Check out our new Reba Merrill Collection of Interviews on Night Flight Plus!

By on July 21, 2017

Have a look at the first round of interviews we’ve got from the Reba Merrill Collection streaming over on Night Flight Plus!

The interviews come courtesy of Ms. Merrill herself, an Emmy Award-winning journalist with an extensive library of interviews which we’ll be bringing to Night Flight Plus subscribers (we’ll tell you below how you can become one of those if you aren’t already!).

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We’ve started off Ms. Merrill’s interviews, dating from ’87-94, with Freddy Krueger (aka actor Robert Englund in full Freddy makeup), Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Cruise and the late Brandon Lee.

Have a look at the Freddy interview here, which we previewed last week over on our Facebook page, and then start watching the rest of the interviews we’ve got for you below.

Robert Englund:

In this rare, uncut interview, Reba Merrill interviews actor Robert Englund on the set of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, where he talks about the Jekyll & Hyde-like dynamic of the onscreen villain he portrays.

Englund describes how his classical English training eventually lead to his role as the iconic Freddy Krueger, what it feels like to be in full Freddy makeup for a twelve-hour day’s worth of shooting, and what it takes for him to get into character on set.

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Englund — who credits director Wes Craven with letting the spirit out of the cage — explains how a villain does not necessarily see themselves as the “bad guy.”

Every minute of this fascinating, 40-minute long interview is entertaining, and this is one of the jewels of Reba Merrill’s library. Don’t miss it if you’re a Freddy fanatic.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme:

In this nearly 30-minute long candid conversation with Belgian-born actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director Jean-Claude Van Damme, he tells Reba about his career on the verge of the 1994 release of his movie Time Cop.

The conversation covers his abrupt move to America to launch his movie career, the importance of Bloodsport, and his emotional vulnerability and influences.

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Tom Cruise:

In 1988, when 26-year old Tom Cruise was conducting interviews on the press circuit for Barry Levinson’s Academy Award-winning Rain Man, he sat with Reba Merrill and talked about how he had dinner with Dustin Hoffman’s family.

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In this nearly 40-minute interview, he also told Ms. Merrill how he was so broke that he had to hitchhike home from his audition for the movie Taps, how he handles industry rejection and much more.

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Brandon Lee:

In this nearly 30-minute inteview with actor Brandon Lee, we learn how Lee leaned to live up to the expectations of his father Bruce Lee’s legacy, and how he had to prove his own toughness by picking fights with the tough kid in the school yard from early age.

In this revealing 1992 interview — he was promoting his movie Rapid Fire at the time, two years before his tragic death on the set of his movie The Crow — Lee also tells Ms. Merrill who his heroes are.

Tune in now on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and start watching!

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Reba Merrill (photo courtesy of R. Merrill)

Reba Merrill is an Emmy award-winning journalist, speaker and author of the book Nearly Famous: Tales From the Hollywood Trenches, which you can find on Amazon and on her website.

Ms. Merrill has traveled the world interviewing nearly a thousand A-list celebrities and legendary movie stars, from Hollywood’s hot new celebrities to the silver screen’s biggest box-office draws in over five hundred films.

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Reba Merrill and Harrison Ford (photo courtesy of R. Merrill)

Some of her own personal favorites include her interviews with Johnny, Depp, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Meryl Streep, Cher and Whitney Houston.

She has hosted four talk shows, two in Phoenix, Arizona — “Reba” and “Good Morning Arizona” on ABC — and two in San Diego, California — “Sunup San Diego” on CBS and “That’s Life” on Cox Cable, which garnered her an Emmy Award as well as a Cable Ace Nomination.

Based on the body of her work, Ms. Merrill was elected to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 1993, and more recently the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/LA (BAFTA). She has been a working member of SAG/AFTRA since 1969. She currently sits on the leadership council for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

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Here’s more about Nearly Famous: Tales From the Hollywood Trenches

Reba Merrill packed her dreams of stardom away at the age of seventeen when she walked down the matrimonial aisle. Marrying the man of her mother’s dreams, Reba never imagined that thirty years later she would have the chance to make her own come true.

However, her journey was anything but smooth. Nearly Famous: Tales From the Hollywood Trenches is the captivating and incredibly honest story of a woman’s journey as a ’50s-era good girl who played the game by the rules of the times, only to end up divorced, destitute and responsible for two little girls.

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Reba Merrill (right) enjoying herself at the Emmys (photo courtesy of  R. Merrill)

Her experience ignited a fire that has fueled her determination to never be dependent on anyone else again. The result has been an amazing career in entertainment, from Emmy award-winning talk show host to in-demand Celebrity Journalist.

Reba has sat opposite the biggest stars in Hollywood, responsible for telling their stories… But at what cost? In her very revealing, pull-no-punches memoir, Merrill offers an insider’s look at achieving fame and success in the entertainment industry and the price that comes with it.

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Reba Merrill interviewed Mark Hamill circa the release of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (photo courtesy of R. Merrill)

Always in high demand, her insightful interviews have already been syndicated in over sixty countries.

On her own LinkedIn page, she says:

“I was in the right place at the right time and loved every minute of my career interviewing Hollywood’s brightest stars as a journalist and talk show host. I have now added author, speaker and radio show host for my third act, and, boy, am I busy.”

Her talk radio show “Reel Hollywood Live”​ on Universal Broadcasting Network streams live from the famous Sunset Gower Studios. The show features successful Hollywood professionals telling the real tales from the Hollywood trenches.

Tune in to hear Ms. Merrill on Tuesdays 1-2PM Pacific Time on ubnradio.com/channel-1, or go to Reel Hollywood Live.

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Reba Merrill on her ABC talk show “Reba” (photo courtesy of R. Merrill; also below)

Watch our first batch of interviews from the Reba Merrill Collection over on Night Flight Plus!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.