THE ROCKETEER ON BLU-RAY: Ed Gross' Exclusive Interview with Billy Campbell, Part 1

THE ROCKETEER ON BLU-RAY: Ed Gross' Exclusive Interview with Billy Campbell, Part 1

In the first of an exclusive two-part interview, Rocketeer star Billy Campbell discusses the casting process for the film (available on Blu-ray), the appeal of the concept and the ways he which he "found" the character.

By EdGross - Dec 13, 2011 09:12 AM EST
Filed Under: The Rocketeer



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MaddMonkk
MaddMonkk - 12/13/2011, 9:48 AM
This was great, the most underrated CBM ever. I highly recommend this to everyone.
empire638
empire638 - 12/13/2011, 9:55 AM
AGREED!!!! The rocketeer was brilliant! Joe Johnston is great at writing period pieces! That's why i think he was selected to do Captain America
EdGross
EdGross - 12/13/2011, 10:09 AM
Man, Grif, does the negativity day after day, week after week, year after year ever get to you? You're entitled to your feelings, but after a while it just gets to be SO tiresome.
SageMode
SageMode - 12/13/2011, 10:11 AM
I really enjoyed the Rocketeer. Great CBM!
MatchesMalone
MatchesMalone - 12/13/2011, 10:16 AM
Great interview, Ed. Billy Campbell seems like a really cool guy. The Rocketeer still holds up really well to this day. Man, looking at the pic up top, Mr. Campbell seems like he could've been a serious contender for Bruce Wayne.
EdGross
EdGross - 12/13/2011, 10:21 AM
I was so sorry this one didn't fare well at the box office. It's always been a film I've loved. What also amazed me, and this is something that Billy Campbell and I discuss in part two, is how wonderful Timothy Dalton was in the film. If he'd brought that CHARM and humor to his portrayal of James Bond, I think the audience would have been more accepting of him. He was just so damn serious as 007.
Greengo
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 10:28 AM
Greengo
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 10:29 AM
Greengo
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 10:31 AM
Yeah Grif! Don't be f'n rude homie!



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SageMode
SageMode - 12/13/2011, 10:33 AM
@EdGross:
Thats true.
To me, its more about the quality of the film, not so much how much they make at the box office numbers. Take Serenity, great film, did poorly at the box office. Spider-Man 3, BS flick, did excellent at the box office.
souhunter
souhunter - 12/13/2011, 10:53 AM
Loved this as a kid. Will be getting it b ray
EdGross
EdGross - 12/13/2011, 11:03 AM
In the end, the box office simply doesn't matter (hell, it's not like I've got a percentage of the take), but the fact is that The Rocketeer very nicely stands the test of time.
QuietStorm
QuietStorm - 12/13/2011, 11:07 AM
I loved the video game. I used to get so pissed as a kid when i'd run out of damn fuel and couldnt fly anymore! Thanks for bringing back some good memories Ed :-/ ha!
jrrnj
jrrnj - 12/13/2011, 11:18 AM
Man, Grif, does the negativity day after day, week after week, year after year ever get to you? You're entitled to your feelings, but after a while it just gets to be SO tiresome.

This is why I call him Mamahuevo Grif
Kamdan
Kamdan - 12/13/2011, 11:37 AM
Did you ask Bill if he was asked to participate in Blu-ray special features, Ed?
cosmicstranger
cosmicstranger - 12/13/2011, 11:41 AM
@Greengo- Is that the Incredible Hulk's solution for preventing wild fires? lol
evyllsummer
evyllsummer - 12/13/2011, 11:47 AM
It's the 20th Anniversary edition, but there are NO EXTRAS!?!? Wha!?!
EdGross
EdGross - 12/13/2011, 12:09 PM
I was surprised there are no extra features, but at least they've put it out on Blu-ray.
Fogs
Fogs - 12/13/2011, 12:40 PM
I love this movie. Gotta watch it again.
luckylu
luckylu - 12/13/2011, 12:41 PM
still to this day one of my favorite movies and my first favorite "super hero."
@greengo- that first pic you posted will be getting inked on my leg in the next few months.
drykillogic22
drykillogic22 - 12/13/2011, 1:18 PM
This flick is like 30 yrs old and still has better flight scenes than films today..(ahem)..Thor.
Ceejay
Ceejay - 12/13/2011, 3:57 PM
The was the first CBM movie that ever got an adaptation almost 100% right. Used to buy the comics before the film came out, small independent press and took ages for them to get the final issue out after they folded. Great memories, really miss Dave Stevens art, R.I.P Dave!

sinister84
sinister84 - 12/13/2011, 4:33 PM
I watched the movie back in 1994 because of the pc videogame. Excellent movie!!!!!!!
13echo
13echo - 12/13/2011, 5:03 PM
I've always said this is one of the most underrated CBM ever.
NEONRehan
NEONRehan - 12/14/2011, 12:19 AM
@ceejay I suggest you try to re-write your sentence before someone makes fun of you.
dcbat
dcbat - 12/14/2011, 1:24 AM
loved this movie. still great cbm
dcbat
dcbat - 12/14/2011, 1:27 AM
great interview Ed
EarOne
EarOne - 12/14/2011, 1:43 AM
i still think Billy would've made a perfect Hal Jordan...IF ONLY....
DrainBamage
DrainBamage - 12/14/2011, 2:52 AM
It's about time Disney made this movie available on blu-ray.

I actually saw this one in the theater when I was a kid and I never pass up a chance to watch it on tv or cable.

The action is good, the score is great, and Jennifer Connelly doesn't look anorexic.

Now, remaster Dick Tracy and put it on blu-ray, and we're good.
Alexandre
Alexandre - 12/14/2011, 5:38 AM
he looks like iron man
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 12/14/2011, 6:02 AM
HOW DO U NOT BURN UR ASS OFF?

australiancomicbookmoviefan
australiancomicbookmoviefan - 12/14/2011, 6:16 AM
Great interview Ed, as always. One of my favourite films ever, will definitely be getting this on blu-ray.

@Gunsmith, I often wonder that when I see the movie, how his ass isn't being seared.

@Noomis I agree with your comment regarding Dalton as Bond, although a little tongue in cheek in a Bond film never goes astray.

With blu-ray it's actually like being a kid again, as these films on the new format look better than they ever did, so it's like watching them all over again.
Newtsy
Newtsy - 12/15/2011, 8:09 AM
@GUNSMITH C'mon... flame-retardant flight pants, what else could it be? ;)
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