Michael Nouri: More Sci-Fi, Please

Michael Nouri at the "Damages" party in NYC, Jan. 19th, 2010. (Photo © 2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

People probably tell Michael Nouri all the time that they loved him in Flashdance. Well, I loved him in The Hidden, the cult sci-fi film from 1987. Co-starring with Kyle McLachlan, Nouri tackled what has become a standard genre premise (cop helps alien track down an alien menace on Earth) and elevated it to high art thanks to his stellar performance. Nouri sold that movie. Why he didn’t become a star in that genre, I don’t know. When I mentioned that film and Nouri to Kyle McLachlan after an interview last June, he concurred with my assessment.

I recently met Michael Nouri on the red carpet for the Damages Season 2 DVD/Season 3 Premiere party in NYC. He has a supporting role on that FX show as the husband to high-powered lawyer Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). Nouri and I chatted very quickly, as usually happens under such circumstances. And it was entertaining.

Would you and Tate Donovan ever consider doing an O.C. reunion?
I think that would be great. I think it would be a lot of fun. I love working with Tate and with Ted Danson and Bill Hurt, although we have not scenes together in this show [Damages]. It’s great fun to be working with all my buddies.

You have a movie project coming up, The Sinatra Club. What can you tell us about that?
I do not play Sinatra. I did that last year. I play a gangster. It’s a movie about how John Gotti became John Gotti. I play one of the guys in his story.

Nouri's greatest performance?

You can’t talk about it too much for, err, legitimate reasons?
I can’t because I’ve forgotten.

You were in The Hidden, which was a great sci-fi film.
[smiles] That was a good movie.

I always thought it would have been a good launching pad for you to do sci-fi blockbusters. Have you ever wanted to do something in that vein again?
Yeah, I love sci-fi, and I particularly liked that movie. I understand they did a sequel to it which did not do well.

Would there be a particular kind of sci-fi movie that you’d want to do? A disaster movie maybe?
A disaster movie? No. I’m not keen on disaster movies. I’d like to do a romantic sci-fi comedy. Musical.

Do you have good jazz hands?
Yes, but you can’t see this [waves hands] in print.

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