Fantasia 2012: Michael Biehn Refuses to be ‘The Victim’ of Hollywood
Written by Michael Biehn, based on a story by Reed Lackey
Directed by Michael Biehn
For years, Michael Biehn has been of the most interesting and versatile actors in genre cinema, while paradoxically one of the most misused. Capable of playing the hero, anti-hero or stone cold villain, Biehn has the charism and acting chops of a character actor with the chiseled good lucks of a star. Why this hasn’t translated into Biehn being one of the biggest action heroes of all time is an enduring mystery.
“I’m a working actor, and I’m always working, but there is a difference between a part and a great part. Mickey in The Divide was a great part. Johnny Ringo in Tombstone was a great part, but there is almost a twenty year gap there.”
It is almost a relief to see that Michael Biehn is taking the initiative to create great parts for himself, producing, writing, directing and starring in The Victim, a fun grindhouse flick that was shot in 12 days.
“I spent more time on the set of Tombstone practicing Johnny Ringo’s gun stunts than the entire shooting schedule for The Victim.”
Made for less than a day’s worth of craft services on a bloated epic like Battleship, The Victim puts the focus squarely on character and story.
“I negotiated to have – within my budget – full authority to hire who I want, cast who I want, shoot where and how I want, and cut the film the way I want. I get to decide when to release the film, when to sell it and for how much. I have the James Cameron contract on the Roger Corman budget.”
Posted on Saturday, 28 July
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