He was adamant that everything used in the film, from the cars, to the weapons, to the products, were all American made. Since it was an ode to consumerism and the perils of it, he wanted everything American made, like the citizen's of Earth's peril was of their own making. If he felt that the rich and powerful were exploiting the working poor and everyone else not of the then opulent middle class, he needed to go to the scene of the carnage. Roddy Piper's Nada character is a working drifter, going from town to town with everything he owns on his back, looking to work as a day laborer.
It stars a professional wrestler Roddy Piper, who passed away last year and contains one of the most epic fight scenes ever. But did you know According to a interview with the Nerdist : I went as a fan; a wrestling fan. So I met him, and he was a really nice guy.
We hit it off well, you know, I had been a wrestling fan since I was a kid, so we had much to talk about, and Roddy was trying to make a move out of wrestling, trying to get into acting.
So I agreed to meet him and he was very nice, and we just went from there. You want a roll?
Want to star in my next movie? Can I have some more champagne? According to interviews on the They Live Blu-ray, Carpenter drew inspiration for the clash from a similarly memorable brawl in The Quiet Man, a John Ford film in which John Wayne plays a retired boxer.
According to Piper in a interview , however, there was a key difference between the fights in The Quiet Man and They Live: [The Quiet Man] was a fight scene between two enemies. John wanted the longest fight scene in cinema history between two friends. And he gets mad and he busts a wine bottle and comes after me, but ends up cutting his own hand.
And that makes me laugh and makes him madder and then he dives and we go over the car. So, those beats in it were very important because it showed, even during the fight, that these guys kind of cared for each other.
The actual location of the alley is Mercury Court between W 7th and W 6th Streets and Hill and Olive Streets; as the extensive photos at this movie-locations blog suggest, the spot today is just as grimy as it was in Years later, of course, the fight was spoofed in a memorable South Park episode.
Carpenter says he plucked it from a book of one-liners that Piper kept handy whenever he needed to do an interview hyping an upcoming wrestling match. That was it.
No more than that. The store had to actually be built to facilitate all of those tiny, truth-revealing labels everywhere in every shot.
Lovecraft creation Henry Armitage; Carpenter would later pay further tribute to the author with the film In the Mouth of Madness.
Why the nom de screen? In , the filmmaker explained to Entertainment Weekly : It was a reaction to seeing my name all over these movies.
I think the height of it was Christine.