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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Talking Cowboys & Engines with Richard Hatch

I had a great opportunity to sit down with Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Axanar. All My Children) to discuss an exciting new feature-length entry to the steampunk genre, Cowboys & Engines, which bills itself as an ambitous futuristic adventure. 

It follows the conflicted Cade Ballard (Richard Hatch) as he and captivating accomplice, Guinivere Wheeler (Libby Letlow), try to stop tyrannical Dr. Clay (Malcolm McDowell) from destroying San Francisco.

 “I was going to play the villain originally and then we were able to get Malcolm McDowell for the part.” Richard said.
“I have read that playing the villain is the most fun for actors because you can go over the top with the role. Is this true?” I asked. “Yes, there are less restrictions in playing an over the top character.” Richard said.

Richard, who is also a renowned acting coach, has made a name for himself in recent years by acting in fan films and low budget projects. When interviewed, he remarked that in Cowboys & Engines there were many moments of total engrossment in the role with his co star. This is what any serious actor seeks to find in a performance, but sadly these moments are often rare. Richard excitedly said “I finally had one of those special moments with my co-star of Cowboys & Engines. We just forgot everything and had a total immersion in the role.”

From the promotional photographs included in this article you can see that Cowboys & Engines succeeds in bringing a futuristic blend of the victorian era, old western films, and a post-apocalyptic future.

Even if Warner Brother's Wild Wild West failed to encite interest in steampunk westerns, I believe that Cowboys & Engines, with Malcolm McDowell hamming it up as the villain, will reinvigorate audience interest in this quirky, but appealing genre.

There are really very few futuristic steampunk westerns available. Full Moon Pictures' Oblivion (1994) is an excellent example, though the film only contains reference to steampunk and mostly relies on its futuristic details. Conversely, Cowboys & Engines seeks to explore in-depth and further define the steampunk western.

The promotional team is taking the right steps and the right talent has been acquired to make this the next big entry into the steampunk genre. Richard Hatch is certainly enthusiastic about it & described it as hailing back to his childhood roots of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Gunsmoke. Personally it reminds me of a cross between Oblivion, Bonanza, Spider Robinson, Callahan novels, George Pal's The Time Machine and modern super hero movies with a really bad villain trying to level a city. Needless to say this combination is a ton of fun.
I am very excited to see Cowboys & Engines it in it's entirety. Whether you 're a fan of the genre, or a curious inquisitor, be sure keep you eyes on this production.
Richard Hatch has been making a name for himself in making fan films and other low budget projects. “There are some very good actors in these productions and sometimes all they need is a little guidance and help to take their production to the next level.” Richard said.

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