Kris Kristofferson talks – Life, Career & Friends

Kris Kristofferson talks about his Early life, Career & friends Ireland. 7/8/2010 Kris Kristofferson talks freely about Ireland, growing up, military service, Rhodes, influences, helicopters, oil rigs, Texas, Germany, Janice Joplin, Johnny Cash & his life after losing June, Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart, Steve Bruton & more.  Ireland’s always been good to me, they like poets & drunks “Nearly as good as an Irish audience” – said at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall Grew up on the Mexican Border Dad was in the army, then airforce, then flew for PanAm so Kris was used to the road but liked Texas Got a degree at Rhodes, was reading for his next when he joined the army – Which he liked Flew helicopters, went to jump school, Ranger school then to Germany for 3 years Flew helicopters to the rigs for a week to earn money, then tried to sell songs for week on/off Got 8 kids & a bunch of grandkids Mentions Janice Joplin & Sam Peckinpah Johnny Cash, Columbia, pitching songs.  Johnny Cash made Sunday Morning Comin’ Down the song of the year The Highwaymen “Johnny never got to be just normal life-size to me – He was always bigger than that.” “After June died he was still working & he was still recording but I could tell he wasn’t gonna stick around very long.” John was heartbroken. They were so in love. Worked, played & had a child together Gone within months & that’s probably good. He was more comfortable going off to where she is. Grew to like acting – Got to work with a lot of great people. Lucky as I had no training Whatever worked on stage worked in films They don’t hire old men anymore – (Grin) Crazy Heart – Was Jeff Bridges role based on Kris? “I was never quite that drunk .. nor overweight. (Grins) Jeff worked with Steve Bruton who got sick and died “i haven’t been able to watch it because of that.”