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Casper Van Dien Interview: Shark Bites, Honeymooners and Dead Water

Casper Van Dien, Starship Troops

I really like speaking to actor Casper Van Dien. He’s humorous, attentive and right down to earth, a function that many who have spent many years in the Hollywood highlight seem to overlook. After every begin within the sci-fi motion movie Starship Troopers (1997), Van Dien has been on a wild journey, enjoying characters in films all over the place on the type board: action (Mortal Kombat: Legacy collection), fairy tales (Avengers Grimm 2015, Sleeping Magnificence 2014), family comedies (Military Dog 2016, Baby's First Christmas 2012), Type Parody (Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf 2015) and Straight Horror (Sleepy Hole 1999, Dracula 3000 2004, Darkness Reigns 2018) – learn evaluation here). This time we have been capable of talk about her upcoming film "Dead Water", her wedding ceremony social gathering and the time she received slightly shark!

  Casper Van Dien, Starship Troops Casper Van Dien in Starship Troopers

PopHorror: Thanks for talking to me, Casper!

Casper Van Dien: Aina ilo.

PopHorror: I don't know, keep in mind this, but I interviewed you a yr ago about your film, Darkness Reigns, [read the PopHorror review here] and you mentioned that you simply simply obtained married to your bride Jennifer Wenger. It's a yr later, so completely satisfied first anniversary!

Casper Van Dien: We had our first anniversary. Yeah! Jen and I have been married all yr and have simply returned from the fitness center. We have now the perfect time. We had enjoyable touring. Actually, once we shot lifeless water, we treated it like a honeymoon.

PopHorror: Isn't it true?

Casper Van Dien: Yes! We really had to cancel our precise honeymoon because there was a household emergency. I used to be like, "I'm so sorry, honey." And he stated: "Do not worry about it. You worked to book a movie that shot somewhere on an exotic island. “He said it, just like! He was so cool about it. We planned a honeymoon and then we couldn't do it. And then suddenly we get this movie. We were going to shoot on the island so we went three or four days earlier so we had a few days there. And then we had holidays for a week. We were there for five, five and a half weeks, and we had a break between the holidays. I didn't work every day. So, we had those days too. It was awesome! We would swim in the morning … It was beautiful! We were down in St. Croix and had dinner with Judd Nelson [read the PopHorror interview with him here]. We had so much fun! She was part of our honeymoon.

PopHorror: Oh!

Casper Van Dien: (laughs) Yeah, we love Judd and I love Griff [Furst, Casper’s co-star in Dead Water]! It was awesome. There was just a whole bunch of good people in this one movie. But yes! It's been a great first year.

PopHorror: I love it! Plus, how can you not be happy in St. Croix?

Casper Van Dien: I don't know! St. Croix is ​​a beautiful place. I had visited the Virgin Islands before, but I had never really spent time there. We stayed in Buccaneer, a place that has existed for hundreds of years. It was absolutely gorgeous! Chris Helton, who wrote, produced, edited and directed Dead Water, treated it as if it were on our honeymoon. He was like: "You just received married, this can be a honeymoon!" Jen and I were like, he just kept us treatment she really spoiled us rotten he has been the Marines, and I am always "Wait a second, That's what we’ve got stated…". grateful to be able to work with people who have served and cared for our country. He is a family man, a great mentor. I loved working with him. He was so hospitable and so warm … I would like to work with him again.

PopHorror: I think we should talk about the movie.

Casper Van Dien: Yes, maybe. 19659004] PopHorror: What can you tell us about your character John What was his thinking in this movie?

Casper Van Dien: Well, he's a doctor and tried to get David, the character Griff plays with his wife [Brianne Davis]to go on a boat trip with him. a lot of pictures and a lot of mayhem. John was an interesting character to play. I had fun playing this guy. I think he has a little anger in him (laughs).

PopHorror: Yes, you could say that. He was honestly creepy.

Casper Van Dien: Oh, thank you!

(both laughing)

Casper Van Dien: It's not me. I was spelled that way! (laughs)

PopHorror: It's weird that people come to you and expect you to really be the character you play in the movie.

Casper Van Dien: Yeah, when people expect me to be this guy who goes into space and kills giant bugs, it always scares me.

(both laugh)

Casper Van Dien: That's weird to me. I am the grocery store and I hear someone shouting: "Hey! What are you doing here, Rico? "And I'm like," Properly, I get groceries. "

(Both laugh)

Casper Van Dien. That movie [Starship Troopers] they will lend all I would say that I am all the time almost on a daily basis Or, at least four or five times a week, someone shouts to me My kids have grown up with random people. who scream at me and think normal. When I was a kid, if someone yelled at my dad, I'd be like, "What's up ?!", but my kids are like, "Oh, that was 'Come on, you monkeys! You need to reside ceaselessly!' . "It does not even stages of them I am a gas pump mark, and some guy yells at me."! Oh my God Rico "

PopHorror: and your children will return only their mobile phones, such as"! whatever "

Casper Van Dien.: Yes, pretty much.

PopHorror: How did you prepare for your role in Dead Water?

Casper Van Dien: Well, I married Jenny, so I prepared for this role.

] (both laugh) [19659004] PopHorror: That's the perfect answer!

Casper Van Dien: When Jenny said, “I'm not worried about the honeymoon. You book a movie and we have a honeymoon there. "That's all of the preparations I made for this.

Originally, the pilot had provided me the half that Griff was enjoying. I used to be going to play it. Then he referred to as me and stated, 'I would like you to play doctor. You all the time play doctor. You play physician. And once we acquired down there, Griff says, "I had a doctor role, but I heard you wanted a doctor role, and I was so grateful." As a result of it made Griff the # 1 telephone ebook. He's the director of the movie. However I was like, "I didn't know that. It wasn't my idea at all!"

(each snicker)

So, at first, the preparation was like, "Okay, I'm going to be a sailor. I'm back in military school. That's what I do. "And then once I came upon I was going to be a creepy doctor, I used to be like," Wait a second … "[both laughing]

So you don't need me as a seafarer? I used to be somewhat shocked. Then I read the script once more and thought, “Oh no. Now I actually need to play this character. “You just go play it, have enjoyable. When you haven't really enjoyed it … I feel you need to take pleasure in the whole lot you do. So as a character I just take pleasure in every part I did. I had fun.

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PopHorror: What was it like capturing at that little boat?

Casper Van Dien: It wasn't that small! It was a $ 2 million yacht! It was very expensive and lovely. We had other boats where we might proceed. Griff and I simply leap off the boat and go for a swim in the water. My wife also. He came to the boat lots with us. We just leap out and swim for lunch. It was really rough, I inform you. It was a troublesome, troublesome time.

(both laughing)

PopHorror: Oh, poor Casper…

Casper Van Dien: I do know! (laughs) My wife and I really snorkel. We went scuba diving. We performed tennis at the tennis club. We went swimming day-after-day and wandered the island. We went quad biking in the rainforest. It was simply so troublesome …

PopHorror: (laughs) How did you ever get it?

Casper Van Dien: I don't know! (laughs) And I didn't need to depart. Buccaneers is such a terrific lodge. I like to recommend it to everybody. That they had scrumptious food. It was fantastic.

PopHorror: There should have been something troublesome about this entire thing. Was it troublesome to shoot the scene?

Casper Van Dien: Truly, there is a scene the place Griff and I bounce from Judd Nelson's boat and swim in the direction of one other boat as a result of we’re afraid of what happens within the first boat. So, we swim … and the movement goes within the reverse method as we swam. It's really starting to rise up and get really pregnant. And this happened immediately upon the drop, so one boat anchored and another boat floated away. It allow us to out, floating removed from the opposite boat. However we needed to swim in the direction of it. So we simply started swimming.

And then we realized that whereas we have been swimming forward, we went backwards. We’re both pretty good swimmers, but the present pulled us. Then we realized that we have been also on the edge. There’s this place the place the land drops just a thousand ft underneath the ocean close to St. Croix. Normally the water is 30 to 100 ft, but there’s this drop, this shelf that may be a thousand ft deep. And we're on that shelf. The water just turned darkish, dark blue. They had to come with one small boat to get us, because we have been simply swimming, however we didn't go anyplace. I feel that was the toughest shot for each. Later, he says, "I was going to quit because we just had to swim a little, but I continued to see you coming!" And I used to be like, "I'm not going to quit until I see you quit!" So we both just stored swimming!

(each laughing)

We might have swam again to the other boat, however by then we have been both so removed from each boats because the opposite boat floated away and we have been caught on this thousand foot racks. It was fairly superb.

PopHorror: It really sounds more terrible.

Casper Van Dien: Yes, proper? (laughs) We splash around like a few fish …

PopHorror: I hope there have been no sharks swimming.

Casper Van Dien: You already know there are all the time sharks. They’re all the time close. I dived on a regular basis, and there were all the time sharks. They actually don't need to chew us. They're simply making an attempt to research or discover one thing to eat. You are more likely to get hit by lightning fast than a shark chew. I swam with sharks since age 17, and now I'm 50 years previous. I've never been a bit. Properly, apart from objective, as soon as.

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PopHorror: Wait, you were a bit on a shark purpose?!?

Casper Van Dien: During Celebrity Week I went to the Bahamas with Nigel Marvin. We tested a shield that was designed by the same guy who invented the eye suit. Now she has this Kevlar suit. We were going into the water to get sharks on Celebrity Shark Week, back in the day, around 2002. We realized that sharks weren't really violent. You really have to tempt them to bite you. They take a big Chum-sice, this big ball of dead skulls that they put in the trash can to freeze. Then they pour it over there to hover with you. I have a photo of it, but I never saw the episode. I wish I had…

PopHorror: Maybe you can find it somewhere on the Internet?

Casper Van Dien: Yes, maybe.

PopHorror: I think time is running out. However, I have one final question: Do you have any projects you want to talk about?

Casper Van Dien: Well, this is my main project. I loved shooting dead water. I am very excited. It was released on July 26 as a video and is in Demand, and even in some movie theaters. I also loved working with Judd Nelson here. I have a couple of others I work with, like All American. I love working in the show. I also shoot a series called Salvage Marines, which is a lot like Starship Troopers, but it's a television series. I did it Armond Assante [Judge Dredd 1995] my friend and director Sean with Piccininon, with which I have now done four images. My wife is also really in the series. It's fun to work with him.

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PopHorror: It’s a must to play together now.

Casper Van Dien: You already know, we have now so much fun together.

PopHorror: It makes me glad.

Casper Van Dien: Thanks, Tracy. Thank you.

PopHorror: You're welcome! You realize, I feel we're virtually late.

Casper Van Dien: Properly, it doesn't matter. The opposite interviews are by e-mail and they have not emailed me yet, so we will maintain speaking if you need.

PopHorror: Okay then! Do you might have hobbies you need to do whenever you're not working?

Casper Van Dien: I have youngsters, so I do totally different kid issues. They're getting older now, so we're doing different things. I’ve to start out educating my two youngest daughters how you can drive. They only obtained permission. So I'm excited about it. That's enjoyable. I even have a moth pond and I have canine and cats. I like mountaineering and spending time in my yard. I like reading. I really like hanging out with my spouse. We journey rather a lot. I feel traveling is one in every of my favorite issues. After which there's Funko Pops. They made Johnny Rico. All these individuals at the San Diego Comedian Con have tweeted this to me and Instagrammed me about Funko Pops. They are fairly cool! It's coated me with a virus intestine shot from Starship Troopers. They really sell them on GameStop. Individuals had requested me, so it's nice to see that happen. So many individuals have Instagrammed me footage of them with their Johnny Rico Funko Pop. I had no concept they have been so large!

PopHorror: They're big! And now, you've been immortalized in plastic.

Casper Van Dien: When the Starship Troopers first appeared, that they had these plastic characters. There was one among me, Jake Busey, Denise Richards and Seth Gilliam. It was fascinating because it was an R-rated movie, however they made it into youngsters's toys. That film has had such an extended shelf life that now the dads present it to their youngsters and say, "This is my movie!" So now it's Funko Pop.

PopHorror: Film scores are bizarre. Jaws are given PG.

Casper Van Dien: It's so funny you stated it! I acquired loads of messages from individuals who stated, "I got my chin and my Johnny Rico Funko pop!" They despatched me photographs of the little shark and Johnny Rico.

PopHorror: It's so bizarre!

Casper Van Dien: Proper?

PopHorror: Okay, I swear, this is my last query. PopHorror is a horror movie viewing website. Do you might have a favorite scary movie?

Casper Van Dien: I really like baking. I feel Jack Nicholson is ok with that. It's pretty scary. There’s one that was scary to me as a toddler, but not as much as an grownup. Do you keep in mind Pet Sematary?

PopHorror: Sure, in fact! Zelda is terrifying!

Casper Van Dien: Yes!

PopHorror: Thanks so much for speaking to me. I actually recognize your time.

Casper Van Dien: I respect you! You recognize you're the primary individual to say "happy anniversary" to me, apart from an in depth household. So, thank you!

Maintain it tuned for PopHorror's Dead Water assessment, in addition to all of the horror news, critiques, and interviews!

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