Interview mit Greg Travis (in englisch)
MW: Thank you Greg for your time for this Interview, i hope you feel ok today?
GT: Yes I just had my eggs bagel and coffee so I feel fine.
MW: How did you get into the film business?
GT: I started as a Magician when I was 12 years old. Then drama class and plays in High school and started making films in High school as well. We had a camera that was super 8mm with sound. So we made two full features "Joe Dynomite" & Future Circus" in my home town north of Dallas Texas.
MW: How did you get the role in "Starship Troopers"?
GT: Paul Verhoeven offered me that role with no audition because I worked for him as a co-star in Showgirls the year before. We got along really well. He likes to talk film as I do and is a very down to earth guy. When he has a minor problem with something in the script or the film he will stand of in a corner of the room and shut his eyes and I guess visualize the whole scene in his mind. Then he finds his answer and we shoot it. But while he is silently visualizing no one can say a word.
"Showgirls" is one of my all time favourite movies, and Phil Newkirk is certainly one of it's interesting characters. How did you get the role of Phil Newkirk?
GT: This was a normal audition and I made it in for a call back with Paul and we hit it off well. He liked what I did with the part and I got it. I will say that I worked on that audition more than almost any I had before and it paid off.
MW: What was the longest it’s taken for them to prepare you for a scene?
GT: I guess In Starship it took a long time for the effects team some day working with the robot bug. LOL
MW: What are some of your favourite memories or behind the scenes stories from your time on the movies?
GT: In my very first film "Humanoids from the Deep" I played a DJ and the location was way up in Zuma beach at night so on my way up I stopped off and bought a bucket of KFC chicken. I didn't know if they would feed me or not you see. So when I got there they said I didnt need to do that and the food truck would be there etc etc. But later on the food truck never showed up and the crew ate my chicken it was all the food we had. LOL So you never know.
MW: Are you currently working on any other projects?
GT: Yes I have two films out now that I directed MIDLIFE is on iTunes and indiereign & amazon. Also I just finished a comedy hour film that is shot in B/w 16mm detective noir film called Dark Seduction. And I have a few films that I act in coming out soon as well. Goeitha, Dug up, etc
MW: What is your favorite movie and actor / actress?
GT: It's hard to have an absolute favorite but if i had to pick one I think "A Clockwork Orange" is a perfect movie. I love Marlon Brando in "Last Tango in Paris". And Gena Rowlands is great in everything and is wonderful in the Cassavettes film FACES.
MW: What you do in your free time? What are your hobbies?
GT: I am always working on one of my film projects for my company GT productions. or looking for the next acting job. I feel like I am just getting started and now I sort of know what I'm doing. I use to paint a little bit and I write screenplays as well. But I don't have any totally abstract hobbies.
Thank you for this great Interview! Michael Wald