North Texas State's Own Peter Weller Still Doesn't Know What Buckaroo Banzai Is About

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Photos by Alexander Flores
While I wait for City Hall to get back to me about something, here's a little something to fill your holiday-week "work" hours: 32 minutes with Peter Weller, most of it shot Saturday during our chitchat following the Dallas Film Society's Very Special Screening of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension at the Angelika. You'll note: John Lithgow, who'd done a Q&A at the Hall of State Friday night, didn't attend, as had been advertised, because of a last-minute family obligation in Fort Worth.

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Dallas International Film Festival Artistic Director James Faust and Weller before the screening
No matter: Judging by the number of attendees who showed up with their sealed RoboCop action figures and bagged Buckaroo Banzai comics, they were there to see Weller anyhow. And he did not disappoint. Alas: Our time was cut a little short, since the DFS found a 35mm print of the film at the Alamo Drafthouse, which had the nicest guy in the world drive up with it in between screenings down in Austin. It took a few extra minutes to assemble the print, but it was worth it. Still, by the time we wrapped there was a huge crowd outside waiting to see The Descendants. So, no RoboCop talk. Not this time, anyway. Maybe next time. And there will be a next time.

One thing you won't see: After we wrapped, a few of us -- including Weller's North Texas State roommate, none other than former Dallas Morning News photo editor Jim Mahoney -- went to the Mockingbird Station Starbucks. As Weller was talking about his close friendship with Miles Davis, who bequeathed him an enormous self-portrait, a young girl and her mother walked up and asked if we'd like to buy a bar of chocolate to help raise funds for her school, St. Ceclia in Oak Cliff. Weller asked: "How many are in the box?" The girl handed it to him, he counted out 19 and bought whatever anyone else didn't, then handed out the candy to whoever was standing around. Turns out, RoboCop would also buy that for a dollar; two, even.



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Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Robocop, Buckaroo, whatever. I am in love with the guy for his Engineering an Empire series. High school history teachers love him.

Shokolad
Shokolad

Worlds Finest is some darn tasty chocolate, but my best chocolate deal came on a DART Red Line one evening when an upstanding gentleman was trying to make some money selling some Reeses Cups and Skittles that he most likely "found" in a store. Since I bought more than he expected, being I was hungry, he gave me extra so clearly he wasn't losing money. Peter Weller would have made the guy very happy.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Extremely gratifying event only slightly marred by the misguided audience member still interpreting Buckaroo Banzai as a "science-fiction satire."  And the lack of a RoboCop mention by Wilonsky did cost me more than a dollar.

Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Robocop went to my college? I'm learning so much!

Ed D.
Ed D.

This was a great event and Peter Weller could not have been more generous with his time. I'm sorry to have missed out on headliner John Lithgow but knowing now all the great stories we would have missed out on, I'm okay with it.

Alexander Flores
Alexander Flores

"Worlds Finest Chocolate" tastes better when it's been bought and given to you by Dr. Banzai.

Jeff Redden
Jeff Redden

NORTH TEXAS STATE?????  Do you mean The University of North Texas?  The name changed in 1988... go mean green!!!!!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Well, it was NTSU when Weller went there.

G_David
G_David

No he meant NTSU.  I graduated in '89 and had the option on my diploma.  Of course I went old school.

Phelps
Phelps

Peter Weller is good people.

Lee
Lee

Loved the screening, Robert!  Even though I was very disappointed not to hear Lithgow speak, Peter's story about Christopher Lloyd more than made up for it.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I just hope the statute of limitations has run out ...

Rod
Rod

Dang it. Why couldnt I run into a nice person like this when I was selling "Worlds Finest Chocolate" for my school?

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Are those things still around? I remember back in the late eighties when I was in grade school in Garland walking all over the place hocking those candy bars with the little white envelope stuff full of singles and a few fives. 12 years old and already a well oiled little cog in the machine of capitalism. Good times.

Not like today's helicopter parents that fear all manner of abduction and molestation outside the borders of their well appointed suburban cul de sacs. Now they just take the candy on Jr's behalf and pester the shit out of their cube mates to buy that crap.

(Damn I feel old)

Paul
Paul

"Signal the Blue Blazer Irregulars to assemble at the given coordinates"

"Excuse me, I have to go. Somewhere there is a crime happening."

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