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Mike Monty

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You worked a lot with American producer Dick Randall, who was very active in Italy. What kind of man was he?


Dick Randall

Oh, he was an interesting character. He had some kind of brushes with the law, and went to jail for some kind of financial scam, so he was sort of in exile in Europe (laughs). He was very good at producing movies for just a few bucks; the pictures weren't big hits, but they raised enough money to make others, and so on.

Any memories of "Frankenstein's castle of freaks", where you had a small part as a peasant?


That was fun. Dick Randall was the producer again. It had an amazing cast : Rossano Brazzi, Gordon Mitchell... There was Edmund Purdom, a very nice guy and a good actor. It's a shame he didn't have a better career, but he had an issue with alcohol back then... There was that midget, Michael Dunn, and Salvatore Baccaro, who played the caveman. He was a very gentle guy, very quiet, but scary-looking. I had never seen a face like his in my life!

You appeared in several films made by French director Jean-Marie Pallardy. How do you remember him?


Ajita Wilson and Jean-Marie Pallardy

Jean-Marie was a good friend of mine. I made like, four or five films with him. They were soft porn movies, we had a lot of fun. I met him in Italy, and often went to visit him in France, and he'd come to visit me in Italy. He was kind of hectic, a bit helter-skelter, but you got used to it. He always had lots of ideas and projects. We worked without a script. When we asked him about it, he'd say that he had it all in his head! Now I get to work with the Japanese, who are a bit like that. At least, with Jean-Marie, we could speak the same language! (laughs) In "L'Amour chez les poids-lourds", the lead actress was Ajita Wilson, who was a transsexual. A very strange person... I was confused about her and wasn't positive about her sex change for a long time. However, she had big hands, very manly... She hanged around a lot with Dick Randall. Who knows what happened between them? (laughs)

Do you still get in touch with Pallardy?

Actually, I got to talk to him on the phone last year : he had a project in the Philippines, but he couldn't get it done because now, it's kind of dead for the co-productions.

One the films you made with him, "Le Journal érotique d'une Thaïlandaise", had a hard porn version. It starred Brigitte Lahaie, who used to be a very famous porn star...

Yeah, it was a soft porn movie, but they made an alternate version with hard porn scenes. I remember Brigitte was very good at giving head. I had a simple part, and didn't get to participate in those scenes, but I was on the set and sure enjoyed the show! (laughs) I also met Sylvia B., who also was a famous sex star at the time. She had a kind of a crush on me, we stayed together for like seven months, she'd come to see me in Italy and I'd come to see her in France. She was such a way out girl, a really wild broad... I saw some of her movies and couldn't believe what she did on screen! She owned a sex shop in Paris, where she'd sell all kind of stuff, like bicycles with dicks on the seats! (laughs)


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