by T. TEYMUR / Today.az (16 May 2010)
Some movie fans say, that the peak of war-action movies was back in the mid and end 80's. I'll have to agree with them. There however was another so called "branch" of action movies - the ones that were shot in Philippines. They were cheesy, brainless, with lots of explosions, deaths, fights, in other words - action was over the top, and it, as the time went on, turned them into cult movies. The good thing is, the leads in the movies, were mostly americans, or widely known international stars. Such as Gary Daniels and Richard Norton started their careers in "Philippino action" films.
There were also american actors, who stayed in Philippines, and were acting in pretty much every action movie that was being made there at that time. To name a few, Jim Moss, Nick Nicholson, James Gaines. And James Gaines in fact, is the one who will be answering the questions! With just under 50 action films under his belt, veteran actor shares his memories about the "golden era" of action films, difficult work as a director.
Read the Rest: When the Vietnam War raged... in the Philippines: Cool Jim Gaines interview!
The Korean War Baby was once privileged to work with James in numerous films. I first met James back in the late 1970’s during the filming of “Apocalypse Now” where I worked as a Casting Assistant. After I left the Philippines in 1985, James and many others continued to make films.
“When the Vietnam War Raged” is a great blog by Jack who has covered the zany low-budget B-movies that I had a chance to take part in. For ten years I worked with “American actors” our group was called “Pigs in Space” an assortment of guys in the Philippines and making a living out of the local and international film business.
James was a great friend and recently I made contact with him during a visit last year to Manila. I salute my friend and colleague, see more of him on Internet Movie Database (IMDb). James Gaines