exodus Thank you for this (for others interested, the quoted bit starts at around 23:00). Funnily, the film was always available in Europe (VHS and DVD, released by Universal even) and so I ended up with a barebones disc without any extras. Should have gotten that Criterion a long time ago, I guess.
I agree with your assessment of the lack of punkrockness. After watching this little “making of” I can also see how the other statements are still valid in a way since most movie productions would not necessarily employ 400+ crew locally in the country that is actually depicted (and definitely not support Sandinistas). Easy to imagine how for some Universal accountant even 6.50 (1987) USD still seemed like too much. Paying those gringo extras the same (or even more) is maybe the real “crime” here.
But yeah, if any other director should ever manage to get a production like this rolling, they sure should/could do better than that.
I agree with this assessment too!
Thinking a bit more about this, I see only one real solution: get Alex Cox on the John Carpenter episode and confront him with all of it (he does have a podcast at least as I found out now).