AICN Exclusive: Hear who is filling Elvis' jumpsuit in BUBBA NOSFERATU from the mouth of Col. Parker himself, Mr. Paul Giamatti!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a last minute chat I had with Paul Giamatti today. I was told going into the chat that Giamatti wanted to talk to AICN on the record and announce something regarding Don Coscarelli’s follow-up to his great indie hit BUBBA HO-TEP. You might remember this film being teased at the end of the credits… Elvis will return in BUBBA NOSFERATU! Paul Giamatti (who I'm sure most of you know by now, but if you don't... um... SIDEWAYS, SHOOT 'EM UP, JOHN ADAMS, etc) has been attached to this film for a little while, awesomely cast as Col. Parker, I might add, but then the movie seemed to disappear. The only word we’ve heard lately was Bruce Campbell commenting that he’s passed on the movie, which, obviously, doesn’t bode well. Now, we have the exclusive news out of Paul Giamatti’s mouth about who has been tapped to fill Elvis’ jumpsuit and take on some blood-suckin’ sumbitches. I’ll let Mr. Giamatti tell you who it is in the interview below. Enjoy the chat and keep an eye out for a little insight to how Giamattis is approaching Col. Parker and quite a bit of loving up on Don Coscarelli from the both of us.
Paul Giamatti: How are you?
Quint: I’m doing really well, enjoying the season. This is my favorite time of year. Halloween is my favorite holiday, hands down.
Paul Giamatti: Yeah, absolutely. You’re in Austin, right?
Quint: Yep, that’s right. Austin and it’s finally getting nice and cool over here.
Paul Giamatti: Has it cooled down a little bit?
Quint: Yeah, it’s brilliant. I love this time of year, everybody likes horror movies all of a sudden and…
Paul Giamatti: (laughs) Yeah I know. I feel the same way. I have always liked it, too, but now it has gotten freezing here for some reason.
Quint: Oh yeah? Are you in New York?
Paul Giamatti: Yeah.
Quint: I love New York. I’ve been there about a dozen times or so over the last few years and I’ve been through all of the seasons, but there’s nothing like winter in New York. It’s miserable, but at the same time it’s one of the most beautiful things.
Paul Giamatti: Oh, it can be amazing…. We’ll see if we have one anymore…
Quint: (laughs) “Who needs snow? Who needs polar bears?”
Paul Giamatti: Exactly! Sarah Palin’s going to have them all killed anyway.
Quint: Yeah, well if there are enough helicopters.
Paul Giamatti: Exactly! (Laughs) I’m sure she has plenty.
Quint: (laughs) Congratulations, by the way. I know everybody must have been congratulating you for the Emmy, but I loved JOHN ADAMS. I was addicted…
Paul Giamatti: Oh good, I’m glad you liked it. Cool!
Quint: It’s weird, because it’s one of those things that became kind of an event within my family, like it was something that my mom watched, that I watched, and something my little brother watched. That doesn’t always happen.
Paul Giamatti: No, I think that happened a lot with that thing, which is great and I’m really glad, because you know, we were making that thing and I thought “Nobody is going to care about this…”
Quint: “This will run in elementary schools…”
Paul Giamatti: Right! “Who’s going to care about this stuff?” But no, I’m really glad it went over well. I’m glad to hear it.
Quint: Cool, so I guess you have an announcement. That’s the whole point of doing this, so let’s hear it.
Paul Giamatti: (laughs) No, definitely. We want to get this thing done, BUBBA NOSFERATU. I saw HO-TEP when it came out and I used to say in interviews when people asked me which director I wanted to work with I would say “Don Coscarelli” and nine times out of ten, they would go “Who the hell is that?”
Quint: Which makes you fucking badass, by the way.
Paul Giamatti: Are you kidding me? He’s fuckin’… and a lot of people thought I was kidding when I would say it, too. “I’m not kidding. I’m totally serious!” I saw BUBBA HO-TEP and it’s one of my favorite movies. I loved it and then somebody finally showed him some interview in which I said that and he called me up. I went and met him and he’s a great guy, you know?
Quint: Yeah, on top of his movies being fantastic, he’s the nicest person in the world, hands down.
Paul Giamatti: And his movies are amazing. They are totally unique, you know? So then he asked me if I was interested in doing this one and I was just like “You have got to be kidding me. Yeah, absolutely!” I said, “I have a little production company and we can help you guys do this” and he brought me in onboard and now we have got Ron Perlman interested in playing Elvis.
Quint: Nice. Perlman is awesome. Have you gotten the chance to talk much with him?
Paul Giamatti: Oh yeah. He’s a great guy. He’s an amazingly great guy and I’ve always loved him as an actor, so when he actually was interested, I couldn’t believe our luck man, like “This is fucking great!” He’s a really terrific guy. Have you met him?
Quint: I’ve met him a few times, yeah, in the oddest places… always. I went to visit a movie in Romania called BUNRAKU, which he was in.
Paul Giamatti: He’s always making movies in eastern Europe.
Quint: Apparently he’s like Elvis over there… Well literally, but there you go… hence the connection.
Paul Giamatti: That’s perfect man, but yeah it has all worked out so great and I don’t know, I just… I’ve never been so excited about doing something and being able to throw… trying to put my production company in on it, too. I mean I’ve never wanted to do something like this before, but I like this thing so much that I really want to see it get done.
Quint: The immediate question, especially from the fans is going to be “What happened to Bruce [Campbell]?” You know fan bases. You break continuity and there’s going to be a lot of questions.
Paul Giamatti: Oh sure, absolutely. I’m sure everybody is going to want to know that. Every effort was made by us, he just didn’t want to do it and he was cool about it. He just didn’t want to do it, which is a bummer, because part of the reason I love that movie is him… a big part of it. He’s fantastic and I’ve always loved him. I’m a big fan of his, but he didn’t want to do it, which is totally cool.
Quint: It’s surprising to me, because I kind of got the feeling that for the longest time he was just trying to shake the character of Ash and then he does BUBBA and I think that out of everything that I’ve seen him in, this really tested him as an actor. It was a very meaty role.
Paul Giamatti: Absolutely, I know! And he’s fantastic in it.
Quint: He knocks it out of the park, yeah.
Paul Giamatti: Absolutely, he’s great in it. He’s totally great in it, so yeah I don’t know. I’m not sure what his reasons were particularly. I think he’s doing a lot of his own stuff now like directing stuff on his own and he just wants to do that, I guess. It was a disappointment and we really tried and then after a while it was like “Now we are just going to start pissing the guy off! He’s being totally cool about it, I mean, but I don’t want to piss the guy off.” I our thinking was kind of like, “Well who the hell do we find who is a really good actor and a guy who is going to fit right?” You know what I mean? It was sort of like, for a while we let the thing sit and then all of a sudden we were like “Well, maybe we should go to Ron Perlman,” which just seemed like a great idea and he was up for it.
Quint: Perlman’s also very talented at acting through makeup and I think he would actually be attracted to this, because unlike a lot of his other projects, he’s not completely buried in prosthetics, but he’ll…
Paul Giamatti: Yeah! (laughs) He’s a really, really great actor and incredibly flexible, so I really can’t wait to see the guy do it.
Quint: Yeah, well that’s great man. So let’s talk a little bit about the movie. You are on board playing Col. Parker, right?
Paul Giamatti: Yeah, playing Col. Parker and you have got Elvis and there’s a bunch of… I don’t know if Don has told you much about it particularly. Have you talked to him about it?
Quint: Not much…
Paul Giamatti: I don’t want to give too much of it away! So yeah I’ll be playing Col. Parker, who… You know part of the great thing about this is not only are these wonderful genre movies, but he’s actually taking a weird, interesting take on the whole Elvis myth and kind of investigating the whole Elvis myth in a really interesting way, so it’s got a lot of stuff about Col. Parker being responsible for a lot of what happened to Elvis and kind of literally making him a vampire in some ways, you know? A kind of a blood sucker… It plays on a lot of things, this movie, in a great way and it’s got Sitting Bull in it and there’s a peyote trip in it that is amazing and it’s just a big leap beyond the other movie. It’s ten times more insane and bizarre and it’s great and hilarious, too. It’s funnier than the other one is even. It still ends up being this great character study of this Elvis guy.
Quint: What’s fascinating to me is that you don’t really see this often, especially with movies that are made based off of a short story or a novel, you don’t usually see a lot of continuations that aren’t direct sequels from already written material, so I think it’s kind of a fascinating approach that Don has taken with this, where he is coming up with his own story.
Paul Giamatti: He’s just getting to stretch the myth out more now in his own direction, but like I say, he’s basing it now in his own take on Elvis and Col. Parker and what happened to him and it just amplifies what was already there. Col. Parker himself is a completely fascinating. He gets into Parker’s back story, which is a whole weird thing and the weirdest thing about him is that all of these people and the paths in their life lends themselves to this kind of thing so well. Do you know what I mean? (laughs) Col. Parker is a completely bizarre, shadowy weird figure. He’s like something out of a horror movie or something. Nobody really knows much about him and I didn’t even know that he was Dutch! He’s not American! He’s this sort of quintessential American huckster character and he’s not American! He’s Dutch! He escaped the Nazis and it’s just completely bizarre. So it has this larger than life, grotesque weird lovely thing going on anyway and that Elvis was obsessed with astrology and the occult and all of this stuff. It just makes so much sense, these movies. It’s great.
Quint: It’s going to be the new Nazis: Elvis mythology.
Paul Giamatti: (laughs) Exactly! You can tie anything into him in a way, so that makes sense.
Quint: Yeah, and like you were saying, it’s kind of tragic that a lot of the people that Elvis surrounded himself with were the people that kind of led to his death and led to his lifestyle and led to him kind of becoming a prick in a lot of ways. They fed the monster.
Paul Giamatti: Yeah, they created a monster out of this seemingly sweet and innocent guy, but this is what’s also nice about the whole… I mean playing with the “Elvis is still alive” thing is great, too, because it gives you this whole… It’s what makes the first movie so weirdly poignant and moving, this sense that you want to believe that the guy could have lived beyond all of this horrible ravaging of fame that he went through and came out okay in the end. It’s why Bruce is so great in that first movie and why he’s such a great character and so he’s kind of a mench, you know? He’s an okay guy. You go “Thank God, maybe he got away from all of this crap and was okay in the end.”
Quint: He’s a grumpy bastard, but he’s the likable grumpy bastard.
Paul Giamatti: Yeah, he’s a likeable guy. I don’t know… And you feel like Elvis probably was actually an okay guy underneath all the insanity that developed around him.
Quint: I think having Perlman in the role is a very interesting casting choice. It’s going to be something that I think a lot people are going to have to see, because it’s…
Paul Giamatti: Well, that’s what I also think is nice about it. I think a lot of people, the fans and stuff will be able to say “Well, this is an interesting choice. This is an interesting direction to go” and he’s a heavyweight real actor and it will be interesting to see what he does.
Quint: Yeah, I mean you look at him in any of Guillermo [Del Toro]’s work or his (Jean-Pierre) Jeunet films, it’s like I just love the complexity that he can play with his eyes. The dude likes to work, so you see him in all kinds of movies ranging from miserable to awesome, but he’s great in every one that he does.
Paul Giamatti: Exactly! He’s always good, he’s always the best thing about whatever he’s in.
Quint: He was even good in an Uwe Boll movie, so… (laughs)
Paul Giamatti: Yeah and he’s got huge balls as an actor, too. He takes big risks. The first thing I ever saw him in was THE NAME OF THE ROSE, where he plays that bizarre hunchback in that thing and I remember sitting there going like “Where the fuck did they find this guy?” I was like,“They found a real hunchback. They found this bizarre little hunchback to be in this thing” and it’s him! He’s got real balls. He will go out there and do completely off the wall shit, too. I’ve seen him on stage, too. He’s a great stage actor and he takes real risks on stage and I love that.
Quint: I think if you also consider just how inventive just Don is visually as a filmmaker, I think he’s kind of perfectly set up to point Perlman in the right direction.
Paul Giamatti: I think so. Absolutely!
Quint: That’s one thing that I think is one of the tragedies of Hollywood, that Don never became an A lister, because in my mind, if you go back and you watch PHANTASM and PHANTASM II, especially PHANTASM II, you can see he was on the same track that Sam Raimi was, but the fates gave him a different road.
Paul Giamatti: I suppose so, but I don’t know. I think he’s even more interesting than Sam Raimi. I think he’s kind of more inventive and something more… I don’t know… there’s something deeper and stranger actually I think than Sam Raimi has going on. Maybe that’s why.
Quint: Yeah, maybe.
Paul Giamatti: It’s weird or something and in a way, maybe that’s what it is. Maybe he has got too much integrity about his weirdness, which is fantastic, you know? I mean his movies… I don’t know, man. They’re genuinely eccentric. They are utterly their own thing in a way that I can’t think of many American filmmakers.
Quint: And he keeps them entertaining, so he’s not up his own ass, which is what you see a lot of people do when they are trying to do something bizarre.
Paul Giamatti: He somehow manages to get across exactly what he wants to put across and it’s entertaining. I think the guy is kind of amazing. It’s funny, when I would say his name and nobody would ever know who he was and then I would mention PHANTASM and people would go “Oh, with the silver ball?” I’d be like “yeah!” “Oh my god, it’s such a bizarre movie.” I would be like “Yeah, but great!” Somebody occasionally, and it was usually the British journalists who would have seen BUBBA HO-TEP for some reason, but the reaction was always “Oh my God I loved that movie.”
Quint: I spent about half of the production of BUBBA on set and it was…
Paul Giamatti: Oh really? It must have been great.
Quint: It was weird. I mean you talk about… It was definitely so very stressful for Don, because he was making this like sub million dollar movie and just watching him roll up his sleeves to get it done, I had never seen… You know, I’ve been on hundreds of movie sets since I started this Ain’t It Cool gig since back when I was a teenager, but I had never seen and still haven’t seen to this day the degree of how hands on he got.
Paul Giamatti: I haven’t even worked with the guy and I could tell that he’s that kind of guy and, to me, I admire that sense of intense work ethic and just getting the fucking thing done... I admire that more than anything else pretty much when I work with people and it’s really rare to encounter somebody who is genuinely grounded like that and just fucking does the thing.
Quint: And he kept his head. That was the surprising thing. I saw Bruce fly off the handle a bit, granted he had a lot of pressure… Like, with Don… as much pressure as he had, he was still behind the camera, you know? But Don was just level headed and calm.
Paul Giamatti: He seems like an incredibly steady guy and like I said man, I admire that so much.
Quint: If you have seen the documentaries on the PHANTASM DVD, you just see how inventive he was back then and I think he’s even more inventive now and he has to be. And the fact that he is so business savvy too… instead of selling BUBBA HO-TEP to video, he spent two years of his life self-distributing before it went to video. Not too many people would make that choice.
Paul Giamatti: There’s practically nobody that I can think of that would make that choice. The word “maverick” is getting thrown around a lot these days, but there really is a quality of somebody who is really just doing things how they want to do them. That’s incredibly admirable about the guy and that’s also why I was sort of like “Well shit, if I could help you get this thing made, I would love to.” I would like to see the guy get a hand this time making his movie instead of fucking having to sweat blood to get the thing made. It’s like he should just be making these things all over the place, it’s ridiculous.
Quint: Are you producing the movie as well?
Paul Giamatti: We are going to help him out, I mean, yeah… I’ve got a little company and it will be a part of the thing absolutely. Me and my partner here are just trying to help him out and we are shopping the thing around now, but I can’t imagine anybody who is not going to want to do it.
Quint: Yeah. I think it’s one of those no brainer scenarios I think.
Paul Giamatti: I think so. I think they’d be fools not to.
Quint: All they have to do is look at the fan base for BUBBA HO-TEP. It’s a movie that even when Don was self distributing, he made money and then on DVD it’s been really big… and it’s already gotten toys, you know? I mean, come on…
Paul Giamatti: Totally! Yeah, it’s an easy thing. I just can’t wait to actually be doing it. I don’t know, man… The script is just so much fun. I’m just dying to do it. He’s the kind of guy I have wanted to work with for years and never got the chance to.
Quint: When do you think you guys would look to shoot it?
Paul Giamatti: I would like to do it next Springish. That’s when Ron has a window to do it and that’s when we are aiming to do it, so hopefully soon, you know hopefully pretty soon.
Quint: That’s great man, well I just wish you guys all the luck in the world.
Paul Giamatti: I appreciate it and I appreciate you talking to me and helping us put this out there, too, I really do.
Quint: It’s my pleasure. Don’s one of the good guys, a very genuine guy in a line of work where that’s not very common. And he’s a talented filmmaker on top of that.
Paul Giamatti: Yeah, and an incredibly humble dude, too. He talks about himself like “Meh, I’ve made some of these movies…” and I’m like “But, you have made incredible movies! You have made real unique fucking movies! They are great.”
Quint: Exactly. Listen, man. I’m eager to see what you guys do on this movie, so you guys will always have my ear if you need it.
Paul Giamatti: Well thank you very much. I really appreciate it. Thanks!
I told you we ended up with a Don Coscarelli love-fest, but I’m dead serious about the guy. He’s one of the best independent filmmakers ever… Look at his early work, the coming of age comedy KENNY & CO. and his most famous stuff, like the PHANTASM series and BEASTMASTER, which has aged incredibly well. The man has the talent it was so great to see him hit it out of the park with BUBBA HO-TEP. Like a lot of you I’m sad to see Bruce not attached to this project, but I’m also giddy to see what Coscarelli, Giamatti and Perlman do with this story, which sounds incredibly fun. I’ve heard Coscarelli describe it as his favorite thing he has ever written. Perlman has the comedy chops and the dramatic chops to pull of the character. I guess time will tell how they integrate him into this universe. Hopefully we’ll have more on this project soon. What do you guys think? -Quint firstname.lastname@example.org
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Oct. 30, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST
now THAT's some unexpected casting! (But yes, me likes)
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST
We can bitch about Campbell not doing from here to eternity but he isn't so if they've got a great script lets let em do it anyway. I can see how Perlman would do it and I think it works and its not like hes any slouch int he acting department. its also great to see Giamatti so excited, I love passion projects, they're always interesting whether they turn out well or not. I'm down for it.
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST
no Phantasm 5. While everyone in the cast is a tad old for it now (especially Angus), it would still be cool if Don would do it to give the series a decent ending.
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST
That cancels me out of seeing the movie right away.
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
but as much as I dig Ron Perlman... I'm a Bruce Campbell fan through and through.<p> Do we know exactly why Bruce passed on this?
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:26 a.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
you could do a great series of these Bubba films - each one with a different "larger-than-life" actor cast as Elvis. We've seen what Bruce did with the role, we cherish it, it'd be great to see him do it again but if not, there are other actors with Awesome!
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST
I'm not sure about this. That's not really bad ass enough to replace Bruce. Maybe if it was Seagal.
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
His Ho-Tep score is one of the most rockin' ever.
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
this would work if they do at least another sequel with ANOTHER awesome, "larger-than-life" actor taking over the role. Make it a trilogy... and that'd kick ass.
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
as a reference on Bubba Nosferatu section of the "Bubba Hotep" Wikipedia page. The last update was in Aug. 2007 when Joe Lansdale declared the film dead.<p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubba_Ho-tep#Bubba_Nosferatu
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST
Fucking liked that news, because Don was going to be directing them and it was going to have a bigger budget and Reggie and Bruce.. Well that was like the only remake news that actually made me excited. The news of Bruce leaving hurts me more than the Terrance Howard crap with Iron Man, but at least we have a reason given to us. I'd say Bruce walked because he doesn't want that to be the other thing people say when they see him. Ash is enough, maybe too much. I'm sure Bruce tires of hearing about the Evil Dead. I find it funny as hell too cause there was a period in time when you couldn't find that movie to rent or own. Then along comes anchor bay and they drop it on VHS and the rest is history. I saw Evil Dead 2 long beofgre I saw the original. I saw Amry of darkness before I had the chance to see the original. Thats how hard it was to get your hands on that movie. So of course people fucking ran out and bought the shit outta of it when it dropped, and now it must be the most dipped/redipped DVD on the planet. Fuck....
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST
I just got up, and I had to read this before the coffee was done. My bad...
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:58 a.m. CST
As great as this all sounds, Bruce was the reason i loved the first movie. He *was* Elvis in that movie.
Oct. 30, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST
Sorry, I like Perlman and all, but as a replacement Elvis? No thanks. They should go after Kurt Russell instead, he doesn't seem to be too busy these days, and he's already got the Elvis thing down. Plus I'm sure money men would be more willing to put up cash for a Kurt Russell film than they would a Ron Perlman one.
Oct. 30, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST
I mean he played Elvis on TV via the direction of John Carpenter and then you have 3,000 miles to graceland. Ron who....
Oct. 30, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST
Paul Giamatti is an awesome guy and actor, I'll be happy to see Ron Perlman take over the role of Elvis (Campbells is overrated...yeah...I said it...shoot me...) but I'd LOVE to see Coscarelli make ONE MORE Phantasm movie...but I guess it ain't going to happen. Those movies are EPIC horror flicks...it's kind of the LOTR's of horror movies. Shame we won't get a proper ending.
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST
by Carl XVI Gustaf
Yes, a different actor playing Elvis each time. That's the only way to do it!
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST
by Carl XVI Gustaf
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST
for Bubba Lycanthrope.
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST
He's on probation again. Pearlman is one hellboy away from making up with me for that Beauty And The Beast nonsense. I'm not sure about this at all.
Oct. 30, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST
by IndyAbbey Jones
that guy will do anything..the script for this movie must be really terrible if even bruce campbell is refusing to come back
Oct. 30, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST
RP is the perfect choice! Elvis = cool Hellboy = cool this is brilliant casting!!! the thought of teaming Giamatti and Perlman makes this a movie i want to see NOW!!!
Oct. 30, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST
Let's face it...name one good movie Bruce played in from the last 10 years...He is now officialy a Z grade actor. Man with the screaming brain, My name is Bruce, the hundreds of SF channel alien invasion flicks, they all suck...His books are damn funny but his movies are the stuf that makes a grown Campbell fan cry...
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
Anyway aside from that he's great in Burn Notice
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST
...how about "Bubba Ho Tep"?
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST
Damn you Judge Dredd's fresh undies!
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST
is that so wrong?
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST
by The Nihilist
...you can make snide comments, you can call me an idiot or worse, you can present computer models that can be tweaked to show anything you want them to show...or you can go look up the actual temperature records. Your call.
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST
Ron Perlman is fucking GREAT as is Katey Segal more people should be watching!
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST
This makes me very happy. Thanks Quint!
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST
Hell yeah Quint!!
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST
I have been pissed about Bruce shitting on any chance of a sequel to go off and direct his made for tv looking horse shit that no one will see. But now that I hear the enthusiasm of Paul and Don and the fact that Perlman is interested-- fuck yes. I realize its the story I loved so much. Not Bruce. He can be replaced. This movie will be fucking awesome.
Oct. 30, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST
Oct. 30, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST
by Midnight Thud
I saw this at the Alamo a few months back and loved the hell out of it. The second half in particular is brilliantly off-the-wall in a way that directly evokes Evil Dead 2 (speaking of, did you catch the small Sam Raimi nod?)
Oct. 30, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST
I was in line at Casey's general store and the guy behind me says, "hey Im the director of the 5th sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep and if you want, I can cast you as Bubba Pumpkinhead if you want." I asked him how he got the job of director and he said, "guy pumping gas on the other side of me said he was the producer."
Oct. 30, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST
He talked about why he didn't do it earlier this month in his ICONS OF FRIGHT interview. Check it here: http://www.iconsoffright.com/IV_BruceCampbell.htm
Oct. 30, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Oct. 30, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST
by The Funketeer
He doesn't pass on anything. More than likely the schedule conflicted with Burn Notice or something.
Oct. 30, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST
The script is genuinely funny and clever-- it's certainly more action-oriented than HO-TEP. For the life of me I can't figure out what issues Bruce Campbell would have with it.
Oct. 30, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST
Bruce campbell and Kurt Russell paseed. Bruce passed over differences (i won't go any further) and kurt just passed. Script is fun and full of action.
Oct. 30, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST
by Olsen Twins_Fan
too bad there wasn't a third person there, because then EVERYBODY LAUGHS at Quint's "witticisms"
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST
The Campbell shall be there and I shall ask him about this and report back.
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST
Did you just address a post to yourself?
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST
Floating around this TB. I didn't particularly like Bubba Ho Tep but now I'm interested to see what Perleman brings to the table as the King.<p>Since Perlemans a topic I would like to know where the fuck is Outlander?<p> Hell yes they need to give Rowdy Roddy Piper a role in this! Who ever said that above is a genius. Pipers Pit was the shit back in the day.
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST
We posted at EXACTLY the same time only AICN decided I was more awesome and put my message first. :)
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST
While I'm bummed that The Bruce won't be reprising his Elvis role, I think Ron Perlman will make an fucking awesome Elvis. As someone else pointed out, I also love the idea of a new actor as Elvis in each movie. I can't wait to see this.
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST
if I let some foreign-grafitti-writing soul-suckin sonofabitch in an oversized cowboy hat and boots take my friends souls and shit em down the visitors toilet... gotta be one of my favourite lines in any movie ever
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST
Seriously, his best roles seem to render him utterly unrecognizable.
Oct. 30, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST
AICN took pity on you for being English so they posted yours first. Oh no he didn't! Counter snap!<p>Hey man how you doing? Be a while.
Oct. 30, 2008, 5 p.m. CST
by Hamtaro Hentai
Sounds like Bruce was given every opportunity to reprise the role, and simply didn't want to. While I first watched Ho-Tep for the simple fact that Bruce was in it, I fell in love with the quirky original story. As long as Don is still doing it, and Giamatti (who seems genuinely excited), I'll give Perlman a chance. See you in the theaters.
Oct. 30, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST
by El Post-Modern Anchor-Baby
Overrated fuck. :'(
Oct. 30, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST
Good, my friend! Well, other than the fact i didn't make the Bond premiere tonight.<p>How are you? Whereabouts in the world are you now? And do you still have a thing for Mexican poledancers? He he!
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST
ALL the cool kids are posting to themselves these days. Didn't ya know?
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST
this doesn't mean he won't be in SM4 as a French usher.
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST
by Drunken Rage
As much as I've enjoyed Coscarelli's work over the years and as polished as "Bubba Ho-Tep" looked, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as some of his other work. But I'll keep an eye out for this one.
Oct. 30, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST
It won't come to my town so I'll wait for the video.<br><br> I drove a 200-mile round trip for Bruce and would've done so again.
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST
Ha! I did address something to myself. I haven't talkedback in so long that I thought I had to log in first.
Oct. 30, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST
by Citizen Sane
Perlman!!! Where did that come from? He's a pretty good actor, but I can't see that working at all! BRING BACK BRUCE! BRING BACK BRUCE! Phantasm OblIVion had a PERFECT ending for that series. But I would still like to see more Phantasm movies. BRING BACK BRUCE! BRING BACK BRUCE!
Oct. 30, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST
Why didn't you got to see Bond?<p> I'm well thanks, in North Africa.<p>I see the poledancer got kicked off of Heroes last week.
Oct. 31, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST
But I'm not surprised if he doesn't want to do it. Ron Perlman is a weird choice, but good for him getting to do such a different role. I just wonder how they're going to get the "Bubba" in the Nosferatu.
Oct. 31, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST
It'd be a semi sequel then? As for Ron Pearlman...yeah, i give it the big DEANBARRY stamp of approval. I'd let that man play in any of my pics...if i was a movie maker of some sort.
Oct. 31, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST
Wow. North Africa, man! I've got this really bad cold and so I had to opt out whilst all of my friends went along. I think it's got something to do with the fact it's fucking freezing over here in London.<p>Yeah, I can't help think of you whenever Maya shows up on Heroes. Your numerous brass pole comments will go down in history! He he.
Oct. 31, 2008, 1:55 a.m. CST
I just want to be one of the cool kids too...
Oct. 31, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST
Halloween is hands down your fav holiday? You dont get the day out of work, banks are open, mail is delivered, trash is picked up, schools are in session. It is more of a tradition and it certainly isnt a Holiday. This is what happens when you get your degree from the Lubbock Academy of Taxidermy and Hairstyling.
Oct. 31, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST
Perlman as Elvis and Nosferatu? so wrong its completely right..
Oct. 31, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST
I couldn't think of anyone else who could do this besides Bruce. I wasn't even going to give this sequel a passing thought. But Giamatti and Perlman, together? How could this not work? Maybe the Bubba franchise will turn into a classic movie monster themed Brave & The Bold team-up with awesome fanboy genre character actors...
Oct. 31, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST
Perlman's a swell choice for the role of Elvis, but Bruce really made the role, and it just won't feel the same without him. I admire Bruce for turning it down if he really just didn't like the direction it went, and I also admire Don Coscarelli for sticking to a script he did like. Still, in a way I feel like the original was perfect, and I kinda think any prequel or sequel, no matter how great, kind of tarnishes the original. In that sense, I really like the idea of three actors playing Elvis. It allows them to be a little more independent from each other; more like James Bond in that (well, up till now, anyway) the films are only loosely related, and each film is kind of a self-contained world. <br><br>Anyway, any Coscarelli movie is a good one. With a great cast like the one he has here, this flick could be dynamite. Hopefully, with this, the possibility of one more BUBBA movie, and the (final?) Phantasm V, Coscarelli will get off the sequel train and start giving us some new material. Guess sequels are easier to fund but the guy's got such a unique mind I'd love to see the other places it can go.
Oct. 31, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST
WRONG WRONG WRONG Kurt Russell is the perfect choice if Bruce is out. Kurt can do the ironic humor, looks alot like Elvis. Fuck his performance as Elvis was about the best ouside of Rhys who looks exactly like Elvis.
Oct. 31, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST
by Blok Narpin
Note to self: DON'T see Bubba Nosferatu...it'll suck. Perlman's great, but not as Elvis. They needed Nick Brendan.
Oct. 31, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST
So I can see it tonight at a Halloween showing...
Oct. 31, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST
i think perlman is a good choice though.
Oct. 31, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST
Elvis and Black JFK in an old age home being chased by a mummy. That jumped out at him as a good idea. Can't wait to see what the bad idea is.
Oct. 31, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST
by Mosquito March
Then I read this article. What the fuck is going on? Why the fuck would Giamatti want ANYTHING to do with a sequel to a Z horror comedy like HO-TEP? It's like he dropped his standards in the parking lot on his way into the studio, and Bruce Campbell picked them up on the way out.
Oct. 31, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST
and drink that fuckin campbell man soup.
Oct. 31, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST
Oct. 31, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST
Oct. 31, 2008, 8 p.m. CST
No dice without Campbell. Coscarelli must be out of his fucking mind if he thinks the fans are gonna buy this shhhiiiit. No way this is gonna happen. 'Workshed..!'
Oct. 31, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST
and there was much gnashing of teeth... and after a time they shall weep when beholding the beauty and glory that will be Nosferatu and praise the awesomeness that is the 'Perlman'.
Oct. 31, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST
by Bob Cryptonight
Oct. 31, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST
by Bob Cryptonight
I wish that dude played more normal roles. I like him. Let him play a doctor.
Oct. 31, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST
I love how people can, in the same breath talk about how GD chilly it is, then make some snide comments about 'Gloabal Climate Change' (notice how it isn't Global warming anymore?). For heaven's sake, New York just got 8 inches of snow droppped on it...in October! And they are wondering if we are 'even going to have snow anymore' Its all so freaking stupid. Oh, but oops I am the stupid one, because 'the debate is over.' Oh, and Bubba Ho Tep was mildly amusing at best.
Nov. 1, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST
Nov. 1, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST
shit Bruce Campbell can't play Elivis he has his 3 second cameo in Spider Man 4 to research. Hey I LOVE Campbell but honestly he has shit on fans alot with the whole "fans need to stop with all the Evil Dead 4 talk" Yeah we should stop...too bad we couldn't go back and stop before we made him and his buddy "Spider Man" Sam who they are today. If it weren't for the love we gave em' and their little Evil Dead pics where the hell would they be...???. Perlman is awesome and the whole point of this flick ain't to have an Elvis look a like its to be over the top silly and insane which Perlman will help with for sure. Fat Elvis anyone, hahaha. And Giamatti kicks ass, why do people on here have to shit on every single thing. Can't some ever just say...hmm I don't like his movies? Not he sucks ass and I hate him and he is too popular now and my cool factor will go down if I admit to liking him when others do....waaa waa I gotta be hip. I like what I like cause I like it.....not because I am trying to be cool...grow up losers.
Nov. 1, 2008, 11 a.m. CST
Somebody needs to ask him what happened? This would be a good gig for him I would think. Its not like he's next in line for a Ridley Scott or Michael Mann flick.
Nov. 1, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST
Nov. 2, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST
I guess he's caught up with that and I can't understand why. It's such a blatant rip off of the Pretender which is a blatant rip off of Quantum Leap which is a blatant rip off of the hulk. lol Aw hell, the only thing they have in common is some tard trying to save a new stranger every week. Which I loved up until Burn Notice.
Nov. 2, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST
and I think Ron would be pretty damn cool in this. F Bruce Campbell. If his butt buddy Sam Raimi told him to do Bubba Nosferatu he woulda been all over it.
Nov. 2, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST
There's a few actors who can cut it playing an old grumpy bad muthafucking Elvis. Kurt Russel is an awesome idea, even Nicolas Cage but Ron Pearlman is fucking awesomely imaginative casting. I'm sad Bruce aint doing it but what the fuck, as long the crew is passionate, which they seem to be, then fucking bring it on, Thank You Very Much.
Nov. 2, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
Bill Clinton looked a lot like Elvis.
Nov. 2, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST
by Mosquito March
You spend way too much time thinking about dicks and semen.
Nov. 2, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST
" Bruce Campbell also has another son, who was produced asexually, who is named God and who grew up to become the creator of all matter and overseer of the universe"
Nov. 2, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST
Dead wrong. Campbell is saying stop the ED4 talk for a reason....it couldn't possibly live up to what fans expect the movie to be. <p> Raimi has changed (evolved?) as a director, Campbell has changed as an actor, Evil Dead 4 just would not be any good today. <p> "They'd have nothing if it wasn't for us!!" And? When does it fucking end? Did they ask you to love their movies? No, you saw them and loved them...that's your payment right there, you enjoyed their movie. <p> They owe the fans nothing and are allowed to move onto other things, you can't accept that?? Tough shit buddy, they don't exist to please you.
Nov. 3, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST
the Hayes office.
Nov. 3, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST
Saw "My Name Is Bruce" Friday. Campbell intro-ed it/did Q&A afterwards. He was hysterical. The movie is hysterical. If they never do "Evil Dead 4" I am now okay with that now. This has given me enough classic one-liners to last another decade. As far as "Bubba Nosferatu," it was clear from the way he answered the question about why he's not invovled that it pained him. Clearly he and Coscarelli had a really big falling out over this (or something!) and he didn't want to see it forever damage their relationship, so he regretfully declined.
Nov. 4, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST
Maybe this movie will explain how Elvis gets the growth on his pecker...
Nov. 6, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST
Perlman does not make me think of Elvis, and vice versa. Trying hard, but I just can't see it. And you can always get Kevin Costner if Kurt Russell aint around (kidding).
Nov. 8, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST
was born to play Tom Waits in a movie. Those guys must be cut from the same lumpy cloth. Non-sequitor aside, this sounds pretty bad ass.
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