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The Den Of Geek interview: Michael York

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Michael York as Logan in Logan's Run (1976) and (inset) as Basil Exposition in the Austin Powers films.

Michael York left Oxford university with a degree in English in 1964 with plenty of acting experience via the university and through touring with the National Youth Theatre. He began a fruitful association with Franco Zeffirelli during a theatrical production of Much Ado About Nothing, and would work again with the Italian director in The Taming Of The Shrew (1968) and Romeo And Juliet (1968), eventually reuniting with Zeffirelli to play John The Baptist in the celebrated mini-series Jesus Of Nazareth (UK TV, 1977).

By that time, York had made an enduring mark on screen science-fiction as the ‘Sandman’ Logan in MGM’s hit 1976 science-fiction film Logan’s Run, possibly the last real blast of SF dystopia before Star Wars changed cinema and sci-fi forever a year later.

York is an accomplished and celebrated writer, but perhaps most beloved to modern audiences as ‘Basil Exposition’ in Mike Myers’ ‘Austin Powers’ franchise. With Logan’s Run finally due for a feature-complete region 2 DVD release in September, Michael was kind enough to look back with us on a sci-fi film classic that we remember fondly…

I understand you were talked into doing Logan’s Run by a colleague at the Ahmanson theatre in the mid-seventies…?

That’s exactly right.

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