Back in December of 2010 the Haunt Club interviewed Kane Hodder, the actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in four of the Friday the 13th films. Rather than let the interview be buried in history, we decided to show it off for everyone to enjoy. So, without further discussions, here is the interview:
Calvin: First off, how was your Halloween this year? Do you ever don the Jason Voorhees outfit and scare the neighborhood kids?
Jason: Halloween was great. I was in New York City on Halloween Day for a couple big TV interviews for Fox and Friends and Good Day NY. I also did several radio interviews for Sirius and then got to watch all the people in Times Square in their costumes. There was even a Jason walking around! Ahhh memories.
Calvin: You’re the only actor to play three of the most iconic horror icons in the history of film: Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, and Victor Crowley. Is there something that attracted you to these characters?
Kane: I have often said that my actual personality is closer to that of a maniacal murderer than most people’s personalities, so the trip to that state of mind is a quick one for me. Sounds like a joke, but I’m serious. Most actors will tell you it’s more fun being the bad guy. I absolutely love it. Some people say I enjoy it too much.
Calvin: Of the three characters, do you have a favorite?
Kane: Jason put me on the map, so that character will always be very close to my heart, but I also love the Victor Crowley character as well. It’s always nice to originate a character and continue with his story.
Calvin: Your body language behind these characters, it’s horrifying, and really lends to the character’s personality. How difficult was it to immerse yourself into the mind of a sociopath?
Kane: It was easy. Very easy. What does that tell you?
Calvin: Does this sociopathic body language help when you play poker?
Kane: The body language doesn’t necessarily help while playing poker, but the history of my antics on and off the set, while playing the character help somewhat. My image of being unpredictable and crazy on the set makes poker foes worry about that stuff happening instead of concentrating on just poker. Anything to distract them is good for me.
Calvin: In Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, the script called for Jason to kick the main character’s dog, but you refused, claiming that Jason was not that bad. Can you share your thoughts on Jason’s morality?
Kane: I didn’t necessarily think it was a moral choice. I just always thought that if anything, Jason would identify with an animal. Not hurt it. Humans were responsible for what happened to Jason. Not animals.
Calvin: Alright enough morality, do you have a favorite kill scene?
Kane: Favorite Jason kill is the sleeping bag and favorite all-time kill is ripping the woman’s head apart by her jaw in Hatchet. Both are pure genius. Does that sound weird?
Calvin: In your autobiography, Unmasked: The True Life Story of the World’s Most Prolific, Cinematic Killer, you thank all of your fans for their love and admiration. That is, except for the guy who sent you a bottle of freshly squeezed semen. Care to talk about your reaction?
Kane: Utter shock, when I realized what it was. I guess he thought I would be flattered. Uhhh, nope. And I thought I was fucked up in the head.
Calvin: There’s a rumor going around that you’re a Juggalo and huge fan of the Insane Clown Posse. What attracted you to this crowd – music, style, maybe some lyrical message?
Kane: I just love the music and the attitude. Best concerts I have ever been to.
Calvin: Has your ghost hunting group, Hollywood Ghost Hunters, found anything recently?
Kane: Because of Mike Aloisi and I being on our book tour for the last 3 months, we haven’t had much chance to go ghost hunting. We were able to investigate Rolling Hills Asylum in the summer and we just spent a few days at the Stanley Hotel, which was very cool.
Calvin: Do you have any upcoming projects we should keep an eye out for?
Kane: We will be shooting Hatchet 3 in the next few months. I play an abused husband in a movie called The Afflicted. Chillerama comes out next week. I did a 3D horror version of Robin Hood in Germany where I play Little John. I’m a bisexual sadist in a film called Tag. I did an untitled comedy with Adam Rifkin and a prison movie with Tony Todd called Cut. Lots of fun stuff.
Calvin: As a parting question, do you have any advice for individuals looking to score horror roles?
Kane: Be natural with your violence….Or I’ll kill you….