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    Brian T

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    Michael Biehn on why THE BLOOD BOND stinks . . .

    Post  Brian T on Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:02 pm

    Those who know me well enough will know equally well enough why I'm posting this. Laughing

    Actor Michael Biehn is the subject of a recent "Random Roles" interview over at The A.V. Club, and he has some rather unequivocal words about a certain producer on the project:
    http://www.avclub.com/articles/michael-biehn-on-the-victim-william-friedkin-and-h,85963/

    MB: Okay, here’s what happened with The Blood Bond. It was a guy by the name of Bey Logan. He had a script, and he asked me to rewrite it, and if I rewrote his script, I could direct this movie. We were going to work in China. So I went over there and had some friends rewrite his script, and I basically did a lot of the directing on the set, and I thought I was gonna be the director, but what happened was that when I left China… I thought I had some pretty good material. I had a trailer that I thought was pretty good, and I thought I was gonna be brought back over to Hong Kong to cut the movie and do all the post-production on it, all the sound, visual effects, and so on and so forth. And they never brought me back. There were some problems, it turned out, with the Screen Actors Guild.

    We were under the impression that we were working under the Screen Actors Guild tent, and that turned out not to be true. The production value, because we were shooting over in China, was so poor that my whole character really needed to be looped, but I didn’t find that out until I got back to Los Angeles, and because it wasn’t a SAG production, I couldn’t go back to do any looping, so… I don’t consider that to be a Michael Biehn production. I consider that to be a Bey Logan production. Supposedly the cover of the DVD lists me as having directed it, but it’s not even my voice! I had nothing to do with the movie after the physical production, I didn’t get a chance to edit the movie or colorize it or do any music on it, none of the things that usually kind of pull a movie together.

    I thought there was a movie there, but it turned out that… [Hesitates.] I’m not even sure he hired an editor. I think he edited it himself. I’m not sure. But it was kind of a shame. I thought there was a movie there, but by the time he got done with it, from what I understand, it wasn’t very good. The post-production values, the sound design of the movie, the music… I guess he went out and he shot some extra footage, and he put that in the movie also. He sent me a rough cut of it, actually, but I watched about 10 minutes of it, and I was like, “Ugh, this isn’t the movie I shot, that’s for sure.” And that was kind of the end of it. I think Bey kind of shot himself in the foot. I don’t know what happened, whether he ran out of money or what. He’s a nice guy, but he didn’t have me back to finish what I started. The experience was difficult, because nobody knew how to make a movie there—the sound guys didn’t know how to do sound, they didn’t know how to light it, they didn’t know how to do anything—so me and about three or four other guys kind of made that whole movie. It was fun. I had a lot of fun doing it. I just wish I would’ve had a chance to finish it.
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    Re: Michael Biehn on why THE BLOOD BOND stinks . . .

    Post  Masterofoneinchpunch on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:55 am

    OK, that's interesting.

    I wonder if Bey told him it was a SAG production or how he got the impression that he was working under SAG? Some of their rules do annoy me though.

    I wonder if Bey Logan has a different side to the story (post here Brian if you find it).
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    Re: Michael Biehn on why THE BLOOD BOND stinks . . .

    Post  Brian T on Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:08 pm

    I recall an interview with (or perhaps a blog post from?) Logan in which he made a barely veiled reference to the troubled production being Biehn's fault, without mentioning Biehn by name, instead naming "certain parties" or "some people" with the inference being very much in the singular, and very much sounding like he (Logan) got screwed over by the Hollywood talent. It came off like (guarded) sour grapes. But now that it appears Bey may have rushed the picture to market with whatever elements and skill as a filmmaker (i.e. little, as opposed to his producing history) he had on hand, coupled with this vague SAG issue Biehn alludes to, I can't help but wonder if Biehn — eager for a directorial credit — was lured to a malnourished, ill-advised production under false pretenses by a producer who knew his pet project wouldn't fly without a "name" to at least attract overseas video sales (obviously, Simon Yam's presence would help sell DVDs and Blu-rays in the Eastern markets).

    It might be worth nothing that both of Logan's followups — the perpetually-delayed SNOWBLADE and the in-production BORDERLANDS — have no bankable "names" attached to them from either Hollywood or Chinese industries. They do have some familiar faces, just no one of Biehn's status. Perhaps word got around about the SAG rules (or skirting of same?) and, coupled with the rather dire results on display in BLOOD BOND, it was decided to stick to performers like BORDERLAND'S karate-pro-turned-stuntman-turned-bit-player Sedina Balde, eager for "starring" roles but less likely to pose any union issues coming from Europe? Just a thought.

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