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Interview de Matthias Hues (page 3)

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Matthias Hues (page 3)

You acted in a lot of B-movies, which we know have often very tight budgets. Furthermore, most of them were action films, that is to say films in which you may sometimes have put your life, or at least your health, in danger. Do you have memories of some especially trying, difficult shootings? Have you ever been hurt on a set? Are there stunts you once did on a film that you would refuse to do now?

Actually "Dark Angel" a.k.a. "I Come in Peace" was the most dangerous one from all. Many times I heard the explosion guy saying, no this is going to blow Matthias right up and the director said, well he just has to jump higher or run faster so it won't get. Well, I have done some of my fastest runs and best jumps on this film, just to save my ass! The worst is I always knew before hand that if I was not fast enough it would be getting me. So my heart rate was always way up every day.

All other things were all in good fun. I have been an athlete all my life, so it means nothing to me to get forced to the limit.

Oh, one day I was shooting "Digital Man" in the desert, the day of the big explosion where I blow up a house with my gun alone. The house was rigged over a week with explosives that would send the entire desert to hell. The day comes, I am all set to pull the trigger staying only a hundred yards from the house. I am in my gear, look around, I cannot see one person, I mean all I saw were people hiding about 500 yards away in man made ditches. The firemen where hiding behind some other walls of the set, right next to it. I suddenly got ill to my stomach and thought, wait a minute, even the fire truck is parked so far out of the way, what the hell is going on here. I stopped the take in time, had the director called up and said to him, do you notice anything funny, or odd about this scene, he looked around, Phil Ross is his name. He got it right away, ok he said, I will be right here with you facing hell, how about that. He wanted that shot so bad he was willing to go down with me if needed. So he moved out of the frame but on the same line of fire as me. KABOOOOOOOM. The house explodes, comes at us, I mean everything from wood to doors and so on. It was like facing hell on open day. Nothing happened to either of us, luck had it... But for the future you must be nuts facing a wooden house that explodes into the sky only a few hundred yards away. NO THANKS!

Nowadays, in cinema, there are far more computer generated images and digital special effects than when you started in the business. Do you mind shooting in front of a blue or a green screen? Do you find it more difficult or less funny to work this way than to do "real, live fights" with other actors?

HMMMMM, yes it's a bit stupid but sometimes it is the only way if there must be monsters or dangerous animals, and they make it look so real and as an actor you need to raise to every occasion, you are used to it. I mean you need to learn to adapt real fast, even if you cannot do a thing, you say yes I can do it and learn while doing. Often I had to ride horses, I hate it, everybody asks, are you good with horses, and I say sure I am, but in the end all I do is just get on it and ride into the sunset and have only a prayer to get through it. But while you are doing it you are the guy in the film being the horse rider and it goes fine automatically, no time to think, just act.

Looking back on all your past experiences on the sets, what are your very best and your very worst memories as an actor?

Best, "Dark Angel" a.k.a. "I Come in Peace", by beating the odds of getting blown up. Worst, having a small role as a bruiser and just sitting around most of the time. I am a work horse, I need action and excitement, I feed on it.

You once said "What Bloodsport was for Van Damme and Rocky for Stallone or Terminator for Arnold: it takes a huge box office hit to make big time regardless how good you and your talents are, so you have to keep at it till you happen to be in a film that does just that...". Even though you never reached the popularity of your fellow German speaking muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, you managed to make a name for yourself and work enough as an actor to make a good living. With the hindsight, what look do you take at your career in the movie industry, not just professionally but as a human/life experience?

Well, I say I am just really get going and now, with all that I know and learned, I can be a better man and actor and concentrate on what is the key to make it to the next level. I would have done things differently many times if I could now, I am too shy to play the Hollywood game, but it is a must, you need to sell out and go out and pretend to be more than you are and make people love you all the time, I did it for a while but got burned out, but for some reason I am now more up for it than ever, I have more energy than when I was 26. I take more classes, work on my techniques. I love films so much I would do everything for it, with good taste of course.

Lately, you did a film called "Goy", a German/USA co-production also starring Christopher Mitchum. It seems you also co-produced the film, and created your own company, "Matthias Hues Entertainment". Could you tell us a bit more about it? What are your plans for the future, both as an actor and a producer?

Yes, "Goy", I was only the co producer on it, meaning I helped in LA putting some touches to the film in a way of finding a casting director and some other elements that would help to speed up the production. But it is not my film nor do I have rights or ownership what so ever on it. "Matthias Hues Entertainment" is not active as of yet, as I am too busy to work on the acting in the moment. This will come to play later in my life. I love filming, am busy to get better roles all the time, I have some work cut out to move into better, bigger budget films, been close so many times to make the leap but still am trying hard to make this happen. Currently I am up for some bigger studio production, well let's see how this all turns out. I am happy and grateful to be in this biz and being part of this wonderful industry.

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