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John Abruzzi - Prison Break (2005)

I was on that for a year and a half. That’s enough. If you get locked up in TV you never get to do a movie again. I had to get them to kill me, so they couldn’t write me back in. It’s funny: it was on regular television, but everyone thinks they remember violence and naked women and dirty foul language. Nobody even smoked in that jail! It was strange how it could even have survived. You can imagine it having a life on Cable, but on regular TV, to have a prison drama where you can’t say fuck… it’s amazing really. Abruzzi was based on a true character from the 16th Century, called Camillus de Lellis. They called him The Saint From Abruzzi. He was more or less the founder of the Red Cross. He was a womanizer and gambler and killer, and then he had an epiphany, and he and his soldiers put on the red crosses and put up soup kitchens and night shelters for the poor. When they were wearing the red cross they could walk onto battlefields and take care of the wounded, and nobody was allowed to touch them. But he went back and forth between this stuff and the gambling and womanizing his whole life! So it was cool to play this guy who was a killer, but was always torn by bad conscience.

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1 I never saw Star Wars
That line in Armageddon always bugged me: "You ever heard of Evel Knievel?" "No, I never saw Star Wars." If you've never heard of Evel Knievel, why would you associate him with a movie you never saw??! Either he's just making two totally unrelated statements for some reason ("I've never heard of him, and also I've never seen Star Wars"), or he HAS heard of Evel Knievel, and thinks he's a character from Star Wars, a movie he's never seen. More

Posted by sowasred2012 on Thursday May 9, 2013, 16:18

2 RE: What about...
Yeah Empire. Why didn't you ask him about every role in his entire career? How dare you just pick 10? You should have talked to him for at least 19 hours. You didn't even talk to him about his theatre work in Sweden in the 70's! What kind of show are you running! More

Posted by Osric on Monday May 6, 2013, 11:52

3 What about...
Hansel & Gretel, Witch Hunters, The Lost World : Jurassic Park, The Brothers Grimm, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Lock-Out... More

Posted by Toursiveu on Saturday May 4, 2013, 19:50

4 Armageddon
'yuri, you ever heard of evel keneval?' 'i've never seen 'star wars'' More

Posted by spark1 on Friday May 3, 2013, 14:47

5 Great actor
Yes, Fargo has the quintessential Stomare villain, but I also absolutely LOVE him in Minority Report. Such a seedy bastard. You feel like taking a shower after that whole sequence. Freakin' love that movie. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Friday May 3, 2013, 12:44

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Great feature.. You should do a series of them on all the 27%ers. More

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