Clifton Collins, Jr. (Romulan General Ayel) spoke about his career, as reported by MovieWeb, including his work on Star Trek XI with J.J. Abrams and Eric Bana (Nero.)
Collins admitted that Star Trek XI has been the biggest film on which he has done thus far, but it was a great experience. “Yes sir, it totally is,” said Collins. “Obviously, I was just on with J.J. He’s a big commercial guy, as you can tell, but when you get to work with people like J.J. and be surrounded by the producers and get the support of a beautiful, great studio like Paramount, you know, these aren’t the horror stories I’ve heard of at all.”
“It was quite the opposite of the tales I had been told, not by my grandpa, who was a contract player for Warner Bros. [Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, who was best known for his work in several John Wayne movies] and I’ve heard nothing but great stories from when he was under the contract system. I’d follow J.J. anywhere. He’s always been a guy who’s supported me in the best of ways, giving me opportunities to prove myself, which I’m always more than happy to do.”
Collins also enjoyed working with Eric Bana. “I loved working with Bana,” he said. “Bana’s hilarious, he’s talented, he’s a cool cat. He’s a cat you just want to hang out with, shoot the shit and have a beer. He was in Chopper, you know. I’ve watched that back-to-back, it was such a dope-ass movie. It put him on the map, but what people don’t know is he had his own comedy show in Australia.”
It is proving to be a busy year for Clifton, who has eight more films coming out this year, as well as several videos.
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