Oct 23, 2012
Movie Meltdown - Episode 200
In this our GIANT 200th episode, we talk to none other then actor Richard Kiel! Yes, most of the world remembers him as Jaws from the James Bond movies. But he's had a rich career filled with television work from "The Twilight Zone" to "Gilligan's Island". From "Gunsmoke" to "The Monkees". Not to mention his massive list of movie credits that include: "The Longest Yard", "Silver Streak", "Pale Rider", "Happy Gilmore", "Cannonball Run 2", "Force 10 from Navarone" and "Eegah"! Oh yeah, and a couple of other movies with that Roger Moore guy.
So as we hang out in the lobby of the movie theater, we also mention... fighting Bart the Bear, Wild Wild West, D.W. Griffith selling movie tickets, Overlord, promoting your movies, the page 3 girls, suggestions from the department heads, Elvira, Regarding Henry, I play an intellectual bad-ass, a different person to tear your movie ticket, House of the Damned, Cubby Broccoli wants to have lunch with you, Star Trek conventions, The Phantom, Wilford Brimley, Hervé Villechaize, the alternative ending, a barnstorming bare-knuckled fighter, holding the baby in my huge hands, Thriller, making very old actors look very old, Burt Reynolds, Tangled, John Brodie, he took his Bond movies very seriously, The Giant of Thunder Mountain, a king-sized bed, Otto Preminger, my wife's ninth month of pregnancy, The Human Duplicators, the harder I work the luckier I get, parents protecting their children from the giant, scars all over his chest and body, a humongous growth spurt, little guys have a chip on their shoulder,Skidoo, killing steers with a sledgehammer, liking chick flicks, neurotic over-obsessing tweaking, being fed a diet of ripe figs and Hawaiian Punch.
"You know when you're a pretty boy... it's difficult to be taken seriously. So, I've never had that problem. I'm taken too seriously!"
For more on Richard, including his upcoming appearances, go to: richardkiel.com