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I could talk about Blade Runner forever.
– Brion James
I prayed to God for help and I put myself in a recovery house called Studio 12. It was for people in the business and you didn’t have to have any money to go, which was good because I was broke.
I did 125 films, and over 100 television shows, and you’ve never seen the same character twice.
I still do television. I don’t care. I just want to work. I love to work. I want to do 500 movies.
My whole deal when I do accents or dialects is I gotta fool the locals. If I fool the locals then I’ve done my job.
I’m a character actor, so I don’t take the hit if the movie’s bad, the lead does. So, I don’t want to be the lead. He takes the hit, I don’t.
The bad guys are the best parts.
My dad had a movie theater so I was there every night.
The best thing about Sci-Fi, which is my favorite genre, is that there are no rules for behavior. So you can do anything you want.
I was a different kind of kid, oversensitive and all that.
I never play a villain that I don’t have something I can either do or say so the audience sees there is something redeemable about them. In other words, I don’t want to do evil for evil’s sake. I don’t want to do Jason slasher movies. There’s no point in that.
The interesting part of the process is developing the character, you know, why did he become that? Why is the guy a murderer, or why is this guy a pervert, or whatever he is. So that’s the fun part for me to delve into the abyss.
Work begets work.
Larry Kasdan is a great director.
You know, stand-up comedy is where I pretty much started out.
In the ’70s, everybody was doing drugs, so long as you showed up and did your work, they’d use you until you died.
Blade Runner helped make my career. Everybody was in it. Who knew?
I’m a parrot. I can pick up an accent and just do it.
I’ve never considered myself a leading man, don’t look like one, don’t want to be one.
I’m big and a lot of the stars are smaller so if you’re big and mean looking, you play bad guys. After Blade Runner, I was the meanest guy in Hollywood.
I play out negative fantasies for people. I’m the guy people love to hate. And they always remember the bad guy.
Westerns was why I got into the business. I grew up on a small farm in California and all I ever wanted to do was to play gangsters and cowboys in movies.
You never know what show is going to change your life.
Producing is nothing more than bringing all the elements together, connecting people.
I couldn’t say no to jobs and I couldn’t say no to drugs. I’d get high from a movie, I’d be somebody else because I didn’t particularly like me, so long as I had a script in my hand, I was okay. As soon as the movie was over, I didn’t know what to do.
Since very early in my career, I have always did my own stunt fighting.