Kurt Russell says Mad Max inspired Escape From New York – ManlyMovie

Kurt Russell says Mad Max inspired Escape From New York


This is from the May 2013 issue of ‘Empire Magazine’.  Nowadays, magazines struggle to keep up with the internet.  After all, you can find things out literally by the second through an iPhone.  In short, magazines are poor for news and reviews.  So increasingly they have to compensate with features, giving you material that you can’t find online.  I.e. using their contacts to print something interesting.  One such example is the aforementioned magazine’s encounter with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell.

Among other things, Russell talks about a chance meeting with George Miller in Australia, and how it (helped) inspire Plisken and Escape from New York.  Here’s that transcript…

In 1979, Russell flew to Australia to promote Elvis.  “There was this guy who was a dentist, or a doctor, at the time,” he says.  “He starts talking about his movie – I assumed he produced it – and he really wanted me to see it.  The next thing I know, I’m in a car and we’re going to his house to see his movie.  You gotta know when to say no, right?”  Carpenter creases up.  “He puts a tape in, and up comes the title, and he directed it! Now I’m really stuck!”.  Russell pauses, delivers the punchline with aplomb.  “So, about three minutes into Mad Max, I turned to George Miller and said, ‘Motherfucker!  This is GREAT!’  And I came running back to John and said, ‘I know what I would like to do next’, and he said, ‘I’ve got something better'”

Sounds about right, because three minutes is approximately how long it takes to realise how fucking manly Mad Max is, as in, the first killer chase sequence is right there, at the start of the movie.  Just serves to remind, Miller was there before either McTiernan or Cameron (Mel was too though!).  But Carpenter was wrong, Escape from New York isn’t better than Mad Max.

  • Escape from New York is way better. :-p

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  • Can’t wait to see Russell in Fast 7.

  • Mucho Macho

    Russell is forever in the Cool Hall of Fame.
    yes..i wish he worked again with Stallone but hey! Cant have everything in life.
    -Readers check out =
    -Art of the Steal ( 1 of his latest..pretty good flick )
    -Tequila Sunrise ’88( Featuring Mad max Himself mr. Gibson. & Raul Julia. Julia was a great talent that left us 2 soon. Great fuckin actor. U got Snake, Mad Max, Julia,plus m. Pfeffeir in a movie..good movie)
    – The Best of Times ( Not a manly movie per se , but a cool movie with Robin Williams. In this flick, they both get a chance to face theur former highschool football rivals. Ive always liked it, feel its underrated..check it out)

    • Der

      Just watched thick as thieves with Alex Baldwin,great little crime flick similar to art of steal great cast Micheal jai white ,Bruce greenwood if you haven’t seen it check it out

  • Andymovieman

    Both good movies and both good actors who have worked together on tequila sunrise. God bless Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell. Hope they make more movies together.


    pity Fast 8 isn’t Escape 3 with the same cast and budget

  • Andymovieman

    Ironic since both Gibson and Russell did mad max and escape from New York which got them in the limelight, that they were considered to play Connor Macleod in highlander which went to Christopher Lambert. It’s also ironic that Russell along with lambert was considered to play Martin Riggs in lethal weapon which went to Mel Gibson.

  • a little somethin’, somethin’ from David Letich, one of the director’s of ‘John Wick’. Its John Wick/The Long Kiss Goodnight.

    • Der

      Looks really good will be watching this James macavoy in it yo like gphim in stuff great in split

  • Walter S.A. Iego

    Escape is such a bore. The pacing is awful, the music, great.

    • Der

      It’s a cool movie snake is great music is awesome but agree as a movie pacing is slow action patchy at best but deserves cultdom for snake alone on a side note saw carpenter in victor street in Dublin doing all his movie music it was great sitting with a beer listening to my personal favourite the fog theme song

    • ManlyFannyPack

      It starts off great but once he jumps in Cabbie’s ride it kind of drags. Still a classic though

  • Der

    I thought he was based on 80,s cartoon danger mouse

  • Der

    Lockdown with guy pearce is a great escape from New York rip off on of the better ones .

  • Predatorfanboy

    Both are masterpieces but i slightly prefer Mad Max