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Interview de Henry Strzalkowski (page 3)

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Henry Strzalkowski (page 3)

There was some kind of a "clique" of western performers in Manila, including Nick Nicholson, Romano Kristoff, Don Gordon, James Gaines Jr etc., some of whom had formed an acting troupe called "Pigs in Space". How close were you and do you still keep in touch with them?

The "Pigs in Space," yes... hehe. This was a small cabal of us foreign movie actors who went through quite a few interesting times together. Remember, the political situation here at that time, 1980's, was a period of upheaval and affected all of us here living the Philippines. During the anti Marcos' revolution, we participated and actually came under fire, from real bullets, we saw real bloodshed, not squibs and cine blood. This created a bond among us that has not broken. The name of our group is from a sketch on Jim Henson's Muppet Show, which was popular in the 80's. We smoked a lot of pot in those days and if my memory serves me, it was during one of those sessions that the group name came about. To this day, this small circle of crazies remain my most trusted friends. Some have gone, some remain, some have been successful in other pursuits, some not, but we remain friends nonetheless.

Nick Nicholson and Eric Hahn told us the stunt work and general shooting conditions were often quite risky in Filipino actioners. Would you agree with that, and do you have any personal memories about it?

Remember that many of us came from different backgrounds from our Hollywood counterparts and sometimes had less fear than we should have had. There were some accidents, some funny, some downright serious. Live rounds were sometimes used, like in the old films, I, myself got burned on an explosion stunt that went wrong. Not seriously, but it did make me a bit more careful. I'm sure you heard of a few accidents on other sets. Cannon films had part of their film crew lost in a helicopter crash on a Chuck Norris film. I, fortunately, never got hurt nor did any of my friends who have lived here in Asia long enough to be extra-aware of all that goes on around you.

With Robert Patrick, who began his career on the sets of Cirio H. Santiago's movies before starring as the famous T1000 in "Terminator 2".

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