Rating: R, Timing: 1hr 55min, Director: Doug Liman, Cast on IMDb
So was this better than Mummy?
Definitely, better. It shows the difference a well developed plot and characters can make in a movie. Plus I think this role really is a good fit for Tom Cruise, since we all know him as Top Gun. We all naturally assume he's a good pilot, so it always helps to have that background. The pilot Barry Seal is this bored TWA pilot approached by the CIA to start photographing all the USSR/Cuba communist supported troops in Central America. Of course he jumps at the opportunity having grown bored in a job similar to what we all have in life.
How well does Sarah Wright play his wife Lucy?
She helps to build up the common man wife of a pilot for the movie. She is actually from Kentucky, so that really helps give the Old South feel to the movie. Barry has to convince her of his nefarious dealings wth the CIA despite losing their vaunted health care. Not sure if that's a jab at private health care, but she makes the sauce of the marriage work in the movie and is a great partner in crime for Barry.
One of the best contrasts that really shows both of their original country roots is her cousin JB, who goes on to create endless trouble for the two. He really defines country stupid all around, but especially fits in Mene, Arkansas for the most part. I think this guy is going to a really great actor in the future.
How was the Pablo Escobar introduction handled?
I think for the small part he plays in the movie, the actors playing his gang are impressive. They are the ultimate downfall of Barry, since he can't untangle himself as one of the key suppliers for Pablo in the movie. Barry looks aside the danger in the first bust, where he ends up losing a whole tooth in a Colombian jail. Luckily, his CIA pal Monty Schafer shows up and bails him out.
How close to reality do you think this is, since its "based on a true story"?
Well, after Fargo turned out to be a totally made up story, I'm sure that most people have doubts on this movie. The back story of Pablo Escobar flying in coke to the US is true, the Oliver North selling the weapons via the Contra and the Iranians is true, the drug corruption of Col. Noreiga is all true, many elements are true as far as the back story, which makes for a great story. Actually, there was a Barry Seal, who did smuggle drugs, so that's why this story works well. Plus they really nailed the period dress, cars and boats that made for a great atmosphere. Plus there are funny tie-ins like George Bush, Ronald Reagan and even Bill Clinton. There was even some debate whether George Bush, ex head of the CIA had Barry killed or was it Escobar in a book by Shaun Attwood.
Do you have any art tied to the drug trade?
Coke. Its the real thing. - 24x48 inches (SOLD)
Yes, indeed I do. I did a painting combining Scarface and Escobar in the background with the old tagline from Coca Cola on the front. "Coke. It's the Real Thing." In the background you can see all the victims of cocaine just in Hollywood, which was aweful to find out the quantity of stars lost to drug overdose; the quantity using cocaine must be most of Hollywood.
Top Gun: E=mc2 - 24x48 inches
Another painting I created awhile back was on Tom Cruise as the original Top Gun pilot. Here I have replaced the figure of the girl Terry McGuire with an image of Hiroshima atomic bombing. I wanted to show that much of the US, German and Japanese Navy posters convince boys to join to do some dog fighting, but in reality they will be signing up to bomb civilians for the country.
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