World According To... Michael J. Anderson
The Independent - London (September 21, 2004)
Michael J Anderson has a genetic bone condition;
he is 3ft 7in tall and was unable to walk until
his twenties. He is best known for his role
in Twin Peaks, for which he learnt to talk backwards.
He stars as Samson in the HBO drama Carnivale
Has political correctness
Yes it has. The original
idea was fairness, or at least politeness. Take
any good idea to an absurd degree and the original
value of it will, of course, be lost.
What's the best way to
deal with prejudice?
Maybe just to demonstrate
one's own individuality. If who you are inside
is shown to be more significant than what you
are outside, then prejudice is shown to be fallacious.
Is the supernatural a
reality or just a plot device?
Reality seems to be what
one makes of it. There is far more about the
natural universe that is not understood than
Should everyone learn
to talk backwards?
How the human race has
gotten through so many thousands of years without
this vital form of expression utterly defies
imagination. Just for the record, my favourite
palindrome reads "Go hang a salami I'm
a lasagna hog".
Fame or fortune?
They are both illusions.
No matter how much of either you have, there
are others with more and less. There are people
asking for my autograph who, if not for fame,
would have crossed the street to avoid walking
too near me.
What is your greatest
To grasp even one element
of genuine truth. Failing that, my hope is that
in the brief period we are allowed to live,
that I might be able to say, through art, something
Do you have faith in
As the twin towers came
tumbling down, one great loss seemed to be the
basis for the evolution of consciousness we
had achieved in this country since the Sixties.
This is evidenced by the dramatic shift to the
right our culture experienced. Politics in America
has been reduced to performance art. The appearance
of reasoning is far more important than reasoning
itself. He's doing OK, but I'd give Reagan the
When did you last cry?
When I read the previous
question. As I drove away from Denver to seek
my "fame and fortune" in New York
City, I watched the Rocky Mountains grow smaller
and smaller in the rear view mirror. There alone
on the highway, I cried. I cry when relationships
end. I cried violently when my father died.
Is there any point in
I believe that an open
forum facilitates a healthy competition and
natural selection of ideas.
Carnivale', FX 289, 9pm,