Saturday, March 26, 2016

Podcast: Interview with Peter Weller (1987)

Peter Weller in Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop (1987).

From 1981 to 1989, I was assistant producer and co-host of the radio show On the Arts, at CJRT-FM (today Jazz 91.1) in Toronto. With the late Tom Fulton, who was the show's prime host and producer, we did a half-hour interview program where we talked to artists from all fields. 

In 1987, one of those interviews was with actor Peter Weller who 
was in Toronto promoting his starring role in Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. The movie would go on to become one of the highest grossing and best reviewed films of that year, with Roger Ebert specifically praising Weller for the "impressive job of creating sympathy for his character" despite spending most of the film concealed under makeup and prosthetics.

– Kevin Courrier.

Here is the full interview with Peter Weller as it aired on CJRT-FM in 1987.

Tom Fulton was the host and producer of On the Arts for CJRT-FM in Toronto for 23 years, beginning in 1975. 
Kevin Courrier is a freelance writer/broadcaster, film critic and author (Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World of ZappaRandy Newman's American Dreams33 1/3 Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask ReplicaArtificial Paradise: The Dark Side of The Beatles Utopian Dream). Courrier teaches part-time film courses to seniors through the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto and other venues. His forthcoming book is Reflections in the Hall of Mirrors: American Movies and the Politics of Idealism.  

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