Snipes - Monroe Hutchen
So, Ving sat down and said
he could kick your butt.
WS: He's gotta say that!
He's a big dude, and big dudes, you know, they gotta flex like
Ving said that you connected
with him once by accident when you were fighting, and that he
He got hit a couple times... We
just kept rollin'.
was the fighting tough?
WS: The physical demands
to do boxing films
you do three minute rounds, five minute
we do rounds based on the dialogue, and when you have
to do that five or six times, then you stop, your body cools down,
they come over and sprits you with the spray bottle, that feels
like they just threw ice on your scrotum! It's terrible. Then
you gotta come back and you do it again for three days back to
So why do it?
WS: I don't know
think because I'm still capable of doing it. I like the idea of
being a dramatic actor who still has a strong physicality and
can cross over into those kinds of roles. And the opportunity
to train with the professionals, to get some real good pointers
and tips from a man like Immanuel Stuart, that's a once in a lifetime
Is there going to be a Blade
WS: If everything goes
well, we'll try to spit out one more. New Line is interested,
Are action films your preference?
WS: I'll do an action film,
and then I'll go back and do a drama or a comedy, or something
less action-oriented. I'd just like them to be pushed more so
that people know that they're out there. I've only got a couple
more years to be jumpin' around a kickin' and all that kind of
stuff. It's getting harder and harder and I'm getting injured
more frequently than I used to, so the clock is ticking.
Thank goodness for special
WS: Well, I mean, the next
thing you know it will just be my mouth and my whole body will
for the love scenes
What else are you working
WS: We're working on Strays,
which is an animated feature from Nickelodeon, a comedy about
two dogs from the hood. They go to a party down at the pier and
they end up on a boat that takes them to Africa.
What's the attraction of
It's one of those films, not only for my kids but for me as well.
I like animated films. They're funny. It's nice to sit down and
just be entertained
you can get away and suspend reality
with animated films. It stretches the imagination.
Tell us about Godforsaken.
WS: Well I don't know if
there's much to talk about just yet. The deal isn't inked yet,
and we don't know if it's actually gonna "go."
What's the one-liner for
WS: A hit man who finds
out he's dying of cancer, he decides to put a contract on himself.
All the hit men from all over the world come after him, and then
he gets a phone call, "sorry, it was the wrong record."
So he's trying to get the hit pulled off, so it's an action comedy
Like Pulp Fiction.
are your thoughts on fame, and how do you cope with the challenges
that it brings?
WS: I don't worry about
"those other things." I don't allow myself to get caught
up in the whirlwind of all the "movie stars are supposed
to do this and supposed to do that and supposed to be there..."
If the box office is dadada
Does it make me a better actor?
No. If I don't do movies again will I still act? Yes. Can I still
be happy? Yes. If I don't have a career again will I jump out
the window? NO. It helps me through the day
If I quit acting
I'm just going to be a deejay
Now if you take away my records,
then we've got a problem, that'll make me cry.
You usually work in a lot
of Eastern ideas or things, and symbolism into a lot of your films,
and in Undisputed you were building the pagoda house out of toothpicks
Was that you again?
WS: Actually this time,
that wasn't me. That was Walter Hill's idea.
Do you think he was influenced
by your other movies?
The E! Network just ranked
you as the 5th Toughest Actor in Hollywood
Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe
Jackie Chan, Michelle
Yo, and then you were number five.
Crowe and the Bruce Willis
I don't get it.
Are you comfortable with
the tough guy role?
WS: No, not in my everyday
life. I'm a wimp
you could still beat Russell Crowe, right?
WS: No doubt. [laughter]
It's very interesting because you know it's like me, Jackie, and
Michelle, we're the only ones that do everything that we do. The
other guys, they don't do that stuff. Russell Crow doesn't do
any of that! I guess I have to do Gladiator to get that kind of
I gotta go get an Oscar
[Wesley just laughed.]
So if you could just choose
to do any movie you'd want to, the most kick-ass movie ever
WS: Gladiator 2 so I could
move up in the ranks
So besides Blade, if there
was another character, a comic book character
WS: Black Panther.
Are you doing that?
WS: I'm slated to. We're
trying to get it prepared for production next year, so we'll see.
You know how this movie business goes. Will Smith could be in
the role, I could wake up tomorrow
"Will's doing Black
What was it about acting
that appealed to you?
WS: The girls.
Is it still the girls?
WS: It's always been the
The reason I went to college and studied so long was
for the girls.
Has it been worth it?
WS: Absolutely. The college
money was well spent.
How did you pay off your
WS: I actually wanted
to be a dancer. The river just kind of took me down to that acting
side, but if it was up to my druthers I'd still be dancing.
You use dance in your films,
like choreographing fights
WS: I look at life as a
dance and I like to have the characters be in sync with the rhythms
very rhythmical and balanced
Even with the
martial arts it's kind of like doing dance or a dance performance.
We have to rehearse in front of the whole crew and the cast, and
so it's almost as if you're having a live performance in front
of the crew and the cast before you start filming, so you've got
to be on your game
Are you as passionate about
WS: I want to get better.
I think there are things that I
I have weak areas in my craft.
What are your weaknesses?
WS: Sometimes tonality.
Sometimes choices I make that could be more emotionally full
The problem is that when doing a lot of work in films back to
back you don't always get the same time to prepare for the project.
Then even in this business sometimes you don't know if the project
is gonna go. Wednesday they say the project is gonna happen and
then Thursday the project is off again. So it spoils the time
to really prepare and really flesh out the characters
Do you want to direct?
WS: No time. Takes too
long. It's too much. No. No. No. To have people yelling at you
and talk about money
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