inappropriate, over the top machismo humor still holds up. It's a very 90's movie, in the best way possible, with the cast, bad haircuts, fashion and freewheeling sensibility. Lauren Holly, as the attractive yet demure and business minded assistant Jazz is a gem here, her angular haircut and curves made me wonder if Jim Lee had her in mind when he was creating Gen 13. Tone Loc, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Pressley, Robert Englund, Morris Day, Ed O'Neil and David Patrick Kelly all show in memorable supporting roles.
After the film, our trio of guests took to the front for Q&A to reflect on the film and to hype Clay's book, The Filthy Truth:
- Daniel Waters is an interesting guy, the writer of Heathers, Fairlane, Hudson Hawk and Demolition Man seems genuinely embarrassed to be discussing the film. Made me wonder why he showed up if he was just going to be a fun sponge...
- Originally slated for a May 18th release opposite Bird On a Wire and Cadillac Man but pushed to July by Joe Roth. Waters thinks if they would have come out in May, they would have had a bigger hit instead of "crawling to the 25th anniversary". His words, not mine. Luckily, Dice wouldn't let the negativity percolate.
- In the early 90's, Dice was huge, selling out 20,000 seat venues, making $500,000 to a million bucks a show 4 nights a week. Was vilified as being misogynistic, homophobic, etc. Says he became friends with Eminem because the rapper was subjected to the exact same attacks.
- Wanted to come off the road 6 months before movie opened but his family and their middle class upbringing just wanted to keep wringing out the cash.
- Eminem did a smart thing by staying off the road and out of headlines before 8 Mile was released, it made its money then he went back out on tour.
- Fox wanted to dump the movie and get past the bad press, Dice alludes to being paid out for an additional 2 films that as history has shown, were never made.
- Waters says his brother dropped out of medical school to become a director in a bid to save the world from Renny Harlin's directing. Again, I don't know what his fucking problem is. But I'll give a slight edge to Die Hard 2, Fairlane, Deep Blue Sea and Cliffhanger on Head Over Heels, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past which are fun movies but come on...
- Fairlane's Malibu movie home cost $400,000 to build then was blown up.
- Harlin understood Dice's character so director could direct and actor could act.
- Fairlane dailies got Harlin job of directing Die Hard 2, when Fairlane got pushed back and DH2 moved up, the two opened within one week of each other.
- Joel Silver hates precursor "Rock n' Roll fable" and his own movie Streets of Fire, was supposed to be Bruce Springsteen and Madonna and then bombed.
- Movie is huge in Australia, Hungary and England where everyone asks where the sequel is.
- Dice moved out to Los Angeles to become an actor, instead of taking classes, worked as a stand up comedian every night to learn new things and create his persona.
- Loving the comeback between Entourage, new Showtime special, Woody Allen movie, a new HBO show with Martin Scorsese and book.
- Bonded with Scorsese after telling the director, on stage he "didn't give a fuck" what people thought to which the legendary filmmaker responded, he felt the same way when making a movie.
- Dice wrote his book in all caps with a Sharpie back in the 2000's, original stories were all 30 pages long.
- No negativity in the book, performers have to get used to rejection.
Lots and lots more was talked about but I'm only one man. Have a happy Friday!