LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Actor Lance Henriksen Part 2
By James Whittington, Tuesday 21st December 2010
Lance Henriksen is one of the most respected and best loved actors working today. He has appeared in many movies, most notably Aliens, Terminator and Near Dark. The celebrated series Millennium has returned to the Horror Channel with Lance in the lead role of profiler Frank Black. This acclaimed show is quite simply stunning so we decided to catch up with this very busy man for a chat about his career so far. In this, the second part of a two part feature, Lance talks about how hard gruelling the schedule was and his hopes for the return of Frank Black.
HC: Is it true Chris Carter created the character of Frank Black specifically for you?
LH: That's what I’ve heard. I don’t know but that’s what I’ve heard.
HC: It soon gained some serious critical acclaim and a strong fan-base; did that add more pressure on you and the crew to deliver even more than you were?
LH: No. No, if anything it gave us hope for another season and also that we realised we were working 14 – 15 hours a day sometimes longer and that. We all became an American/Canadian family; we were shooting it up in Canada and we were just determined just to stay at it. I remember once a year for the three years that we did it the studio that we were shooting at had a mock theatre with the marquee and everything and three times in three years I walked out of my trailer and they had put up on the marquee “Lance Henriksen Gets Nominated For A Golden Globe” and it was like a little lift for us all whether I got it or not it was still a lift.
HC: The series was at times bleak and raw, what was the atmosphere like on set?
LH: Bleak and raw! For real. Oh yeah, man. There were some scenes where Brittany [Tiplady] who played my little girl, there was a real danger of her really getting scared. There was one with a clown in it and that clown was hideous to me I didn’t like to look at it even. It looked like insanity but Chris and everybody else on that set were protecting her, we wouldn’t let her get scared. She was a wonderful, free little actress and there was no reason to get her scared to play the scenes. All children are wonderful actors, they really are. Her family were there and they were really wonderful people and supportive of her and protective of her, so was everybody on the set really. The point is that when it gets dark like that you take it home. I remember working basically 6 days a week. On paper it says 5 but on Friday a long night into Saturday. But anyway on a Sunday I was a basket case, I was so physically drained. I was sitting in a restaurant with my wife because I had to make the attempt to keep the marriage going, to give her the attention on my day off instead of just snoring at her. I remember sitting in this restaurant and almost falling asleep sitting at the table waiting for the food to come and she woke me up and said, “Baby, baby. You’re snoring”, (laughs), and I said, “What am I doing here?” it was like I had literally fallen asleep and woken up in a scene I didn’t know where I was. And I thought we’d better eat up and go. It was tough on her, very tough on her.
HC: How did you feel when the show came to an end?
LH: I’m going to blame this on myself again. Between season one and season two I played Lincoln in a thing for the Turner network, it was The Day Lincoln Was Shot. I flew from Canada home for a couple days and then I jumped on a plane to Richmond, Virginia that’s where we shot it and I became obsessed on Lincoln of course as he’s a very intriguing character and the wonder of his mind and his speeches, all of those things. I didn’t get a chance to rest but was totally obsessed with who he was. And I finished it, jumped on a plane home for about a week and then I had to go back to Canada to start the second season and then worked my ass off that season again and I was determined to not work between those seasons. So I went home and laid on the beach which was the smartest thing we ever did and I could really tell how tired I was when I got to Hawaii.
The ironic part is that when you’re making television there’s no end in sight. If I’m making a movie and they say its four months and that’s a long movie and I have done them six months long you always know that the end is in sight and you can pace yourself. You know that you can walk out of it at the end. I went to Hawaii and I was so beat up and we’d started the third season and it was really rigorous and even in the stories my friends were becoming my enemies and there was this and there was that and I ended up shooting one of them it was like an emotional roller coaster so when we’d finished my wife had told me at the time at the end of the season that she was pregnant and I was really overjoyed because we really wanted a baby. We’d quit smoking a year before that as we really wanted to get pregnant and we wanted to give the baby a chance. When we left at the end of the third season we were in my truck heading back to LA and they called us on the road and they said that the show wasn’t being picked up next year and my wife and I started laughing and giggling we were so happy (laughs) and they heard it over the phone and they said, “You’re laughing (!) We don’t feel good about that”, and I said “Well, I’m sorry, that’s the way it goes” We were relieved and we went home, had the baby and took off for the year to help nurse the baby, not me, help my wife. I was happy and not because Millennium was over but Millennium at the end was getting chaotic it was almost like there was no goal anymore or the goal wasn’t clear and it didn’t have the focus of the first season or the interesting challenges that the second season brought on. And now after the break from Millennium that I started to really think what a film would be like because we were trapped without language. If we had been on HBO and we had more language capacity we would have been an entirely different show what I think was natural for that. That’s what a movie would do.
HC: If the series was to return would you be up for resurrecting Frank?
LH: Sure, sure I would but again the ground rules would be different now because when we did it was dark and I had grown men in supermarkets come up and say, “Man, I watched some of Millennium I liked it but it scared me too much and I can’t watch it” It was like he was in his house and it scared the sh*t out of him and he couldn’t watch it, it was a taboo. I said, “Come on, you’re a grown man. I survived it (!)” (laughs). Anyway things would change you know the dynamic in the country in terms of entertainment has radically changed and I think man, there’s fans and there’s money on the table I don’t understand why they don’t just jump on it. Because it’s such an exciting prospect it really is.
HC: There’s a group named Back To Frank Black who are campaigning to bring the show back, have you been involved with them in any way?
LH: Oh yeah, oh yeah. I’ve been involved for months, almost a year now. James [Mclean] he’s an awesome guy and Troy [Foreman] and others and even that group has grown. There’s Joselyn [Rojas] she’s down in Venezuela, we got people in Boston, it’s a phenomenal group. My beliefs are my direction and everybody else’s is there’s but one of the things that we have in common is we want to see the movie made and we have developed certain strategies that we’re trying to get the attention of Fox and Chris Carter and everybody to understand that this is a distinct possibility. That is the part of the reason for me of writing a book. Also I have other irons in the fire having to do with films that are going to be coming and those things are going to tip the scale. I’m doing anything I can to tip the scale towards getting this movie made. And a lot of good is coming out of it. We are doing auction on the internet for Children Of The Night we’ve got all kinds of plans to reach out and keep us all in the fold the fans and ourselves.
HC: So what’s in your immediate plans at the moment?
LH: My immediate plans are all in action and if new ones come up then I kind of jump on them but right now we’re finishing the book. Jim Cameron gave us the title which is great and he allowed us to use a line out of Aliens and so we got that title and the book is almost completely done. We’re doing a final, final, final polish on it and remember I only do one autobiography I won’t be doing a second edition. So its kind of important I get the points out and what Joe Maddrey (co-writer on the book) wants so it’s a very exciting process. And that’s not full-time. I’m also the voice of Droid and I’m very pleased about that as they do very creative stuff and in its own way its lucrative and it makes me able to choose between the alimony films (laughs) And apart from that all the strategies are in play and that’s a lot of work for Back To Frank Black and everybody that I know so that’s what’s happening.
HC: Lance Henriksen, thank you very much.
LH: You’re welcome, James. Very much.
Related show tags: ABOMINABLE, DREAM WARRIOR, MILLENNIUM MORE INTERVIEWS Interview with Lars Klevberg, director of Child's Play (2019)
Posted on Thursday 10th October 2019 It was the remake everyone was against! The interweb was ablaze with negativity but director Lars Klevberg and his team managed to pull off one of the best horror movies of 2019. Here he chats about the smart shocker, Child's Play.
HC: How nervous were you taking on a re-imagining of such a beloved concept and franchise?
LK: I was in fact very nervous the minute I signed on to do the movie. Before that, I worked relentlessly for weeks to get the job, but immediately after getting it my body had a very stressful reaction. I was fully aware of the legacy I was about to re-open so, I didn't sleep one minute that night.
HC: W...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Chris Bavota, co-director of Dead Dicks
Posted on Sunday 6th October 2019
Horror is the perfect genre for getting across very serious issues. Dead Dicks, which is showing at Grimmfest today does exactly that by looking at the sensitive subject of mental health. Here co-director Chris Bavota talks about this intriguing movie.
HC: How did you and co-writer and co-director Lee Paula Springer first meet?
CB: In case people don't know, Lee and I have been married for almost 10 years and we have 2 young daughters. Making movies somehow came as a natural evolution of that but wasn't really a part of our lives until about three or four years ago. We originally met back around 2004 through a mutual friend and honestly, we didn't really ge...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Robi Michael, writer and director of Every Time I Die
Posted on Saturday 5th October 2019
Grimmfest 2019 is well underway and one of the stand out movies so far has been Every Time I Die from director Robi Michael. Here he chats about this gripping movie.
HC: Was there one person or movie that you saw that made you want to be a director?
RM: Hard to think of one person or movie, because as long as I remember, it was clear to me that all I want to do is make movies - I was in love with films and decided to pursue it from a very early age. I was too young to realized what it takes to make movies or what is the job of a director. I can say that an early big influence in story telling is the legendary graphic novel writer, Alan Moore. Books like "Watchmen" and "V for...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Tom Botchii, director of Artik
Posted on Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Grimmfest 2019 begins tomorrow and Horror will be there bringing you news of all that happens as well as three Facebook Live events on the 4th, 5th and 6th of October.
One of the movies showing is Artik from director Tom Botchii so we chatted to him about this superb, brutal shocker.
HC: Where did the idea for Artik come from?
TB: The idea of Artik came from two things - 1) Getting my car broken into and seeing the initials A-T-K tagged on the wall behind it. When discussing with police they said that stands for a local gang member named ARTIK and when he spray paints ATK it means that you're marked and he or one of the other gang members is coming back to brea...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Rob Grant, director of Harpoon
Posted on Monday 30th September 2019
Grimmfest 2019 is only days away and Horror Channel will be there delivering all the info you'd want from this fear-filled festival as well as bringing to you three Facebook Live events on 4th, 5th and 6th October.
Here we chat to Grimmfest regular Rob Grant about his superior psychological shocker Harpoon which is showing at the festival this year.
HC: It's been a couple of years since we last chatted when Fake Blood played at Grimmfest, what have you been up to since then?
RG: Been very busy... was a director for hire on Alive. that I unfortunately had to miss at last year's Grimmfest due to an illness in the family, made Harpoon and been travelling around ...SHARE: READ MORE Brand new interview with Dee Wallace, star of Cujo, The Howling and now Beyond the Sky
Posted on Sunday 12th May 2019
Dee Wallace is one of those people who seems to have be around forever and yet never ages in enthusiasm or her ability to bring to life some of cinema's most memorable characters. With a resume that includes E.T., The Hills Have Eyes, Cujo and now Beyond the Sky, we chatted to Dee about her career to date and how she prepares for each acting project.
HC: What made you want to be an actress?
DW: Oh, you know... I was born! (laughs) Seriously, I think creative people are just born to be creative and they have to find an outlet for that. My mother also was a beautiful actress, locally in my hometown and did all the plays at church so I think I naturally found my way into a family that supporte...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Horror's Channel Manager Stewart Bridle
Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 Stewart Bridle is Horror Channel's longest serving Channel Manager. He has guided Horror for almost a decade and has managed to bring to our screens many classics as well as introducing us to some new horror movie talent. In this, our 15th anniversary month we chat to Stewart about his role and some of the juicy pieces he has lined up for the rest of 2019.
HC: Have you always been a horror movie fan?
SB: Yes! I've always been interested and fascinated with horror and all genre stuff. I have an older brother who would manage to rent or get bootleg VHS of some great horror titles and I have memories of watching things like the original Dawn Of The Dead or slashers like The Burning while far too youn...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with exploitation legend David McGillivray
Posted on Wednesday 24th April 2019 Ahead of Horror Channel's premiere of Pete Walker's Schizo on April 27th, horror and sexploitation movie writer/director David McGillivray reflects on disastrous scripts, his volatile relationship with Walker and writing smut for Julian Clary.
Q: Schizo is unusual in your body of work with director Pete Walker because the concept and narrative were not of your choosing. How much of a problem was that for you?
DM: Huge. I thought the script that we re-worked was terribly old-fashioned and this led to big arguments with Walker that ended our relationship.
Q: You often play a cameo in the movies you've written - you're 'Man at Seance' in Schizo. Any particular reason?
DM:...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Abner Pastoll, director of Road Games
Posted on Thursday 21st March 2019
Horror Channel loves to promote new talent in the industry and one of the most exciting new directors around is Abner Pastoll. His first feature, Road Games, is an adrenaline packed killer of a thriller which is showing on the channel on March 22nd at 9pm. We decided to chat to Abner about this tense movie and his plans for the future.
HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the film industry?
AP: Yes. I remember being as young as 4 or 5 and just knowing with such clarity that I needed to make films. My family had a cinema, drive-in and video store, all of which certainly enhanced my obsession with movies of all shapes and sizes.
HC: Was there one film t...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Zach Lipovsky, director of Leprechaun: Origins.
Posted on Thursday 28th February 2019
On March 1st, Horror is bringing you the UK TV premiere of a real corker of a shocker, Leprechaun: Origins. The movie follows two couples backpacking through the Irish countryside who end up spending the night in an old cabin, and learn the terrible truth about Ireland's most famous legend. So begins a living nightmare... The movie is a smart entry into the franchise so we decided to chat to its director, Zach Lipovsky.
HC: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to work in this industry?
ZL: Yes, I grew up as a child actor. Mostly as an excuse to be on set and not at school. I was quickly more interested in making movies than acting and from the age of 10 started shooting silly pro...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Tom Paton, director of Redwood
Posted on Monday 4th February 2019
Ahead of Horror Channel's UK TV premiere of Redwood, director Tom Paton reveals the secrets of his prolific work-rate, talks about tackling the subject of fake news and the twists and turns of his new film Stairs.
HC: Redwood gets its UK TV premiere on Friday 8 February, courtesy of Horror Channel. Excited or what?
TP: Honestly, I'm so proud that Redwood has made its way onto Horror Channel. I've been a huge fan since the channel launched and over the past decade I've discovered so many horror gems on there from classic through to films I'd never heard of but now love. It feels incredible to know that someone might discover Redwood in the exact same way.
HC: Is it true y...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with journalist and documentary maker Calum Waddell
Posted on Saturday 2nd February 2019
Calum Waddell has been involved in writing, reviewing, making documentaries and teaching about movies for over a fifteen years. His knowledge on cult movies has been used by such labels as Arrow Video and 88 Films as well as appearing in magazines such as Total Film, Fangoria and DarkSide.
We managed to talk to Calum about the ups and downs of his career and his plans for the future.
HC: When did you decide that you wanted to become a journalist?
CW: I am not sure I ever was a journalist [laughs]. Maybe just a for-hire film writer more than anything else! But my biggest inspiration about cinema was and still is Kim Newman, whose work I discovered at a very young age...SHARE: READ MORE Interviews Archive: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 PICK OF THE WEEK
Saturday 26th October
Friday 25th October
Saturday 26th October