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With such a limited time you have being in anthology horror, do you maybe feel like sometimes you have to play it larger than life, or do you approach it differently?

No, I wouldn’t say you have to approach it larger than life. When I was on set and I saw the lighting effect in an early scene, I went, ‘Wow, this is very theatrical. This is like dark opera or something. They’re really going for it. It’s not naturalism here. It’s kind of broad stroke, bold choices.’ And you’re right about not having much time. I think that’s the most stressful thing about any kind of – be it anthology or just television or cable in general. It’s usually last minute, a lot of the time. For instance, I had a mustache, but I didn’t really have enough time to do what I wanted to do. And there’s the whole stress of will that costume fit? Because we only have one afternoon. Will the shoes fit? Will the hat fit? So many things where you are at the mercy of other people being able to do it in a short period of time to support you. I’m happy to say that on this one, every department was just really honest. But I have been in situations where, ‘Those shoes don’t fit. Can you deal with it?’ That’s hard. That just adds stress. But I had a real comfort level here. Everybody did their job so it made mine easier. But there’s a lot of stress in a short-term, ‘Let’s hurry up. Let’s do it. You’re on board. Let’s go.’ You kind of have to make quick and instinctual bold choices. Right now. You can’t be tentative. So hopefully it came through.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is probably the closest you’ve been to a Stephen King property. Are you a fan of his work, what are some of your favorite works of his, and are there any stories that you gravitated towards?

You’re right. Sure, when I was much younger, I gobbled up a lot of his stories. The Stand, Shining, Pet Sematary. I loved The Shining. And you say I haven’t really done any Stephen King and that’s true, but a little bit we kind of borrowed from him for Castle Freak. At the beginning of The Shining, that character in the book is a man who’s trying to redeem himself from what he’s done to ruin his family, so going to this hotel is an opportunity, he thinks, for him to repair his relationships with his family. Of course, the hotel has other plans. In Castle Freak, it’s very much that same music. I’m a guy who has done irreparable damage to my family. My choices have killed my son and blinded my daughter. So we go to Italy to inherit this castle and maybe this is something that can heal a broken marriage. What I loved about The [Shining], the book, was that it drew you to that character. You wanted him to succeed. I would say in the movie, that was completely ignored. At least the Kubrick. That was completely ignored. It wasn’t deemed an important plot point or conflict. I think that was a mistake, despite all of Kubrick’s genius. That was an error, because there was nowhere to go. So we tried to borrow a little of that in Castle Freak, but maybe I played a little bit of Stephen King music there.

Which is your favorite werewolf?

My favorite werewolf? That’s a good one. I kind of think werewolves are hard to do. You look back at like Lon Chaney Jr. and everybody was so amazed at that makeup. You look at that now, and it’s like, ‘Uh, OK. That looks a little stilted and uncomfortable and not very natural.’ To tell you the truth, I was standing over that looming werewolf that attacked me, that was pretty spectacular on Creepshow. It was alive. I had never thought of a tall, sleek, pointed nose, looming kind of werewolf before. You usually think it’s somebody who’s stoop-shouldered, kind of with an underbite. But this was majestic and frightening. That’s a tribute to Greg Nicotero’s vision, because that thing was just inspiring. The animatronics on it? Wow. So I’d say the one I had a two-shot with. (laughs) Wait ’til you see it, that’s all I can say. Well, you guys did see it. But wait ’til the fans see it. It’s pretty amazing.

What are you most excited for the fans to see, whether it’s in your segment or anything else you’ve seen filmed?

I’m just excited to be a part of it. Am I mistaken, or was ours the last segment to be shot in the series? I think they wound up production after our hours, or was there another one after that?

I think yours and Tom Savini’s were the last ones.

Right. I’m honored about that, my old friend Tom Savini, there. I’m just honored to be part of the mix. I just got a real sense of something really special here with this. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m betting it’s going to be ultra-cool and diverse. I love the horror meets Twilight Zone twists. I really like that. And here’s to many more of them – that’s what I’m hoping, that they come back and continue this. Fans will eat this up, I think.

Would you come back?

Yes, of course. All they have to do is – they have my phone number. That would be great.

Would you think about calling up Stuart Gordon to join you?

Yeah, I mean any time. I just spoke with Stu last week. He’s one of the pinnacles of horror. I would think that’s great. I would think it would be a perfect mix there. We’ll just have to wait and see about that. That’s up to him, right? I had lunch with him last week. I’d love to come back. I have to figure out how to get Shudder in my life. Is that a platform, is that where it’s at?

It’s a streaming app.

It’s a streaming app. I have to get busy with that. I’m not the most tech-savvy guy, so the learning curve begins for me. Thank you all. I appreciate this. Put out the good word everywhere you can. I think fans are excited to be seeing this iteration of it. I’ve kept my mouth shut about being a part of this. I went to a convention this weekend in Philadelphia, and [someone asked], ‘So what have you been doing?’ and I had to say, ‘You know, I can’t tell you. In this day and age of social media, if I told you, everybody would know, so just hang on. Something will be announced.’ And I noticed that they announced three actors a couple of weeks ago, so I don’t know where I’m at in this roll out, but I imagine at some point, it’ll happen. I’m sure all of you will be a part of that, and I appreciate it. And thanks for your interest in asking me some questions. I appreciate it.

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