Chad Lindberg’s resume is most certainly impressive. Early on in his career he starred in such films as OCTOBER SKY, CITY OF ANGELS and MERCURY RISING. Some of his many television credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Sons of Anarchy and of course, the fan favorite Ash on Supernatural.
Lindberg is more than a quirky actor, he has the uncanny ability to earn your sympathy no matter the deed he is doing on screen. This is especially clear in his portrayal of Matthew, a slow-witted young man who is involved in the vicious rape of an innocent woman. His terrific performance is one of the many things that keep I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE twisting and turning inside your head, well after it’s done.
I recently sat down with Mr. Lindberg to talk about his recent work on the series, THE CAPE, and of course what he had to say regarding I Spit on your Grave. Chad is one of the most sincere and talented actors out there. He creates a living, breathing character in his work. He is a truly gifted actor. I Spit on your Grave Unrated is available now, however you rent or buy your DVD and Blu-ray discs. While Grave is not for the squeamish, this scarily intense remake does the original very proud.
So I was watching I Spit on your Grave again last night.
[Laughing] Have you seen the original?
Yeah, you know what is really sad, I saw the original when I was ten-years-old.
And did it leave a mark on you [Laughing]?
Oh yeah, it stuck with me.
Having seen the original when you were so young, and then this, what did you think?
Well, personally, I think this is a better film, although I love the original.
Yeah, it’s a different time.
It’s a different time; if Steven Monroe had stuck too closely to the original I don’t think there would’ve been a point to it.
Totally! Totally! It served its purpose back then. It was one of those films that was wildly misunderstood. And then it became a horror, cult classic, it’s pretty fascinating actually. [Laughing] When was the first time you saw it?
You know, it’s funny man, before I had auditioned for it I read the script and they sent it out as Day of the Woman. I had never heard of I Spit on your Grave or Day of the Woman. And I’m thirty-four-years- old, acting in Hollywood, I should’ve done a movie like this. I’d never heard of it. I read the script and I was like, ‘oh my God this is really good.’ I love dark scripts like this, I think they are really fun to read and this is dark and twisted man. So I auditioned and I ended up getting the part and I went home that night and just started messing around on-line and I realized it was a remake, and I started reading all this stuff about it. It was like, ‘Wow, this is something crazy.’ And then, before filming, I watched the original.
Were you a little frightened by all the “remakes suck” forums?
A little bit, only because I feel the same way about remakes. They are allowed to feel that way. There are movies where I am like, ‘No, they are re-doing that! No, God!’ and I totally get that. But this is a movie that had Meir Zarchi and he was the original director and he ended up producing. We had his blessing on this. And even with the cast man, it really worked and we felt it work. We felt the energy on the set, so we all knew that we were making a good movie and we were really passionate about this. We wanted to make it right for the fans, we didn’t want them to come out feeling like, ‘Oh, that was terrible!’ because it was really made for them and to honor the original. And I invite it man! I invite everything that this movie brings. I wasn’t scared. I kinda knew that we would pull it off.
For me, anytime a movie can make me cringe a little, it often times works. And this one certainly did that.
Oh yeah? What got ya?
It is all about the eyes. So the whole fishhook to the eyelids… that messed me up. [Laughing]
[Laughing] That was a gnarly one huh?
Oh shit… that just kills me man.
[Laughing] And it was cool because it was all make-up, I think with the exception of the crows. There was no CGI really.
The make-up looks fantastic. And it was all played realistically, but unrealistically, you know what I mean? It’s not like SAW where there are these extravagant sort of traps, and killing each other off, whatever they do.
Are you a horror fan in general?
No. I mean, I enjoy horror films but growing up I didn’t watch a lot of horror movies, it just wasn’t my thing. I enjoyed A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, POLTERGEIST, THE EXORCIST, all horror in general. Now that I’m coming into the genre though, I definitely appreciate it more. You know, I’m in a movie called I Spit on your Grave which a lot of people still haven’t heard about. I’m hoping that the remake reintroduces it to younger audiences, the college audiences and such.
Now I have to ask this, what is the issue that your character has? What did you think about when researching the role?
I think that he was slow and he was definitely mentally challenged. I kind of looked at him as just a pure at heart guy who just has a lot going on. I just loved him. I felt bad for him and that was how I was able to connect with him. My anxiousness with this movie wasn’t filming the scenes or the material; it was pulling off a character like that. I wanted to do it honestly and taking the contents of the movie very seriously and everything very seriously, that was what was important to me. I guess I just kept it close to home, if that makes sense.
Now let’s talk about revenge and how it is portrayed in film. For ISOYG, we see the down and dirty side of revenge, but for me it is way to deal with your own personal demons. You live vicariously through the movie and nobody gets hurt. There is a real cathartic feeling to this movie.
It is interesting watching it in theatres with people, you know, you could hear a pin drop for the whole first half of the movie. I mean, it is dead silence in that film as it progressed into the rape. And then once she comes back and starts getting these guys, you start to hear the audience start clapping and cheering for her as she is getting revenge further and further with these guys. I’ve never heard anything like that. You’re right, it is very cathartic when she gets these sons’s a bitches. [Laughing] And it actually turns into fun. That is what this movie turns into, a little bit of fun.
When the movie came out, I had the chance to talk to Sarah and she said that working with you guys during the rape sequence made it much easier than it could have been.
Sarah… my hat goes off to Sarah. She was a pro like nobody else and I can honestly say that any other person would have been difficult. She had a way about her that she was just okay, and we had so much trust with each other. They were out there filming two days before I’d gotten there and once I got there we became a family and we really felt at home with each other. And then we started doing those scenes and we bonded really fast. It was exhilarating; we felt every sort of emotion and every sort of reaction. And at the end of the day for the actors, it was probably my most favorite experience probably ever. You can’t help but feel that after doing material like this.
Earlier this week, you appeared in an episode of The Cape. Tell me a little bit about the episode.
The episode is called “Goggles and Hicks”, I play Hicks. And Goggles and Hicks are tech-savvy assassins. We are hired by the main bad guy (James Frain), and he hires us to go after The Cape and I play the really eccentric assassin. It’s the year of the villain for me man, I play the villain in this and I had tons of fun.