Q: Your role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 was in my opinion one of the best, most over-the-top performances ever. How did you prepare for and pull the character of Choptop off? Were you allowed to improvise much?
Well, I guess my biggest preparation for Choptop was watching the Texas Chainsaw Massacre at least a dozen times, maybe more, just studying Ed Neal's performance as the Hitchhiker. I was a psycho to begin with, but Ed's character really gave me some direction. Then, when I got to Texas in the spring of '86 to do Part 2, Tom Savini and his henchmen shaved my head balder than a cueball. That freaked me out, opened me up to Choptop, being possessed by his spirit. Bill Moseley as we knew him was gone for those eight weeks of shooting, cowering naked in the rain somewhere in back of a truck stop or something. Choptop ruled- I wasn't really acting. I mean, I didn't slice up anybody with my straight razor when I was back at the motel, but I was all Choptop. Still am.
Q: What do you enjoy most about acting? hate?
What do I enjoy about acting? What do I hate? Well, I enjoy getting out of myself, getting out of the way and letting another character in. When I'm preparing for a part, I read the script sometimes 50 times, get it down cold, make it real. Then no matter who or what I play, I'm not really acting. What do I hate about acting? Working with chumps who can't (or won't) let go, who wonder if the left side of their face looks better to camera than their right.
Q: I've heard rumors that House of 1,000 Corpses will scare 'em up around February. What are your thoughts and feelings about this film? Was it a good role for you?
House of 1000 corpses is coming out (at long, long last) in March, 2003, courtesy of Lions Gate. In spite of a pitched battle with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Rob Zombie's managed to wrangle an "R" rating for our little feature, provided we carry the warning that "this film contains scenes of sadistic violence"! As opposed to what, acceptable violence? patriotic violence? We're a horror movie, for chrissakes, what do they expect? I love this movie; it kicks some serious ass! Unlike all this recent corporate horror crap, the TV kids do NOT win, the monsters do! We kill em and we eat em, and that's some old style horror in the new millennium!
As for me, I play evil albino Otis Firefly, an artist with a block that comes grandly unglued when I've got a few meaty teens to work with! I'll leave it at that, but it's my favorite role since Choptop!
Q: If you could work with any director, who would it be and why?
Any director? I guess I'd have to say Alfred Hitchcock. I love his movies, love his craftmanship. Only problem is, he's dead. Oh, and Guillermo del Torro. I'd give my canine teeth to work with him on "At the Mountains of Madness."
Q: Any last thoughts, gripes, or info about up coming projects you care to share with your fans?
Finally, I would like to give a plug for my band, Cornbugs. It's Choptop & Guns and Roses guitar god Buckethead, and we rock three CDs, all of which are exclusively available at my website, choptopsbbq.com. I'm just about finished the first draft of my screenplay, "House of Usher," which I hope someday soon to produce and act in. Writing screenplays is a tough, thankless marathon, but I can see the light, oh Lord, I can see the light!