This is part 2 of my Billy Hayes interview, and as you’ll recall, he was the inspiration for the 1978 movie Midnight Expresswith Brad Davis.
Please look out for Billy’s new one-man theatrical show which recently previewed in Edinburgh called Riding the Midnight Express which talks about some of his real life experiences — live and straight from the source!
Also in this episode I play my “ghost recording” for you to help me determine if it’s electronic feedback or other worldly communication.
Topics covered in part two of the interview:
Intro to show (00:00)
A possible recording of a ghostly voice? (01:17)
Listener email and talking about Askwomen podcast (04:29)
Part two of Billy Hayes interview – prison sex (07:03)
The worst part of prison, and yoga saves Billy (12:01)
Billy gets into acting with Bill Hickey and Eric Morris (17:39)
Billy approaches playwright Tennessee Williams in Key West (24:10)
Friend Harvey still suffers in Turkish prison (29:01)
Also… I mentioned that a high school kid emailed me about my 10-minute play Corybungus (my ode to Monty Python) being performed. Here’s a link to that short play. It’s an easy read if you feel like checking it out. Please keep in mind that while it’s free to read, a royalty must be paid to perform it in front of an audience.
Billy Hayes was the inspiration for the 1978 movie Midnight Express with Brad Davis. After escaping from a Turkish prison and making his way back to America, Billy wrote a book about his experiences, and Hollywood came a-knocking — a relatively unknown Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay.
Now Billy’s got a new one-man show which recently previewed in Edinburgh called Riding the Midnight Express which talks about some of his life experiences in greater detail.
Topics covered in the interview:
My introduction, losing weight, “ghost” tape (0:00)
Here’s Billy Hayes – his stage show (6:39)
What did Billy aspire to after college… and the church (13:16)
Surviving in prison and feeling invincible (19:44)
Drug laws – “consensual crimes” (22:29)
Thinking about escape and learning valuable lessons (30:09)
Realities of Turkish prison – the smell of fear (33:31)
How close some of the things in movie are to reality – (40:20)
Addressing accusations of racism in the movie (42:40)
Oliver Stone reads early galley of the book (47:44)
Why the real escape not in the movie and “crime of honor” (51:54)
A little more about the prison island and 30 year sentence (55:35)
Where the title came from – “Midnight Express” (59:56)
Billy’s got some stories! Enjoy.
Also… I talk a little about my newest quest to lose weight. Gonna post my weight when I started this new “regime” on the 7th of November (285 lbs), so I can’t get out of doing the work! Will post my next goal of 275 as soon as I reach it. Boy, Turkey Day set me back a bit. I was almost there.