NY WinterCon celebrates the best in sci-fi and fantasy and rolled this weekend into the Resorts World New York, located close to JFK Airport. The main attractions are the 35th anniversary reunion of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, as well as reunions for The Warriors and the pilots of Star Wars. After a super fun panel, I got the pleasure to speak with Wez himself, Vernon G. Wells, over by his autograph table.
Check out the interview below.
Geeks of Doom: First off, I want to tell you Iâ€™m huge fan. I told my friends I might be seeing Bennett from Commando, and they didnâ€™t believe me. When I tell them that youâ€™re Wez in Road Warrior they donâ€™t believe me. Do you ever get fans coming up who donâ€™t realize?
Vernon G. Wells: Sometimes people come up and then go [looking at his 8X10 photos of Wez & Bennett] “oh my god… â€˜oh my god.” I just say, “yep.”
Geeks of Doom: Do people ever try speaking to you in only Commando quotes?
Vernon G. Wells: Yeah occasionally.
Geeks of Doom: Itâ€™s probably one of the most quotable movies, for both you and Arnold.
Vernon G. Wells: Itâ€™s got some of the most kitsch lines in history.
Geeks of Doom: You hold your own though.
Vernon G. Wells: Yeah, it was fun.
Geeks of Doom: To why weâ€™re here, what does it mean to you to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Road Warrior and to see all these fans?
Vernon G. Wells: I think number one, itâ€™s amazing it has continued for all these years, and weâ€™re all still friends (other cast mates). The fans I love because I think itâ€™s incredible that people still hold that film in such esteem. And itâ€™s a new generation. Just doing these conventions Iâ€™ve been through three generations. You got the generation that grew up with this when it was made, then their children, and now their children. Itâ€™s funny because we notice the later generations are more into it than those who grew up with it. Itâ€™s become a symptom of where we are in society, where youâ€™re looking at it and going, “Boy, this isnâ€™t so unreal!” I think thatâ€™s why itâ€™s still so popular, and I love that all these people come.
Geeks of Doom: Thatâ€™s great, thanks. I just want to ask about the future. I see that youâ€™re going to be in Death House. Iâ€™m a horror movie fan first and foremost, and THAT is a horror fanâ€™s dream project. Can you talk a bit about that?
Vernon G. Wells: (Smiling) Yeah, I canâ€™t say too much, but I play one of the five evils, and the scuttelebutt is after this movie comes out, theyâ€™re going into doing a movie on each of the five evils and mine is first – another horror movie which should be fun.
Geeks of Doom: That sounds awesome. Do you still have any contact with Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Vernon G. Wells: I run into Arnold occasionally while Iâ€™m out. We live in the same area, but not regularly. The only chance I get to see the people from this film is while weâ€™re doing things like this, but Power Rangers, the whole cast, weâ€™re like the best of friends. We see each other all the time, have lunch or dinner or something. Films are a lot different, itâ€™s such a short compact time and you donâ€™t get a chance to build those relationships. When you do a series for 12 months itâ€™s very strong relationships.
Geeks of Doom: Well thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us, and congratulations on the 35th anniversary of Road Warrior.
NY WinterCon continues today, December 4th at Resorts World Casino NYC from 10:30am to 5:00pm.