Tab and I share a fascination with Native American tribes and old west heroes like Wild Bill Hickok, so when I heard that he had directed Last of the Dogmen, a Western about a secluded Cheyenne tribe, I had questions. It's one of my favorite Western adventure movies. Also, Gorillas in the Mist left a powerful mark on my soul.
Here's how he describes the stories he loves:
Throughout my writing career, I have been drawn to strong characters standing up against tremendous odds for a cause they believe in. In the case of ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, it was Dian Fossey taking a stand to protect the threatened Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga Mountains.
In ‘Last of the Dogmen’, Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey discovered a lost tribe of Cheyenne living in a remote Montana valley. Both their characters put their lives on the line in order to protect the secret and allow the Cheyenne to continue living in the old way.
To this day, I still get people letting me know how much they identified with Quasimodo in the 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'. At that particular time in their lives they felt like an outsider, alone and different from everyone else. They identified with the character of Quasimodo and drew inspiration and hope from his story. And that is what every writer dreams of — having their work be an inspiration to others.
Tab joined us on April 26th and his answers have been SO FASCINATING!! They give a whole new perspective to his movies. He'll still answer questions if you have them.