To many, Michael Madsen is instantly recognizable as Reservoir Dogs' Mr. Blonde.
With a long list of credits behind him, you might also remember him in films ranging from Donnie Brasco and Mulholland Falls to Species and Free Willy (yes... Free Willy). Gaming fans will probably recognize his voice as that of Toni Cipriani in Grand Theft Auto III.
Still, his role in Quentin Tarantino's debut film is about as iconic as they come – which is all the more reason to pick up a copy of Artisan's 2-disc Reservoir Dogs Special Edition DVD.
Michael was kind enough to permit the posing of our 10 Questions...
1. What is your favorite piece of music?
My favorite piece of music would be Frank Sinatra singing a piece of music called "The Roller."
2. What is your favorite film?
I think One-Eyed Jacks, directed by Marlon Brando, with Karl Malden.
3. What is your favorite TV program, past or current?
I used to love The Fugitive with David Janssen.
4. What do you feel has been your most important professional accomplishment to date?
The production of my four sons.
5. Which project do you feel didn't live up to what you envisioned?
6. What is your favorite book? It was a book written by Stephen Bogart, Humphrey Bogart's son, called Searching for My Father.
7. If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?
8. Who – or what – would you say has had the biggest influence on your career?
I would say actors from the old days have had the biggest influence on my career – Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum...
9. What is your next project?
10. What is the one project that you've always wanted to do, but have yet to be able to?
I'm trying to make a film about Charlie Floyd, the bank robber from the 1930s... Pretty Boy Floyd.