July 30, 2012

Casper Van Dien Interview

People Tweet me all the time and stop me on the street to talk about it or yell out a quote to me

Today I’m joined by the star of Starship Troopers and Sleepy Hollow, Mr. Casper Van Dien. Thanks very much for joining us.

Eoin: When Starship Troopers came out, many critics entirely missed the satirical subtext of the movie. Since then the film has become a huge hit with fans and has even inspired several sequels. What is it about the story that you think resonates with audiences?



Casper: It amazes me to this day when I think about the people who missed the satire in SST. Paul Verhoeven and Ed Neumeier are very funny men. Just a little intense in their delivery I guess. I love that Starship still has a huge fan base. People Tweet me all the time and stop me on the street to talk about it or yell out a quote to me.

Eoin: Is it true that director Paul Verhoeven filmed the shower scene while naked himself?

Casper: No. Not true. He did drop his pants when we were all waiting to see who would get naked first. One of the cast members said to Paul “if it is no big deal Paul why don’t you drop your pants?” So he did. Then he pulled them up and said “There are you ready to shoot now?”

Eoin: You also starred in my personal favourite Tim Burton movie Sleepy Hollow. What was that experience like?

Casper: It was an amazing and surreal film to work on. Tim Burton is one of the funniest and coolest cats to work with. Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and the rest of the cast were just amazing actors and I was thrilled to be on set with them. Everyone was so professional. At the top of their game.

Eoin: Can you tell us a bit about “Prince Paul Royal Exile” due out in 2013 and your other upcoming projects?

Casper: My wife and I wrote it.  We have not filmed it yet. It is about her Grandfather who was the regent of Yugoslavia from 1934 to 1941. After learning everything I could about him I feel in love with the quality of man my wife’s grandfather was. He was one of the most amazing men and it is a sin that the world does not know his story. His true story.

Eoin: You wear many hats including acting, writing and directing; you were also a published poet at aged 17. Which do you enjoy the most?

Casper: Being a father is the most amazing hat I wear.

Eoin: Would you like to direct?

Casper: I have only directed a couple of PSA’s.  I would love to direct a film.

Eoin: What’s the hardest part of trying to get a film made today?

Casper: Raising the money is a bit of a challenge.

Eoin: What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor?

Casper: I know now that I know a lot less than when I thought I knew a lot more than I did.

Eoin: You’re very involved various charities including Childhelp, and even did some PSA’s as Rico (from Starship Troopers) to raise awareness. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Casper: is an amazing charity. 4 children die every day from childhood abuse in the USA. They came to me with the idea to do a PSA as Johnny Rico from SST to help get the Sci-Fi fans on board to fight against childhood abuse.

At first I did not want to do it because SST was rated R but the Childhelp people said to me that what was happening to the children was worse than rated R. The Sci-Fi fans are amazing and they wanted them to help the children.

Eoin: That about wraps it up; thanks very much for taking the time out to chat and all the very best with your future projects.


About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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