Carpenter Build An Anything Goes Plot
(Houston Chronicle/Aug 02/1996/US) By Lewis B. Parks
Filmmaker John Carpenter took an anything-goes
approach to writing his Escape From New York sequel, Escape From L.A.,
which opens next week.
A remote-control device that can shut down all
electronic equipment on Earth? Sure. A president's daughter leading a revolution
against her fanatical Christian Right dad? Why not?
Perhaps his wildest idea came in having his
leg-shot antihero, Snake Plissken, surfing an earthquake tidal wave down
Wilshire Boulevard into the back seat of a bad guy's convertible.
"I have never seen that in a movie before,"
said Carpenter, who co-wrote the film with star Kurt Russell and producer Debra
Hill. "It was more outrageous and absurdist humor than anything else. It's right
on the edge."
When Carpenter needed a surfer named Pipeline to help Snake catch a wave,
who better to play the part than Peter Fonda? The face may not mean anything to
younger viewers, but for those old enough to remember Fonda, 57, as the star of
cheap teen movies, not to mention Easy Rider, it's an instant laugh. Hey,