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Peter Weller on Star Trek, Getting His Ph.D., and Defending J.J. Abrams
vulture.com ^ | 5-2-13 | Bilge Ebiri

Posted on 05/20/2013 10:59:15 PM PDT by Bender2

Peter Weller on Star Trek, Getting His Ph.D., and Defending J.J. Abrams

by Bilge Ebiri

If you saw Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend and couldn't quite place Peter Weller, the actor playing Starfleet Admiral Marcus, allow us to refresh your memory: Weller starred in two of the biggest cult films of the eighties, Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and RoboCop, as well as in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of William S. Burroughs's The Naked Lunch. He's also had supporting parts on 24, Dexter, Fringe, and House. And if that weren’t enough, the man is currently finishing up a Ph.D. in art history. He talked to us recently about his stint on Star Trek, his diverse career, and his professor's problem with J.J. Abrams.

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Why would your character Admiral Marcus go and revive a madman like Khan, even to use as an ally in a secret war? When you prepare for a part like this, do you think those questions through in your mind?

Absolutely. Think: In the sixties, during the Cold War, most of the United States supported the making of plutonium weapons — and that’s waking up the past, that’s waking up nuclear energy and storing it, which is devastating.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; antiwar; peterweller; probama; startrek; startrekintodarkness
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Back in the mid-1960s, old Pete and I went to North Texas State University as it was called back then. I was a Broadcast-Film Major, Pete Theater Arts.

We were only passing acquaintances but I heard him speak enough to see he was one of those 60s service brats who were quenched in the full blood of liberal BS.

And now like then, he is still stuck on stupid.

1 posted on 05/20/2013 10:59:15 PM PDT by Bender2
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To: Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; Larry Lucido; ..
Re: In the sixties, during the Cold War, most of the United States supported the making of plutonium weapons — and that’s waking up the past, that’s waking up nuclear energy and storing it, which is devastating.

Can any statement show more stupidity than this one?

I am sure if I read more of his interview, I could find some, but--

Gadzooks! Pete is still the same ill-informed idiot... he was 47 years ago.

2 posted on 05/20/2013 11:03:57 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

storing energy is devastating?

lolol

That is hilarious


3 posted on 05/20/2013 11:08:01 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Bender2

I remember all the pop songs from the 60s that were about how fun plutonium weapons were.


4 posted on 05/20/2013 11:08:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Bender2

Too bad. I LOVE Buckaroo Banzai!


5 posted on 05/20/2013 11:09:14 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

You bet!

“I said is someone out there crying in the darkness?”


6 posted on 05/20/2013 11:16:37 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Bender2
In the sixties, during the Cold War, most of the United States supported the making of plutonium weapons — and that’s waking up the past, that’s waking up nuclear energy and storing it, which is devastating.

Powered by Plutonium....

What an ignorant dumbass

7 posted on 05/20/2013 11:33:48 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Bender2

I still like RoboCop. And Peter was the reason I like RoboCop, so there must be something good about him.


8 posted on 05/20/2013 11:37:41 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Bender2

Just remember no matter where you go........


9 posted on 05/20/2013 11:49:55 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: GraceG

looks like Kurtwood Smith


10 posted on 05/20/2013 11:50:41 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Vince Ferrer

There’s nothing wrong with liking actors for their acting ability. Weller performed some very interesting characters that were integral to the renaissance of sci-fi in the 80s: Robocop, M-M-M-Max headroom, and (depending on who you ask) Buckaroo Banzai all impacted movies and/or sci-fi.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 12:02:07 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

Whoops, mixed up Weller with Matt Frewer who played Max Headroom. My bad.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 12:04:27 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Re: I still like RoboCop. And Peter was the reason I like RoboCop, so there must be something good about him.

Never said old Pete wasn't a good actor.... but even Hitler was good to his dog--

Until that day in the bunker he used him a guinea pig... for a cyanide pill.

I had to use...  photo Hitler-2-125.gif Blonde--

Eva wouldn't...  photo Hitler-Eva-1-250.gif swallow!

13 posted on 05/21/2013 12:10:13 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Little Pig

I saw this new Star Trek this weekend. It has been only less than 36 hours, but as early as 12 hours since I saw the film, it had deteriorated in my mind into a incoherent bunch of short clips of people, with some yelling and explosions, the “why” of which has become a faded mystery now. The film is like cotton candy in my brain.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 12:12:22 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer
One of the problems with rebooting anything for today's crop of ill-informed, 12-to-14-year old, bread & butter 5 to 6 times going movie attendees is that they have such a short attention span... you need to have many short bursts of over the top action or comic stick to keep them from simply eating the popcorn and forgetting they are in a movie theater.
15 posted on 05/21/2013 12:20:43 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Maybe Youtube should open theaters that just play random videos from their site 24-7 and see how many youngsters notice.


16 posted on 05/21/2013 12:23:25 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: mountn man
Re: looks like... Kurtwood Smith

No, I am...  photo KurtwoodSmith-ST-1-L-150.gif Kurtwood Smith!

17 posted on 05/21/2013 12:27:59 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: mountn man
Re: looks like... Kurtwood Smith

No, I am...  photo KurtwoodSmith-ST-1-L-150.gif Kurtwood Smith!

18 posted on 05/21/2013 12:30:11 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All
Gazooks! What was in that last drink? I'm... seeing double!
19 posted on 05/21/2013 12:32:19 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2


20 posted on 05/21/2013 12:38:58 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Bender2; GraceG; GeronL

Rust never sleeps, but it’s been getting quite tired lately.

So I guess we’ll just have to wake up the Plutonium.

Neil needs a new hit.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 12:45:17 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi
Gadzooks! Cannot forget...  photo b38-a.gif his hit—

Plutonium...  photo NeilDiamond-R-150.gif on the rocks
Ain’t no surprise
Pour me a drink
And I’ll tell you some lies
Got nothin’ to lose
So you just glow...  photo NeilDiamond-L-150.gif glow all the time--

22 posted on 05/21/2013 12:59:06 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: mountn man

I believe Kurtwood Smith played a bad guy in one of the Robocop Movies.


23 posted on 05/21/2013 1:12:36 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (America has a two Party system, the Tea Party and the Communist Party.)
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To: Bender2

There are some people doing interesting things out there. I am really interested in seeing the Oldboy remake out this fall. I would have never imagined Spike Lee of all directors helming this project but I think Gary Oldman is a great actor so we’ll see. I also really liked Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 so I am looking forward to ELysium as well. There is a lot of chaff these days but some people are doing really neat projects as well.


24 posted on 05/21/2013 4:49:00 AM PDT by 31R1O
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To: 31R1O

Not Gary Oldman but Josh Brolin (good actor as well!).


25 posted on 05/21/2013 4:58:02 AM PDT by 31R1O
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To: SoCal Pubbie

“Why is that Watermelon there?” “I’ll tell you later”


26 posted on 05/21/2013 5:00:19 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Clarence Boddicker in the original "RoboCop."

27 posted on 05/21/2013 5:16:55 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: mountn man

Kurtwood Smith in real life is nothing like the common sense disciplinarian dad we all know and love. He is an Obamabot.

http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/dad_on_tvs_that_70s_show_stumps_for_obama_in_kenosha_441975341.html

Peter Weller, on the other hand, appeared regularly in documentaries for the History Channel about ancient history. He may or may not be a liberal, but he knows a lot about classical literature and history. So, that is one good thing about him.


28 posted on 05/21/2013 5:50:46 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas

He was a professor at Syracuse University.


29 posted on 05/21/2013 6:05:41 AM PDT by goldi
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To: Bender2

Go Eagles. Denton is not the town it was in the 60’s and 70’s.


30 posted on 05/21/2013 6:13:59 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Vince Ferrer

All movies are made for the ADHD crowd. No acting at all, just mindless violence, explosions, sex, and stupid antics. TCM is the only place I watch movies.


31 posted on 05/21/2013 6:16:13 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Bender2
There are military leaders now in the United States who feel that, for instance, Obama’s a wimp. So it’s very simple to step inside that skin.

Where has Obamatron showed any backbone on national security or national defense?

32 posted on 05/21/2013 6:34:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!
I remember all the pop songs from the 60s that were about how fun plutonium weapons were.

Here's a scopitone from the 60s for one of them:

George McKelvey "My Teenage Fallout Queen"

33 posted on 05/21/2013 6:43:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: GraceG

Clarence Boddicker....absolutely one of the greatest villains in movie history. Made the flick.


34 posted on 05/21/2013 6:44:00 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Bender2

Hollywood (and Broadway) have given up writing anything new. 400+ comic books for Superman and Spiderman and they keep remaking the movies that they’ve already made about these characters.


35 posted on 05/21/2013 6:46:58 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: wardaddy
Just remember no matter where you go........

...... there you are.

36 posted on 05/21/2013 6:52:55 AM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: 3Fingas

He narrates the Engineering An Empire series on History channel. You can tell how much he is into the Renaissance.


37 posted on 05/21/2013 6:54:33 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Bender2

LMAO! That’s just wrong.


38 posted on 05/21/2013 7:24:41 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: GraceG

That’s Kurtwood Smith, not Peter Weller.

Peter Weller played Robocop - didn’t get to see his face much.


39 posted on 05/21/2013 7:39:57 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: Resolute Conservative; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Re: Denton is not the town it was in the 60’s and 70’s

Tell ya how quickly it started to charge in 1966. There was this girl at North Texas in some of my Broadcast-Film courses who was a knockout. Honey blonde hair worn like Sharon Tate. Always carried a hint of expensive cologne. Great figure, on the tall side with stunning legs. Like most girls on campus in those days, she always wore a mini-skirt, stockings and high heels. Was just a simple joy to look upon her, poetry in motion to quote an old Frankie Avalon song. She was refined, graceful and made sense when she talked. Sadly, I was engaged and being faithful or I would have been on her like fleas on a short haired coon hound.

A year or so flows by and I am shopping at Northpark Shopping Center in Dallas and there she is and I barely recognize her. Her eyes are glazed over and she is giggling like a simpleton. She reeks of body odor. She is unwashed, barefoot with long stringy, dirty, dirty hair dressed in a sweatshirt and torn jeans.

I stop and look at her in disbelief. She recognize me, ambles over and says, "Hi Danny-- [giggle, giggle, giggle], you know fighting for peace is like--- [giggle, giggle, giggle] f*#king for chastity. Want'a support some chastity? [giggle, giggle, giggle] Just need some bread to get some weed."

Yes, I turned-- Yes again, very slowly but I turned and walked away. I never saw her again. Now that always stuck with me as how quick things changed in the 1960s. Sure she was just one pretty young girl in my memory who fell from grace into the dark side of the anti-war hippie culture, but the crowd she ran to and with are the very sumbitches Obama is today putting into control over our government, our healthcare and our lives.

Now, that scares the living crap out of me!

BTW A very small part of me still stings that I didn't take her up on her offer... but a bigger part is glad I did not.

And now well into my dotage, I give that bigger part of me hell regularly for that! Like 007 I may have changed her for the good of King and Country.

40 posted on 05/21/2013 7:44:40 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Not to try and start a brush fire but there are those that advocate legalizing weed. Did her some good didn’t it?

UNT (was NTSU) had some very good looking girls going there. Turned out two Miss Americas (’69 and ‘75) and neither of them were the best looking (albeit they were hotties).

The whole town has changed as well. I remember when the mall was built that was the southern edge of town and there was nothing north of university except the idiot hill area off Sherman Drive. I knew everyone I went to high school with in our big 4A, now they have 4 high schools.


41 posted on 05/21/2013 8:07:07 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Lizavetta

lol...I was wondering if anyone remembered

that was such an odd but borderline cult flick

for it’s day


42 posted on 05/21/2013 8:13:36 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Resolute Conservative
Re: Turned out two Miss Americas (’69 and ‘75) and neither of them were the best looking (albeit they were hotties).

Believe you are forgetting Phyllis George...  photo PhyllisGeorge-1.gif Miss America 1971.

Not only was she a great gal and a true lady, she was better looking than the law should allow!

We shared classes and activities at NTSU and were both represented by Peggy Taylor Talent back then. In 1971 I was the Talent Coordinator there when she won Miss America.

43 posted on 05/21/2013 8:42:02 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Creeping Jesus, what a tale.

Some days I think that stupid is cultural, a learned thing. Other days, I think that stupid is genetic.


44 posted on 05/21/2013 8:52:08 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Bender2

My bad I got the years wrong. Phyllis George and Shirley Cothran Barrett.


45 posted on 05/21/2013 8:55:21 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: green iguana

I used Kurtwood because he was weller nemesis in Robocop and played Red Forman in 70’s show and always called the hippies “Dumbasses”...

This seemed apropriate.


46 posted on 05/21/2013 9:23:43 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: dr_lew
Hey, hey, hey, hey-now. Don't be mean; we don't have to be mean, cuz, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
--Buckaroo Banzai

Yeah, that's deep, but Penny Priddy wasn't and Ellen Barkin is now barkin' mad.

How things have changes since '84 or '85 when I saw that movie in a a guns allowed Phoenix theater.

These days, when I look at the world around me I hear Lord John Whorfin: "Laugh-a while you can, monkey-boy!"

47 posted on 05/21/2013 6:56:41 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Laugha while you can, monkeyboy!


48 posted on 05/21/2013 7:12:17 PM PDT by Ladysmith (Every time another lib loses its job, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: Bender2

I guess that means I can’t love “Robocop” anymore. There’s just nothing left.

If Keanu Reeves is a raging lefty don’t tell me because I’m not giving him up. Nagonnadoit!


49 posted on 05/21/2013 7:13:27 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: GBA

I can’t help wondering if naming the character Penny on “Big Bang Theory” is a tip of the hat to Penny Priddy.


50 posted on 05/21/2013 7:27:49 PM PDT by Ladysmith (Every time another lib loses its job, an angel gets its wings.)
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