SteveG.(BBI) : Ah, there's Gordon now...
SteveG.(BBI) : Hello Gordon!
frankie : hello Gordon!
Lurker : hiya G
Gordon : Hi, all!
Lurker : (couldn't resist)
Gordon : Thought this place would be empty on account of the Academy Awards
SteveG.(BBI) : Gordon, are you able to change the color of your font?
Lurker : the academy screw ups?
frankie : naw, that's boring
Gordon : Yes
SteveG.(BBI) : great that's better,thx!
frankie : even more boring than usual
Lurker : I'm still pissed over Citizen Kane losing
Gordon : lol
SteveG.(BBI) : I would much rather chat with the like's of Gordon Mitchell then watch the academys
frankie : i hope Scorsese wins this year
SteveG.(BBI) : Hello Devin
Devin Kelly : Hello folks and welcome Gordon!
Gordon : Me too
frankie : hi Dev
Gordon : Hi, Devin
Devin Kelly : It's really an honor to have you hear and thank you from all of us.
frankie : Gangs of New York was great-probably not his best film, but up there
Devin Kelly : here
Gordon : The sets were terrific
frankie : and hear, that's nice too
Lurker : Not the writer?
SteveG.(BBI) : Yes, it is Devin and thank you again Gordon with gracing us with your presence yet again.
Devin Kelly : we'll just wait a few minutes to see if anyone else comes by and then we'll get started
Devin Kelly : we still have a few minutes
SteveG.(BBI) : yes, give it a few minutes
Devin Kelly : blah, the Oscars are on
frankie : anyone else disapointed with the "lost" Spongebob Squarepants episode?
frankie : :)
SteveG.(BBI) : So, just for kickers....who do you think is going to win best picture?
Devin Kelly : I just saw Ernest Borgnine at the Oscars! I thought he was dead!
frankie : Gangs i hope...
frankie : he's on Spongebob too :)
Devin Kelly : I don't particluarily care as I haven't seen any of the films nominated
Gordon : Chicago or New YOrk
Devin Kelly : :)
frankie : didn't see Chicago, it looks awful, but it is a musical and they always win
Devin Kelly : been too busy with Italian cult films
SteveG.(BBI) : Hello Paul
frankie : hey Paulie!
Devin Kelly : Hi Paul, welcome
Gordon : Hi Paul
Paul Cooke : Good evening all .... Hello Gordon ... Great to have you heere with us all : )
Gordon : Thank you
Lurker : had no idea you guys were having Mr. Mitchell tonight! Great surprise, love Django and up!
Paul Cooke : Hey Frankie , Guys : )
SteveG.(BBI) : Gordon, I would first like to thank you in person (of sorts) for allowing us (CN) to do such a personal article on you and your great artwork!
Paul Cooke : Gordon , it is a real pleasure for us all
Gordon : My pleasure!
Devin Kelly : well shall we get started and the rest can join as we go?
SteveG.(BBI) : Devin has done a great job with it!
frankie : Gordon, you're FENOMENAL
SteveG.(BBI) : lol
Gordon : lol
frankie : sorry, bad joke
Devin Kelly : thanks Steve, I enjoyed writing it
SteveG.(BBI) : hey that could lead to a question there Frankie
Devin Kelly : any Gordon, may I throw out the first question?
Gordon : Of course!
Devin Kelly : OK...
Paul Cooke : Frankie ... you still need to work on the humour : )
frankie : :(
Devin Kelly : Tell us about working with director Michele Lupo on SEVEN TIMES SEVEN
Gordon : I had problems with Lupo.
Devin Kelly : do tell!
Gordon : It began on set of Spartucus and the 7 Slaves in 1964.
Gordon : We were shooting two films at once.
Gordon : The 7 Slaves and Revenge of Spartacus.
Devin Kelly : yes
Gordon : In the morning we'd shoot one film; in the afternoon the other.
Gordon : In the morning, I was a good guy; at night a bad guy.
Devin Kelly : tough schedule
Gordon : Lupo said, now we are going to do the afternoon film.
SteveG.(BBI) : that must've been confusing
Gordon : We are going to do the action scene with Roger Browne.
Gordon : And we're going to start it up on the top of the hil.
Devin Kelly : yes
Gordon : I told Lupo, but we have everything set up here on the beach for the other film.
Gordon : So we should shoot the fight on the beach without wasting time.
Gordon : Everything was set up!
Devin Kelly : I can see where the conflict started...I assume an argument took place
Gordon : I told production I'm not going to stay until the middle of the night
Devin Kelly : don't blame you
Gordon : Lupo got angry, and luck was with me, a fog came in and we quite and went home.
Devin Kelly : lol...Lupo stuck out!
Devin Kelly : struck
Gordon : Years later, when we did 7 x 7 he had it in for me.
Gordon : BEcause we had that disagreement.
Devin Kelly : that'
Devin Kelly : that's a shame he had to do business that way
Gordon : Lupo shot over 100,000 meters of film on 7 x 7!!!!
Gordon : That's like 10 films
Devin Kelly : WOW!
Gordon : Most films are 2,500 meters!
Devin Kelly : guys?
Gordon : We couldn't figure out why he shot so much film.
Devin Kelly : what a waste of film
SteveG.(BBI) : ok, I have one for Gordon
frankie : okay, i have a question
Paul Cooke : That's a lot of wasted Peplum
Gordon : The producer was nearly hysterical.
frankie : you first
Lurker : Was beinghas question too lol
Devin Kelly : lol, I can imagine
Gordon : He'd shoot 7 closepups of every scene!
Devin Kelly : lol
Devin Kelly : OK Steve has a question
Gordon : Is the film available on video?
SteveG.(BBI) : To what extend what was your involvement with Spartcus and what was it like working under Kubrick?
Gordon : I slept through it.
Devin Kelly : I'm not sure, I think Jay Slater has gotten it recently.
Gordon : I was an extra.
Devin Kelly : ah
Gordon : It was during the summer. My scenes were at night.
Paul Cooke : Gordon was Spartacus your first introduction to fellow Art collector Tony Curtis ?
Gordon : My friend Zabo, Joe Gold and the rest of the Muscle Beach crowed took advantage of an empty tent and slept.
Devin Kelly : hi Kristy!
Gordon : I did a television show with Tony way before Spartacus
Gordon : It was a skit called David and Goliath.
Paul Cooke : Tony seems a genuinely nice guy , is he a friend ?
Lurker : Gordon, I was curious how being a real life American hero effected your career.
Gordon : Tony used to work out with us at the gym.
frankie : if i may shoot out a question...
Gordon : Real life hero?
Lurker : to us, yes
Devin Kelly : Frankie's next after Lurker
frankie : how was it working with Ruggero deodato. i hear he has a habit of rubbing people's earlobes while talking to them
SteveG.(BBI) : lol
Devin Kelly : haven't heard that one
Gordon : I don't remember Ruggero! Nobody ever rubnbed my ears!
Devin Kelly : lol
Paul Cooke : Frankie ... now that is a Phenominal question ; ) LOL
frankie : on the Cut and Run dvd, Richard Lynch mentioned it
frankie : maybe Ruggero just REALLY liked Richard :)
Devin Kelly : lol
Gordon : What's the Italian title?
frankie : inferno in diretto
Lurker : (Gordon is too modest to admit his service during Korea)
SteveG.(BBI) : How was it like working with him during the Phenominal shoot?
frankie : oh, nevermind
frankie : fenomenal e il tresoro di tutakamen
Gordon : A lot of caast memebers I didn't work with directly.
Devin Kelly : welcome Nathan
Paul Cooke : Hi Nathan : )
frankie : allo
SteveG.(BBI) : hello Nathan
Gordon : I don't remember him. Did I shoot a scene with him?
Gordon : Remember, I've made over 200 movies!
frankie : he was the director
frankie : at least he was supposed to be :)
Gordon : lol
Devin Kelly : I have another question Gordon...
Devin Kelly : Do you remember working with late actor Ettore Manni?
SteveG.(BBI) : you were Professor Micklewitz
Gordon : Okay ... he used the name Roger Rockefeller.
frankie : yup
Gordon : I didn't know him by his Italian name.
SteveG.(BBI) : yes indeed
frankie : the best angelisized pseudonym ever
Nathan Tyler : lol
frankie : so he actually went by that name?
Gordon : Yes. I didn't know him as Ruggero.
SteveG.(BBI) : Interesting....
frankie : that's very interesting. did other directors go by thier screen names?
Gordon : Most o0f my scenes were done with Nicol and his girlfriend.
Devin Kelly : Gordon did you remember working with the late actor Ettore Manni?
Gordon : Most of the directors used American names like Roger Rockefeller.
frankie : wow, i didn't know that
frankie : i thought they just signed the films with the fake names
Gordon : I think Ettore was in some westerns with me. Give me a hint.
Gordon : No they actually used them.
Devin Kelly : Yes he was...he later died accidentally on the set of Fellini's CITY OF WOMEN. He accidentally shot himself.
Gordon : Fadani had a lot of Amnerican names.
Devin Kelly : Manni was in Fidani's STRANGER THAT KNEELS BESIDE THE SHADOW OF A CORPSE with you. Do you recall that film.
Gordon : I don't remember him.
Nathan Tyler : Gordon, what was it like working with Fellini on SATYRICON?
Gordon : Some of that film was shot in my studio at Cave.
frankie : do you remember Ivan Kathansky/Sergio Garrone?
Gordon : Some on location.
Lurker : Curious if Mr. Mitchell credits his longevity to body building, sorry if that's off topic. :) But many of us remember Mr. Mitchell more for his six pack than his lines!
Devin Kelly : yes you mentioned you worked a lot with Fidani up there.
Gordon : I loved working with Fellini!
Gordon : Yes, bodybuilding has helped me stay healthy.
Lurker : understand you own a gym, or gyms?
Paul Cooke : Gordon on the set of Spartacus was that also your first introduction to Woody Strode ?
Gordon : I first met Woody on the set of 10 Commandments.
Gordon : I liked him a lot. Great body
Lurker : gordon was a slave there, lol!
Lurker : but a great credit!
Paul Cooke : Woody is one of the great Italian support actors ... did you get to work with him a lot ?
Devin Kelly : What was it like brushing shoulders with the gorgeous Laura gemser on the set of EMANUELLE, QUEEN OF SADOS?
Gordon : He played football at UCLA with Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington.
Gordon : DeMille liked me a lot.
Lurker : you met and talked with demille? Cool!
Gordon : I was never in those scenes, regrettably.
Devin Kelly : with Laura you mean?
Paul Cooke : Gordon you are far too young to have worked on De Milles original Ten Commandments ; )
Lurker : i mean, cooll, aside from being in like 200 films!
Gordon : The one made in 1955
Devin Kelly : ah
Gordon : I bring Heston into the chamber.
Devin Kelly : Sergio Bergonzelli's BLACK GOLD DOSSIER with Richard Harrison...tell us about it.
Lurker : oh yes!
SteveG.(BBI) : welcome Mysteriox
Lurker : noticed you had started working out by then, lol
Paul Cooke : The original Ten Commandments set is apparently still buried out in Las Vegas !?
Gordon : Black Gold Dossier?
Mysteriox : Hello and thanks Gordon
Nathan Tyler : I'm gonna have to depart, guys. Gordon, it was very cool reading what you have say about your great career! Take care everyone!
frankie : speaking of sets...do you remember any of the towns where the Spaghetti westerns were filmed?
Gordon : Thanks, Nathan.
Gordon : My town, Cave film studio!
Lurker : (gordan still looks great inNew World, btw)
Gordon : About 30 miles out of Rome.
Devin Kelly : yes...SQUADRA D'AZIONE...ORO NERO (1979)
Devin Kelly : with Richard Harrison
Gordon : Mike Martinez stopped by yesterday. He's terrific!
frankie : i think Luigi Batzella directed that on e Dev
Devin Kelly : yes you're right Frankie
Devin Kelly : Batzella
Gordon : I'm checking my records.
Devin Kelly : lol...I know, too many films
Gordon : So many of them were pieced together from other films.
Devin Kelly : LA GUERRE DU PETROLE
SteveG.(BBI) : I noticed that Jess Franco was in it its well...
Devin Kelly : is another title
Gordon : I did a film with Richard in 1979
Devin Kelly : I think that's the one
frankie : Gordon, do you enjoy watching these types of films-even the ones you didn't appear in?
Devin Kelly : 1978
Gordon : It was calledLa Guerre du Petrole
Devin Kelly : yes
Gordon : It was directed by Paolo Solvay
Devin Kelly : aka. Luigi Batzella
Gordon : I didn't know him by Batzella
Gordon : HIs name is Paolo Solvay
Devin Kelly : oh my mistake, I thought it was Batzella
Gordon : I remember runningaaround oil wells with Richard shooting at eachother
frankie : Solvay also directed a film where Nzai doctors create a monkey man who eats ladies pubic hair. you seen that one Gordon? :)
Devin Kelly : lol, that's iyt
Devin Kelly : it
Gordon : I never knew what was happening most of the time.
Lurker : It must be a thrill to have been involved with a half dozen of perhaps the greatest films ever made, not including the Italian stuff and your recent American stuff.
frankie : nazi
Gordon : Send it to me at once!
Devin Kelly : I have a copy of a copy...I'll try and make a copy out of it...lol
Devin Kelly : it's fairly rare
Paul Cooke : Gordon how did you get on with the great Mario Girotti ( Terence Hill ) who you made Rita Of The West with in 1967 for Director Ferdinando Baldi
Gordon : It was so much fun working in Italy in the 60-70s.
Lurker : and you were so prolific!
Gordon : I didn't get too involved with Terrence.
Gordon : He was a very nice guy, I remember.
Gordon : I never grew up wanting to be an actor.
Paul Cooke : Ferdinando Baldi made a lot of Action movies as well as at least two 3D Movies - how was he to work with ?
Gordon : I never felt really comfortable around them.
Lurker : What DID you want to be?
Gordon : What film with Baldi?
Gordon : I got a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counselling
Lurker : huh!
Paul Cooke : Baldi was Rita Of The West 1967 with Terence Hill
Gordon : I started my film career at 38.
Lurker : perhaps that helped you understand your roles better?
Devin Kelly : How about playing Dr. Otto Frankenstein in Mario Mancini's FRANKENSTEIN 80'?
Gordon : I loved playing dr. Frankenstein
SteveG.(BBI) : I was just going to ask the same thing Devin....
Devin Kelly : lol, sorry Steve...
SteveG.(BBI) : np...
Devin Kelly : consider the question yours:)
Gordon : I remember, Baldi was the director.
Lurker : at 38, you were still cast as a stud type, cool
Gordon : He was very easy to work with.
Gordon : I packed my bags for Italy at 38 and stayied in Rome for 40 yuears.
Gordon : I still have a residence there.
Lurker : and made more movies than I can count1
Devin Kelly : What are your memories of William Berger? You did several films with him, I can only assume you were friends?
Gordon : Terrence Hill: Didn't speak English well; I couldn't speak italian well.
Gordon : Bill BErger was a great friend.
Gordon : I worked with him in many films.
Devin Kelly : Was he as wild in his early years as some have said?
Gordon : Bill was actually Austrian
Paul Cooke : Thanks Gordon , Baldi has done a lot of Fun stuff also Directed three with Mark Gregory - Iconic star of Fuga Dal Bronx
Gordon : He died recently here in LA.
Gordon : He was very wild. Smoked a lot of pot.
Devin Kelly : I interviewed his daughter Debra Berger for Cinema Nocturna a while back
Gordon : HIs wife was very nice.
Gordon : I never met her.
Lurker : !
frankie : a little bit of herb never hurt no one :)
SteveG.(BBI) : How about your role as Igor in Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1974) directed by Ramiro Oliveros (Wiiliam Rose).
Devin Kelly : Hanja Kochansky was his wife I believe
Gordon : I did that role as a favor.
Gordon : Dick Randall produced it.
Lurker : It was a good one!
Gordon : Yes, Hanja
Gordon : I only worked on the film a few days.
Devin Kelly : Debra is very nice...and his daughter Katya is fairly famous.
Gordon : I did my scenes, and split. I was working on another film
Paul Cooke : Gordon I just purchased a film you made with William Berger and Barbara Bouchet from Director Sergio Bergonzelli from 1982 called Diamond Connection
frankie : hey paul, did you get that off ebay?
Gordon : I remember it! (Thank god!)
Paul Cooke : William Berger was a very good character actor and played many fine roles
Devin Kelly : that's the Bergonzelli flick I was thinking of earlier!
Devin Kelly : it's hard to find
Gordon : It was made in Turkey and Switzerland.
Gordon : They ran out of money in Turkey so we finished in Switizerland
Paul Cooke : Sure did Frankie ... hope I did not outbid you !!! Geez
frankie : sounds like fun :)
frankie : the Japanese tape?
Lurker : I wonder what Mr. Mitchell thinks of Sythe productions, and his recent work with them?
frankie : you rat fink
Paul Cooke : Frankie ... Yes the Japanese Tape
frankie : ;)
Gordon : Hang on Lurker...
Lurker : "Enraged new world"?
Lurker : thk, mr mitchell, will wait as log as you want
Lurker : long, heh
Gordon : Mike Martinez is brilliant!
Paul Cooke : Gordon , one of your Great Western Cameos was inMy Name Is Shanghai Joe with Klaus Kinski and Chen Lee - do you recall the fight with Chen Lee ?
Gordon : Sure to be a superstar
Devin Kelly : What did you think Gordon of Aristide Massaccesi? You worked with him several times on films like GO AWAY! TRINITY HAS ARRIVED IN ELDORADO and ENDGAME.
Lurker : heard Mike was good, but had poor material thus far
Gordon : Of course. I got a beating
frankie : his film Frozen Inferno is surprisingly good
Gordon : Mike showed me his new werewolf move. Excellent!
Paul Cooke : Chen Lee only made four films - did you get to know him ?
Devin Kelly : I reveiwed AN ENRAGED NEW WORLD for Cinema Nocturna..I liked it General Murchison.
Lurker : I understand you steal the show in "Enraged World".
Gordon : I didn't get to know him. I was so busy making films.
Gordon : I never knew what was happening.
frankie : yuck, Jack Valenti is on tv
Gordon : I would come on the set, do the scene and leave for the next movie
Gordon : Plus, I was building my Western town in CAve.
Devin Kelly : How about Aristide Massaccesi Gordon, what did you think of him? You did ENDGAME with him the last time...
Lurker : Question: how do we support Gordon Mitchell? Is there a web site, someplace to order autographs from? Cuz I want some!
Gordon : <font Color="#0033ff"><u><a href="http://www.gordonmitchell.net"target="_blank">http://www.gordonmitchell.net</a></u></font>
Lurker : (plus he's so studly!)
Paul Cooke : Gordon , any memories to share of the wonderful bad guy talents of Klaus Kinski perhaps ?
frankie : oh my
Gordon : Or email email@example.com
Devin Kelly : Gordon is one of the friendliest guys you could talk to:)
Lurker : gordon didn't even push his site till I asked him, what a great guy!
Gordon : I got along with Klaus...one of the only people who did!
Gordon : He was always well prepared in his work.
Devin Kelly : He was a controversial guy for sure
Gordon : What he did in his private life, was his own business.
frankie : much love to Klaus
Gordon : He was great!
Paul Cooke : Going back to Ruggero Deodato I would have loved to have seen Gordon Mitcell alongside Richard Lynch in Barbarians - knocking sense into the two Paul brothers : )
frankie : i don't think any sense could be knocked into them :)
Devin Kelly : In between a string of spaghetti westerns Gordon, you did the French/Italian crime film COBRA for Yves Boisset in 1971. What were your memories of working with Boisset on that film?
Gordon : He was excellent to work withl
SteveG.(BBI) : Well guys, I must be off. I want to thank Gordon for stopping by tonight and sharing some really great stories with us.
Devin Kelly : and Senta Berger worked on that film too...what did you think of her?
Gordon : I will never forget that film because of the live cobra
Lurker : I get a laugh out of compaisons to Reeves and such, man, Gordon, you blow those guys away!
Gordon : It was dropped on me!
frankie : see ya later Stevo
Devin Kelly : take care Steve! Thanks for making this happen too!
Paul Cooke : Bye Steve
Gordon : They told me the cobra would not strike if he was flat.
SteveG.(BBI) : I will post the full transcipt of the tommorrow.
Gordon : But there were still 2 nurses, 2 doctors and ambulance standing by!
Devin Kelly : and the Cobra struck for real?
SteveG.(BBI) : adios
Gordon : The man who owned the cobra was bitten by it a week later and died.
frankie : goodness!
Devin Kelly : WOW...good thing it wasn't you!
Gordon : Bye steve
Devin Kelly : Senta Berger worked on that film too
Gordon : I was teerrified of it.
Devin Kelly : I would be too
Gordon : I didn't get too invovled with any actresses!
Gordon : You never knew who was keeping them.
Lurker : sure...
Devin Kelly : lol
Paul Cooke : Gordon , who might be your favourite Actress to have worked with please ?
Gordon : Elizabeth Taylor.
Devin Kelly : top choice
Gordon : REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE
Lurker : she probably made less films than you..
Paul Cooke : How many times did you get to act next to her ?
Gordon : Most of my scenes were with her or Brando.
Paul Cooke : Great names for a prolific and impressive CV Good Sir : )
Devin Kelly : What did you think of Tonino Ricci's RUSH. Ricci is far too often bashed by critics.
Gordon : I had about 6 scenes with her alone.
Lurker : yeah, I acted with that Taylot girl, and some Brando fella... jeez, man!
Gordon : Conrad Nichols
Paul Cooke : I watched Rush just the other evening - great fun - Gordon you looked very oppressive as the bad guy
Devin Kelly : yes...I forget his Italian name
Gordon : I got along with Ricci.
Gordon : They wanted me on the set to choreograph the fight scenes.
Paul Cooke : Luigi Mezzanotte is Conrad Nicholls : )
Devin Kelly : yes, that's right Paul
frankie : are there any Italian directors you never got a chance to work with, but would have liked too?
Devin Kelly : I like some of Ricci's films, he gets a lot of bad press among fans for some reason
Paul Cooke : Such as Bruno Mattei : )
frankie : Night Of The Sharks? yeeck
Devin Kelly : lol
frankie : or Enzo G Castellari
Paul Cooke : Gordon you acted alongside Enzo G. Castellari did you not ?
Lurker : [waits for the Gordon Mitchell finess tape]
frankie : oh yeah, Cobra Mission right?
Paul Cooke : In Fabrizio De Angelis' Cobra Mission in 1985
Gordon : I liked working with all of the Italian directors.
Paul Cooke : Gordon your Italian must be Perfect :)
Gordon : I didn't socialize much with actors.
Devin Kelly : Gordon, was Karin Schubert performing real sex scenes in Jean-Marie Pallardy's A VERY SPECIAL WOMAN (1979)?
Gordon : I would arrive on a set, do my scene and go on to something else.
frankie : ...and did you take pictures? :)
Gordon : Yes, Karin did.
Gordon : No, I did not take pictures.
Devin Kelly : I have heard things about her...quite the nympho!
frankie : too bad :(
Devin Kelly : She ran a brothel in Italy once upon a time.
Paul Cooke : Frankie maybe that's where Mark Gregory now works !?
Gordon : I taught Karin how to fight on camera.
Gordon : I stayed away from actresses!
Paul Cooke : Gordon your professional powers of self restraint are very impressive - my compliments to you :)
Devin Kelly : did she end up being a good fighter?
Devin Kelly : She is a well recognized actress of many Italian exploitation and horror films
Gordon : Yes, she fought very well. I've got to get a move on.
Gordon : I hope to join you again sometime.
Devin Kelly : OK well Gordon, we all have apprecited this so much.
Gordon : I will recommend you to Richard Harrison.
Paul Cooke : Mr. Lurker ... would you like to reveal who you are : )
frankie : thanks for dropping by Gordo!
Lurker : uh huh... :)
Devin Kelly : thank you, that would be wonderful...and on behalf of everyone thanks a million! It was one hell of a fun time!
Gordon : Bye, all!
frankie : ciao!
Lurker : :)
Devin Kelly : Bye Gordon!
Paul Cooke : Mr. Mitchell thank you so much :)