"was hated in Turkey after the hit film"
"Billy Hayes continues to beat the coins of the ”Midnight express”"
"CANNES. It has been almost 40 years."
"And Billy Hayes, 69, continues to beat the coin of his life story, the world-famous through the movie ”Midnight express” from 1978."
" I wanted to be a journalist. But I had never believed that I would dedicate my entire life to write, tell, and talk only about myself, " he says to Nöjesbladet."
"the 23-year-old american Billy Hayes stopped in 1970 by the customs in Istanbul with two kilos of hashish. He is sentenced to four years in prison from hell in Turkey. Just before he was to be freed, modified the penalty to life. He escapes. Writing a book about the events. Oliver Stone writing the screenplay, Alan Parker directs, Brad Davis (1949-1991) plays the lead role and the movie is an unparalleled success. Two Oscars, for best screenplay and the music (Giorgio Moroder)."
"And Billy Hayes will be the most hated man in Turkey, since the film portrays the turks as racist idiots. Tourists are fleeing the country in years."
"– The bit överdrevs in the film. I have had a bad conscience, for I like both the country and the people. It was part of the reason why we made this movie."
"this movie, ”Midnight return: The story of Billy Hayes and Turkey”, by Sally Sussman Morina. It depicts how Hayes returns to Turkey in order to bring about peace, so to say, but it goes well like that."
"And a little bit feels both the film and everything that Billy Hayes is now doing, just as yet another attempt to commercialise it happened a long time ago. A few years ago, is touring a stand up show (!) about the events."
"you Were pretty damn stupid when in 1970? How were you thinking?"
" Not at all. It was stupid. But hashish was almost free to buy at Istanbul's streets. And I think that they should legalize it. To take it across borders and use as you want."
"What had become of you had you not gone there?"
" I wanted to be a journalist. Now I became a writer anyway, and the artist, who maintain my own life. And people seem to think it's exciting."