Here is an interivew that I did with Papillon. Papillon discusses the her career and how she got involved in the film industry. It's a great and intresting read and hope you enjoy it. She's a great lady and i really appreciate her letting me do this interview. So heres how it went : -
1. How did you get the part in A view to a kill, Full metal Jacket and Split Second?
First question of how I got the part in VTAK. Good chi and more good chi. I believe everything you have in life comes from a greater source. I hope it doesnt sound arrogant that I was born to play Pan Ho in VTAK. I remember watching Roger Moore in a TV programme called The Saint when I was about 8 years old. I was really fascinated by the halo around the character's head and never imagined that years later I would actually meet him on a film set. I was an ugly duckling and wore these NHS brown framed bottom of bottle glasses as I am as blind as a bat and I was terribly shy (I couldnt even look my form teacher in the face when I was 14/15). Thank god for contact lenses as when I discovered them I became more confident and realised that I was actually okay but this was much much later.
Its a miracle that I won a part in a Bond film with no acting experience. The Producers, Michael Wilson, the late great Cubby Broccoli and his daughter Barbara, John Glen were intrigued that I shared the same name as a character in the Paris dining room scene where one of 007's counterpart agent is killed by a poisoned butterfly. I believe they also felt my cheek bones and physique matched Grace Jones's who played May Day. They had seen 100s of girls all over the world. I really believe it was fate that got me the part because all the odds were stacked against me otherwise.
As for FMJ - again fate as it cant be a coincidence. I walk outside my front door and walk straight into one of the actors from the Bond film who had played Roger Moore's stand in who just was passing by. He told me that they were looking for girls for a new Stanley Kubrick film on the Vietnam war. I had heard of Stanley
Kubrick because when I was a teenager I saw a 2001 Space Odyssey - I actually fell asleep during the show! During my school break I used to hit the library and go through a magazine about films (I cant recall the title of it) but I remember seeing a story about Stanley Kubrick. Then when I was on the set of VTAK the continuity lady told this really amazing story about SK as she had worked with him and Jack Nicholson on the Shining - I wont
repeat the story as that would be gossiping. My agent got in touch with the casting director and they sent me a script and then I went and met SK where they videoed the scene I had learnt and that was it.
With Split Second - the casting director knew of my work on FMJ.
2. What was it like working on each film and do you have any memorable memories?
The most memorable moment was meeting Roger Moore finally coming out of that 19 inch box from my childhood days
and saying good morning to me on the Paris film set on AVTAK. Film work is hard as you have to be up very early and Im not too good in the mornings and you work very long hours. But hey spare a thought to the nurses who work in dirty NHS wards for long hours for which they are under renumerated or try be a dustman or work in McDonalds for a day.
Working on FMJ was (sorry to be such a rudegal) was like a 24 hour orgasm! Only because I was working with the late
great Stanley Kubrick and the very talented Matthew Modine. SK actually said very little to me on the set. It was a very zen experience in the sense that he was so silent but it was a silent understanding as I believed I knew what he was after in the frames he was shooting. I was absolutely clueless on VTAK but that time I had gained some confidence and was able to express myself much better.
Split Second - well what can I say sharing the make up room, same film set, same space, same world with Rutger Hauer who has a predilection to Enya, the Irish songstress which I could hear playing from his dressing room. Just being around Rutger who has this otherwordliness sends you to 009 at the speed of light!
3. Were there any extra bits you had in the films that were cut out of the final version?
Yeah I did a nude scene with Matthew Modine for FMJ that was cut out, so now you know what happened after I picked up the two GIs for $10.00 (I wasnt too beaucoup then!) I think the scene didnt meld with what SK wanted to get across in the film that war is mean and look what happens to people involved in the war machine. I think FMJ is current for what is happening in Iraq - you get boys and girls who were all sweetness turning into monsters torturing and abusing prisoners.
4. What was it like working with Alison Doody on AVTAK? Are you still in contact with any of the cast?
Alison was absolutely a laugh and the most beautiful girl. She had the most infectious laugh as well. You could
hear her laugh for miles. Unfortunately I am not in touch with anyone from those days as I think we have all
lived in different continents at different times. I did see Michael Wilson, the producer of the Bond films a week
before Cannes last year.
5. Did you attend any of the premieres of the films you were in?
I only attended the London premiere of VTAK and I arrived in a rickshaw. It was a fantastic evening with everyone
there including Duran Duran who sang the title song.
6. In your death scene in AVTAK did you do your own stunts when you were being washed away?
I did do my own stunt when I was washed away by thousands of gallons of water that was tipped from a great
height and was saved by a wet suit that also kept me buoyant, so there was no chance of drowning.
7. In FMJ was that your own voice or were you dubbed? What was your reaction when your famous line "me so horny, me love you long time" were you in two hit songs?
That was also my own voice in FMJ and I wished I patented those lines -" me love you long time...me so horny". I still get ribbed by some friends with those lines and especially when I heard that those lines were used in two songs which were hits. I composed a rap tune back:
Me love you long time
but how come me get no bling
when all over them play dat thing
Me love you long time
but wheres me bling
when all over america
dem play that track
and you see it flying off the rack
8. Which film did you most enjoy working on and why?