Horror Grindshow Double Feature /Bloody Mary-Lite/Suitable for Murder / /Dodge City: A Spaghetto Western /Mutant Species /A Matter of Honor /Future Zone /My Science Project /What Waits Below/TRON/”Disneyland” (2 episodes, 1980)/GUS /”Shazam!” /The Island at the Top of the World
1)Do you miss Hollywood ? For Filming ?
I miss the old Hollywood that I came in on the tail of in 1969. I have no use for, or desire to, ever live out there, again. There is nothing about the “new” Hollywood and it’s radical activism and decaying morals that a boy raised in Alabama can find it in himself to identify with, or for that matter, even care to determinate with, much less raise a family around.
As for filming, I prefer the artistic freedom of the Independent, light cavalry, guerilla approach that I’m enjoying out here in the hinterlands, rather than the union-heavy, mega-budget overture favored by the quagmire, brutish dinosaurs affectionally known as the Hollywood studios.
2) You have at least 3 movies coming out soon, Details ? “Twist Of The Vampire”(aka Horror Grind show Double Feature),Bloody Mary-Lite and Suitable for Murder…
I get offed in two of them (TWIST OF THE VAMPIRE and SUITABLE FOR MURDER) and befuddled in the other [as the Devil in BLOODY MARY-LITE (an urban faerie tale)]. BLOODY MARY-LITE is still in post production while the SUITABLE and TWIST films are completed. MARY is a dark comedic, modern, noir fairy tale, with some gore; TWIST is a dark comedic, 40’s style noir, detective fare, also with some gore; and SUITABLE is a modern, action drama with — you guessed it — a lot of gore.
3) What is it like to be a ICON ? Definitely Shazam, Tron and for me, What Waits Below characters leave a lasting impression?
First of all, thank you for the kind entitlement, but I just feel very fortunate that I got to portray an ICONIC figure (not to mention my childhood hero) like Captain Marvel. As to what it feels like, I truly don’t know. You wake up in the morning and go outside and much to your surprise the sun has come up, again. The birds are still in the trees and singing. The ass&^%#’s car that took up two parking spaces in front of your building the night before is still there. The neighbor’s dog has taken a dump on your lawn — for the godzillienth time. And you still can taste the hydrocarbons in the air as you clear the flim out of your chest and ptoowie it out into the street to be slimed onto the tire of some passing auto that’s belching smoke like a five dollar rent-a-car.
Ah, hell, it’s good just to be alive. it’s a great feeling. I just wonder if Clayton Moore, Johnny Weismuller and Steve Reeves, among others, had these same reflections about me when I was growing up. Hah!
Bottom line is: I reckon we all have a role model we look up to, whether it’s a movie star, rock star, religious figure, your father and mother, etc. I had The Lone Ranger, Tarzan, Hercules and Captain Marvel (as well as dad and mom). Others had Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc. No matter who or what, though, the Universe keeps expanding — and nobody gets out alive. And everybody is somebody’s hero in some form or other. So, to answer your question, “what’s it like to be an icon?” well, sports fans, your guess is as good as mine, cause I guarantee ya — unbeknownst to you — there’s somebody out there that looks up to you with a swelling chest and an adoring eye and you woke up and saw the same sun that I did. Now, that kinda makes me feel humble. How ‘bout you?
4) Do you prefer: Acting, Writing, Producing, Directing ???
Do I like king crab, lobster, scallops or shrimp? Well, most certainly, but they all have qualities that I prefer at different times and on different occasions. And depending on the project, there are times I would prefer to have acting over directing, or producing over writing, or perhaps, even all combined into one unique dish. And at the proper times they have all had their excellent qualities presented to me during the course of my film career and they all have their own artistically tantalizing challenges. But to put them in an order of the most viscerally stimulating and gratifying, I would have to put acting first, then directing, writing and, lastly, producing.
5) What is the BEST of “The BOSS twick” On/Off set?
One occasion occurred during the run of a play I did with Dorothy McGuire, “Sweet Bird Of Youth.” I was told one night after a performance by a fellow actor in the play that he enjoyed being on stage in the role of the Heckler every night just to watch me do the scene where I, as Tom, Jr., blister the character, Chance Wayne, about giving my sister Heavenly a “disease of a whore.” He said each night he felt in his gut that I was really going to rip this guy’s head off. (Even the actor playing Chance said, he loved the petrified feeling for his life he would get during that scene.) But what was really the best was when these guys later told me what a pleasure it was to work with me. Coming from fellow actors who are just passing acquaintances, that feels really good.
After a live performance — or doing a film — the praise is always appreciated, but because of the way people are in such gatherings, it should mostly be perceived, more or less, as a social nicety. Ergo, I’ve never heard of any actor having someone come up to them after a performance and saying, “your acting stunk.” So, I’m sure there are those out there that despise me, just not to my face.
6) What is the WORST?
The worst was being fired from Shazam! for a trumped up reason. Saying that I was holding out for more money, when in fact, it was due to me being at the doctors office being treated for an on-the-set injury the day before. (I was doing a take off when my stunt boxes collapsed on me.) This was a show that I busted my butt on to make it the best it could be, and these executive producers sold me (and the show) down the river out fears from their own projected, petty grudges. (I later heard that they absolutely despised my lawyer of the time.) I go into greater detail of the incident and the aftermath — with actual photos of the injury as it happened — in my forthcoming book “Myth, Magic, and a Mortal.”
7) What can be said of working with the DISNEY company?
I had the great fortune to work in the pre-Eisner Disney when it was like being in a family — not a hatchet studio when the Disney family was pushed out. It was a great company to be a part of and afforded me a lifelong friend in Bill Shepard, who along with Marvin Schnall, ran the casting department, at the time. The last movie I did for Disney was “The Secret of Lost Valley” that Vic Morrow directed just before his tragic death on the “Twilight Zone” set.
8) How do you stay in such great shape ?
Moose Tracks ice-cream and running my ass off — literally.
9) YOUTUBE –Good or bad ?
Both. Good and awful.
10) Mr. Bostwick thanks for this chance to talk with a ICON, Any last words for fans or collectors ?
Well, from one ICON?? to another, he he … like you, I always look forward to meeting and talking with as many folks as I can, while I can. This is what I enjoyed when I did my first appearance with C.C. Beck, Clayton Moore, Kirk Allen and Noel Neill, among others, and it still holds true with me today.(reprinted from blog,2009)