Michael Pare talks to The Movie WhoreThe Movie Whore 11 comments
Again I need to thank Uwe Boll for his interview and for whoring out Michael Paré. This really is the first step in making a dream come true and I will always owe Dr. Boll for his part in making this happen. On the same note after my discussions with Dr. Boll I offer him a public apology for my past Anti-Boll transgressions. After talking with the man and my interview with Michael I see I have misjudged him and sincerely apologize.
I sent Michael an email explaining how I got his contact info and then asking if he would like to do the interview. To say I was pleased to get the interview is such an understatement. Ask The Queen of the Geeks and she will tell you I am a fan of Michael's work and every time we are watching something and he pops up I always have to point him out and start talking about him.
Let me say that it was not only a pleasure to talk to him but also really hard to not act start struck as I got to talk to the guy that played Eddie Wilson in "Eddie and the Cruisers". I have been a fan of his other work also but "Eddie and the Cruisers" was a big influence on me at an impressionable age. That movie and that character helped shape the way I look at music to this day. So when I saw the name that Dr. Boll gave me I was ecstatic to say the least. After hanging up with Michael I was jumping up and down like a kid. It was dream come true to talk to a man I have admired for over half my life. I think you will find he really is a great guy. I did. On to the interview.
TMW: What is the one role you have had that when you look back you can't help but to think "Damn I was lucky to get that part?"
MP: Eddie Wilson in "Eddie and the Cruisers". I was shooting some stuff in the Bahamas for "The Greatest American Hero" and heard about the part and lied and told them I could play guitar and sing. When I got to NYC I was working with the Joe Brooks and he played some stuff on the piano for me to sing to and the directors reaction was far from positive. "What the f*** is this? This isn't Rock 'n' Roll!" he dumped Joe Brooks.
I got a lot of help from George Nasar with the Rock 'n' Roll side of the part. Though he wanted no credit he helped me out quite a bit.
We did not get the music until 2 days before the first concert. Martin Davidson, the Director, told me "You f*** this up and you're fired. I have got Rick Springfield waiting to take this part."
TMW: Thank God you nailed it. Still one of my favorite movies. You know from a fans perspective that was one movie that made an impact on me. Especially the one piece of dialog that I can't remember fully but the idea of it made an impact.
MP: Words and Music.
TMW: That's it. Something that has always stuck with me. It actually inspired my early writing as a teenager and on into my 20's. So Uwe Boll whored you out for this interview, what is it like working with him?
MP: I spent 10 years living in Amsterdam with my wife and it teaches you to listen beyond the words and really try to get to the full meaning of what some one is saying. With Uwe, English is his second language and sometimes I have to ask these complex questions to find out what it is he really wants from me. When we did "Seed" we did not have a real script but more of an outline and all the dialog was ad-libbed.
TMW: That has to be challenging?
MP: It is. There was one scene we were getting ready to shoot and Uwe tells me "You're on the phone with the Police Chief and you're really upset about the security situation for your wife."
I said "Well I am calling him or is he calling me?"
"You call him…" Any way this led to the producer getting involved in the conversation and it made for a great creative discussion between actor, director and producer that really helped the creative process. I have done a few movies with Uwe like this.
TMW: I don't know if you have heard but they are trying to make "The Greatest American Hero" (GAH) into a movie, what do think about that?
MP: It's a great idea. I mean just with the special effects alone. To get Billy Katt to fly they had him on wires and now with CGI they can make that look better and really get into the other powers he had.
TMW: Who would you like to take the Robert Culp part of the FBI agent?
MP: Oh I would love it. My first scene ever as an actor was with Robert Culp. It was for GAH and I was supposed to go into the diner and pull a switch blade on him and he pulls his gun. I didn't know anything about marks lighting or anything. I walk up and when he pulls out the gun it's a revolver and I can see into the chambers and it looks like real slugs to me. I said "Is that a real f***ing gun"
Culp thought I was improvising and said "You bet your ass it is." all while the director is yelling "You can't cuss on TV."
Honestly I nearly s*** myself when he pulled that gun.
Who do I have to get to for that part?
TMW: That is a priceless story and I would love to see you in that part. As we move on I was curious what has been the hardest part of being an actor for you?
MP: 9 years ago when I was living in Amsterdam my agent called and told me I needed to move back to the states because it was making it too hard for him to get me parts. I told him "Are you saying if I don't move back you're dumping me?" He confirmed it. Now I moved to Amsterdam for my wife. I knew that if she was going to be a good mother she needed to be somewhere she was comfortable and felt at home. I put her and our son before anything else. I was being asked to choose between my family and my career I chose my family and have no regrets.
TMW: As a father myself I can respect the hell out of that.
MP: These days we are living in New York and I have my son in a Blue Ribbon program that is for the top 3% of students. My wife takes trips back to Holland when needed and we bring her father over for visits as well.
TMW: It really is the simple things in life.
MP: Yeah it's all about my family.
TMW: Well on to the last question. Since this is an interview with The Movie Whore I have to ask if there is any one you would whore out for an interview?
MP: Well there is Eric Reed who I just got done working with on "100 Feet" which we actually are getting ready to take to a Fangoria convention to get the word out. I will pass along your websites and your phone number and see if he will do it.
TMW: That is all I can ask and I appreciate it. You have no idea how much I appreciate it. Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview.
We talked about a lot of stuff that did not make this article but I will always remember. I said I was a fan of the man and I am. It really was a dream come true to talk to him and he is a great guy that did not disappoint.
In dealing with Uwe Boll, Michael has a lot of respect for him and says he is a brilliant man with a Doctorate in literature and another Masters degree. In the brief conversations I have had with Dr. Boll I am inclined to agree. He also mentioned some other people he might "whore out" but a lot of the people he knows aren't interested in talking to the press unless they have something coming out which I never really thought of before. So I learned something for the future.
Again this man is an absolute pleasure to talk to and I would do interviews with him everyday if I could. I am looking forward to watching "Seed" and taking a look at "100 Feet". This whore will gladly pimp anything Michael is doing in the future. So go check out some of his flicks and if you have never seen "Eddie and the Cruisers", go watch it now!