Big Bad John: The John Milius Interviews (hardback)
“John comes on a bit strong at first; he plays the Hemingway bit. I think he’s very clever. I think he’s very talented and kind of refreshing.”
- Sean Connery
“Francis [Coppola][ couldn’t tell a story like John. George [Lucas][ is a great storyteller; he couldn’t tell a story like John. None of us.”
- Steven Spielberg
“I think he likes the grandiose. He liked something that. . . borders on the line and pushing people to the edge where you go from reality to ridiculous, and sometimes the ridiculous is more fun.”
- Clint Eastwood
“John is such an interesting person and such a great storyteller just in life. Everything memorable of Apocalypse Now was invented by John Milius.”
- Francis Ford Coppola
For over half a century John Milius has either written, directed, or written and directed some of the movies’ most memorable moments: “I know what you’re thinking” from Dirty Harry; the Indianapolis speech from Jaws; “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” from Apocalypse Now; and more. His films as director include Big Wednesday, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, The Wind and the Lion, Flight of the Intruder, and Rough Riders. Drawn from nearly fifty years of personal encounters and interviews, and exploring his life and craft in a riveting Q&A format, Big Bad John is the first full-length book about this iconoclastic, battle-scarred, remarkable filmmaker. The memorable original cover is by award-winning artist Thomas Warming.
Nat Segaloff has written books and/or produced documentaries on William Friedkin, Stan Lee, Larry King, Arthur Penn, Paul Mazursky, John Belushi, Stirling Silliphant, Harlan Ellison, Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop, and other figures. He lives in Los Angeles waiting for his phone calls to be returned.
"An absolutely fascinating and impressively informative read from cover to cover, 'Big Bad John: The John Milius Interviews' is certain to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Cinematic History collections in general, and John Milius supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular."
- Midwest Book Review
BearManor Author Nat Segaloff presents writer-director John Milius (right) with a copy of Big Bad John: The John Milius Interviews, the new BearManoir Media release that collects nearly fifty years of Nat's and John's conversations about movies and life. Milius is the writer-director of Red Dawn, Big Wednesday, Farewell to the King, Conan the Barbarian, and the writer of Apocalypse Now, among other films. Big Bad John is the first book about his life and career. (Photograph by Thomas Warming, who created the cover for Big Bad John).