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Interview de Nick Nicholson (page 7)

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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Nick Nicholson (page 7)

In 1988, you appeared in the Italian horror-movie "Zombie 4 : After Death", directed by Claudio Fragasso and produced by Bruno Mattei. How do you remember your work on that film? How was it to work with the Italians? The lead actor, Chuck Peyton, was actually gay porn star Jeff Stryker (using his real name). Do you know how he got cast? Fragasso later said that he didn't know he had hired a gay porn star, do you know if that is true?

Jeff Stryker.

I loved working with the Italians! The food was great, and they treated us with respect. They were "real" people. I will talk more about this in the book! Chuck was the boyfriend of the German Casting Director. About Claudio knowing if he was gay or not... hahahahahahaha, we all knew he was gay. You could see him in print ads in Hustler magazine. But Chuck was basically a nice kid who kept to himself, and I can't say anything negative about him. I think Claudio was just being nice, as that is what he is, a real nice guy.

In 1989, you acted in "The Siege of Firebase Gloria", from Australian director Brian Trenchard-Smith, who did many enjoyable films ("Man from Hong Kong", "Stunt Rock", "BMX Bandits"...). How was the work with him, and what memories do you keep of this film?

Brian Trenchard-Smith (right) on the set.

Firebase Gloria was one of the most difficult pictures I had ever worked on. We worked in a rock quarry in some real hot sun everyday, and got low pay because the producer Marilyn Ong, was shooting another film using half of our budget. Firebase Gloria was a pre sold deal, and we all got ripped off by that Chinese cunt! Brian on the other hand was a real pleasure to work with. I really liked him a lot! He had to put up with Wings Hauser who was always on downers and a real asshole. My buddy Lee Ermey on the other hand was what made the picture worth working on.

"I loved working with the Italians! The food was great, and they treated us with respect. They were "real" people."

You did several films with producer / director Cirio H. Santiago, a great figure of Filipino movie industry who notably made flicks for B-movie emperor Roger Corman. What kind of person is he, and how was the atmosphere on the sets? Sometimes, "post-nuke / Mad Max rip-off" films like "Equalizer 2000" or "Raiders of the Sun" make strange impression. Look like they were shot in one week in a quarry with no script... Was there actually a script with accurate dialogue lines or were the films more or less improvised right on the set?

Nick, in Equalizer 2000.

Cirio was a lot of fun to work with. He worked our collective asses off, but it was worth it as everything was fun. The man has an incredible sense of humor and makes you feel like you are part of the family. We had real scripts, with real lines, and usually we shot within 30 days. The dialogue was usually terrible, but as the famous actor Spencer Tracy once said, you learn your lines and get out there and do it! Believe it or not, one of Cirio's films called Stryker, played in Paris for six months. There was a real cult following for the post Holocaust genre. Don't ask me why, but there was!

As for Kinavesa productions (with Harrison, Baron, Kristoff, Monty, Gordon, Thayer, Gaines...), it seems there was a group of regular actors in Santiago pictures (Rick Dean, Joseph Zucchero, Blake Boyd, Henry Strzalkowski, Steve Rogers...): how is it that Don Gordon and you were the only ones to act intensively in both Kinavesa and Cirio H. Santiago productions?

Don Gordon (left) in Equalizer 2000.

Don and I made our deal with Mrs. Lim and stayed with it. We loved filmmaking and we didn't make unreasonable demands on these people. That is how you survive. This is your price and you stick with it. Again, we were not under any illusion that we were some big Hollywood stars! We knew what we were doing was crap, but it was work just the same.

In "Dune Warriors" (1990), there is a village boy credited as "Daniel Nicholson". According to the IMDB, he appeared before in "Heated Vengeance" (1985) and in "Jailbreak 1958" (1986). Is he your son?

Nick, in Dune Warriors.

Yes, that is right he is my youngest! He is now in his 20's and a computer technician.

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