Trevor: Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview with us Matt.
Matt Hannon: Hey Trevor thanks for the interview opportunity.
T: Well I have to admit, I never thought I’d have the chance to interview you, my staff and I had heard that you passed away in 2012. Can you explain how that rumor came about, and what made you decide to re-emerge to dispel the rumor?
M: I think someone had inadvertently posted the wrong obituary of a gentleman who had the same name as me, Matt Hannon, first and last name. That was posted on the Imdb boards and then it spread throughout the Samurai Cop community. A couple of people had really tried to follow through and make sure that it was in fact me, I noticed that and kind of let it go because I was watching from a distance checking in every once in a while to the Imdb boards. I was reading the comments there because I enjoyed everything the people were writing, mostly about how terrible my performance and the actual movie was. My oldest daughter had seen those comments and followed along also and one day she said, "Dad just let them know it's the wrong guy and tell them it's you." And as you saw on my Youtube posting, I put that up one day and did a mock greeting and sent it to my daughter and asked if this is what you would like me to present to the world if I decide to come out from hiding...And the moment she had her hands on that she uploaded it onto Youtube under Samurai Cop Alive and Well and the rest has been history.
M: I would describe the Samurai Cop movie to someone who has never seen it, first of all, it's absolutely not made to be seen alone. I think at this juncture everyone knows the more people that are involved in watching this movie the better, whether it's your home and you invite a couple of your friends over. Maybe play the drinking game that I think was created online where every time you see me in a wig whoever yells wig last has to take a shot of alcohol, that's funny. But as I travel the country and have been to some screenings, I just think the fans really enjoy being in a group setting watching this movie. It was originally just intended to be a very low budget Lethal Weapon rip off by Amir, so he tried to visually cast very specific looks in the characters which you see there up on the screen. After he got past myself and Mark being cast in the movie in the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover roles, the rest of the girls were merely there for foreign distribution trying to show as much nudity and so on. It never was intended to be the comic masterpeice that it became, it was strictly suppose to be a low budget 90's action movie.
M: As far as my involvement in the sequel, Samurai Cop 2. Greg Hatanaka had reached out to me via email, I had also known that he had been putting together the re-releases and so on. We met and my first trepidation was to make sure I wasn't going to be walking into the nightmare as I did in the first one.
I thought that it would be fun for the fans because there was such a worldwide response and admiration and love pouring out of after I had come back to life. Things like thank god you're really alive and we would love to see you back. And myself not aging that much and still looking close to the original character, Joe Marshall, with the long hair. It made it easier to want to follow it up and maybe redeem my acting ability in the sequel (laughs). And have the fans enjoy seeing Mark and I team up again on a new case, but a lot of it has to do with Greg Hatanaka and what a wonderful man he is. The amount of time and effort and finances that he's spent on this, I think its deservedly so that the fans get to see where these two characters are almost a quarter of a century later.
M: As far as the Kickstarter current total at just over 40 grand, it's kind of what we all expected. I knew at the very beginning it started off slow and I was a little concerned myself thinking where is everybody? Of course the donations start as low as 10 dollars and you can put in a dollar also. People have bills and everything which I understand, I just think the more Mark and I have been out there promoting that it's crossed over into Mainstream, the term 'Samurai Cop' is becoming a buzz word. With the cast that's been assembled by Greg, he's just been able to bring in a phenomenal amount of excellent talent, people just wanting to be involved. He's liken it to the Towering Inferno, where you have so many cameos of so many celebrities. Even I liken it to the Expendables as you said, it's kind of my version of Sly's Expendables. Because we just got all these iconic 80's and 90's B rate acting legends coming on board. Tommy Wiseau, George Lazenby, you can see on the Kickstarter page the list of so many people that have signed on. So I really think it's just gaining it's own little momentum and to just be apart of that and having your name in the credits at the very end of the movie. For the ten dollars, that's something that you can brag to your friends, if you're a true Samurai Cop fan saying, "hey look there's my name, I was apart of this!" That's something and of course all the prizes and giveaways you can get with the posters and signed DVDs. Some people have even pledged to be in scenes with Mark and I and we have a couple of big heavy hitters still waiting and negotiating to see if they can get involved. I think it's just one of those things that comes by every so often, not like Woodstock but the Samurai Cop 2 frenzy that's taking place now is kind of it's own little gem that's happening here in the movie industry.
M: Yes it is true, when I first moved to California I worked for executive protection and one of the first people I worked for was Sylvester Stallone, who has always played a key role in my life. From the very first time I saw Rocky, in 1976 my parents took me to see him up there on the big screen. Like every kid, at that age, I think I was 10 or 11 years old I left the parking lot feinting punches. My dad went out and bought me a punching bag after that. So I followed his career and really looked up to him and he was one of my screen idols. That was probably the first encounter, Rocky in 1976. Then after I moved to LA... Whoever thought I would work for the guy. That was another dream come true, not only to be in his presence but to watch him work at the top of his game in the late 80's early 90's.
T: If he gave you a call to be in the next Expendables flick, would you do it? Personally, I think you’d be a great addition. What are your thoughts on that series, obviously as the title of our site indicates, Expendables Premiere. It’s the primary thing we report on.
M: With the Expendables, I always thought that would be a third dream come true if I could work side by side with the legend. Our paths just haven't crossed, but if this continues on the path it has I'm sure it will be a blip on his radar. Only because my having worked for him comes up in most conversations when we discuss Samurai Cop. In that way our two names are synonymous sometimes in many articles so eventually it would probably get back to him, but who knows? lt would be an absolute honor and a privilege to be in a scene with Sly if he does do an Expendables 4 but I'll hold that dream way far out there thinking that's never going to be able to come to fruition but if it does I'm obviously open and thankful as well as grateful if that opportunity does arrive.
T: Thanks for the interview and best of luck with Samurai Cop 2. We really hope the fundraiser succeeds!
M: Thanks Trevor
Strictly on an entertainment level, there is no better cause to support than helping to get a Samurai Cop 2 off the ground. If you don't believe us, watch the original so you can witness the magic first hand.
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