Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. Not only were you a star on TV, but you were also on Top
of the Pops and all that... It must have been quite mind-boggling
A. Yeah it was. I guess at that time there wasn't the sort
of compartmentalize that you find in the business today.
I was a folk singer, who moved into the theater, and we didn't
expect it to be a success. I guess I took advantage of the television
series to do the music. It was also an innocent time. It was an
energetic time, so I didn't compartmentalize anything, and it
was all part of the life experience.
Q. One of the scenes that was recreated in the movie is when
you jump onto the hood of the car. Apparently you got hurt when
A. Of course not! That was one of the stupidest decisions
I ever made. It was very early on, it was the pilot, and you try
to pull out all the stops, and overdo things.
So I'm seeing that I've got to run down these steps, and hop off
this roof, and down onto the bonnet, and I thought to myself that
sucks, so in midair I make this decision to do this complete drop,
thinking I was going to show these guys'. Did I ever!
Paul: Do you think it would have been wiser if you'd landed
on your head? [Laughs]
Antonio: Cars in those days had more steel in them, too!
Q. Were you disappointed by the lack of a really big car chase
in the movie? Were you impressed by Owen's singing?
A. No I didn't miss that, and Owen's singing (pulls a face
and laughs). But I think it was really funny, because they were
mixing fact and fiction, there, you know, because Hutch did not
record that song. David Soul did. But it was fun, it was nice.
Q. What did you most like about what the actors brought to
A. Owen's terrific and I just like watching him. He's very
good at his present, and he's also a real decent human being,
which is rare.
Q. What's in your schedule?
A. Well I'm doing a book and I'm back in the studio, recording
some more stuff. But who knows? I think the best days are ahead.
Q. When the old TV series ended, what was the one thing you
kept as a memento?
A. I suppose friendship, my friendship with Paul.
Paul: That was a really nice answer, so I guess I should
say the same!