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The Phantom. Also known
as The Ghost Who Walks. You know
him from his new column here at IPF. The hardcore fans
know him from his long history dating back over 400 years.
It is our pleasure to present to you this interview with The
Ghost Who Walks aka
The Phantom. Enjoy..
Posted on September 18, 2006
Chung Lao: Phantom, this is an honor,
how are you?
Phantom: Very well, thank you.
Chung Lao: Where does your nickname, The Ghost Who Walks,
Phantom: That monicker came from the locals, it
was the name given to the 2nd Phantom as his
appearance after the passing of the first Phantom, caused
him to be named, The Ghost, which later became The Ghost Who
Chung Lao: Some would say that this interview is a waste of
time as you're a fictional character. What is your
response to such comments?
Phantom: "Cogito, ergo sum." I think, therefore
Chung Lao: For those that don't know, what is the
purpose of you're skull ring?
Phantom: I wear The
Skull Ring in honor of the first Phantom, who swore upon the
skull of his father, who was killed by pirates, to fight
injustice and piracy everywhere. It is also a symbol of my quest to remind those opposing
justice that there is a price to be paid.
Chung Lao: What do you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
Phantom: I have not gone through it entirely,
however I have found adequate the sections I have seen.
Chung Lao: For those that aren’t aware, we recently added a
section geared toward the exploits of the Phantom. Sir, I
must ask you the reason for your lack of updates.
Phantom: I do apologize to the IPF viewer-ship
for that, these last few months have been extremely busy for
me. However, I will be submitting some new entries quite
soon. These entries should shed some light on my absence.
Chung Lao: You have traveled the
globe to many a place, in all that time, do you have any
insight into where Osama Bin Laden is?
Phantom: No comment.
What did you think of BIlly Zane's
portrayal of you in the 1996 movie?
Phantom: I found his portrayal to be humorous,
yet lacking in a realistic sense. Many Phantoms have been
killed by senseless acts of violence, and I found that
“edge” to be lacking in Zane’s performance and the script
I was not contacted about
the creation of the film, so take everything you see with a
grain of salt.
Chung Lao: Phantom, whenever I
read your comics, I'm always puzzled as to where Bengalla
is. The Indian subcontinent? Africa?
Where exactly is Bengalla?
Phantom: I cannot give you exact
coordinates for obvious security concerns.
The location was left
vague for that very reason.
Chung Lao: Another thing I've always wondered is,
what's the reasoning behind your purple costume as opposed
to a black or more camouflaged one?
Phantom: I am glad you asked that question. My
costume is actually black. When Lee Falk began
chronicling my adventures (Phantom Comics), the first
newspaper to print them printed my costume in purple.
After a while, it was decided to keep it this
way for continuity's sake, and also for the film.
Chung Lao: You’re sidekick Guran is
extremely loyal to you, from where does this loyalty stem?
Phantom: Guran has been most loyal to me, and
for that I am grateful. My father, the 20th
Phantom, rescued Guran from a lion attack many, many years
ago, and from henceforth he has sworn an allegiance to be at
side. I have found him to be indispensable.
Also, he can be quite forceful when he needs to be.
Chung Lao: Name someone you admire
Phantom: I admired my father, for teaching me the
difference between right and wrong, and for allowing me to
fulfill our ancestor's oath.
Chung Lao: If you could be any
superhero from a comic book, who would you be?
Phantom: I have to admit to not reading comic
books much, however, I find Batman to be particularly
interesting. Skull Cave, Bat Cave. Guran, Alfred. We both
possess no superhuman powers, only our wits and training.
Chung Lao: While we're on the subject,
Michael Keaton or Christian Bale?
don’t have time for many films, however, I have seen the
entire Batman series, and I find Christian Bale’s
performance to be much more realistic than that of Michael
Keaton, although Keaton was far better than Kilmer or
Chung Lao: One more,
Christopher Reeve or Brandon Routh?
I had to search this
"Brandon Routh" name in order to get an answer for your
question. It seems that he is playing the current
incarnation of Superman. Brandon definitely has the look,
but it will take some time for anyone to convince me he can
fill the shoes of the great Christopher Reeve.
Chung Lao: What is something you cannot stand in a person,
Phantom: The failure to follow through on a
Chung Lao: Alright. Phantom, in all
of my interviews, I give a scenario that the interviewee has
to figure his/her way out of, so here goes:
Alright, you have just returned from an
exhausting peace keeping mission,
and have succeeded in preventing a tribal war. As you
manage to crawl into bed, you immediately fall asleep.
When you wake up the next morning you find that you are "not
in Bengalla anymore." You are in a home. You get
out of bed, and after a few minutes of perusing the house,
come to know the following:
You have a wife and 4 children.
You live in Detroit, Michigan.
The only trace of a character called The Phantom is that of
a comic book, penciled by a now dead writer.
What do you do?
Phantom: Find a pen and a piece of paper.
"For those who came in late.....Over 400 years ago, the sole
survivor of a pirate raid..."
Chung Lao: Lastly, leave us with a parting thought.
Over the years, as I have
filled the role of the Phantom, I have met many people. But
they have all fallen into two categories: those who choose
evil and those who choose good.
Doing good has come at
great cost to my ancestors and may even require my life one
The point I want to make is this: live for something.
When it's over, it's over.
Lao: Once again, thank you Phantom. Next up on
The Tonight Show is Jessy Joykutty. Keep it locked in right
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