Jul 8, 2016
Movie Meltdown - Episode 356
This week we return to our
coverage of WonderFest for a terrific interview with
Kirk Thatcher. He's done so many impressive things
in his career that we can't even begin to cover everything. But we
certainly address a lot of interesting points in his life - whether
it's almost playing the rancor monster in Return of the
Jedi, or working on music videos with a very young David
Fincher. From being personal assistant to Leonard Nimoy to being
the punk rocker who gets shut down by Spock in Star Trek
IV. Kirk has lived a fascinating life, and we get to share in
some of those amazing stories.
And while we try to determine precisely how many megatons, we also mention... the squid from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Klingon dog, a Chevy engine and a Sarlacc tentacle, Rick Springfield, The VVitch, dating J. Paul Getty, Dick Smith and Rick Baker, every creature guy knows Methocel, Paradox, Chekov's earbug, Milla Jovovich, movies have become the circus again, itty bitty freakshow goats, reading college level in 3rd and 4th grade, feathering a dolly, ehhh it's watchable, go buy a gallon of latex, strangling Christopher Lloyd with a worm, the first woman screen writer in the writer's guild, a twelve to fifteen pound monitor strapped to your chest, Star Trek and Eddie Murphy?, Goats are pretty creepy. I mean, that's their thing man. That's why they hang out with Satan and whatnot, how are there any demons left, where are the rich girls who like nerds, Rob Bottin is a big lab rat, I kind of felt bad, because I'd get crushes on girls, but I was like - oh well, I've got monsters and movies, Forry Ackerman, but the good thing about all of this is... it's inspired people to be creative, Zoe Bell, you're not supposed to pour half-cured plaster down a sink, no ball on a stick, why do you need the king of hell's mom to show up, Jon Favreau, being interested in your sister... and it's not your fault, it's no #horror, Supernatural and proven creative entities.
"...I spent my weekends... you know, when other people were dating and having fun, going to the beach - I was making models and monsters. But that's what I wanted to do."
To see more of Kirk's work, check out his vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user3976755
Thanks to WonderFest for letting us be part of the show! Plan your trip next year, go to: http://www.wonderfest.com/