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Continued: C.J.: I'm glad I got the NICE Chris Mulkey for this interview

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 9, 2013 - 5:13 PM


Q In “Captain Phillips,” you spoke the prescient lines: “Captain, they’re coming back. They are not paying me enough to fight pirates.” What’s your price if the job is fighting pirates?

A Boy, they’d have to pay me a lot of money. Then I’d take that money and hire somebody to really fight them and I’d go on vacation.


Q Why aren’t some crew members on those ships marksmen, whose job it is to sit there, especially in daylight, and pick off those pirates or shoot holes in their boats?

A There’s a whole thing we get from television and movies about what we would do in dangerous situations. And it’s all kind of Rambo’d up and Jackie Chan. And you wouldn’t do that. It’s not as easy as you think. I think the best thing to do in situations like that is go the other way. Don’t get involved unless you have to, and then you really have to commit.


Q That movie left me wondering who has a bigger bladder, the real Captain Phillips or Tom Hanks, who did not indicate the need to urinate until about 2:53 p.m. in the 1 p.m. movie I saw.

A C.J., no one goes to the bathroom in movies. In “Gone With The Wind,” who went to the bathroom? They went to the powder room.


Q Would you shoot these tense scenes with the pirates and then have dinner with them?

A We were all from Minnesota so we hung a little bit.


Q If Hollywood could learn one thing from the Midwest community where you grew up, what would it be?

A Loyalty. Sticking up for your guys.


Interviews are edited (and in this case, bleeped). Reach C.J. at and see her on Fox 9.


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