Michael Biehn can be an intense guy. I’ve interviewed him once before – for his upcoming directorial debut The Victim – and it took some time for him to warm up to us, but, during a recent jaunt to the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, this writer found Biehn all smiles. It was a good day for him. The Victim was picked up by Anchor Bay Films for distribution; also fueling his amiable vibe was the fact The Divide, also arriving from Anchor Bay, was being released, putting Biehn back in the spotlight.
The actor – who we have, of course, seen in The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss and many other favorites – plays “Mickey” in the upcoming film from Xavier Gens (Frontieres, Hitman). He’s joined by Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Eklund and Courtney B. Vance.
The Divide begins at the start of New York City’s destruction. Residents of a Manhattan tenement barricade themselves in a bomb shelter – Mickey’s bomb shelter – and hope to wait things out. But like the crumbling foundations of the building around them, these survivors begin to crack and Mickey becomes the source of hatred and suspicion.
For Biehn, The Divide is an opportunity for this screen vet to chew the scenery and he does it well, thanks to the freedom that came with the job. Freedom that came with a price, however, as the actor hints at on-set tension. Here is our short and sweet, but nonetheless honest and revealing, chat with Biehn.