Interviewee: Taron Kouri – Band Director
In this segment, instead of just making a boring old interview, we Jeffersonians decided to take celebrity interviews and ask the unsuspecting vict-, er, um, “interviewees” the same questions. All of the answers are Mr. Kouri’s own, but he is not a liberty to tell if his answers are indeed true or not. (MOST OF THEM ARE NOT, as they were originally asked to a movie star…) All questions are credited to Bantha Tracks – The Newsletter of the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Viewers can find the link to the newsletter HERE
Q-Can you remember what the first movie you ever saw was? Or one of the first.
A- Umm, Winnie the Pooh-The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!
Q-Did you go to a lot of movie theaters during your childhood?
Q-I understand that before you were actually hired at Universal Studios, you just went into the lot in a suit carrying a briefcase and just used a random office. How did you have the nerve to do that?
A-Well it’s really quite simple, when you want something as badly as I do, and I really wanted that, you know, you just go for it. You don’t ask for permission first.
Q- Did anyone ask who you were and what you were doing there during that-
A- Absolutely, and I told them that I was Taron Kouri and that I was going to own this joint.
Q-You were only 21 when you started directing for Universal, how did people react to your age?
A- Ahh, Actually, they didn’t know my true age, I lied to them and told them I was 36, and that I was quite successful in India before I came over.
Q- How did you get involved with your longtime friend George Lucas on Raiders of the Lost Ark?
A-Well, it’s a funny story actually: He lost a bet to my cousin and had to help me move.
Q- Was it difficult working with someone who was a good friend of yours?
A- No not at all we had lots of, lots of fun adventures together.
Q-Was Raiders of the Lost Ark a difficult movie to film?
A- You know, it had its challenges specifically Harrison Ford, that man can be quite untamable at times
Interviewer: John Smitson