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?
How was the Pablo Escobar introduction handled?
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?
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.
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.