Morning Call/Sep 12/1981/US) By Dale Schneck
If you thought that Kurt
Russell as hard-nosed convict Snake Plissken had problems with ruthless
characters in Escape From New York, Russell told me he had a different
sort of confrontation in St. Louis during the shooting of John Carpenter's film
there last summer.
Because Russell was training with weights at a YMCA everyday to build up his
body for the physical image of the role, he was approached in the showers by gay
men who admired his newly pumped-up muscles.
"I had no previous knowledge of the YMCA and certain activities that can go on
there," Kurt now says jokingly. "I'm glad I was in shape or I would never have
made it out of there."
But Kurt's acting experience with director Carpenter was so positive that he
immediately signed to star in Carpenter's current project The Thing. An
11-week shooting schedule includes filming in Stewart, British Columbia and on
the Taku Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. Kurt will play a chopper pilot for a
research team in the new thriller from the man who gave everyone chills with
Halloween and The Fog.