The interesting and ironic thing about the actor who played Burt is he could not understand the mentality of his character at all. I heard him say in an interview that he found his thought process ( that of being a survivalist ) disturbing and awful. Of course most actors/actresses are pie in the sky limbs who can’t fathom preparedness in any way, other than the latest back up Gucci purse or Halston cocktail dress.
On that topic, I think he gets it. Or, at least by this point: (This is from an interview following the release of the #3 movie)
“MG: My wife swears that it rubs off on my real life, too. Certainly, living in Los Angeles part-time. I have repeatedly one of the best earthquake kits of anybody in Los Angeles county. When the kids moved out, I got rid of some of my water. I used to have two 55 gallon barrels of drinking water behind the house along with several barrels of batteries and bandages and, you name it, I have it. It’s got a little smaller since the kids moved out.
VV: Well, that Burt paranoia might not be such a bad thing. You never know when you might need it.
MG: The next thing you know, there’ll be a collision with an asteroid, and then where would we be.
VV: Everybody will be coming over to your house for water.
MG: Well, that’s why survivalists have guns. I never really thought about it. You know, survivalists were so associated with guns and things like that. I did a lot of reading, particularly with the first “Tremors” movie, about the survivalist movement and realized, of course, that they weren’t necessarily violent people but the guns were there because when all your neighbors who were not prepared came knocking at your door, you had to have a way to keep them at a distance. Because the ones who are going to pooh-pooh you are the first ones who will be there saying, “Can I have some of that water of yours?”
He certainly changed his tune from his initial reaction to playing Burt in the first ” Tremors “. I have to give the man credit for actually thinking things thru and studying up on something ( survivalism ) he knew nothing about. There is hope even for the Hollywood types.
How about Ashton Kutcher not some one who you would expect to be one of us
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