Saturday, December 12, 2009

Clifton Collins Jr., Exclusive Interview with Cinema Static

An interview with Clifton Collins Jr. with Cinema Static

Back in July of ’09 I was lucky enough to be able to interview Clifton Collins Jr..  (This is a redux of my interview that got scrapped at my old site’s host.  Grr.)

At first, when I mention Clifton to friends, they say who?  Yea, imagine that.  My readers:  Don’t you dare say who!  In fact, by the end of this article, you’ll know who and in fact, you may have seen him in numerous films.

In fact you may have seen him most recently in films like J.J. Abrams Star Trek (as Ayel), Troy Duffy’s Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (as Romeo), Mike Judge’s Extract (as Step), Crank: High Voltage (as El Huron) or The Perfect Game (as Cesar).  If you dwell on just these roles alone, the diversity or range of roles and appearances is astounding.  But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
You can catch him in his upcoming roles in Paul Scheuring’s The Experiment (as Nix); Freeloaders or The FP.

When I had a chance to chat with Clifton, he was fun to talk with and we covered a lot of territory.  He has a seemingly abundant amount of energy and a multitude of aspirations.

His aspirations don’t just include a myriad of roles, but he’s also produced or co-produced 4 of his on films:  Tom Cool, Little Chenier, Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders and TV: The Movie.  But wait, despite all that, he carves out the time to direct music videos.  On his birthday he won “The Best Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the 2009 CMT Music Awards.  The music video was for The Zac Brown Band.

I just finished up watching J.J.Abrams Star Trek.  Clifton told me that his approach to portraying Ayel was to remember that as a commanding officer, he does his best to serve his boss, all the while keeping it close to his heart that there’s an underlying source of evil to the character.
Check out the time I spent with Clifton and what we chatted about:

An Exclusive Cinema Static Interview with Clifton Collins Jr
Below are my questions.  If Clifton Collins Jr. is super limited in time, the questions in bold are more important to me than the others.

Q:  You’ve played a lot of roles and I admire that kind of character range.  Sometimes you see actors in different parts and, well, they’re that actor in a different role.  But the range of characters you’ve portrayed rocks.   How do you switch into these different roles?

A: I ask myself who am I?
He said with his circle of friends he has different influences that helps with addressing different roles..  He’s able to quickly acclimate to different environments and from watching his grandfather when he was acting with John Wayne.

Depending on the role, he’ll call up different cities and talk to locals and listen to their accents and how they sound.  He disappears into his characters.

Q:  I see you played serial killer Kenneth Bianchi in Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders.   How do you prepare for a role like that?  How do you get into something like that?  Was it odd co-producing your own project?

A- This was one of the few roles he had a difficult time with.  It was fun to explore but he had to find a way to make Bianci’s actions feel O.K..  He read 2 books & watched documentary footage.  Clifton said it built up his own threshold for this subject but often found himself in an ugly, dark place.

He said that his portrayal of Bianchi shook up the crew at times.

I wondered out loud to Clifton that with Bianchi under his belt, if he had possibly auditioned for the Showtime series Dexter?

He said that he had a creative meaning with creators but the studio was looking for someone older

Q:  Is there anything you can tell us about yourself or your plans, something new to tell fans and maybe new fans alike that you haven’t told anyone else?

A-  I have lots of music videos coming out as a director.
Throughout the entire conversation the one thing that resonated from Clifton was that he always remembers where he’s from.  He’s a 4th generation actor.  His grandfather was Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez.  Pedro usually played the humorous western sidekick from the 50’s and 60’s.  Still curious?  Think innkeeper from Rio Bravo.

My last question for Clifton Collins Jr:

Q:  Where do you see yourself when you’re settled down, sitting in that rocking chair, looking back – what would you like to be proud of in the accomplishment department?

A-  The fact I made a difference, touched people’s lives, allowed people to forget their problems for just a few hours, to be able to say I was that guy that helped them do that.


And sadly, that was it for our conversation.  Despite being a busy man, he made me feel relaxed in the conversation…  as if he had all the time in the world for me.  That’s a rare thing, especially from a man who’se IMDB credits show 41 different film and television projects since 2000!
“Alias” …. Javier Parez (3 episodes, 2003)
“Fear Itself” …. Richard ‘Family Man’ Brautigan (1 episode, 2008)
“Masters of Science Fiction” …. Frendon Blythe (1 episode, 2007)
“Resurrection Blvd.” …. James Garcia (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
“The Shield” …. Hernan (2 episodes, 2007)
“The Twilight Zone” …. Andy Perez (1 episode, 2002)
“Thief” …. Jack “Bump” Hill (6 episodes, 2006)
American Girl (2002/I) …. Buddy
Babel (2006) …. Officer at Border Crossing
Bounty Hunters (2005) (TV) …. Mouse
Brothers (2009/I) …. Major Cavazos
Capote (2005) …. Perry Smith
Crank: High Voltage (2009) …. El Huron
Dirty (2005) …. Officer Armando Sancho
Extract (2009) …. Step
Freeloaders (2009) (post-production)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (VG) (voice) …. Cesar Vialpando
Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool (2002)
Horsemen (2009) …. Stingray
I Witness (2003) …. Claudio Castillo
Lessons Learned (2000) (TV)
Life of the Party (2005) …. Kipp
Little Chenier (2006) …. T-Boy Trahan
Mindhunters (2004) …. Vince Sherman
Price of Glory (2000) …. Jimmy Ortega
Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders (2006) …. Kenneth Bianchi
Road Dogz (2000) …. Raymo Serrano
Star Trek (2009) …. Ayel
Still Waters (2008) …. Jacob
Sunshine Cleaning (2008) …. Winston
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) …. Romeo
The Experiment (2010/I) (post-production) …. Nix
The FP (2009) (post-production) …. CC Jam
The Last Castle (2001) …. Cpl. Ramon Aguilar
The Perfect Game (2009) …. Cesar
The Rules of Attraction (2002) …. Rupert
Tigerland (2000) …. Pvt. Miter
Tom Cool (2009) …. Tom Picasso
Traffic (2000) …. Francisco Flores
TV: The Movie (2006)
Undefeated (2003) (TV) …. Loco

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Why Emilie Ullerup Was Let Go From Sanctuary

Why Emilie Ullerup Was Let Go From Sanctuary

reprinted/forwarded from; originally written on November 1, 2009

Every time I write something about Emilie Ullerup, I keep thinking this will be the last thing I have to say about the issue of Emilie Ullerup (Ashley Magnus) leaving Sanctuary.  Or more specifically, why Emilie Ullerup was released from the cast of Sanctuary.

From what I’m seeing, this development has taken people by surprise and is frustrating them.  Many are saying with Ashley gone, they are gone.

Ashley Magnus Death (played by Emilie Ellerup)

The writers played us along for more than an episode  of Sanctuary while Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) kept coming up with ideas that might have led to finding Ashley alive. 

Kate Freelander (played by Agam Darshi) The Replacement

NO ONE seems to like Kate Freelander.  Kate Freelander is incredibly flat, dead panned and boring.  Her character traits are ambiguous while the writers play her off as greedy with sporadic moments of nice.  They’re taking the easy way out.  (Notice I’ve criticized the character, not the actor.)

Friday, January 30, 2009

J. Michael Straczynski Pilot Script News

J. Michael Straczynski is busy these days.

He'll be making appearances at the New York Comic-Con in February & MIT on May 22nd.

He's also working on a new
script for a TNT / Dreamworks show called LAST WORDS. Last Words is an hour drama series with a paranormal thrust.

In the meantime, check out my article over on ScreenRant about a possible BABYLON 5 movie. The chances, or lack there of, depending on how that works out!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Visit to the Battlestar Galactica Prop and Costume Auction

A VISIT TO THE "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" PROP AND COSTUME AUCTION. BY Guest Cinema Static writer & photographer, 790.

Cinema Static had their very own insider at last weekends spectacular prop auction from Battlestar Galactica. But instead of me ranting on and on about it, I'll let the reporter, 790, tell you all about it.

This last weekend I had a chance to visit the Battlestar Galactica auction held at the Pasadena Conference Center in Southern California.

Sadly, the show has wrapped, filming has ended and the sets torn down. The good news is that they decided to put the huge success of the show itself and the recent Star Trek auction success to good use. Yep, everything was up for bid from the show.

Are you looking to purchase an authentic piece of the show? Well here's your chance. Everything from Caprica Six's red dress to a full size Raptor are up for bid. The event was also a full online auction, as fans from all over the world were able to place their bids with only a 3 second delay in real-time. I heard that a lot of fans from England were actively bidding, as the show is very popular in the UK.

Even if one wasn't planning to bid on any items, the event was very cool to attend as cast members would occasionally show up and talk to the fans. Richard Hatch, who plays Tom Zarek (ALso the original "Apollo" from the old series) was on hand and took pictures with fans. Michael Hogan (Col Saul Tigh) was spotted. I got a chance to meet him and ask him about the series finale, surprisingly he didn't want to reveal how the show ended. Go figure. He was a very cool guy however it was strange to see him without the eye patch. Tricia Helfer, (Caprica Six) was also spotted looking hot as usual, as Michael Trucco (Sam Anders).

Members of Vancouvers 13th Colony were all dressed in various BSG flight suits as they worked security at the event. They were all very cool and provided a great fan atmosphere.

The props and costumes looked great up close, and I was surprised how low some of them were selling for. President Baltars suit only sold for $600. Next you would see Baltars courtroom suit go for $6000. Some people definitely had their eye on possible investments. And woah, a full size a Viper and Raptor up for auction. Starting bid was $75,000, shipping and handling not included. I heard that a few wealthy investors from England were measuring them for possible shipping containers. They apparently breakdown and need to be rebuilt after shipping. The ships have fully functional control panels and displays. The Viper and Raptor were slightly out of my price range but wow they looked great!

The auction was available to anyone and it was covered online at ( There was also a well produced auction catalog displaying all the items available at the site. Don't fret if you feel like you missed it. The good news is that there will be a second "Battlestar Galactica" auction taking place in April. That would be right around the time of the shows last episode.

I must say that I have a feeling these type of events will eventually replace the standard conventions or at least become a big part of them. The auction staff put on a professional & friendly event and I was really impressed. Cinema Static will keep you posted on the next Battlestar Galactica auction. Stay tuned and enjoy the photos.

by 790.

Footnote: A little later on Cinema Static will be putting together a location to host all of 790's pictures because 790 took quite a few while our intrepid reporter was out and about on location!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Nikki Cox Ruined Her Lips and Jay Mohr Changes His Name

Jay Mohr. He's hosted NASCAR banquest, formerly of Ghost Whisperer until CBS optioned him for Gary Unmarried, has done something rather interesting.

Back on December 19th, Jay filed a petition to change HIS last name to his wife's surname, Nikki Cox. This in turn would make Jay: Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr.

That's either touching love, or she does wear the pants in the family!


Which reminds me. When was the last time you saw Nikki Cox on TV? Did you see whatever the h*** she did to her lips?

She was on Ghost Whisperer back in May of '08 and she got a lip job and it was so bad that I DID NOT RECOGNIZE her.

Historically, she's been a beautiful young lady, but back then, she got her lips injected and it looked rather frightening. Now I stare because it was a train wreck.

I don't get why perfectly beautiful women feel compelled to try and fit into commercial cliques with physical changes like this.

The above image comes from the site: Awful Plastic and is a screen shot from their comparison photos. The screen shot is a good pic!

And I believe I have found the emotional proof of the pudding. Over on her MySpace page, she's got image pages. She's gone to the point of posting images of herself at the People's Choice Awards in Nov of 08 where she's wearing a blouse she never bothered to button up and we dang near have narpage slip. WTH Nikki? Are times that desperate?

Wow. The rest of her portfolio is no different than any of the no-name girls that slap themselves out on MySpace in hopes of being seen. Girlfriend, I am done wid you! Oh, and get a real webpage for crying out loud. (Does she even have one... I better go look before I hit publish... nope... just fan sites and reference sites)

[ images from nikki cox online, via MySpace ]

A more recent image comes from There's more at the link. Eesh.

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