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Matthias Hues

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You did a lot of fighting roles in your career and, in our opinion, you are one of the very few action film actors to be both impressively muscular and nevertheless fast and supple enough to remain credible when doing martial arts fighting scenes. What is your martial arts background? Do you have any specific model or inspiration in this matter?

I was blessed enough to had good trainers from all sorts of backgrounds, I was taking it all in, tried to learn and take the best from each martial art. Even took a liking to boxing and kickboxing, Kempo I liked a lot. But the best fighting style for me is kickboxing.

Your name appears in the credits of the movie "Cage", starring Reb Brown and Lou Ferrigno, but it seems your fight against the latter has not been kept in the final cut. Do you know if this scene appears anywhere, maybe on a DVD release? Any memories of Reb Brown and Lou Ferrigno?

Oh I didn't know that, hmmmmm sorry I cannot help there... too bad.

You happened to work with producers Joseph Merhi & Richard Pepin (PM Entertainment), on a movie called "Executive Target". From our point of view, they look like a pair of lucid businessmen as well as a tandem of industrious, fast-working movie makers, shooting quite interchangeable scenarios without really caring about the artistic aspect of their films. What impression did they make on you? According to the IMDB, Joseph Merhi directed 32 films and produced 110 within 20 years, which seems a lot. Do you know if he has directed 100% of "Executive Target", or was he more or less relying on "yes-men" and 2nd unit directors, just crediting his name in the end?

Well, as I remember this film, he did it all, was there every day and it was his pet project. I was quite nervous about all the names he had and was busy to keep everybody happy as the cast was a not so easy one to work with. All actors who are pros and have their own strong opinion. I remember having talked to him to kill me off the film, as I was not happy being just the bad guy without having anything to do in the film. He did grant me the favor and killed me.

You also worked with David A. Prior (on the film "Hostile Environment" a.k.a. "Watership Warrior", co-starring Brigitte Nielsen), a movie maker which has made many films since the beginning of the 80's, always with very low budgets but (reportedly) highly devoted crew members. Would you confirm? What are your memories of the man and of the shooting?

Hmmmmmm well, do not remember too much of it, I saw it was too low budget but liked him a lot as a man of his words and how he got everybody to work so hard, yes I liked him. I like Daren Shelavi being on it, we had so many ideas of how we wanted to do things but it was not meant to be. This film was a great attempt but something went wrong. Hmmmmmmmmm!! You are just not in control as an actor, you find out later when you see it and sometimes you go... AUTSCH!!! Then again I turned down some very good films because of the money they offered not being enough and later said... Autsch! Why was I so stupid! "Cyborg", one of them, "Highway to Hell" another, and some others I do not remember now of hand.

You also did a big film for TV, "Age of Treason", shot by a director we appreciate, Kevin Connor, and in which you played a gladiator in the Roman antiquity. Was it a pleasant change for you to do something different from your usual roles as a cyborg, a henchman or a soldier of fortune?

Oh yes, I LOVED this film, this is what I love to play, but here again they slaughtered the film, cut all the fun and exciting things out, we had so much gladiator fight scenes and Coliseum stuff. It would have been the perfect combination for ones, acting and action, but it ended up just being like a play or so. We had such high hopes for it as being picked up as a series regular for CBS, but it was before its time I guess. Today, with shows like "Rome", we would have a better chance to get this liked by the viewers... this was so much fun and Kevin is a great director, this is what acting is all about.

Would you have any special memories or anecdotes about Mexican actor Jorge Rivero ("Fist Fighter 1&2", "Death Match") and Jalal Merhi ("Talons of the Eagle", "TC2000")?

"Fist Fighter" was great, Jorge was so famous at the time in Mexico it was a trip to be around him. I mean we went out and it was like being with Stallone. I met so many cool people, all the right ones I must say, the top of the top in Mexico, richer than most Americans, but also the poor and normal. It was a great shoot, we worked hard, he punched me out for real and I felt good about it, ha ha! Made it all much more real. We were trained by Jimmy Nickersen, he is the one who did the fight scenes in Rocky one or two, I do not remember, a Veteran stunt man and great fight guy, he worked us out hard every day, kicked my ass many times, split my lips and just before it healed I split it again to remind me of my guard. I got him for this after the shoot and wrestled him to the ground in front of them all. Jorge was cool at all times, in great shape and a real guy to have fun with.

As for Jalal in Toronto, yes so many good times there too, great fighting and he had a good nose to find good fighters and actors to come up. He was a cool guy, honest and hard working, I liked him a lot.

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