malcolm McDowell<br>and ubiquitous henchman Al Leong. All legends, in and out of genre work. All cinematic journeymen. All would have many interesting stories to tell, one would imagine.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST
Tim Thomerson<br>Christopher Lee<br>Martin Landau<br>Rip Torn<br>Marshall Bell<br>Bruce Spence<br>Fred Ward<br>Jeff Goldblum<br>Andrew Robsinson<br>Tony Todd<p>Okay I'll go away now...
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST
Capone: You have made about a half-dozen Bigfoot movies. Why is that? LH: I will do anything for a quick buck. For $20 I will do another Pumpkinhead movie, for an extra $20 I will show you my wiener. Capone:Sold
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
after reading that, and I thought he was the goddamn bees knees before. You couldn't have chosen a better actor to kick off your Legends column, Capone. Great job. Keep 'em coming!
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST
I love how when Lance decides to hunt Van Damme, he calls in a bunch of other hunter mercenary dudes and he's actually charging THEM for the privilege of being on the hunt, so he's making money at the same time as getting rid of his nemesis. Now that's smart business. Except Van Damme kills them all with help from his crazy uncle Wilford Brimley. And Lance uses that badass antique pistol, when he has that girl hostage at the end, he tells her "Load me!" like its some perverse sexual thrill for him. Great stuff.
Oct. 24, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST
Great guy, and a great interview.
Oct. 24, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST
I love me that crazy sumbitch!
Oct. 24, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST
Damn skippy, Al Leung needs to be interviewed, even if only to ask him why he made Hard Hunted, and flew about in "a Magnificent Gyro"
Oct. 24, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST
But that should only be conducted by Vern (no offense to you, Capone, this is a great idea - but you know what I'm getting at), and Vern would probably never agree to do it. :(
Oct. 24, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST
Henriksen is such a legend. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Oct. 24, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST
I teach US History, and I always thought a great role for lance would be John Brown. If you google a few pictures of him, you'll see what I mean. It'a a great and timely story, even though it happens during the pre-Civil War period (is he a terrorist or a freedom fighter--is he nuts or samer than eveyone else?)and not only does Lance resemble him, but he would play the hell out of the part,IMO.
Oct. 24, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST
I'm so glad this interview introduced me to the movie. I fucking loved it. Such a droll sense of humor. And a phenomenal fucking cast. <BR><BR>As far as other names go for the Legends series, get Keith Carradine! His roles on Deadwood, Dexter, and now Dollhouse should have earned him enough geek cred to be included in the lists above.