Dermot Mulroney stars in the new comedy The Family Tree, which hits theaters this Friday, August 26th. While chatting with the guy, whom we love, about his role as a father going through a midlife crisis, we couldn't help but go back to Dirty Steve and his past exploits. As it turns out, Dermot Mulroney would love to see the character return in a spin-off called Young Guns: The Ghost of Dirty Steve.
"All the kids that were watching Young Guns when they were fourteen or fifteen, right when it came out, and everyone got VCRs? They watched it over and over again. You know what happened to them? They all grew up and got jobs. Now, when we talk, it's because of that! I guess I am not describing myself very well. But the kids at that time are all now well-organized adults. And there was a weird fanaticism that went along with that guy, Dirty Steve. It went beyond the movie itself. There is a subset. If you are a member of that subset, I BACK you! I am there 100%!"
Dermot Mulroney hopes that he will one day get to return to the character, as he does believe that Steve can be brought back from the dead.
"This is what I tried to talk them into while we were shooting it. They knew that it was going to be a blockbuster. They were already planning Young Guns II. But it says it right there in the script. I get shot up at the end of the movie, and I die. I kept saying, "Can't there be some sort of twin, or dream sequence, or the ghost of Dirty Steve?" I think we are onto something here. I think that idea we had back in the day? Its time may have finally come...Hey, man. You probably have that script writing software on your computer. Why don't you peck that out and send it on over? It sounds like (we) got a pretty good plan..."
The actor behind Dirty Steve then reflected on his luck at landing the role.
"It's a fantastic movie. I was so lucky to land that part at that time. Unbelievable. I look back thinking, "Holy fuck, how the hell did that happen?" It is so hard to get parts, I now know, twenty four years later. It is so hard to get good parts. With that one...I just stumbled into it..."
Dermot Mulroney has stumbled into quite a few great parts in recent months. He has some pretty big movies lined up for release in the near future. The one he is most excited for is Joe Carnahan's The Grey.
"This movie I have coming out, The Grey, which is directed by Joe Carnahan, and it stars Liam Neeson...It has these guys being hunted down by wolves. And every other word is fuck. "Get the fuck over here!" "They are fucking coming!" It is so much fun to do that. And it's not a comedy. It's a peril movie. And it's laced with profanity. It was always going to be an R movie. It was brilliant. I loved every minute of it. So did everybody else. It was just one of those movies, where everyone they hired...Joe made sure that he picked guys he knew were going to be game. Nobody was going to be crying about cold toes. We just went for it. And a couple of these guys are English, too. They can be candy asses, lets be honest. But everyone pulled it off. It was a blast. Obviously, it was mixed media. There were twelve days of real location shooting. Some of it is interior studio with fake snow blowing out of a fan. It's every combination of fake snow, being outside, real snow inside, everything. We had to shoot certain parts of the plane wreck. The camp sites. There were sets built. The actual airplane wreck in the snow is just mind boggling."
Dermot Mulroney wasn't actually on set when the wolves showed up though.
"I left the day before. They only used real wolves for two days. One of the shots is actually on my carcass. But I wasn't there. I didn't see it. They used a dummy with a meat suit, or whatever. That shot, I have seen in the movie. It is really effective. The rest of it is either animatronics, or some CGI. There are some lighting effects. Sound is really important in this movie. Joe Carnahan is really talented when it comes to that. This is not like Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Its more like Jaws. You do get a good look at that shark, but The Grey is a 'danger lurking out there' type of movie. It really plays on your mentality more than shock value. The wolf comes out of the darkness, and before you know it, he's on the back of the guy's neck. That is animatronics and puppet work. It's amazing how people make movies. It always is. It still is, for me. And even though that movie is all about wolves, they only used them for two days, for certain, specific pieces of the movie."
"I'll tell you what...This one has that same potential. To be a guys' movie, that only has guys in it, and it's about guys. Not just the Western aspect of Young Guns...There was something very masculine, and tough, and it had that group mentality...In that movie...It was there while we were making it, and that came across on screen. I think, it still has that...If you can't put your finger on it, but you are still drawn to that movie...If you are a guy...The Grey will have that too. I am convinced. Just having the experience of making it, making The Grey felt the most like making Young Guns, out of all the other movies I have ever done."
"Abduction is the next one. It could be really good. I have no idea. John Singleton is really great to work with. I was there for one day. I have a key, small role in that. It could be a good plot-twist action movie. Then, the same again, I worked several days with Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on J. Edgar. But that is also a very small part, though it is a key scene. The story goes over forty or fifty years. Clint and I only had a little chance to actually talk. But he did say that he's always known about me. I basically said, "Then why the fuck didn't you put me in any of your other movies?" We had a laugh. I don't know, specifically, if he knew about the work I'd done in Westerns."
"I was on set for a couple of days. I thought that was a terrific script. I didn't know his TV show. I knew what that kid looked like, but I'd never heard him open his mouth, or anything. But I thought, "If you are 21, you didn't even finish high school, you came to Hollywood, you took a long shot, you become a huge star on this cultural, text-point TV show, and then you write a really accomplished screenplay..." Not just funny, quirky dialogue, which it has...But it has a strong concept. There was just script stuff that was really cool. I'll tell you...In Struck by Lightning, he is killed on page three. Then he narrates the rest of the movie, leading up to his death. It flashes back a couple of weeks. The dead kid is the narrator of the film. Simple, but I don't know that I have ever seen that done. I can't think of anything. I thought, "Allison Janney? I'm in." I got to work with Christina Hendricks for a second time. That was a delight, too. She is in The Family Tree briefly. She is so under used there, but she has a really nice role in Struck by Lightning, where we are working together again."