Monday, February 04, 2002

10 Questions with R. Strother

Dog Food star Cal Slayton makes an appearance this month in the Web Zine Sequential Tart . Cal did the cover art for this month's issue and consented to an interview as well, which you'll find in the "13 Questions" column. Inspired by this (and hungry for more Dog Food news), we e-mailed 10 questions to director R. Strother. Suprisingly, he responded.

1. How's the progress on the new, untitled foreign film going?

Slowly. This film is epic in scale, and to construct the action of each complex scene while still preserving the nuances of the performances is a daunting task. Plus, I've spent the last two weeks on a drunken binge.

2. Will it be faithful to the book?

Well, we threw out that whole romantic subplot, but I don't think anybody will mind.

3. What do you think of Cal Slayton's comic book work?
Cal's very talented. Just as long as he doesn't let his little moonlighting activity get in the way of his duties as a Dog Food performer, we won't have a problem.

4. We hear Richard Lane is about to be a father. Will this have an impact on his time as a Dog Food actor?
Again, I understand these guys have their own lives. So long as they don't let these little trivialities affect their ability to show up on time on the day of the shoot, everything will be fine.

5. You shocked everyone by making your last short film without Jim Ghio. Will Ghio's star be eclipsed by Slayton?
Jim Ghio has been an excellent star. But sometimes a little competition between actors is healthy for their performances, you know what I mean?

6. Insiders are saying that Kelly Crosby only appears in a few scenes in the new film. Is there a reason?
Crosby's becoming a problem.

7. What about the rumor that the new film will be released in a dubbed version?
Never. Crosby, Lane and Slayton spent months learning their lines in Italian phonectically, and getting them through it was too much work to toss away. Conversely, Ghio already speaks fluent Italian and the problem there was getting him to stop.

8. Much has been made about the walk-on from George Clooney. Can we expect any other surprise guest appearances?

Heh-heh-heh... yes.

9. Are there any big scenes that were filmed but will not make it into the final cut?

I've already cut Ghio's big nude scene, so you won't be seeing that. I didn't want to lose the female audience.

10. Do you think audiences will respond to the new film?

Probably not, after all this phoney-baloney hype. It's just a shot-on-video piece of crap, you know.