I am the evil midnight writer what writes at midnight!
Monday, 11 February 2008
Remembering Roy Scheider
I thought rather than go on about how sad I am at the passing of another truly talented actor, I'd just mention a few of my favourite Roy Scheider performances. Obviously he'll always be remembered for Jaws, but as a kid I also thought he was great as the helicopter pilot facing off against Malcolm McDowell in Blue Thunder. For me he always outshone the leads in his two most famous supporting roles in Marathon Man and The French Connection. I also thought he was fantastic in Last Embrace and brilliant as an aging hitman in Cohen & Tate. But the one I'll remember most is his role as a desperate criminal in hiding in Sorcerer. That might just be because it's the one I saw most recently, but it really is an amazing performance and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen the film.
I'm a writer with a day-job which means I don't usually get down to writing until around ten in the evening, hence the blog title. My first feature as a writer, Ten Dead Men, was released on DVD in 2009. I'm currently working on a series of short horror films following the adventures of a witch called Jenny Ringo. There are currently three films in the series - Jenny Ringo and the Monkey's Paw, Jenny Ringo and the Cabaret from Hell and Jenny Ringo and the Infinite Spellbook. You can find out more at www.jennyringo.com. I live in Worthing, which is a bit like Innsmouth.