Hatchet II Interview Week Entry 3: Kane Hodder

DC: And a really nice guy, really knowledgeable about the genre, which is always a plus.

KH: I believe it is, too. I think part of my success with playing characters like this is that I’ve always enjoyed watching horror movies and so I can take little things from other characters over the years - subtle things, just little minor things - and incorporate it into my character. If I wasn’t a horror fan, I might not be able to do that kind of thing.

DC: You’ve obviously been in a lot of films that had a lot of special FX. Does that process ever get to be a pain in the ass?

KH: Well… I think it always is a bit of a tedious process and you have to be very patient when applying prosthetics. It’s very difficult to work in them, especially doing stunts, but the reward greatly outweighs the difficulties, you know? I don’t think anybody would say that working in prosthetics is easy.

DC: Especially when you’re wrapped for the day and they have to take it all off.

KH: Right! The rest of the crew has been drinking beer for an hour and a half and you’re sitting in the makeup chair having it all taken off.

DC: You’re known for your physicality, your size and your understanding of stunt work. When it comes to acting – given what you just said about never having done the whole acting class thing – how do you prepare for roles? Do you use 'Method' or any of the classical actor schmaltz? How do you sit down and figure out who that character is?

KH: I don’t go too deeply into it. I do have some Method techniques that I do use like roaring and screaming, trying to get my energy up for a violent scene… stuff like that. It sounds bizarre, but… very often, I’ll go into a scene – even if it’s an acting scene, not so much with dialogue, but other things – I’m not really sure what I might do. Sometimes I just go with what the instinct is at the moment and, very often, that works out to be the best thing. It certainly can’t come off as rehearsed because I haven’t thought about it before. Other times I’ll think, “Well, that didn’t work at all” [laughs] and I’ll do something else. A lot of times I don’t have any preconceived notions and just do what feels natural. I think that’s where the success in the Jason character came from. A lot of times I just did what felt right at the moment.

DC: Does that carry over from take to take? The genesis of my question has to do with your fellow actors. A lot of actors like predictability…

KH: Yes, of course they do. [laughs] I’ve had some people say, “Oh, my god… It’s so hard to work off of you because you do something different every time.” I appreciate that because I’ve been on the other side of that as well. For me, I kind of like that. When I did Ted Bundy with Corin Nemec, he changed his dialogue in every take sometimes and I kind of enjoyed it. Maybe other people wouldn’t because they had something planned that they want to do and it screws them up or whatever, but… Yeah, I can see how people would get a little bit put off by it, so I try not to do it so much that it ruins other people’s performance or anything. It’s kind of a fine line to walk.

DC: In Hatchet, you kept very much to yourself once you were in makeup so that when the actors saw you, it was truly for the first time. Did that hold true for Hatchet II?

KH: Not as much because the shooting schedule was so tight and there was so much to do, it really didn’t allow for that luxury. Every once in a while I’d be able to keep myself hidden from an actor until they saw me, but not as much as I did in the first movie because we just had to get going. I couldn’t play around as much.

DC: And by then, presumably, they’d seen the first film and knew what you would be looking like.

KH: Exactly! That’s the other point I was going to make. Even though there were some actors that were from the first movie who already knew, most actors who were in the second one definitely watched the first one and already knew what I looked like. Even though the makeup had changed slightly, they still knew so it kind of took the mystique away.

DC: As I believe I said to Tom Holland, the cast is a virtual genre who’s-who. A lot of those people, though, were people you’d worked with before.

KH: Right… like Tony Todd I worked with before, but we’d never done a scene together. Even though we’d done movies together, we’d never acted together. Danielle I’ve known for years from conventions and stuff like that and from Fear Clinic. We had done a little bit together there, but still not that much. Then, Parry Shen I had already killed before in Hatchet, so… [laughs] R.A. Mihailoff and I have known each other since 1989 when we did Chainsaw 3 because I doubled him in that. So, I was Leatherface for some of that movie. Then, my buddy Rick McCallum, whom I’ve known since 1981, played the silent character John in Hatchet II. There was a lot of history there for me.

DC: You mentioned meeting Danielle at conventions. You do a lot of conventions, man.

KH: I try to. I enjoy it and I like to make sure the fans realize that I try to do whatever I can for them because they’ve been so supportive of me. So I try and do as many as possible, especially if I’m invited to go to a city I’ve never done a convention in or been to before. I like to go there just for the people who live around there, to try and return the favor of them being so supportive.

DC: Shifting gears a little bit… Tell me about Hollywood Ghost Hunters.

KH: Rick McCallum and I founded the group because we’ve always been interested in ghosts. I mean, we’ve done some of it in movies before and we thought we’d put together a group of people who were interested in the paranormal and a group of people who are normally the ones who are scaring people. Everybody in the group has something to do with making horror films. It’s an interesting twist to see if we can be scared instead of doing the scaring all of the time. Adam’s in it. Danielle’s in it. R.A.… Rick… Several other people who I’ve worked with before. It’s just an interesting combination. I believe it’ll end up being some kind of TV show just because of the personalities involved. Even if there’s no paranormal activity going on, it would be fun because we interact so well because we know each other so well.

DC: And finally, what have you got going next?

KH: In the spring I’m going back to Germany and finish up a 3D Robin Hood movie that I started called Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood, in which I’m playing Little John. I also did a movie with Tony Todd in West Virginia called Cut where we had some really good scenes together. I’m also writing a book. My book comes out October 1st and it’s basically the story of my life.

Information on Kane’s book can be found here.

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Hatchet II Interview Week Entry 3: Kane Hodder

- Thom Carnell

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