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Interview de Mike Monty (page 4)

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Mike Monty (page 4)


The film work seems to have more or less ceased in the Philippines around 1991...


Mike Monty abusing a helpless stunt dummy on the set of « Jungle Raiders » (1985) [photo courtesy of John Dulaney, on the left of the picture].

Yeah, the Philippines just stopped making co-productions... The co-producers were messing around with the money, so it stopped being interesting. The movies weren't quality enough for the international market, which was being saturated anyway, so the Filipinos just stopped making them. Also, the country has had problems with the terrorists, so most of the foreign film crews have stopped coming.

In 1994, you appeared in "Labirinto dei sensi", an erotic movie shot by Joe D'Amato... Any memories?

Did I? Really? Oh, god, yeah, you're right, I played a grandfather part or something... No, sorry, can't remember...

You have kept making movies since the Filipino film industry slowed down. Could you tell us about your activities?

Well, I made several movies with the Japanese. I learned to my surprise that I was fairly well known in Japan! There was some Japanese TV series, with three Caucasian girls. It was made after "Charlie's angels", and I was playing the Bosley part, driving them around and taking orders... I think the title was "White tiger" but I'm not so sure how it got released worldwide. Right now, I often work with the Japanese. I'm half-retired, but basically, when they shoot a movie or a TV series in the Philippines, and need a Caucasian actor, I'm available!

You also worked on several films directed by Bruno Mattei between 2000 and 2004.

Yeah, I worked as some sort of production assistant, I helped write the scripts, I translated them for the locals crew members. I also played small parts. I'm almost 69 now, and I can't play the action leading man anymore! (laughs) Some of the movies were adventure/horror, others were erotic quickies.

Do you plan to spend your remaining years in the Philippines?

See, I'm married, and we have a kid who's 19, and finishing university, so soon I won't have to look for him anymore. Maybe we'll stay in the Philippines, but I miss Italy, so I might go back there. We're not very positive about it yet.

Thank you for your time, Mister Monty.

Thank you, too!


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