Ryan Turek Talks Still Screaming
ON OTHER NOTABLY UNFORTUNATE ABSENCES
“Yeah, I speak to [and] use a site called Scream Trilogy they have a great fan forum on their message boards. And a lot of people ask me ‘Where’s Skeet Ulrich and where’s Sarah Michelle Gellar?’ And the truth of the matter is, we went out to EVERYBODY. We went out to everybody in the series. Jada Pinkett Smith, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Skeet Ulrich… But there’s just people that didn’t wanna do it. You can’t really press them, because if you press them then you look too desperate – you look like an asshole! But we tried repeatedly to get Skeet and Skeet was on a TV show. And then, I believe, a couple of days after that TV show got canned, I kind of politely checked in with his reps again to see if he would have the time to do it, but…a lot of it was scheduling. Well, a lot of it was just disinterest! You know, Sarah Michelle Gellar had absolutely NO interest, I think. Her people were, like, immediately ‘No. No, thank you.’ And I was like, ‘okay.’ Jada Pinkett Smith sounded interested, but she was travelling – she was like halfway around the world. Drew Barrymore was receptive, but she was up in Alaska, and we said ‘We’ll come to Alaska!’ And we were fully prepared to! We were fully prepared to go meet her in Alaska, but she just wanted to focus on her film. Then when she got back, we had a great dialogue with her people, and it just a matter of she is just crazy busy and she is just unavailable right now. So a lot of it you can chalk up to people not being available and some of it you can just chalk it up to people just not being interested in recounting anything about the series – which, again, is unfortunate.”
ON “MEETING” THE VOICE OF GHOSTFACE, ROGER JACKSON
“Roger was incredibly cool. People have said that he didn’t want to be on camera. I guess he’s based up in northern California, and we were like ‘well, we’ll come out.’ And he’s done an interview for E! Hollywood Story about a decade ago, and the way they handled it was they did the old 60 Minutes veiled interview where the interviewee is darkened and the background is all lit up so you can’t see their face. They did that for him so you couldn’t see his face, because he wants to remain a mystery. He doesn’t want anyone to know what he looks like. Because when he calls [all] the actors on Scream, they don’t see what he looks like. Neve Campbell’s never met him face-to-face. He’s always somewhere else on the phone. So he likes that – he likes to remain anonymous. So I anticipated doing the same thing [for the interview], but he agreed to just doing a phone interview, so I did a phone interview and I was like, ‘well, visually, I’ll have to figure out how to make this work,’ and we did. But when I got [Jackson’s] call on a weekday afternoon, he called me in full Ghostface voice (laughs). I just picked the phone and was like ‘Hello?’ and he’s ‘Is this Ryan?...’ I was like ‘HOLY SHIT!’ And then ‘What’s your favorite scary movie, Ryan?’ I was scrambling trying to get my recorder going! He was absolutely great – he’s got some great stories to tell. His stories on 1 were great and his stories on 2 harassing Sarah Michelle Gellar were even better. It was fun!”
ON INTERVIEWING THE CLOAKED CRAZIES
“We were even able to go behind the mask to the guys who played Ghostface – the guys that are actually running around and tripping and falling. We tracked down a guy named Dane Farwell who was the stunt performer – he was all through 1 and he was in 4 as well. These guys are just seasoned stunt performers and I think this is the first time that any of them have ever come out and spoken about it. Dane was originally apprehensive because he didn’t want to give away the illusion that it was not Skeet Ulrich or Matthew Lillard in the first film in that Ghostface costume. He didn’t want to take that away from them. He was like ‘Oh, I don’t really want people to know that was me.’ I was like ‘NO!’ That would be like Kane Hodder saying ‘I don’t want people to know I’m not Jason.’ And it took a little bit of convincing. I said ‘Dude, people DO care about the kind of craft that goes behind creating a cool onscreen villain, and Ghostface does have his little quirks.’ He does have his little motions and he wipes his blade off every time he kills somebody… And the fans wanna know the stories that go behind those [motions]. Brian Avery, who played Ghostface in 3 had some equally great stories, from killing Jenny McCarthy to doubling for David Arquette during some of the stunt scenes.”
ON WES CRAVEN’S INCLUSION
“Wes was incredibly cool about sitting down in a chair not just to tell you about the first film – which I’m sure he’s tired of discussing – but all three. We got to hour two in the chair and he’s like ‘Let’s just finish this up, let’s get this going. Let’s cover ‘em all and get all the bases covered.’ So he was very honest and open and he was great.”
Turek humbly insists that he just hopes the documentary “doesn’t disappoint”, but something tells us that’s a non-issue. Check back here soon for updates on Turek’s expansive Hellraiser project!
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