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Say, Bill. Would you rub some powder on The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day’s lips?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m a sucker for creator meeting his/her creation pictures and I have a few of them. There’s a fun one of Bob Kane shaking hands with Michael Keaton in his batsuit, for instance, that’ll find a place one of these days. But this on in particular stood out to me.

Naked Lunch is feature today, the great David Cronenberg flick starring Peter Weller that is as much about William S. Burroughs as it is about any book he wrote. In that respect (and many others) it would be a fantastic double feature with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

It could be because the material of Naked Lunch is so biographical, it could be because the picture involves a man meeting a giant piece of rubber, but whatever it is this shot of William S. Burroughs meeting a Mugwump made my day and I hope it makes yours, too.

Hope you guys enjoy it!.



Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic features one of the most fun space horror flicks ever… and shows us a crew member that would later on direct one of the best sci-fi films of all time!

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  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by coolenough

    Then again i've never seen this before.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I've never seen this movie, but that BTS ranks as one of the best

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Pure awesome.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by SleepyMan

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz....wha?(wipes drool from corner of mouth)....boring!...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    And, man, that clue for tomorrow's picture has me completely...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    flummoxed. Most interested...

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by roguechef664

    Battle Beyond the Stars or Galaxy of Terror for tomorrow?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Too bad Pete Postelwaite (sp) didn't live to play

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Burroughs. Haven't seen this movie in years. Is it even available? Love the Simpsons bit when the guys are excited to sneak into an R rated movie..and its Naked Lunch. They exit quite confused.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by The_Samaritan

    Dark Star and John Carpenter?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal: That'a a great Simpsons episode!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Nelson: "I can think of at least two things wrong with that title..."

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Great Pic, Quint.

    by Cheif Brody

    Naked Lunch is one of my cult faves. <p> So...tomorrow's pic? Fun Space Horror flick Best Sci-Fi Films of all time? Hmmm.... <p> Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Which starred Nimoy as Dr. David Kibner...who went on to direct "ST4: TVH"? <p> Excellent clue...the use of "crew member" makes me think it was a 'behind the scenes guy'...But also, the Star Trek cast were also "crew members"...on the Enterprise. <p> I'm perplexed.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Bob Kane - creator of Batman?

    by berserkrl

    Bob Kane might be the *legally certified* creator of Batman, but in reality about all he came up with was the name "Bat-Man." Almost everything we associate with Batman -- his costume, his methodology, his origin, his motivation, his secret identity, his major allies and antagonists -- was the product of Bill Finger.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Ice Pirates??

    by ATARI

    Probably not.<br> <br> Battle beyond the Stars?<br> <br>

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by BarryConvex

    Yeah, Criterion released a version of it some years ago.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by Ollegs

    Let's get some Lynch love up in here

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    My guess for tomorrow's pic...

    by rxse7en

    Leonard Nimoy.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    i always though naked lunch was a drama about british people

    by Redhead_Redemption

    now that pic makesme think i should check out this movie cause i clearly misjudged it

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    The director is probably Cameron...

    by ROBRAM89

    ...but I don't remember which movie I'm thinking of.

  • The man's a true artist and still puts out quality films. Cronenberg at his worst is better than most directors at their best.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    movies like this and the fly, videodrome, scanners, dead ringers- they're all part of his flesh theme. All are stand alone classics. Saw this twice in the theater and went back the second time just to make sure the sex scene with the typewriter that ends up walking off was as epic as I thought. It was. It's fucking epic.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Heck yeah!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    I watched this movie a couple months ago. Hadn't seen it since it was originally released on VHS. A true nightmarish classic. Love Cronenberg.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    barryconvex: man, I sure hope you're not in the minority.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "A History of Violence?" "Crash?" "Spider?" I haven't seen "Eastern Promises" yet (shame on me), but I've heard nothing but raves. Dude's at the top of his game. And I say that as someone who thinks "Scanners" and "The Fly" are two of the greatest horror movies ever made.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    The guy is always dead on. Him and David Lynch need to batlle for the best hair on a weird director. It would be epic.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Dead F'n Ringers...creepy as all get out

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    And Irons is as brilliant as Cronenburg's direction.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Uncle Bill!

    by NeonFrisbee

    We've missed you.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Naked Lunch...Criterion...Blu-Ray

    by TenderBranson

    Make it happen. Oh, and reissue Dead Ringers and put that back on Blu-Ray as well.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's Pic = Galaxy of Terror?

    by BarryConvex

    "I live and I die by the crystals."

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by Juggernaut125

    <p>Tomorrow's BTS pic is most likely from 'Galaxy of Terror' with James Cameron who was the production designer. My favourite part of that movie was always the piece of metal that crawled under the guy's skin up in to his brain. That shit scared the fuck out of me when I was a kid.</p> <p>Naked Lunch took a few views for me to get in to it fully. Eventually I came to respect and admire it.</p>

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Ejaculating typewriters.


    That was my fucking idea. That old junky queen done stole it.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    The Criterion DVD is great...


    But a Blu-Ray would be sweet. One of my favorite directors of all time, right up there with the other Dave. One of the few filmmakers that's been around for quite some time without a late stage decline. Top notch career from start to finish. Btw, whoever said they haven't seen Eastern Promises yet, you're in for a treat.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    If Cameron is the future director...


    which one of his films is Quint calling one of the greatest SF films of all time? Terminator,Aliens,Abyss,Avatar?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by The Crooked Man

    Burroughs' thumb looks a little pixelated, doesn't it?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    The next photo

    by Jeff Johnston

    Perhaps Dark Star, and Dan O'Bannon?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Can I use this for my facebook profile pic?

    by dogu4

    Great photo.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Naked Lunch is a great example for/against CGI

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    The Clark-Nova bug typewriters are genius and would be too cartoony in CG form but the Mugwumps look like what they are: giant puppets. Also, the centipede creature that Julian Sands transforms into is weak -- something Cronenberg himself admits in the Criterion DVD commentary. I wish the whole film had stayed in New York and was just a grimy biopic of Burroughs, Joan Vollmer, Jack Kerouac & Allen Ginsberg. The Interzone stuff doesn't gel for me.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I have to respectfully disagree barryconvex

    by bottombrick

    I appreciate the recent batch of Cronenberg movies as much as the next guy, but nothing stands up there with Videodrome and Naked Lunch. I daresay we won't see any talkbackers with names cribbed from his most recent offerings. Even the greats peak I'm afraid.

  • written by Burroughs' late-life companion

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST


    by devixshane

    I FanTastic! Thank you for posting this photo! I've seen it, but ! i've always loved showing it off. Years ago, i sat my band and all their girlfriends down in a living room and put on a few movies. May, Naked Lunch, and Eraserhead. By the end of the night - All of them turned and said... "Devin.... Fuck you devin." Fantastic!!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    I'm reading Naked Lunch at the moment...

    by Righteous Brother

    Can't make head nor fucking tail of it.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Awful movie

    by Johan_Schmidt

    It didn't have the guts to match the depravity of the book. Pretty much like Crash that everyone found soooooooo shocking. Weak.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Mugwump Jism

    by oldnik

    SAw Naked Lunch when it 1st came out, been a fan of Burroughs for over 20 years after reading The Western Lands, which is probably his most straight forward and accessible book ( but still weired as shit!) The Western Lands would be a great novel to make into a movie, it's already been used as a source of an album by Bill Laswell's Material, Burroughs's rich drawl over the top and inside the music is superb. Then there's Bug Powder Dust by Bomb the Bass, Justin Warfield doing justice to WB with his stream of consciousness rapping, highly reccommended. William Burroughs was the guy who coined the phrase "Heavy Metal", which was then picked up by Steppenwolf " ... Heavy metal thunder" And another random fact, if you've seen Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" video, well, that's based on Burroughs Wild Boys.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    This is only "boring" if you're a moron

    by rev_skarekroe

    Can't wait to see how Viggo Mortensen plays Burroughs in "On The Road" later this year.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    The clue for tomorrow's Pic of the Day is EASY

    by jawsfan

    John Carpenter acted in "Dark Star" and then later directed "The Thing". Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong. You can't. That HAS to be the answer.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Well, he acted in it but was uncredited

    by jawsfan

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Well, he was ON the crew (he directed it) technically.

    by jawsfan

    Unless by "crew" Quint means the crew of a ship. But if he means film crew, then it must be Carpenter and the "Dark Star"/"The Thing" connection. Even if I'm wrong, it's a good guess.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Naked Lunch = Genius

    by Jeremy Davis

    Anyone who doesn't give this book and movie its due is a fucking idiot! This is one of the most brilliant books ever written and a great movie adaptation. Thank you Quint for finally posting a behind the scenes pic that actually has value.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's Guess and I'm right.

    by Bluto425

    Tomorrow will be a pic from Escape From New York which will show the matte painter, Jim Cameron.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST