By Scott Murray
With Back to the Future celebrating its 30th anniversary (Whoa, that is heavy) I thought it would be fun to go BACK and revisit a couple of interviews I conducted with cast members.
I launched my first podcast in 2011. It was called The Critic Show, and the concept for it was a little too broad and simplistic. I didn't know that then because I was very new to podcasting. However, I also didn't know just how much success I was going to have getting celebrity interviews. As it turns out, I ended up having a guest on almost every episode, causing me to eventually change the name of the podcast to Beyond the Screens.
James Tolkan was on my fifth episode. I booked both him and Efran Ramirez (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite), and it was then I realized I was developing quite the track record for getting guests.
The first thing I remember about this interview was how James chuckled during my introduction. When I was done reading it, he could tell I was a well-prepared interviewer. Actually, he said I definitely wasn't a "slacker". He was a nice, down-to-earth guy who seemed to really like talking about his career. I not only enjoyed hearing him talk about Back to the Future, but it was also fun to hear what inspired the "Your ego is cashing checks your body can't cash" line from Top Gun.
Here's my 2011 interview with James:
I love it when I get the chance to do an in-person interview. I met Claudia Wells (Jennifer) at a local convention. She was funny and very full of life. One of the things I remember from this interview is how sometimes even the simplest questions can generate interesting answers.
The truth is, her character isn't in the movie all that much. So, I had to work harder to come up with questions to ask. I remembered she was in the scene where Huey Lewis was judging rock bands, and I decided to ask about working with him. It seemed like kind of a lame question at the time...but it generated a fun conversation.
Here is my interview with Claudia:
Universal just announced that Back to the Future will return to theaters for a one-night event on October 21st.
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