Though most will peg the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as the year Elizabeth Olsen came out of the shadow of her mega-famous twin sisters (and the buyers came back with a vengeance), it was also the year Rutger Hauer invaded Park City. Like Olsen, Hauer stars in two films. One is the beautiful 'The Mill & The Cross,' which literally brings the 1500s masterpiece The Procession to Calvary painting to life. The other, well, doesn't have the pedigree of a Bruegel work.
'Hobo with a Shotgun' finds Hauer playing a vagrant who takes it upon himself to bring order to a city held hostage by the antics of a psychotic taskmaster. Using his trusty shotgun he (literally) blows away the scum of the city.
The film is the creation of Canadian filmmaker Jason Eisener, whose fake 'Hobo With a Shotgun' trailer won Robert Rodriguez's 'Grindhouse' trailer contest in 2007 and put a 'Hobo' feature on the fast track to be made. But what Hauer brought to the role of the Hobo catapultes the film from cheesy homage to '70s grindhouse titles and '80s actions movies to being a legitimate cult hit with unapologetic gore and revolting violence by Eisener that will quickly make him a favorite of fanboys everywhere.
After barging into our interview with prop shotgun in hand, I calmed down Hauer long enough to get him to talk, along with Eisener, about the film as well as what keeps the Dutch acting legend motivated at age 67.