"I think the end of the world just came to that bag of Fritos I had in my pocket."
"He is Gregory Peck in Spellbound. He comes to take over the mental asylum, and he's nuts himself. I swear it. It's just like that picture. I took a fork and in the tablecloth in front of him, I made ski tracks and he fainted."
Nutty jokes aside, it's a movie about the meaning of life, and all that jazz, and there's a remarkable fight sequence in a bar that has Stacy Keach kicking major biker ass to save Wilson from humiliation and to teach him that good exists, and that's how you know there is a God. Or something like that.
Yes Virginia, there is an afterlife. And you can leave ghosty medals to prove it to doubting astronauts.
Wilson works more now than he ever did. He does a lot of elder statesman roles, showing up in G.I. Jane, Pearl Harbour and even CSI. He had pretty decent roles in Behind The Mask, and in the Shiloh trilogy, (yes I even watched those) and was killed off way too soon in Johnny Handsome. His best sheriff role was in Clay Pigeons and he played a chain smoking doctor in The Exorcist 3 for William Peter Blatty. Year of the Quiet Sun is his only other starring role, and one I still haven't seen, despite owning it on DVD. The DVD also has the only lengthy interview I've seen with him, and it answered a few questions I had about his early work (Burt Lancaster was a major reason he got hired for studio jobs). He doesn't get the screen time or credit he deserves, but Wilson does bring a special something to each role he plays. And for that, he'll remain one of my favourite actors.