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How did you end up
being an actor?
I started acting in college. I did
not now I wanted to be an actor until I saw a production of Waiting for Godot. Once
I saw that production I knew I had to do this.
How did you
get cast as Romero in Escape From New York?
I had worked for John Carpenter (Director/Co-Writer/Co-Composer) in Assault on Precinct 13 so he knew me.
He looked for me for Escape From New York and gave me the role.
How did you prepare for the
what kind of discussions did you
have with John Carpenter
Also, how much of Romero's bizarre behavior was improvised?
I totally created the role myself. John gave me total creative freedom. The
voice and the look were my ideas. I like that kind of work. I did a lot of
character work and worked on Romero through voice, costume and movement. All my
behavior was improvised. Once a character is created and is in one's skin the
behavior just comes naturally. All the behavior, the hissing etcetera was not
planned. That kind of thing is the actor playing and again if the character
has been internalized it all just happens. That was a rich, really fun character
How do you think Romero
ended up in New York's Maximum Security Prison and why do you think The Duke
(Isaac Hayes) chose him to be his right-hand man?
Not sure why he ended up in the prison but
was probably chosen to be right-hand man because of his propensity for evil and
his comfort with danger. Romero was referred to in Newsweek as Carpenter's most
menacing villain to date.
How was the experience working with the cast and crew and
what went on behind the scenes?
Cast and crew were great. No ego problems.
What's your favorite memory or memories of working on the
I don't really have a favorite memory.
What do you think of the movie personally?
I think the movie is excellent for the style of
movie it is. Also, John Carpenter is a great and
What are you currently
doing and what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I continued to work in the theater and in television. I directed a lot of theatre
and taught for several years. My interests are literature, science, history and
physics. I read a great deal and love the internet for listening to lectures. I
also like listening to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) recorded radio plays.
Thank you for your time, Frank.