A Conversation With Michael Berryman - Page 6
gJg: I noticed the tattoos they gave you for this role as well.
MB: Oh those aren’t fake, those are real.
gJg: Really? Wow, those are really colorful.
MB: Yes, they are. The one on my right arm is the sunset with the moon rising and mountains in the background. The one on my left arm is of a mother wolf and a pup. I actually lived at a wolf sanctuary for ten years.
gJg: Oh really?
MB: Wolf Mountain Sanctuary.in Lucerne Valley, CA. It’s run by my good friend Tonya Carloni. She rescues wolves and gives them a descent place to live. What she does is a very noble cause.
We also teach people about habitat preservation and the importance of preserving what we have before it turns into something like Joni Mitchell said: “Paradise turned into a parking lot.” We really need to leave something for our children to enjoy.
Michael on working with Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“:
gJg: Michael, I just can’t end our interview without asking you about what it was like working on Cuckoo’s Nest with Jack Nicholson.
MB: I get asked quite a bit about Jack and I tell everyone that I found him to be such a down to Earth regular guy.
He told me one day, “Michael, if I was as tall as you I’d be an NBA star right now.” (Michael is 6′ 2″). Jack was very athletic but just didn’t have the height for it.
He was just a real, honest, wonderful guy and a terrific talent and I was just tickled that he won an Oscar for it because he just threw himself into that role.
gJg: Well Michael it’s been so great talking with you. Is there anything else you’d like to say in closing?
MB: I just want to wish the very best to all of my fans. May you all have a peaceful, wonderful life and when you wake up tomorrow, make it a great day.
gJg: Couldn’t ask for anything more than that.
MB: That’s the plan I’m keeping.