Suplemento de Espectaculos El Heraldo de Mexico, No. 820, August 9, 1981

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“If there’s one thing I defend fiercely, it’s my private life.”

Entertainment Supplement to The Herald of Mexico, August 9, 1981, featuring cover story on Robin Johnson, with two photos.  Text:  México, D. F., Domingo 9 de Agosto de 1981    suplemento de ESPECTACULOS EL HERALDO DE MEXICO  NUEVAS ESTRELLAS: ROBIN JOHNSON Por Mauricio Peña       "Si hay algo que defiendo ferozmente, es mi vida privada", nos dice de entrada Robín Johnson al recibirnos en la suite de un hotel capitalino. Y sigue: "No lo digo porque me sienta incómoda al ver que la gente empieza a invadir mi mundo; no, después de todo sólo he filmado una película y nadie tiene obligación de reconocerme en la calle. Pero estoy convencida que si sigo en esto por más tiempo, empezarán las responsabilidades de otro tipo, como esconderse en público, soportar la intromisión de extraños cuando de piden autógrafos. Yo admiro profundamente a Bette Midler pe ro nunca me atrevería a pedirle un autógrafo; no la molestaría con una tontería de esa clase."       Robín Johnson es una muchacha de 17 años, la única película que ha protagonizado se llama "Guerreras de Nueva York"  (Times Square).       Es de las nuevas actrices de cine, que crecieron con otro concepto de lo que es una actriz de cine; Robín es el ejemplo de la antiestrella: una ¡oven espontánea, que habla y dice lo que piensa. "Si llego a film otra película o más, nunca iré a vivir a Hollywood; prefiero que se haga en Nueva York, donde vivo, donde está mi familia, mis amigos, mi  propio ambiente".       Algo puede suceder con la carrera cinematográfica de Robín Johnson. Tiene un contrato para hacer otras películas y  grabar discos con la organización de Robert Stigwood. "De aquí a febrero estoy a la expectativa de hacer una película o  dos, y grabar un al bum, pero todavía no se eligen las canciones. Existe el proyecto de Robert Stigwood, para hacer la secuela de 'Vaselina", y allí me quieren poner. Me encanta la idea de seguir haciendo películas musicales, o donde la música tenga".         Es una jovencita independiente y decidida; tiene una voz ron ca, pero al mismo tiempo muy dulce y femenina. Es muy sana y conoce muy bien los peligros a los cuales están orilladas muchas actrices jóvenes, cuando les llega su trozo de celebridad y triunfo. "No quiero segúir el esquema de todas las actrices que se involucran demasiado en su carrera, que enloquecen con ella, que al teran su vida familiar y caen a veces en garras de la droga o se suicidan con alcohol".         En la película de su debut, Robin Johnson trabajó con Trini Alvarado, y dice de ella: "es una gran amiga". Acerca del actor inglés Tim Curry, que hace el papel de un disc jockey de estación de radio en "Guerreras de Nueva York", Robin nos dice: "No llegamos a ser grandes amigos, pero es admirable verlo trabajar; es una gente muy rigurosa, se encierra a meditar cada escena, es de los actores con método a los que puedes aprenderles muchas cosas. Es envidiable su trabajo. Yo no tengo ningún método, soy lo que podría considerarse: una actriz natural".                                                 (Las fotos de este reportaje son de Raul "Speedy" Gonzalez). [Mexico, D.F., Sunday, August 9, 1981    The Herald of Mexico - Entertainment Supplement  NEW STARS: ROBIN JOHNSON By Mauricio Peña       "If there's one thing I defend fiercely, it's my private life," Robin Johnson tells us as   she enters the suite of a hotel in the capital. And she continues: "I'm not just saying that   because I feel uncomfortable seeing people start invading my world; no, after all I've just   filmed a movie and nobody is obligated to recognize me on the street. But I'm convinced that if   I do this long enough, I'll have to start laying low in public, to endure   the intrusion of strangers asking for autographs. I deeply admire Bette Midler, but I would   never dare to ask her for an autograph; I wouldn't bother her with nonsense like that."       Robin Johnson is a 17-year-old girl; the only film that she has starred in is called   "Warriors of New York" (Times Square).       She is one of the new film actresses, who grew up with a different concept of what a film   actress is; Robin is an example of the anti-star: a spontaneous woman who speaks and says what   she thinks. "If I get to film another movie or more, I will never go live in Hollywood; I'd   prefer it to be done in New York, where I live, where my family is, my friends, my own   environment."       Something may come of Robin Johnson's film career. She has a contract to doother movies and   make records with Robert Stigwood's organization. "From now until February I'm expecting to make   a movie or two, and record an album, but the songs are not yet chosen. There's Robert Stigwood's   project to do the sequel to 'Grease,' and they want to put me in it. I love the idea of   continuing to make musical films, or where music plays a big part, like in the first one. "               Many will wonder then, why did she choose an artistic career in which she is not 100   percent sure of meeting her responsibilities?          "I'm 17 years old, I'm just going to finish my studies and my family wants me to go to   college. There are also many things I can study. I like the film world, but I have never   taken classes in a rigorous and formal way; I have very good memories of my first film, but I   think that tomorrow something different will also grab my attention."         Robin says that her family -- father, mother and older sister -- weren't critical of her   trying her luck in the movies. "They're not pushing me to continue in this medium, leave home or   my studies, as far as a career as an actress, they let me make my decisions alone. I had no   experience when I tried out for the leading role of 'Warriors Of New York.' I auditioned after a   few setbacks. I had a lot of worries but no experience."         She is an independent and determined young woman; her voice is hoarse, but at the same   time very sweet and feminine. She is very healthy and knows very well the dangers to which many   young actresses are exposed when they attain celebrity and triumph. "I don't want to follow in   the footsteps of all the actresses who are invested too much in their career, who go crazy with   it; they lose their family and sometimes get hooked on drugs or kill themselves with alcohol."         In her debut film, Robin Johnson worked with Trini Alvarado, and says of her, "She's a   great friend." About the English actor Tim Curry, who plays the role of a radio station disc   jockey in "Warriors of New York", Robin tells us, "We're not going to be close friends, but I   admire watching him working; he's very rigorous, he meditates alone on ever<y scene, he's a   method actor who you can learn a lot from. His work is enviable. I have no method, I am what you   could call a natural actress."                                                 (Photos by Raul "Speedy" Gonzalez) ]

The Sunday entertainment supplement to El Heraldo de Mexico put Robin on its cover on August 9, 1981. I don’t know for sure if Robin’s publicity tour took her to Mexico City, but the two photos by Raul “Speedy” Gonzalez do seem to have never been published anywhere else. The interview has many similarities to her other interviews, but that may just be because she was getting asked the same questions over and over. It was certainly one of the few times she mentioned how she didn’t understand the impulse to collect autographs. I quickly checked and didn’t see any previous article that this was an obvious translation of, so I’m going with the assumption that it’s a legitimate interview.

Unlike the earlier promotional article in Sonido, the movie is here referred to by its Mexican title, Guerreras de Nueva York. And Grease is called by its Mexican title, Vaselina.

NUEVAS ESTRELLAS: ROBIN JOHNSON

Por Mauricio Peña

“Si hay algo que defiendo ferozmente, es mi vida privada”, nos dice de entrada Robin Johnson al recibirnos en la suite de un hotel capitalino. Y sigue: “No lo digo porque me sienta incómoda al ver que la gente empieza a invadir mi mundo; no, después de todo sólo he filmado una película y nadie tiene obligación de reconocerme en la calle. Pero estoy convencida que si sigo en esto por más tiempo, empezarán las responsabilidades de otro tipo, como esconderse en público, soportar la intromisión de extraños cuando de piden autógrafos. Yo admiro profundamente a Bette Midler pe ro nunca me atrevería a pedirle un autógrafo; no la molestaría con una tontería de esa clase.”

Robin Johnson es una muchacha de 17 años, la única película que ha protagonizado se llama “Guerreras de Nueva York” (Times Square).

Es de las nuevas actrices de cine, que crecieron con otro concepto de lo que es una actriz de cine; Robin es el ejemplo de la antiestrella: una ¡oven espontánea, que habla y dice lo que piensa. “Si llego a film otra película o más, nunca iré a vivir a Hollywood; prefiero que se haga en Nueva York, donde vivo, donde está mi familia, mis amigos, mi propio ambiente”.

Algo puede suceder con la carrera cinematográfica de Robin Johnson. Tiene un contrato para hacer otras películas y grabar discos con la organización de Robert Stigwood. “De aquí a febrero estoy a la expectativa de hacer una película o dos, y grabar un al bum, pero todavía no se eligen las canciones. Existe el proyecto de Robert Stigwood, para hacer la secuela de ‘Vaselina”, y allí me quieren poner. Me encanta la idea de seguir haciendo películas musicales, o donde la música tenga gran importancia, como en la primera”.

Muchos se preguntarán entonces, ¿porqué escogió uivá carrera artística en la cual no está segura de cumplir al ciento por ciento en cuanto a obligaciones se refiere?

“Tengo 17 años, apenas voy a terminar mis estudios y mi familia quiere que siga el camino de la universidad. Allí también hay muchas cosas que puedo estudiar. Me gusta el ambientedel cine, aunque nunca he tomado clases de una manera rigurosa y formal; tengo muy buenos recuerdos de mi primera película, pero piensp que el día de mañana alguna otra cosa muy distinta también me va a llamar la atención”.

Robin dice que en su familia: padre, madre y una hermana mayor que ella, no le criticaron mucho el que haya ido a probar suerte en el cine. “No me empujan para que siga en este medio, abandone la casa o los estudios; para esta cuestión de la carrera como actriz, me dejan que haga yo sola mis decisiones. No tenía ninguna experiencia cuando fui a solicitar el papel protagónico de ‘Guerrera de Nueva York’. Hice una prueba después de algunos contratiempos. Tenía mucha inquietud pero ninguna experiencia”.

Es una jovencita independiente y decidida; tiene una voz ron ca, pero al mismo tiempo muy dulce y femenina. Es muy sana y conoce muy bien los peligros a los cuales están orilladas muchas actrices jóvenes, cuando les llega su trozo de celebridad y triunfo. “No quiero segúir el esquema de todas las actrices que se involucran demasiado en su carrera, que enloquecen con ella, que al teran su vida familiar y caen a veces en garras de la droga o se suicidan con alcohol”.

En la película de su debut, Robin Johnson trabajó con Trini Alvarado, y dice de ella: “es una gran amiga”. Acerca del actor inglés Tim Curry, que hace el papel de un disc jockey de estación de radio en “Guerreras de Nueva York”, Robin nos dice: “No llegamos a ser grandes amigos, pero es admirable verlo trabajar; es una gente muy rigurosa, se encierra a meditar cada escena, es de los actores con método a los que puedes aprenderles muchas cosas. Es envidiable su trabajo. Yo no tengo ningún método, soy lo que podría considerarse: una actriz natural”.

(Las fotos de este reportaje son de Raul “Speedy” Gonzalez).

NEW STARS: ROBIN JOHNSON

By Mauricio Peña

“If there’s one thing I defend fiercely, it’s my private life,” Robin Johnson tells us as she enters the suite of a hotel in the capital. And she continues: “I’m not just saying that because I feel uncomfortable seeing people start invading my world; no, after all I’ve just filmed a movie and nobody is obligated to recognize me on the street. But I’m convinced that if I do this long enough, I’ll have to start laying low in public, to endure the intrusion of strangers asking for autographs. I deeply admire Bette Midler, but I would never dare to ask her for an autograph; I wouldn’t bother her with nonsense like that.”

Robin Johnson is a 17-year-old girl; the only film that she has starred in is called “Warriors of New York” (Times Square).

She is one of the new film actresses, who grew up with a different concept of what a film actress is; Robin is an example of the anti-star: a spontaneous woman who speaks and says what she thinks. “If I get to film another movie or more, I will never go live in Hollywood; I’d prefer it to be done in New York, where I live, where my family is, my friends, my own environment.”

Something may come of Robin Johnson’s film career. She has a contract to do other movies and make records with Robert Stigwood’s organization. “From now until February I’m expecting to make a movie or two, and record an album, but the songs are not yet chosen. There’s Robert Stigwood’s project to do the sequel to ‘Grease,’ and they want to put me in it. I love the idea of continuing to make musical films, or where music plays a big part, like in the first one. ”

Many will wonder then, why did she choose an artistic career in which she is not 100 percent sure of meeting her responsibilities?

“I’m 17 years old, I’m just going to finish my studies and my family wants me to go to college. There are also many things I can study. I like the film world, but I have never taken classes in a rigorous and formal way; I have very good memories of my first film, but I think that tomorrow something different will also grab my attention.”

Robin says that her family — father, mother and older sister — weren’t critical of her trying her luck in the movies. “They’re not pushing me to continue in this medium, leave home or my studies, as far as a career as an actress, they let me make my decisions alone. I had no experience when I tried out for the leading role of ‘Warriors Of New York.’ I auditioned after a few setbacks. I had a lot of worries but no experience.”

She is an independent and determined young woman; her voice is hoarse, but at the same time very sweet and feminine. She is very healthy and knows very well the dangers to which many young actresses are exposed when they attain celebrity and success. “I don’t want to follow in the footsteps of all the actresses who are invested too much in their career, who go crazy with it; they lose their family and sometimes get hooked on drugs or kill themselves with alcohol.”

In her debut film, Robin Johnson worked with Trini Alvarado, and says of her, “She’s a great friend.” About the English actor Tim Curry, who plays the role of a radio station disc jockey in “Warriors of New York”, Robin tells us, “We’re not going to be close friends, but I admire watching him working; he’s very rigorous, he meditates alone on every scene, he’s a method actor who you can learn a lot from. His work is enviable. I have no method, I am what you could call a natural actress.”

(Photos by Raul “Speedy” Gonzalez)

As always, if anyone has a better translation, please feel free to pass it along.

Photos by Raul “Speedy” Gonzalez:

 

 

Mauricio Peña, “Nuevas estrellas: Robin Johnson” (article, AAT ID: 300048715)
Suplemento de espectaculos el heraldo de Mexico, No. 820, August 9 1981, p. 1 (supplement (document genre), AAT ID: 300027363)
35.7 x 27.9 cm., 8 pp. (work);
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©1981 El Heraldo de México

 

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Guerreras de Nueva York (Times Square lobby card, Mexico, 1981)

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Mexican lobby card for the film "Guerreras de Nueva York," 1981 ("Times Square," 1980)

Mexico’s Guerreras de Nueva York got at least one lobby card, too, and here it is, with the same photo used on two items in Karen Dean’s (DefeatedandGifted’s) collection: one of three lobby cards from somewhere that used the US logo, but had EMI as the film’s distributor; and a pull-out poster from an unidentified magazine.

Organización Apolo, S.A. presenta a
ROBIN JOHNSON
TRINI ALVARADO
TIM CURRY en

Guerreras de Nueva York

NO SOMOS INOCENTES…
NO SOMOS CULPABLES…
¡SOMOS JOVENES!

Director ALAN MOYLE

Organización Apolo, S.A. presents
ROBIN JOHNSON
TRINI ALVARADO
TIM CURRY in

Warriors of New York

WE ARE NOT INNOCENT…
WE ARE NOT GUILTY…
WE ARE YOUNG!

Director ALAN MOYLE

 

 

Guerreras de Nueva York
Lobby card (AAT ID: 300208593)
27.6 x 35.6 cm. (10.9 x 14 in.)
Mexico (work);
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Guerreras de Nueva York (Times Square movie poster, Mexico, 1981)

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1981 Mexican movie poster for TIMES SQUARE (1980)  Text:  NO SOMOS CRIMINALES... Y SI NOS TRATAN COMO TAL USAREMOS ANTIFAZ  NO NECESITAMOS ANTIDEPRESIVOS QUEREMOS AMOR  NO SOMOS INOCENTES... NO SOMOS CULPABLES... SOMOS JOVENES  NO SOMOS GOLFAS... AYUDENOS A VIVIR  ORGANIZACION APOLO, S.A. Presenta a ROBIN JOHNSON • TRINI ALVARADO • TIM CURRY en Guerreras de Nueva York Director ALAN MOYLE  Un Film de Robert Stigwood   [WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS ... AND IF WE'RE TREATED THAT WAY WE'LL WEAR MASKS  WE DO NOT NEED ANTIDEPRESSANTS WE WANT LOVE  WE ARE NOT INNOCENT ... WE ARE NOT GUILTY ... WE ARE YOUNG  WE ARE NOT WHORES ... HELP US TO LIVE  APOLO ORGANIZATION, S.A. Presents ROBIN JOHNSON • TRINI ALVARADO • TIM CURRY in Warriors of New York Director ALAN MOYLE  A Film by Robert Stigwood]

Warriors of New York came out in Mexico in 1981, and its poster was a collage of publicity stills and the European poster painting. To my mind, though, the most interesting thing about it, even more than the new title, is that Robin Johnson has top billing, and Tim Curry is reduced to third. I can only assume that, even more than in the rest of the world, she was the film’s major selling point in Mexico.

Clockwise from top left: an edit of the photo that ran in Film Review Vol 31 No 1, on an Italian lobby poster, and on the back of the Japanese promo flyer and in the Japanese souvenir program book (in the movie, Nicky holds the microphone in her other hand); a shot of the final concert that I think is making its first appearance here; a larger crop of a shot that appeared in the Japanese program book, and which appeared in an even larger crop on a lobby card whose provenance I’m unsure of (part of the collection of Karen Dean (DefeatedandGifted); I’ve assumed they’re Australian, but I don’t know — they use the American logo but identify the distributor as EMI, not AFD); a shot whose last appearance was in the Japanese program book, and you know what, you can find its previous appearances listed in that post; the painting by Cummins that first appeared on the UK movie poster and on most of the European posters after; and a shot that previously appeared in the “Press Folder,” as a UK lobby card, and in Joepie No. 365.

Here’s the text, along with my feeble attempt at a translation. As always, I welcome any corrections.

NO SOMOS CRIMINALES… Y SI NOS TRATAN COMO TAL USAREMOS ANTIFAZ

NO NECESITAMOS ANTIDEPRESIVOS
QUEREMOS AMOR

NO SOMOS INOCENTES… NO SOMOS CULPABLES… SOMOS JOVENES

NO SOMOS GOLFAS… AYUDENOS A VIVIR

ORGANIZACION APOLO, S.A. Presenta a
ROBIN JOHNSON • TRINI ALVARADO • TIM CURRY en
Guerreras de Nueva York
Director ALAN MOYLE

Un Film de
Robert Stigwood

WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS … AND IF WE’RE TREATED THAT WAY WE’LL WEAR MASKS

WE DO NOT NEED ANTIDEPRESSANTS
WE WANT LOVE

WE ARE NOT INNOCENT … WE ARE NOT GUILTY … WE ARE YOUNG

WE ARE NOT WHORES … HELP US TO LIVE

APOLO ORGANIZATION, S.A. Presents
ROBIN JOHNSON • TRINI ALVARADO • TIM CURRY in
Warriors of New York
Director ALAN MOYLE

A Film by
Robert Stigwood

Further reading:

Film Review Vol 31 No 1
Italian lobby poster 2 of 2
Japanese promo flyer
Japanese souvenir program book, pp. 1-7
Japanese souvenir program book, pp. 12-13
Japanese souvenir program book, pp. 20-24
Movie poster, UK
Movie poster, Belgium
Movie poster, Italy
Movie poster, Spain
Movie poster, Yugoslavia

 

 

Guerreras de Nueva York
Mexico : poster : AAT ID: 300027221 : 42.2 x 55.9 cm : 1981 (work);
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829 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 553 kb (image)

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+