James Bond - 20: Interview
Interview by Clint Morris
Interview with Michael Madsen
Actor from Bond 20 and Kill Bill films.
Those ray-ban glasses, that urbane deportment, the coolness
that drips from his forehead
Could it possibly be anyone
else other than Michael Madsen?
From his Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs to the alien-busting
conqueror of the Species series, Madsen oozes style
- and is venerated for it. Now on the set of the latest James
Bond movie, he tells Clint Morris about fresh beginnings,
a locked role in Ian Fleming's 007 series and about Quentin
Tarantino's next movie.
plays Damian Falco in Bond 20
As we speak, it's still untitled, so the movie going world
only knows it as Bond 20, but the new James Bond movie
is shaping up to be the most intriguing addition yet to the
Pierce Brosnan returns for the 4th time as Super Suave agent
007; with a familiar face joining him for the first time.
That's Michael Madsen with the gun and surfboard over there.
Odd combination for many, but it suits this towering prankster
down to a tee.
Madsen is entering the franchise as Rogue CIA agent Damian
Falco. "Shaken Not Stirred", says Madsen when asked
how the mood is on the set.
"No injuries as yet," he says "...maybe just
to my psyche". It wouldn't be surprising if Madsen has
knocked up a bruise or two, just last week co-star Pierce
Brosnan was injured while shooting a water sequence.
Reportedly the cast has had to learn how to surf and tackle
the sea for a dazzling moment early on in the film. "I'm
also learning to surf," Madsen tells. "But I'm Damian
Falco, the head of the NSA," referring to the unsound
occurrence of a suit and tie wearing agent catching tubes.
Although details are still wooly, part of the next Bond film
purportedly involves Bond going undercover to discover the
dirty deeds of the film's villain, Colonel Moon and its Madsen
as Falco, who lends a hand to the bravado spy. "It's
not a big role but it's somewhat pivotal in that it introduces
a new recurring character," Madsen says of the role he
won back in December.
"Most of my scenes are with Judi Dench (as M), who is
a delightful human being." As for the famous Madsen good
guy might be bad routine, there's no hints from the man himself.
"Let's just say it's pivotal."
Madsen is highly indebted of his return to big screen blockbuster
cinema, following a down time spending most of his working
days on B-grade video numbers. He'd also like to star in a
movie alongside his sister, actress Virginia Madsen, but has
a couple of sure-things to keep him busy until that comes
"I'll be returning in Bond 21!" says an
energized Madsen. He has also cleared time to re-unite with
his Reservoir Dogs director Quentin Tarantino for a
new movie called Kill Bill. "My name is Budd and
I live in a trailer park in Texas," he says of the part.
"I've been working on the scenes with Quentin for a few
months now. I'm Bill's (the titular character) little brother,"
"And let's just say Bud's dangerous." And despite
its setback, Madsen is still hoping he gets to work with Tarantino
on that Pulp Fiction prequel. "If there is a god
it will still be made." But as happy as he'd be to reprise
his role as the bank robbing Vega brother, he's keeping away
from the Species series. "Species 3? If
there is a god, I hope it's not happening," he laughs.
Seems the only way to go is up for Michael Madsen. And whether
it's shooting the breeze with 007, or mixing martinis with
Tarantino, there's a big chance you'll be lining up to see
a Madsen movie at the multiplex again very soon.
"Sure, there will be more crap. However, I'm looking
forward to a bright and promising future, which was once my
destiny. Hey I'm learning to surf!" Fulfillment comes
in small packages.
Bond 20 opens November 2002.
Kill Bill opens 2003.
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