If you’re a fan of action films, particularly of the martial arts variety you know the name Gary Daniels. An accomplished actor, martial artist, producer, and W.K.B.A Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion, Gary has done it all. Gracing the Screen with Jackie Chan, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Lorenzo Lamas, Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, and hundreds more Gary Daniels is a force to be reckoned with. Ive been watching Gary since 1991. I saw him in a small part in Final Impact and again later that year in Ring of Fire. He clearly had the skills and chops to hang with all the action stars of that era, and he sure did.
Battling Jackie Chan in the live action version of City Hunter. Taking on Don “The Dragon” Wilson in Bloodfist IV: Die Trying. Fighting in the arena of death against the Ultimate Warrior in Firepower. And a little film you may have seen Fist of The North Star, in with Gary played the leading role. Fist of the North Star, based off of the popular Manga was a very successful straight-to-video action film, that went onto become a Cult Classic.
Gary continued on with his string of action packed hits and in 1997 starred in my personal favorite Bloodmoon where he played a detective hunting a martial arts serial killer played by Darren Shahlavi. It was one of the best action films of the 90’s in my opinion.
Gary did not slow down, in fact he is still making high octane action films to this day. He was Lawrence “The Brit” Sparks in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables. Hunt to Kill with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Skin Traffik with Mickey Rourke, and still more to come.
Lucky for me he did slow down for a bit and take the time to speak with me about his career past and present.
First off Mr. Daniels taking the time to speak with me today. I’ve been a fan of your work for the past 3 decades. As a fellow martial artist and rabid action fans I always look forward to watching your films.
My first question is you were a very accomplished kickboxer before you began acting. Was your plan always to transition into film work or did it just sort of happen?
I never actually made a decision to quit fighting and go into acting. When I first saw Bruce Lee at age 8 I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. At that point in my life I was enamored by the world of marvel superheroes so when I saw Bruce Lee , to me he embodied all the attributes of a real life superhero. So I knew I wanted to learn the practical side of the martial arts but also envisioned myself doing films. So the transition from fighting to films was just a natural happening rather than a dramatic career change. I used to go to Thailand to train Muay Thai when there was time between filming that at age 46 when the film career slowed for a while I went to Thailand to fight again . I lost on points but realized that although I was still physically capable I had lost that competitive edge , I wasn't hungry and the win was not as important to me as the experience. And if you are gonna fight competitively you really need that single mindedness and a killer instinct.
What are your memories of your 1991 fight with Don The Dragon Wilson over in England?
That fight was just an exhibition fight. Don and I had worked together on 'Ring of Fire' (one of my first films in the US) and he was a really nice guy. So when the people in England asked if I would do the fight at their event I was happy to oblige. Don and I had both been training at Benny Urquidez Jet center back then. Don is a true champion inside and outside of the ring
You had a lot of smaller roles in the beginning like Final Round, and Ring of Fire. What do you consider your big breakout starring role?
I would have to say that 'Fist of the Northstar' was my breakout role which was followed by the PM Ent. films 'Rage' , 'Riot' and 'Recoil'. All 3 of those films were action directed by Spiro Razato who brings amazing action to the screen.
A favorite film of mine, as well as fans here is Firepower. At the time The Ultimate Warrior was a big name in pro wrestling. were you surprised it didn't have a bigger opening or more publicity behind it?
'Firepower' was another PM Ent. film and I really enjoyed playing the role of 'Sledge'. Jim Helwig aka The Ultimate Warrior was a very nice bloke and we had some long chats during filming where he gave me a lot of insights into the world of pro wrestling. I didn't really have any expectations that it would get a bigger release as that was the era of Blockbuster video stores and they were hungry for product. There wasn't really anyone in the film with huge 'box appeal' so I think everyone involved knew it would be a DTV release but that doesn't mean that you don't still make the best film you can. For me it was interesting working with Chad McQueen as he would tell me stories about his dad and Bruce Lee.
Speaking of Firepower here's a quick two part question. What was Jim Helwig (warrior) like on set, and why did you have to be the cop that died?
As mentioned in the last question Jim was a really great guy but with a lot of inner demons. I felt that he was happy that he found someone that would sit and listen to his stories. The man was an amazing physical specimen but I think he regretted what he had to do to get to that point with his body. I had to be the cop that died coz I was just starting out in my career then and Chad McQueen had the bigger name so it was felt his name would have a better chance of selling the film. In this industry it is not always about your ability ... it is about your market-ability or 'Box value' as it was called back then , i.e marquis value.
You’ve done a few films by Albert Pyun who is a fantastic action director. Have you spoken to him recently and if so how is he doing? I had heard his health had improved a bit but was still not great
I haven't been in touch with Albert Pyun for a long time but i enjoyed working with him. He gave me an opportunity very early in my career and was a very easy going , laid back fellah. I have heard that he isn't well and I wish him the best for the future
Bloodmoon is my favorite film of yours. You and Darren Shahlavi (God rest his soul) had an amazing fight. Did you two choreograph it yourselves?
Yes Darren was a nice lad and very talented. We stayed in touch for years after we shot 'Bloodmoon' , hanging out in the UK , Vancouver and California. It was very sad when he passed so young , he had a bright future ahead of him but I am glad that he had a chance to realize many of his dreams before he died. No we didn't choreograph any of the fights in 'Bloodmoon' ... they were all done by the director Tony Leung Siu Hong and his team from Hong Kong.
Memories of working with Steven Seagal on Submerged?
Hmm , working with Steven Seagal ....well .... I .... um .... Not a highlight of my career so .... Nuff said !
I can clearly make out you style of Thai boxing and Taekwondo in your work but it seems like there are hints if old school Kung-Fu in there as well. What's styled have you studied over the years?
As a boy of 8 I started in a system called ‘Mongolian Kung fu’ which was like a systemized form of street fighting which was being taught by Lajos Jakobs and Jim Russell. They combined Karate, Aikido and Judo. It wasn’t pretty but focused on effectiveness using hair pulling, eye gouges strikes to all vital areas and bone breaking techniques. Because I was young I was very flexible and particularly enjoyed the kicks so at the age of around 13 I moved to a Tae Kwon Do school under the I.T.F banner being taught be Raymond Choi. I quickly moved up through the grades and was a black belt within 3 years. I competed in TKD tournaments and was disqualified from 3 of them for excessive contact. At that time I decided to go into kickboxing with the P.K.A . I had already been training with a gentleman by the name of Mickey Byrne since the age of 14 who was a P.T.A (physical training instructor) in the British army and a 9 year boxing champ in the army so he trained and guided me into the world of full contact kickboxing. When I moved to the US I trained with the late Joe Lewis for a short time. I had been training and teaching with John Graden in Florida for a while when Joe came into town. Joe was already a little older at that time. I was interested in meeting him to discuss the theories of attack that he had developed with Bruce Lee. The highlight of that time was having a private sparring session with Joe which lasted about a half hour which is a testament to what good condition he had kept himself in.
When i moved to California i started training Muay Thai with Benny Urquidez and Peter ‘Sugarfoot’ Cunningham at the Jet center, and at the same time I met an incredible Chinese man by the name of Winston Omega who was teaching his art of Sillum Wong Ka Kune privately, so he became my sifu and I stayed with him for the past 27 years.
Over the years , especially in the film business, you travel a lot and learn bits and pieces from a lot of teachers so even though you have your root systems you tend to develop an eclectic system that fits you as you evolve as a martial artist and as a human being. Nowadays I still train 6 days a week with weights, cardio, running, jump rope, heavy bags, Mook Jong e.t.c. Since 2004 I have been going to Thailand regularly where I stay in Muay Thai camps or train with Stephan Fox (vice president of the WMC) when both of our schedules allow. More recently as I get older I enjoy Tai chi chuan and chi gung breathing exercises coupled with meditation. Its important to study the hard and soft styles together to have balance , Yin and Yang.
You still keep very active. What upcoming projects can you share with us?
I have a film in post production called 'Repeater' where i play a hit man alongside Kristanna Loken , Nick Moran , Corbin Bernsen and James Faulkner. I just finished shooting an independent film in the UK called 'The Gardener' where i am the main villain , i really enjoyed creating this character , a narcissistic psychopathic bad guy. And we are in negotiations for a couple of other projects that i am not at liberty to talk about yet.
Once again thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. Its been an honor and a privilege.
As you can tell Gary Daniels is not only a bad ass but a great all around guy as well. Be sure to like his Facebook Page to keep up to date with all his work, both past and present. I’ve a feeling he is going to keep going for years to come so hopefully we can talk again. Be sure to like Gary's Facebook Page to keep up with all his work
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Phil Buckman is a very busy guy, musician, actor, voice over artist, you name it. Currently the bass player for FUEL and Petty Cash, you also know him as the voice of all radio and television commercials for Carl Jr/Hardee’s. For film fans you have seen him in American Werewolf in Paris, Great White Hype, and more. Television fans will immediately recognize him as Slash from the short lived and criminally underrated Drexel’s Class, and of course as Joe from the classic Married With Children Gas Station Episode. He was gracious enough to take a few minutes from his schedule to talk with me yesterday. Here is what he had to say.
1.) You have an extensive music and acting career was the plan always to do both?
I was a drama major in college, but I actually quit school to join a band. Acting was supposed to be my “waiting tables” job to make money, while I worked on my music career. Only took 20 years! (I was 40 when I joined Filter.)
2.) The first time I saw you was on Drexells Class. Dabney Coleman, Britney Murphy, AJ Langer, such a great cast. What was it like working on that show?
It was amazing! It was my biggest role to date, and the character was a big hit. I was only supposed to do one episode, but the powers that be loved the character so much that they kept bringing me back week after week until they just made me a series regular. And, I loved the people there. Danny was great to me. He even used to come see my band play at Hollywood clubs. And Brittany was like my little sister. I adored her.
3.) You had Drexell, a guest run on 90210, a spot on Married With Children, all on FOX. Did they ever have plans to give you your own show?
They kinda/sorta did, after Drexell’s Class ended. They signed me to a holding deal, and gave me 4 scripts for upcoming pilots to pick from. I chose a bizarrely funny comedy called Knight Of The Realm. It took place in medieval times, and I played a wizard’s apprentice. That show was so “out there”, and I loved it. Got to work with Bobcat Golthwaite and Paul Benedict, from The Jeffersons, played my dad. The show didn’t get picked up to series, but none of the 4 scripts they gave me did.
4.) What was filming American Werewolf in Paris like.
4 months of drinking in Europe! LOL! Vince Vieluf and I had a freakin’ blast!
5.) How did the voice over gig for Hardee's/ Carl Jrs come about
Same as most VO work…. I auditioned like everyone else. It was just my turn, I guess.
6.) You seemed to step away from acting to get back into your music. Who were some of the bands that influenced you
The Beatles, G N’R, Petty, Queen, etc… I love classic rock.
7.) What's more fun for you acting or playing music.
When I was younger, it was definitely music, but I am starting to act again (after 15 years away from it), and I am LOVING it! Being a touring musician is a tough job. It’s not even close to the “rockstar life” that people think it is. You spend 23 hours a day running through airports, crammed in shuttle vans, or bored of your ass in hotels in the middle of nowhere. I don’t want to sound like a whiny bitch, because I know there are millions of people that would trade with me in a heartbeat. I’m lucky. I know I am. And I am grateful. Extremely grateful! My last “job” was in a record store, 30 years ago!
But it’s definitely a young person’s game.
8.) Do you have any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I have a really cool guest star role coming up on a new CBS show called BROKE. The show premieres on April 4th, and I figure my episode will be on in June or July. I’ll be out all year again playing shows with FUEL all over the country.
And, I’m working on developing sort of an “all star” band to go around to military bases all over the world, and play for our troops. Aside from anything related to my family, there is nothing more fulfilling than playing for our military.
Bill Moseley took some time away from his busy schedule to speak with me today about the upcoming 3 From Hell.
What was it like being back on set with Rob, Sherrie, and Sid?
It felt like old home week. Once I got over the preliminary stuff of trying to be as good or better than Devil's Rejects and general what's my line actors stuff and we started shooting it went smoothly and was lots of fun. Very comfortable being back in Otis's skin.
Devils Rejects had a perfect ending. We're you apprehensive about doing a sequel to it
I was, because there was a lot of speculation over the years of how could there be a third one. The lamest device would be if someone wakes up from a dream and goes wow what a dream I had like in Dallas. Then there was the speculation we were killed and did go to hell but we were so bad the devil rejected us so now we're back on Earth, but that would have made us supernatural, and that aspect was not a good idea. I liked the idea that it all comes down to the poor marksmanship of the of the Rucksville Sheriffs department and a Cadillac windshield from the grand old days of General Motors helped
The film opens next week and so far not real synopsis or plot has come out. What are you able to tell us plot wise about the film
Yes, we did survive as you can tell from the trailer by somehow beating the million to one odds that all of the bullets that hit us missed every vital organ, that's the good news. I can also tell you I had a lot of fun making it, it's a great story. The more I leave unsaid will give everyone a more exciting and fun surprise. And keep in mind it will be a fun and rollicking good time. Now I must warn you it will have gratuities violence which is one of my favorite parts of any horror movie. it's going to give horror fans some real nourishment. This is real ass kicking horror like I like, like Rob Zombie likes, like Tobe Hooper and George Romero liked. This wasn't done to try and jump scare people while they eat popcorn and have a good time. this will disturb you.
House of 1000 Corpses was an old school type horror film, where as Devils Rejects was more of an exploitation road picture. Which does 3 From Hell feel more like?
I would say of those two more like Rejects which is good news, although I love House of 1000 Corpses. They were really two different movies, in two very different genres. House of 1000 Corpses was the old dark house paradigm where Rejects was the grindhouse violent road picture. Both were really cool, but that showed that Rob was not only a good director but a genius as he made a sequel and unlike most didn't do a rehash and hopes it makes money. Rob didn't play it safe he took Driftwood and the Fireflies and put them in a while new genre complete with no, to very little clown makeup for Sid. Baby only laughs her laugh once, and Otis goes from a skinny albino to a blue eyed Almond Brother. He made an entirely new movie. The good news is Rob writes his own material so he's written this script which is a great story with really cool characters from the old ones to the new one everyone dies a great job. it's something old and something new and everyone got together and busted some ass. I'm very happy because I like to freak out horror fans, of which I am one, and I don't like half ass horror where you have a couple of jump scares and everything works out in the end and everybody goes home happy. I like to do stuff where everyone goes home freaked out, so I'm very happy with 3 From Hell, and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.
You mentioned Sid, we heard he was not doing well is there anything you have heard or can share with us?
Nothing more that was posted by his wife on his Instagram. apparently he had an accident and was in the ICU but I don't know much more about it than that. We are all pulling for him and hope he's doing well but beyond that I don't really know anything\n
Otis and Chop Top are two very iconic characters. When you go to conventions which character are you asked to sign more stuff as
It's pretty even but I would say a little more Otis stuff. Otis has two movies, now a third to Chop Tops one. Chop Top got me the part of Otis though as I was made up as Chop Top at a horror award show in 1999 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and Rob Zombie was a recipient of the Igor Award and I presented it to him made up as Chop Top in a ratty tuxedo. It freaked him out that he was with the real Chop Top and within a month he had gotten House of 1000 Corpses greenlit and his manager sent me a copy of the script and said look at the part of Otis Driftwood Rob would love to have you in the movie and that's how all of that came to pass. I look at Chop Top as the whole fountain head of my entire horror career and actually to tell you the truth if I was to be asked who I identify more with a scratchy itchy head Chop Top or a sexy Otis I would probably say Chop Top
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today and I can't wait to see 3 From Hell.
Good to talk to you again and thanks for supporting 3 From Hell.
Tickets for the September 16th/17th/18th nationwide release of 3 FROM HELL are available at FathomEvents.com/3FromHell
Cory G sits down with Robert Torti the star of stage and screen. From Generations, to Drew Carrey, to Suite Life of Zack and Cody Robert has done it all
From working with the Rock to headlining Broadway shows Robert has awsome story's to tell.
Sit back and enjoy
Cory G sits down with Richard Grieco, the star of one of Cory's favorite films, If Looks Could Kill. Richard has done everything from his breakout role as Dennis Booker in 21 Jumpstreet, to his memorable part in Night At The Roxbury. He's also an accomplished artist and director. Sit back and listen as we cover not only his past, but his upcoming film Clinton Road as well. I must say Richard was probably the most down to earth guy I have ever had a chance to talk to. I hope you enjoy.
What’s your favorite genre to work in and why?
When I started making short films, my first few were comedies. Because that’s what I thought would get me the most clicks on YouTube. But then when I experimented with my first horror short, I realized that was the genre I wanted to work in. Everyone had more fun on set, and I discovered that I had more control over the tone of the final product in post-production by tweaking sound cues, music, and editing choices.
Which project have you enjoyed doing the most?
My most recent film is always going to be my favorite, because it’s my closest memory. I put so much of myself into everything I do, I think it would be sad if my current project wasn’t the one I was enjoying the most, at least in the moment.
How would you sum up the new movie?
#FromJennifer is a genre-defying film. It’s part found-footage, part Hollywood spoof, part slasher and part character study. It has a fair amount of suspense, but also a fair amount of laughs
What is its greatest strength?
I like surprising the audience with twists, I like making them laugh and gasp, while maintaining a specific tone. That was the trickiest thing for me with #FromJennifer, hitting that horror/comedy sweet spot where it can switch from light to dark and back while feeling natural. Thanks to my terrific cast, I think we pulled it off pretty well.
Can we ask about your favorite film- it doesn’t necessarily have to be a genre movie
When I was a kid, my favorite movie was Ghostbusters. That’s sorta sci-fi, right? It’s on my mind right now because it’s such a perfect blend of light and dark. I didn’t even realize it was a comedy until I was older. When I was a kid, I was delightfully terrified by it!
In terms of horror movies, have you one?
My all-time favorite horror film is Scream. It’s self-aware, but that doesn’t take away from the fear factor. It’s actually a very scary slasher film, mostly because the characters are all so likeable. It’s also a great murder-mystery with a satisfyingly twisty ending
How has that film inspired or shaped your own career?
I’ve studied Scream to figure out how it does everything right. It’s just so darn fun. In my opinion, tone is the most important part of filmmaking. Whenever a film doesn’t “work,” no matter what genre it is, it’s usually because of a tone problem. Once you establish the tone of a film, straying from that tone just feels weird. This can be related to the script, or the acting, or the cinematic style. Filmmakers should always strive to find a tone, and stick with it.
If you could resurrect or reanimate a late filmmaker – who would you dig up and put back in front of a camera?
I guess George Romero would be the obvious answer… because then he’d be an actual zombie making zombie films, for maximum authenticity. Maybe it’s too soon to joke about that, but with Romero’s twisted sense of humor, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. If I had a second crack at grave robbing, I’d dig up Stanly Kubrick and let him make the epic biopic about Napoleon that he never got around to making. Just because I’d like to see that movie.
Cory G sits down with Blake Freeman to discuss his upcoming film All About The Money. They also discuss, Noobz, Eddie Griffins turn as a gangster in Urban Justice, Danny Trejo, video games, and why Casper Van Dien keeps popping up in all his films.
Blake was a truly stand up guy, and this is one of the most entertaining interviews I have posted. Sit back and enjoy.
Cory sits down with the Power Man with the Iron First, Lucha Underground star The Machine Brian Cage.
The two discuss a wide variety of topics including Horror Films, The Christopher Nolan Batman Films, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, comic books, horror films, and yes even a little bit of wrestling is discussed.
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Cory G sits down with the current Lucha Underground champion as well as the AAA Champion Johnny Mundo. They discuss Johnny's upcoming film Boone the Bounty Hunter, and of course a few wrestling story's.
Have a listen and enjoy as Johnny is truly one of the most down to earth stand up guys we have ever talked to.