Stoltz was born in Los Angeles in 1961. He attended the University
of Southern California, but dropped out to join a repertory
company that played at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland,
UK. In the 1980s he garnered attention (and a Golden Globe
Nomination) when he portrayed Rocky Dennis in Mask,
and in John Hughes' Some Kind of Wonderful. In the
1990's he appeared in Pulp Fiction, as well as starring
on television shows including Mad About You and Chicago
Hope. Sci-Fi fans will no doubt recall his role in The
Fly II and the fact that he was replaced by
Michael J Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future.
Rea caught up with him as Sci-Fi mini-series, The
was due for release on DVD...
Rea: What attracted you to the role of Howard Thomas in The
Stoltz: It was a fun script with a terrific director and good
actors and it was shot in South Africa, a country I love.
Would you have accepted the role if it had been an ongoing
sci-fi series rather than a mini-series?
I don't think so. It was a great deal of work, and I can't
imagine doing it week in and week out for years and years
and years. And then, if it was a hit, I'd have my photos in
all the magazines, I'd be rich and famous, and... wait a minute,
let me rethink that question.
The conclusion of the series wraps the story up neatly, but
if the producers came to you with a way of revisiting your
character (say an ongoing show where in this reality the Navy
has somehow developed a way to travel through time) would
you be interested in reprising your role?
Oh my goodness, that would be wonderful.
Before starring in The Triangle, did you have any theories
on the Bermuda Triangle? What were they, and has your theories
changed since being involved with the show?
I didn't, really. I just thought it was one of those places
where strange and unexplainable things happen. Not unlike
Are you a believer in the paranormal?
I don't know that I'd call myself a believe in the paranormal,
but I do believe that there are things in this world, and
universe, that are simply unexplainable - which is both disturbing
such a science oriented society, we need everything explained
away and broken down and understood. It's nice to find things
that are beyond our ken, to be reminded that we really don't
know that much and that we're just darn lucky to be here.
You've managed to have a successful career, without getting
typecast in any one genre, or role. Is there a genre or type
of role that you haven't played yet that you'd love to have
a go at?
I haven't really done a true horror film... although some
of those early teen comedies might qualify. To be honest,
I don't really look at the genre, if I'm sent a script I just
read it and respond or not.
Is it true that you are a collector of antique guns? If so,
how did that all start?
That's not at all true. I think that started as a 'fact' that
someone posted on the Internet. Just goes to show you- never
believe anything you read on a computer.
What's next for you? What are you working on at present?
I just produced and acted in a small independent film called
The Lather Effect, which should be coming out this
year. It's sort of a tribute to the '80s, filled with fun
cheesy music and bad hair.
Thank you for your time.
thanks to Jo Quintanilla at Cathy Beck
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