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Nick Nicholson

Si nous aimons rire d'un certain cinéma déviant, nous sommes très loin de mépriser les hommes et les femmes qui s'y sont impliqués ou compromis. Il nous a ainsi paru enrichissant de faire raconter le nanar et son univers par les gens qui l'ont vécu de l'intérieur. La diversité des intervenants et de leurs réponses nous a rendu encore plus proches du cinéma que nous aimons : vous découvrirez, au fil des entretiens que ces différentes vedettes ont bien voulu nous accorder, des informations précieuses pour le cinéphile et le cinéphage, des anecdotes cocasses et, en esquisse, le portrait attachant de personnages souvent hauts en couleur.
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About Mike Cohen : he was involved in many Filipino pictures and used to play lunatic godfathers, corrupted generals or ugly communists in war / action movies. He was notably the great villain of "Deadringer". We are lacking information about him and wonder if you could feed our curiosity...

Mike Cohen.

Mike was a very colourful guy. He had a long history in the military. During WWII he had won the Congressional Medal of Honour for charging a Japanese Machinegun nest on the corner of Harrison Street in Manila and even after a Jap stuck a bayonet in his gut, he continued to kill them all. He was originally from Arizona and was a product of a Russian Jew family. He got a Officer Commission in the army (If you get a CMH and are still alive to receive it, you become an officer) Later he was a full bird Colonel in the Army in the early days of Vietnam. He got into a tiff with the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, and the Army asked him to retire. They couldn't court martial him or fire him because of the CMH. When Mike retired, he came to the Philippines to live. He married a widow, who died later. Mike actually died from a festering snake bite that he received on the set of "Deadringer" on Mt. Makiling. It was a tiny viper that are all over the place. Mike was so fat that he didn't even know he had been bitten on the thigh. He died a few months later. I always enjoyed working with him. He was one of the kindest gentlemen I ever had the pleasure to meet.

"We were writing "Invasion USA" and we were cooking spaghetti. We decided to spiced up the sauce by throwing some weed into it."

About Don Gordon : Mr Harrison told us this American actor was "a nice boy who wanted to be a writer". According to him, Kinavesa movie scripts were so contrived that on a more than one occasion, Don Gordon and he would re-write it. You told me he was now an ordained minister and possibly living in Korea?!

Don Gordon.

Don is a founding member of Pigs in Space. He was formerly a member of the US Marines 1st Recon. Don went to college with a Filipino after he got out of the marines. He came with the fellow here for a visit, and ended up staying as he found there was available employment as an actor. This was during the heyday of filmmaking here. I don't think Don ever came here while he was in the Military. He was with 1st Marine recon and they were flown directly to Vietnam from the States. I first met him on the set of "Apocalypse Now", and at first I thought he was crazy. I started to work with him, and then I knew, he really was nuts! He and I became very close friends. He is half Korean. He was put up for adoption by his Korean mother, as during the Korean War it was considered shameful, for a Korean woman to have a baby by a white man. Don left the Philippines as his mental health was deteriorating at a rapid pace. Too many drugs, too many doses of the clap. Then he found God, went back to the States, went to Bible School, and became an Ordained minister. He was an Army Chaplain during the first Desert Storm, then returned to civilian life. He became a missionary in Korea as he was desperately searching for his real birth mother. Don loved to write! He did a lot of the writing for Kinavesa scripts as they were all crap, and Mr. Lim bought them really cheap.

Don and Romano used to share an apartment that they sublet from a real live Witch! I remember that Don and I had just come back from a shoot in Baguio City up north. We had brought back about a half kilo of grass. We were writing "Invasion USA" for a guy named Ed Murphy (a white guy) (and we never got paid for either) (And Chuck Norris ends up with the script), and we were cooking spaghetti. Rom and Don were supposed to go to their Dojo for their Black belt exam, but Don begged off saying we had to finish the script. Don and I started making the sauce. We decided to spice up the sauce by throwing some weed into it. We put about a hundred grams in the sauce. Dinner was ready, and the three of us sat down to eat. Rom had 3 hefty helpings of the pasta and sauce. Don and I spent the rest of the night wondering about Rom and laughing about the sauce as we were pretty stoned! Rom came back later that evening and just said, "I was one with myself" We just started laughing again as Rom didn't know we had laced the sauce with grass.

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