The Phantom Simon Wincer interview

On February 17, 1936, Lee Falk’s comic strip hero The Phantom was introduced to the world. Over the following years—as the character reached millions of fans through an unparalleled-for-that-era level of worldwide syndication—The Phantom became an international sensation. The comic strip (clearly) excelled in many countries around the world, but perhaps none more so than Australia. So it seems fitting that, six decades later, the man who would finally bring this hero to the big screen would be an Australian himself: Simon Wincer.

To learn about how The Phantom was made, I spoke at length with Simon Wincer. But it took a little while before we even got to talking about the masked crusader. Because, frankly, there was just too much to talk about. Like how Wincer swooped into to replace the original director of Free Willy (and ended up helping to save that film). Or how he helmed an Emmy-dominant, prestige miniseries (years before such things were du jour). We spoke about all those things and much more (like the cinematic value of manure).  Below is a copy of our conversation…

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VOTD: Denis Leary Reviews Denis Leary Movies

Denis Leary is funny and deprecating while he reviews every movie listed on his IMDb filmography including Operation Dumbo Drop, Who’s The Man (or why he gets through the airport faster), Demolition Man (or why Wesley Snipes is insane), and The Ref (or how Ted Demme said “Fuck You” to Disney). Thanks to /Film reader Rory M for the tip. Watch the video after the jump.
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