Tuesday, October 17, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: The Frightening Michael Rooker

by Beth

Am I cheating by putting a Dragon Con interview here in the 31 Days of Halloween? Possibly, but not really. I mean it took forever to figure out how to get the audio to even the poor quality you'll hear, but I have been working on it for some time. I've ordered a new recorder/microphone for future use so we shouldn't have this problem next year. My web hosting site has file size limits (cause it's free) so I spent ages learning to use audacity to break it into two parts, and try to up the voice of the actor while turning down the voices of the reporters. You guys aren't here to listen to me after all.

I feel justified putting this under the Halloween heading because Michael Rooker scares the crap out of me. Ever since I saw Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer I've been terrified of him. Yes he's been in normal movies like Days of Thunder (if you can call that normal), JFK, and Tombstone, but he was also in Slither (horror/comedy, but still), The Dark Half, and of course The Walking Dead. Then there was that story James Gunn told about him at his Dragon Con 2014 panel about how crazy Rooker was. And how wacky he seemed all those times on The Talking Dead. Not only was this my first press conference of the weekend, but the one I was most nervous about. I didn't really think he was going to kill me or anything (especially not with a room full of witnesses), but I was super intimidated.
He was indeed wacky, and funny, and a little scary. I knew most people would be asking him questions about The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy so I decided to turn to Henry for my questions. This was also the most crowded press conference I went to over the weekend so I only really got that one question in, but I'm happy that I asked something different at least. It wasn't the answer I was expecting or hoping for, but it was honest. He seems like an actor who just wants to work. Like Christopher Walken, he takes roles because he wants to act, not because he thinks he's some great artist. In a world becoming increasingly filled with James Franco type actors (not that I don't like Franco) it's a little refreshing. I did feel bad for the reporter from the Game of Thrones blog who was telling me beforehand that he was scheduled for Lena Headey before she cancelled. It had to be tough to have to try and make GoT questions work for someone who has had nothing what so ever to do with the show. He tried though, and I applaud him for that. This was a pretty long press conference though so Rooker didn't have time to hang out for a gillion pictures afterwards as he had his Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer panel to get to. The gentle caress he gave my arm thanking me as he left the room will probably stick with me forever (in a good or bad way is yet to be determined). I was bummed that I had to miss the Henry panel, but since it was for the Bill Corbett interview I'd call that a pretty damn good trade off.

So once again I've put the streaming audio for those that are logging on from real computers, and the downloadable version for those that aren't. I've figured out Audacity, but not how to make HTML work for mobile viewing. Baby steps...

Again, because of the length/file size it's broken into 2 parts. Here's part 1

And here's part 2

Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been reborn as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet. Follow beth0rama on Instagram or on Twitter @NeedlessBeth where she doesn't post often enough to be annoying, but updates way more than Google+

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