Wednesday, October 3

John Milius

Some facts about John Milius, the director of Red Dawn and Conan The Barbarian:

-He describes himself as a "Zen anarchist" and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association.

- He contributed the famous USS Indianapolis monologue for the film Jaws, and suggested to Steven Spielberg the "book-end" scenes in the military graveyard in Normandy which were used at the beginning and end of Saving Private Ryan.

-He coined the famous "Go ahead, make my day" line from the Dirty Harry movie Sudden Impact

-He also wrote "Charlie don't surf" and "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from Apocalypse Now.

-He was involved with the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was the one who suggested the fights take place in an octagonal cage.

-Director George Lucas was inspired by his friend Milius to create the "John Milner" character as the protagonist of his film American Graffiti.

-He was one of the three creators of the drama series Rome.

-He is a frequent guest on The History Channel's show Modern Marvel, credited as a "Film-maker/Weapons Expert."

-He is the inspiration behind the Walter Sobchak character (played by John Goodman) in the film The Big Lebowski.