Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Meatloaf - He's Still Larger Than Life

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Meatloaf - He's Still Larger Than Life

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MEAT Loaf, the man not the meal, made a name for himself as a hard-rocking, larger-than-life musician but Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday) began his career on stage doing Shakespeare in the Park.

Now 61, he is probably best known for his Bat Out of Hell operatic rock album trilogy that stayed on the charts for nine years and has sold more than 35 million copies.

He stars in the Hallmark Channel's original movie Citizen Jane with Ally Sheedy.

Q: You play a detective in Citizen Jane. I was wondering, when you were really young were you into true crime stuff since your father was a policeman?

A: Nah, I wasn't. The only thing I was into was the JFK conspiracy. One of my friends shook (President John F Kennedy's) hand when he was leaving the airport.

It was just all very strange in Dallas what went on.

Q: Where did the onstage Meat Loaf persona come from, and are you surprised how enduring it has been?

A: Oh, that just came from me being a big ham, that's all. You know, it's very funny. I saw an interview from June of 1978 on a German TV show, and it makes me laugh.

I was playing such a character, it was unbelievable. I was playing the real Rock character at that point.

It makes me giggle. The problem is some of the people that do it, just keep going with it. They don't give it up. They keep that persona.

Q: You were in a production of Hair and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and so many more movies and theatre performances. Did you see yourself more as an actor?

A: Oh, I'm an actor. That's how I place it. It's what I do. That's exactly what I am and what I do. You know, other than my band, I don't get musicians. I don't understand. Actors are my friends.

Q: After you wrote your autobiography To Hell and Back was there anything you wished you hadn't revealed?

A: No, there's a lot of stuff I didn't (reveal), a lot of stuff I didn't put in it on purpose, because I wanted to do another book. I have seen a lot of things. I've been doing this 42 years now, knock on wood. When I went into show business, the first five years I didn't know it's what I was going to do. …

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