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THE MOVIE: Wild Hogs

John Travolta • Tim Allen • William H Macy
• Martin Lawrence
DIRECTOR: Walt Becker

William H. Macy, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and John Travolta THE CONCEPT:
Four middle-aged men decide to take a cross-country motorcycle trip to rev up their mundane lives and unwittingly becoming rivals to a real-life, bad-ass biker gang known as the Del Fuegos.

U.S. RELEASE: March 2 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“I’ve ridden a bike since I was 18. It was the first transportation when I can to Hollywood, because it was inexpensive. I rode Harleys with the Daytona Bike League several times before starting this movie. Tim [Allen] was the only one that had spills [while we were filming]. And that’s because he was showing off, like he likes to do.”

“The thought of working with four adult males was inspiring. I hadn’t really done an adult film since Galaxy Quest. These guys feel a little stuck because they never did everything they wanted to do with their lives – and now they’re trying to change all that.”

“I’d never ridden Harleys, so we learned how to ride them a couple of weeks before we started shooting. I dropped the bike once. We had to pull in and put the kickstand down, and climb off very quickly and I did all of that, except the part about putting the kickstand down, and the bike fell.”

“I rode a long time ago, but I wasn’t that good. The only time I was riding it was on this movie, and I was really nervous, so I feel really good to announce my retirement from riding.”

“I don’t think the film’s about four guys having a mid-life crisis as much as four guys who are trying to regain something. One of the things that I love about it is that these guys adore each other, but they don’t know how to say it. And because they face this danger together, it never has to be stated, but it’s more palpable at the end of the film. One of the things about the whole Harley motorcycle culture is that it’s a little bit renegade, and it’s a little bit dangerous, and then it gets intensified when they run afoul of this other motorcycle gang, and they stand up for once in their lives. So it’s not about the midlife crisis as much as four guys who need to plant their flag.”

“Working with such an incredible ensemble cast gives you a certain freedom, so you can have even more fun with the role. I also love doing physical comedy so when the bull scene came up, I knew that was going to be especially fun for me. I just tried to squeeze as much out of it as I could.”

“It takes guys a long time to get in communication with each other in an emotional way. And in this movie I think these guys have a lot of growth in that way and end up in a good place with each other.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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