Peter Weller is most famous for playing the stoic heroes in outlandish sci-fi but the man definitely has a crazy button — and Denzel Washington hit that button with his Oscar-winning performance in “Training Day.”
If you want to see for yourself, go to the 11:35 minute mark of this video as Weller rants about actors who grab the wheel of a scene and promptly wreck it. There’s nothing meek about Weller, who looks like the leader of a Mayan motorcycle gang and has harsh words for the upcoming “RoboCop” remake (that’s at the 8:20 mark) but an inspiring passion for art, the lessons of antiquity and the possibilities of Method acting.
This is the 25th anniversary of “RoboCop,” Weller’s signature role, but he also made his mark in “Naked Lunch” and the cult hit “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.”
The actor (who has a master’s degree in art history) is also a television director (with “Sons of Anarchy” and “House, M.D.” among his credits).
The Comic-Con crowd will be interested to hear that he will be the voice of Bruce Wayne in “The Dark Knight Returns” animated film and a costar in the J.J. Abrams “Star Trek” sequel that recently finished principal photography.
This is the sixth episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” which features my sit-down interviews with key figures in sci-fi, comics, fantasy, horror, illustration and animation. This is a special on-stage edition of the show — Weller was one of the guests at the Hero Complex Film Festival — and you can catch future episodes right here or by subscribing to the Nerdist Channel, our home on YouTube.
– Geoff Boucher
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