|Well Tim, I see you have a very
comprehensive and wonderful site. I can also see you take this very
seriously so I will try to be as informative for our fans as possible.
I tend to be very forthright ,so remember; YOU ASKED.
Since you are fans and I'm feeling your grass
roots, I'm not going to give a safe "Hollywood "interview. Maybe you
will get a better feel for me. Let's talk Texas. (b.t.w.) I love the fan
art. So here it goes- in order from your list of very good
Can you tell us about your previous
About my previous work; I have been acting
for 15 yrs., besides I see you have a good deal of it listed on your site
already, so lets just talk about all things "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
and the future.
We heard that they had picked another
actor before yourself to portray Leatherface. Can you elaborate on what
It is true. I will keep it simple.
Originally I asked Michael Bay if I could play LEATHERFACE the same week
it was announced he was making the movie. We had worked together on
Pearl Harbor and stayed friendly. Shortly thereafter the casting people
called my people and we started talking, it looked very good. Enter Marcus Nispell. You see I guess I had figured Michael would be a very hands
on producer ie; another director. I was wrong. The movie would
be shot completely true to Marcus' vision. Marcus wanted the biggest
guy. Later we find out some guy lied about his size and physical
ability in a big way. They hired the wrong guy and then on day one, scene
one, take one, he is hospitalized/disabled by the intensity of work and is
fired. By now they needed help...and I was raring to roar. I was then
asked if I could/would still like to fly to Austin. I told Marcus
"Don't worry "I'm your man, I was born to wear the mask!" I meant
it. He knew it. That's that.
Have you seen the TCM series before
there was even talk about making this remake?
Of the series I will say this; The original must always be separated from
the sequels as it is a true classic horror film. The others are
truly classic horrible films (yes all three). T.C.M(1974) was a film
with tremendous ambition, heart and guts (take it as you will) as well, it
had that original (golden) premise and was made by guerrilla filmmakers
with a dream and no money. Passion and talent rule. The others were
embarrassing even to watch, not as a horror fan but as a movie fan.
In a word, disappointing. Watching them it seemed as if the film
makes either didn't care or it was just beyond them to capture the magic.
Highlights being Dennis Hopper from 2.,the saw from 3,and NOTHING @all
We know that some familiar faces were
involved with the remake. Such as Daniel Pearle for the cinematography,
Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel. Were there any other original cast or crew
members that you got to meet while shooting the movie?
Lets talk about Daniel Pearl. He is
a very prolific/experienced/ professional now. He was always avantgarde but he has been @ it now for three decades and like Marcus has
done a huge number of cutting edge commercial projects. Things you
would never associate with either one, but it was them making it rock. One
of my earliest impressions from this experience is exchange:
Me - "How are we doing?''
Daniel - "Your'e the best
leatherface ever and I'm not doing the same shit I did 30 yrs ago!
It's gonna be fu**in great."
Well, there ya have it. Works for me.
Unfortunately I have not yet had the privilege of meeting either Tobe or
Kim. Their involvement is our movie was limited to licensing Michael Bay
their Original character/story rights. In our movie the basic
original premise is theirs, but it is our original screenplay based on
their premise that makes our version/story as unique as it is
familiar...but not too. I would really like to sit and talk w /Tobe now
that it's over and my appreciation is so much deeper then when I first saw
that scratchy, over-watched, over-rented grainy old film of his. I
feel a certain kinship for sure. I have also never met Gunnar,
though I feel his grumpy bear vibe. I hope he can lighten up and
find peace with our film. He is LEATHERFACE, just now SO AM I. We
made it as an homage to the original team. I hope they feel the
Tell us about your experience making
the movie. The hours, the work, etc.
Everyone involved in this movie suffered for this labor of love.
Make no mistake. That's a really important one for me to address because
this cast and crew earned it all. Starting with my complete
personal/professional respect and hopefully ending with a place in cinema
history and the record books. These comments I do not make lightly.
I give them high praise. This is a tough business, (cry me a river) but
this film almost failed once a day. There wasn't a lot of business cash advance loans around to always save us either. See that's how it is with the
great one's, they command great fees in time, talent and resources, the
piper must be paid. Making great movies is about solving great
problems and making good decisions. Experience/Intelligence then
guides the passionate to the achievement of worthy goals. Sometimes
though, the Movie Gods are your only hope. The hours...arghhhhhhhhh! The
conditions horrible.....you wouldn't want to bake all day in my fat suit.
The danger...no, "Let's help me forget now, how many times I felt I risked
my life for... The work.....Constantly challenging, Immensely rewarding,
always worth it and then some. That's the price of being a physical action
junkie I guess. (I did all my own stunts, and liked it. A lot.
I HONESTLY don't believe another person could have finished this
particular movie as leatherface. It was just too demanding.
But I like it that way, gimmie some mo- pressure.
How did you study for the part of
Leatherface? Did you take notes from the original movie or any of the
sequels? What inspired you most into creating the character?
I watched the original
until I figured I had Gunnar's take on it down. I was looking
forward to the ending saw dance shot early on, I was squealing like
a wounded pig in the shower etc.. etc...Then I read our script and
realized I HAD SO MUCH MORE COOL STUFF TO DO. Then I found out that
Gunnar never made a single pig noise, that they brought pigs in and looped
it. Then @ some point I decided just to own it myself. This
character was just too cool and way too important to play based solely on
another [person's] interpretation of the role, even it's
originator. I approach my work as a character actor, as an artist.
My canvas at hand, my colors are true and bold. In the process I think we
have painted a new horror masterpiece. Gunnar's performance will always be
a great classic. My Leatherface is MUCH scarier though as he comes from a
very real, very dark psyche. It became an intense character study. I
went to the darkest place in my mind, stuff I don't even feel as a person,
but I can feel as human. Primordial EVIL urging demented redemption
through a reign of murder, torment and terror. EVIL is as EVIL does.
(Thank you Forrest Gump). My deranged killer is not at all
sympathetic. I did not play him for his likeability. You would
not ask why?? You better not look back...You better just run your
ass off, or it's like "Oh my f***ing GOD." The difference is you will
scream for the kids to live in this one, they need the help not the
killer. IT'S JUST NOT FUN OR FUNNY.
Who's LEATHERFACE is better??? Me or
Gunnar?? I see it like this...I'm sure Christopher Lee never felt
like any lesser a Dracula than Bela Lugosi when he wore the cape. I will
say this though; Gunnar was to a wild boar what I am to a grizzly.
Were there any moments that you felt
were “over the top” or perhaps you felt the shooting was going too far
I don't think like that. I don't
gauge or judge violence, I JUST METE IT OUT. It's not my job to
value judge and Over the top puts em outta the park!!! Safety is always a
PARAMOUNT concern that is always monitored and that is no joke. I
watch judiciously for the safety of those I pretend to kill, and many dear
and dedicated people watch my ass so I can get lost in my muse and pretend
to be detached, deranged and psycho safely. After all "It's all
fun... until somebody gets hurt."
What was it like to work with the
The Saw Crew is Family. Marcus is PURE
GENIUS, Jessica is BEAUTIFUL, Michael is A GREAT BRUCKHEIMER-ESQUE
PRODUCER. The crew was great & the cast is talented, I would work
with any of them again on anything. Nuff said.
Previously, Gunnar Hansen has
expressed the problems in wearing his mask while handling a live chainsaw.
Did the costume ever pose a problem for you? And was the chainsaw
“doctored” at any time during the film for safety’s sake?
Yeah, the live chainsaw in the mask thing
sucks. I have one mask in the film that's made from silicone instead
of latex. That one doesn't breathe at all & sucks bigtime. I am also
in quite a suit to bulk me up. I typically weigh about 265 lbs@6'5.
I let myself go to near 300 for the role by eating brisket and white
bread. That,+ the fact the action moves a lot faster in our version,
it was challenging especially doing my own stunts. With the suit on
I look&feel about 420lbs.I swear MORE THAN ONCE I PRAYED I wouldn't die on
the next take. This stuff is not that unusual in my career.
One day though I had to institute the 103* RULE. If my core body temp rose
to 103* or more we were done for the day. That happened a few times
but we still couldn't stop. Everyone has to draw their own line. I'm
dedicated, I'm good yeah, but Shit can kill you. One day in the suit I
drank(72) 12 oz. bottles of water without peeing. Now that what I call
starting to get rough. The chainsaw weighs about 35lbs.and is a big
bitch to swing at times. It is handled by special effects and a
special safety team@all times when it it is not in my hands.
So there do you feel better? Did I
mention, breathing all that chainsaw smoke sucks (it smokes a lot on full
trigger, but is the only way to go for effect.) We have all kinds of
effects chainsaws for different purposes. It's when I've got a live
one running and I'm asked to involve another actor or to swipe it @the end
of a full run two inches from camera. I tell you, ask some of our
cameramen about those skid marks. Ha Ha! I wouldn't trade it for a
Do you consider yourself a horror
fan? Even before taking part
in this film?
I am a true horror fan. My mother is a librarian and
the first book I ever owned was called "Heros of the Horrors" and I have
it to this day. Do you think it means something??? I LOVE THE
NEW HORROR MOVEMENT AWAY FROM CHEESEY CAMP BACK TO PURE TERROR. I
love Tom Savini's Maniac. I love Re-Animator, ALIEN. I love that
there are all these new companies like Platinum Dunes, Sam Rami's Ghost
House films, The rebirth of Hammer. I love Rob Zombie just for being
What are some of your interests
outside of acting?
In the real world I'm not so scary. (I give @ the office.)
The diametric opposition of Leatherface even. Go figure- I am
married to a florist in Hollywood. (Now I can feel your fear, but
wait...), We rescue animals and so far have 3 pomeranians (Harley, David &
Son), an Amazon parrot, two old cats, box turtles and four giant African
land tortoises. I also enjoy being outdoors in the sun and surf, boxing
and other types of physical activity when I'm not reading or sleeping.
Tell us about your future projects.
The future is coming into focus right about now and like Earnest &
Julio Gallo, "I will sell no whine before it's time. I like action
and comedy so look for more of that and, "I do have a high
concept/relatively low budget horror film that I would like to produce and
possibly star in called ECO that is getting HOT.
Are you afraid of being typecast into
the horror genre?
Of course not. The horror genre is just getting fresh and
new again, I COULD PLAY IN THIS SANDBOX FOR A LONG TIME. There is
just so much I want to do. I am terrified of anymore football films
though. I have turned down a few believe it or not...but I hear they are
making "The Longest Yard" here we go again, that's my phone ringing.
Oh well never say never. Anyway, I'm proud of this movie. I promise you
wont soon forget it.
Humbly- Andrew Bryniarski Long live
CHRISTOPHER LEE! -Thanks Tim, I'll still give ya a call tonight. See
what you think, anything else, etc....