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Saturday, February 27, 2010

VAULTCAST: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper Talks They Live!

It was a rainy afternoon in not-so-lovely Utica, New York in the summer of 2006. At an undisclosed location (in other words some random industrial hell-hole), I was on-hand for a photo-shoot for WWE's upcoming special one-shot magazine "The 51 Worst Offenders", chronicling the most memorable ring baddies to ever lace up a pair of boots.

On hand were the likes of the Iron Sheik, Edge and Ric Flair. And on this particular day, one of my duties as a senior editor of WWE Magazine involved sitting down with the number-one man on our villains list, the one and only "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. I talked with the Rowdy Scot for a full two hours, discussing the ins and outs of his wrestling career.

But being the consummate geek I was/am, I simply could not resist the urge to question him about They Live--specifically that epic fight scene with Keith David. Even though I knew it would never make the magazine, just for fun, I got the Hot Rod to talk for a couple of minutes about his role in the John Carpenter cult classic--including getting the part, and what it took to pull off that ridiculously long scene.

Those few minutes have never seen the light of day--until now. And so, dug out from the B-Sol archives, I give to you this tasty little tidbit of Roddy Piper reminiscing about his starring turn in one of the '80s most memorable horror flicks...




As always, feel free to head to the official Vaultcast page, where you can also directly download this audio.

12 comments:

Pax Romano said...

Great bit of trivia (Having Piper watch "The Quiet Man" at Carpenter's request to view the (at the time) longest fight scene.

Thanks for digging that one out, very entertaining and informative.

Uranium Willy said...

This is great stuff! I loved him in They Live. I actually saw it at a short run at the theater in San Antonio. That fight scene is timeless. Grueling. But, looking at the picture in your post, I think you can take him.

Thanks for this. High level stuff.

Bill @ The Uranium Cafe

B-Sol said...

Thanks for the praise, guys. I was so excited when I found I still had this stuff recorded. To tell you the truth, I have countless hours of stuff that would probably be considered priceless to fans of wrestling and wrestling history. There might be a book in this someday!

le0pard13 said...

This was great to hear, B-Sol. Thanks for posting this. BTW, the R2 DVD from the UK for THEY LIVE has a John Carpenter commentary track on it. And, Roddy Piper joins him for it! It's a good pick up to have if you have a region-free player.

Andre said...

Ooooh bless you. Ahah I just love him.

B-Movie Becky said...

Oh this is sooooo awesome!!! Thanks for posting!

B-Sol said...

My pleasure guys. I've been thinking of dipping more into my WWE treasure trove, but it's hard to find stuff that's horror-related! Hmmm...maybe I have Kane talking about See No Evil in here somewhere...

oducerproducer said...

In the past i've actually thought about doing a wrestling blog on top of my horror one.

Emily said...

Way to make my Sunday morning!

Emily said...

Way to make my Sunday morning!

MarilynMerlot said...

LOL oh I remember when u boys took this trip:)

B-Sol said...

Yep, and I remember getting grilled about everything that went down lol

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