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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 Cronenbergs adaptation of William S. Burroughs's The Naked Lunch. He's also had supporting parts on 24, Dexter, Fringe, and House. And if that werent 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.
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 thats waking up the past, thats waking up nuclear energy and storing it, which is devastating.
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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.
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.
storing energy is devastating?
That is hilarious
I remember all the pop songs from the 60s that were about how fun plutonium weapons were.
Too bad. I LOVE Buckaroo Banzai!
“I said is someone out there crying in the darkness?”
Powered by Plutonium....
What an ignorant dumbass
I still like RoboCop. And Peter was the reason I like RoboCop, so there must be something good about him.
Just remember no matter where you go........
looks like Kurtwood Smith
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.
Whoops, mixed up Weller with Matt Frewer who played Max Headroom. My bad.
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 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.
Maybe Youtube should open theaters that just play random videos from their site 24-7 and see how many youngsters notice.
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.
I believe Kurtwood Smith played a bad guy in one of the Robocop Movies.
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.
Not Gary Oldman but Josh Brolin (good actor as well!).
“Why is that Watermelon there?” “I’ll tell you later”
Clarence Boddicker in the original "RoboCop."
Kurtwood Smith in real life is nothing like the common sense disciplinarian dad we all know and love. He is an Obamabot.
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.
He was a professor at Syracuse University.
Go Eagles. Denton is not the town it was in the 60’s and 70’s.
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.
Where has Obamatron showed any backbone on national security or national defense?
Here's a scopitone from the 60s for one of them:
Clarence Boddicker....absolutely one of the greatest villains in movie history. Made the flick.
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.
...... there you are.
He narrates the Engineering An Empire series on History channel. You can tell how much he is into the Renaissance.
LMAO! That’s just wrong.
That’s Kurtwood Smith, not Peter Weller.
Peter Weller played Robocop - didn’t get to see his face much.
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.
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.
lol...I was wondering if anyone remembered
that was such an odd but borderline cult flick
for it’s day
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.
Creeping Jesus, what a tale.
Some days I think that stupid is cultural, a learned thing. Other days, I think that stupid is genetic.
My bad I got the years wrong. Phyllis George and Shirley Cothran Barrett.
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.
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!"
Laugha while you can, monkeyboy!
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!
I can’t help wondering if naming the character Penny on “Big Bang Theory” is a tip of the hat to Penny Priddy.