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Horror flick The Victim was your directorial debut – what prompted the move behind the camera?

I was inspired by Robert Rodriguez when I worked with him on Grindhouse. I loved his attitude of, “Go and do it! You can do it.”

He and Quentin Tarantino tried to give us the experience of what it was like to go to a double feature back in the Sixties, which was something we had all enjoyed as young men. Also, though, my resources fit perfectly for the budget I was given.

Tell us about working with your wife, Jennifer Blanc, on the film.

She’s a great actress and a hard worker. We had worked on other projects together before but this was different as we both did so much on this one, not just acting. And we’re very passionate and intense people, too, so that was all part of it.

What sort of director are you?

A crazy, intense director. I thought I might be mellow, but that is not the word. I’m more like a drill sergeant mixed with a screaming maniac!

You were co-director of The Blood Bond, your debut behind the camera – what did you bring to that film?

Well, I was involved but I never got to really make that movie – I started it, they finished it. The Victim, though, is mine until the end.

Last year’s apocalyptic The Divide, which you starred in, was brutal. Does director Xavier Gens run a relaxed set?

No, it wasn’t a relaxed set at all. It was one of the most unrelaxed sets I’ve ever been on! But Jen and I love Xavier and his work – he’s a true talent.

You’re producing four films at the moment. Is this where your future lies?

Yes. I am an actor and always will be. I just started an MMA film called Tapped [directed by Allan Ungar] in which I am just acting, but we want to keep producing and making movies.

I’m really excited about the BlancBiehn Productions slate, working with [horror filmmaker] Patricio Valledares, and also Xavier Gens again on The Farm.

And to continue working with Jennifer – we’ve got [ensemble thriller] Treachery in post-production right now.

Which performance out of all your 80-plus roles are you most proud of?

The Terminator [in which he played Kyle Reese].

Did you know at the time that it would be such a groundbreaking movie?

No, I had no idea. I knew Jim [Oscar-winning director James Cameron] was a huge talent, but I didn’t know what that movie would become.


Interview: Actor Michael Biehn on working with James Cameron, being punched by John Travolta and his new directorial-debut film, The Victim
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