-Interview by Nic Brown-
But lest you think him limited to only action and science fiction films, Worth got to show his true talent as a writer, director and actor with his independent film GOD’S EARS. Playing the lead role of Noah Connely, an autistic boxer, Worth gets to show off his talents both in front of and behind the camera. Now Michael is taking a break to talk with B-Movie Man Nic Brown about how he got his start in film, some of his latest projects, and why he has Tim Thomerson saying “Bring me the head of Lance Henriksen!”
Nic - Michael when did you first become interested in cinema?
Michael - You know, I
was so young I can barely remember. I do know it was Ray
Harryhausen that really got me interested in doing movies
and I originally wanted to be an animator. So I went out and
bought a movie camera, one of the Super 8s, and I shot a
film called THE TIRE about a tire that falls out of a rocket
ship and hits the Earth and then goes rolling down the
street, killing everybody! Then I just noticed, just the
other day, that there is a movie coming out called RUBBER
and it’s about a killer tire! Somebody ripped me off.
[Laughs] That’s what happens in
Nic - I’ve heard you are a fan of B-movies and hearing about Ray Harryhausen’s influence on you just confirms that. What are some of your favorite B-movies?
Michael - Don’t get me
started! My brother and I grew up in the era of the local
horror hosts on TV and we had Creature Features out in the
Bay Area. In fact I’m writing a script now that’s a
fictional account of all the horror film hosts. But like I
said, we had Bob Wilkins and he did this show called
Creature Features and he showed films like ATTACK OF THE
CRAB MONSTERS and INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN. Now my
brother, he was into GODZILLA and the giant monster movies
but for me it was always the weird, creepy, bizarre ones
Nic - In addition to your work as an actor, you are also a writer and director. Tell how you got into that and about some of your work behind the camera.
Michael - Well as a kid,
I was writing, directing and acting in my own stuff on the
Super 8. Then I came to
You just finished shooting another film out in
Michael - Right now, the
film is called
JABBERWOCKY; that may change before it’s released.
Steven R. Monroe is directing it. My character, Alec, who’s
just returned from fighting in a war for two years, teams up
with his brother and their village to take on this giant
jabberwocky…which to me was a tennis ball on a stick so we’d
know where to look before the special effects are put in. In
the actual movie it will look a lot more impressive
[Laughs]. I actually shot a movie called U.S. SEALS 2 out in
the same spot in
Nic - On that note, what do you think about the changes in films as the industry moves away having rubber monsters in your face to tennis balls on a stick, from traditional effects and into more CGI and such?
Michael - That’s kind of
the thing because the industry was actually getting to a
point where the “rubber monsters” were looking really good,
and then the CGI idea came in and everyone just sort of
abandoned that kind of traditional effects. The problem is
that the new B-movies are the CGI based films where a lot of
times it’s like a cartoon, sort of like you just stepped
into WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. It can be done really well,
but it just costs a lot. Look at KING KONG, TRANSFORMERS,
Nic - Aside from fighting CGI monsters in
Michael - I’m glad you
asked that! The next thing I’m working on is a film called
BRING ME THE HEAD OF LANCE HENRIKSEN. It’s an accumulation
of sort of my experiences and the experiences of many of the
people I’ve worked with in this industry. It’s sort of a low
rent Entourage about ageism in
Nic - So Michael, what do you do when you aren’t making movies?
Michael - [Laughing] God…I think I must be sleeping! Actually I’m working on a book right now that was kind of an accidental thing, but none the less, I’m committed to doing it. Besides that…I don’t know. I think I might be sick or something, but I’m stuck in movies [Laughing again]. This business is so competitive that you have to really stay ahead of it. If I’m not writing or working trying to figure out what the next thing is then you kind of fall behind. But don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy it! I’m not some kind of weird workaholic. I still read, watch TV, go to the gym, have sushi and stuff like that.