Power Lunch With Joseph Pilato

at Damon's Steakhouse

Glendale, CA. (2008)--The no-nonsense Captain Rhodes, easily the most colorful character in the epic George A. Romero cult classic Day Of The Dead, elevated the theatrically-trained Joseph Pilato from bit part obscurity to cult figure. The fact that it was only his third motion picture role, at the time, surprises many.

Pilato's first role, a small part in 1978s Dawn Of The Dead (as a police officer), led to yet another small part in Knight Riders (as a disgruntled fair worker), alongside Ed Harris, followed closely by his signature role as Captain Rhodes in Day Of The Dead. In fact, it's his memorable death scene that really grabbed the attention of fans. Not surprisingly, it was Pilato himself who introduced the notion that if Rhodes was going to succumb to the zombie menace, he wouldn't do so quietly. That blood-and-guts-spewing delivery of his final line, "Choke on 'em!" will live on in the annals of cult movie history for as long as such annals exist.

On being a horror fan

On being cast in Dawn Of The Dead

On character connection in Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead

On being cast as Rhodes in Day Of The Dead

On creating the Rhodes character

On the script dialog for Day Of The Dead

On Romero's direction for the Rhodes character

On fleshing out the Rhodes character

On ad-libbing Rhodes' dialogue

On Rhodes' death scene

On working underground for the entire shoot

On getting into the Rhodes character

On working with Richard Liberty, aka Dr. Logan

On the script for Day Of The Dead

On his favorite film roles

On what his favorite scenes and pieces of dialog from Day of the Dead

On Keeping up with horror genre


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