Re: Eric's Interview

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Posted by Chris on November 30, 1997 at 16:19:50:

In Reply to: Eric's Interview posted by Joy on November 30, 1997 at 15:17:50:

: If you haven't read Eric's interview yet, read no further here - I wouldn't want to pre-empt it.
: If you have, I must say, I was surprised by his negativity. No offense to all the Eric fans, but some of his comments were rather unprofessional. I have to agree with Rich and Elaine regarding the gauntlet scene on Nathaniel's approach to the Huron village.
: It seems that perhaps filming Last of the Mohicans was a bad experience for Eric - I'm just glad that any disagreements he may have had behind the scenes were not reflected in his performance - I think we all agree that Uncas was awesome!
: PS: Rich and Elaine, the new background for the Mohicans Opening Page looks great!!!

I have a copy of that same interview and reread it to see if I could fill in any of the ???s. The only one I could read was: "Their living conditions were bad,like one loo (bathroom) for 400 guys." The others were ???s on my copy too.

I think when you read the interview, you have to look at the whole picture. He was 25 years old, and 25 year old men often say what they are thinking and let the chips fall where they may (I have one, I know!) He grew up experiencing much racial discrimination and abuse. He was working with Russell Means who has been an activist for Indian rights for many years, and who "adopted" him during the making of the movie. He participated in the strike to improve the living conditions of the Indian extras, and improvements were made. He may well have just been realizing that Indians do have a voice, and can make that voice heard. Much of what he said is, and was, true. There are many excellent Indian and Afro-American entertainers, but they are not recognized and treated as are the White entertainers. How many Indian or Afro-American actors have received Oscars? The fact that it makes big news when one does tells you that it is an unusual occurrance. We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Movies like LOTM which portray Indians realistically, with motives and feelings, help move us forward.

Stepping off my soapbox and hoping fervently I haven't offended anyone... Chris

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