Christopher Lloyd got his film start in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and, 10 years later, enraptured youngsters as the zany time-traveling scientist in "Back to the Future." He was also Jim Ignatowski on "Taxi." You can catch him in the Sci Fi Channel's "Knights of Bloodsteel," which airs in two parts: tonight at 9 and continuing on Monday.
How do you prepare to play an elf wizard?
Are you a fan of the sci-fi and fantasy genres?
I am! If they're good ones -- kind of intriguing, thought-provoking. I love watching good sci-fi pyrotechnics, seeing displays. And the characters, they're always somewhat exaggerated, kind of glorified comic strips, you know, and it's going to have some kind of message topical to today's events.
What's on your TiVo list?
My TiVo list? What's that?
What do you watch on TV?
I watch "Frasier." I watch the news, news commentary a lot. I watch the Dodgers. And movies -- on demand. I watch movies.
Most important, you appeared in the greatest movie of all time, which, of course, is "Clue." What do you remember from that set?
I remember that it was an extraordinary ensemble. We had wonderful characters, each of us, to play. And every scene was an ensemble scene. It was a great group -- that was the most significant thing.
It's definitely in my Top 10.
Not that many people are that familiar with it. I think it enjoyed a greater audience in Great Britain than it did here.
And you've come into the future recently, doing an amazing video with Funny or Die, starring as a murderous Willy Wonka. How did that happen?
They called and asked if I would do it. And I felt, why not, you know? I was really delighted to participate.
You're on the cutting edge, doing Web videos with the kids!
Yeah. It's a whole area that I wasn't very much aware of. Of course, I'm watching it now and all the other videos they've created, and it's very exciting. It's a great outlet for talent, and young talent, to exercise their talents. Or old talent as well. Older talent.
According to your IMDB page, you're working like a dog right now.
Yeah. I have these lapses that make me nervous, between jobs. But I have to say that I keep things going. I love to work and I'm very happy that it keeps coming.