Interview: Phil McCoy
Dec 2007 25

What is your name?
Phil McCoy

How old are you and why?
Age is a state of mind and I’m typically running between 14 and 21. Probably explains why I still enjoy bathroom humor so much (see Strange Brew).

What got you started in film work?
Gee, around 6th or 7th grade, my friend Bill Fisher had a 8mm film camera and coaxed me and Jack Rogers into making a spy film. The project collapsed over the complete lack of a script and talent. Undaunted, we bounced back with an incredible three minute feature, Tom Schwartz Tree Surgeon. This movie has everything; it’s an action adventure tour de force with credits on a roll of toilet paper. I still have a print of the film, I think it’s the only one in existence and I’d love to talk about finding distribution for it…

What are you working on in the movie?
Connecting the dots. There’s a lot of dots.

What are your favorite movies?
Gladiator, Gattaca, Brazil, Ran, Napoleon Dynamite, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (which I believe is Tim Burton’s best work), Shaolin Soccer, LOTR (theatrical and extended versions; this is a completely gratuitous note), Matrix 1, Appleseed, Band of Brothers (the 10 hour HBO film), Braveheart (of course), About a Boy, Hoosiers (thanks sis), Stand by Me (nothing beats the “barf-a-rama”), Ladyhawke (pure magic, and while many waffle on the soundtrack, I’m on record as loving it), Pride and Prejudice (both versions), Sense and Sensibiltiy, Enchanted April (why isn’t this out on disk yet? Come on people!), The Count of Monte Cristo (starring Gérard Depardieu in a mesmerizing 8 hour French language production that will blow you away).

What would your mom say about Project London, the movie?
She will love it. Project London is the mother of all scifi action flicks, which of course means that she already has a lot in common with the film being the mother of a couple of scifi action sons.

What super power would you choose and why?
I will choose from the Tenacious D arsenal of super power weaponry. I choose mind bullets as my super power. Because mind bullets are more powerful than anything. They can be fired through space and time to achieve any goal. Rest assured, if I am ever entrusted with such a power, I will always endeavor to use it for the good of humankind and to promote Project London.

What super power do you actually have?
An extremely dry sense of humor. I mean sometimes I can feel the desert winds blow when I tell a joke, like in The Mummy when the sand storm hits. I’m giving you fair warning here. That’s what friends do. Seriously, If we’re gonna hang out I recommend carrying an extra bottle of water just in case.

What are your favorite bands and/or albums?
For most of my listening career I have loved The Beatles, Camel, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music (the last three albums), Yes and Vangelis, Some other long time friends include Led Zeppelin, Randy Stonehill, Buddy Holly, Tears for Fears, Keith Green, Loggins & Messina, Wendy & Mary, Terry Talbot, Sally Oldfield and Alan Parsons. I flat out admire the artistry of Daniel Lanois, Radiohead, They Might Be Giants, Cocteau Twins and U2. I love the sonic landscapes created by Coldplay, B-Tribe, Air, Chris Isaak, Moby, Chicane, Delerium, Seal, The Avalanches and Paul Oakenfold. But the CD that’s been in my stereo the most lately is Half Acre Day’s “Fourteen Trips Around The Sun”; it’s totally infectious.

If there were tigers roaming the streets and you had to defend yourself, what weapon would you choose?
Robin Williams. He could either defeat the tigers with the skills he learned in Jumangi or just overpower them with his standup comedy.

What would you like to tell us about yourself that we didn’t ask?
When I was 5, I lived in French Camp, a suburb of Stockton, California and went to kindergarten there. Otherwise I have always lived in Washington state. Wow. Pretty cool, huh? Really though, I’m surprised you didn’t ask me about favorite books. I do know how to read. I have read Dune so many times I’ve lost count. Same with LOTR and The Hobbit. George MacDonald (the father of all fantasy fiction) is a long time friend. Right now, I am reading everything that Orson Scott Card has written or will write. Ender’s Game is beyond epic.

What question are you glad we didn’t ask?
This question has been following me around since high school (thanks Paul), “If a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half, how long would it take a grasshopper with a wooden leg to kick all the seeds out of a watermelon?”

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