Brat Pack legend Judd Nelson recently sat down with British newspaper The Guardian to discuss his love of British culture as well as his recent movie release Iceland Is Best. Nelson has starred in some of the key Brat Pack movies of the 1980’s with his credits including St Elmo’s Fire, The Breakfast Club and Blue City to name but three. While a sit down with casinositesreview.io would have been enjoyable, here are the highlights of Nelson’s discussion with The Guardian.
Route Into Acting
Judd Nelson was slightly unruly as a young man. Nothing too sinister, just loud and a bit difficult. “I was really loud at school, so in sixth grade, I was put in a play called The Baron of … something. It was some weird semi musical where I played some old burgomaster. I think they just wanted to distract me to calm me down.
In college, this guy in the freshmen dorm said he was going to audition for the school play, and did I want to come along? I asked: “Why will that be fun?” He said: “Because that’s where the girls are.” I ended up playing Orestes in The Oresteia, the Greek trilogy by Aeschylus, where Orestes kills Clytemnestra, his own mother.”
So it was actually the draw of meeting some girls which launched Judd Nelson’s acting career! It also sounds like he very much respected his parents and that praise from his mother likely spurred him on to continue in the field.
Acting is a profession of illusions. If you do your job well, you are confused with the product. It’s very rare that a baker is confused with the cake. But it’s easy to confuse Sean Connery with James Bond. If I was in a restaurant and a fight broke out and Connery was there, I would assume he would get in the middle and stop it. Connery, I imagine, could have done that.
It’s like why you wouldn’t mess with Clint Eastwood. In Dirty Harry and The Outlaw Josey Wales, he’s the most heroic guy in the world. It doesn’t matter the odds; it doesn’t matter the numbers. He is always on the side of right, so you just don’t mess with him. Then McQueen is just … Holy moly. He’s just incredible. So those are the three actors that I liked as a younger person. I’m still waiting to decide what I want to do when I grow up.
It is interesting that these cool leading men were heroes for Judd growing up. While I can’t recall a role he has played on the level of Eastwood, McQueen or Connery, Nelson played a number of strong male lead parts throughout the 80s and 90s.
Iceland is best is a quirky independent film starring Helena Mattsson, Judd Nelson, Tom Prior and Íris Tanja Flygenring. It is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.