“Jewel Behind Bars!” Jewel Shepard on working with Cirio H. Santiago in Caged Heat II: Stripped Of Freedom (1994)
[Article originally appeared on the B Movie Babe website]
So there I was...trapped on "
I guess I didn't read the script very well, or maybe I was concerned more with dialog, I don't know. All those pages of getting thrown in the mud, running in the rain through jungles, whipped by guards, hung by my hair, beaten up by my fellow inmates, slammed into walls and bars...I had the silly idea that they would be done by a stunt double. Then I got to the set the first day and discovered who the stunt double was. It was me.
I was playing the lead – a female "Rambo" type – in an action flick currently entitled "Prisoners" (the title could change next week). My first Roger Corman movie! It was made in association with Premier Films and directed by Cirio Santiago, who is best known for "Firecracker," "Firehawk," "Ebony, Ivory and Jade" and about four hundred other films in which women beat the crap out of men.
My character is a CIA agent posing as the mistress to the King of some unknown country (original so far, huh?). I stage a bogus assassination of the King as part of an attempt to get him out of the country. If everything had worked properly, the whole movie would have been about eight minutes long...so, all of a sudden, some thugs kidnap his daughter, the princess, and throw her behind bars at the
So how does one break into prison? The old fashioned way: Drugs. I get busted with a few pounds of Heroin, thereby landing in the slammer. I fight a few of the inmates, argue with the princess, attempt a rescue, fail, get beaten up by the guards, try another rescue attempt, blow up a few guards, flee through the jungle, etc.. I won't tell you the ending...I think I'll just let you wait until it shows up on cable or in your video stores around the beginning of next year. (Of course, if you happen to be in
Most of the film was shot in the Philippines...which was pretty cool, if you like rush hours that last all day, food that stares back at you and insects the size of a Pontiac.
About the traffic: We had a location that was fifteen blocks from the hotel. It usually took forty-five minutes to get there. So, when people complain about traffic jams in
When I first arrived in
We were in the