The Arrow interviews Sid Haig
With Halloween finally in the house and the seasonal classic "House of 1000 Corpses" out on DVD (It was released August 12th), what better way to celebrate heartily than my welcoming The Captain to the party. Arrow had the chance to shoot the shite with Sid Haig, the man behind the extravagant, cussing clown Captain Spaulding and here's what he had to say.
ARROW- Whatís your favorite horror movie?
SH- 1954 House of wax (in 3D)
ARROW- Did you always want to be an actor or did you fall into it by accident?
SH- You can get the whole story on my web site (www.sidhaig.com), just click on Bio.
ARROW- You appeared in George Lucasís THX 1138 in 1971, any fond memories from the experience? How was it working with George?
SH- George was very cool. We rehearsed that scene in limbo for a week before shooting it. And he let us play with it as much as we wanted.
ARROW- You eventually made your name in blaxploitation fare and B-movies. What do you think it was about you that made you a perfect fit for those genres?
SH- I think itís because I try to find humor in everything I do, and that has a tendency to make things a little more sinister.
ARROW- And now horror fans know and love you for your portrayal of Captain Spaulding in House of 1000 Corpses. What was it about the project that made you want to hop onboard?
SH- I felt that I could have a lot of fun with it, and I did.
ARROW- How did the audition process go for House of 1000 Corpses? Did you have to read for Rob or did he hire you based on your rep?
SH- I was told to go home and read the script, and if I liked it, the part was mine.
ARROW- How much freedom did Rob give you in terms of improvisational leeway with Captain Spaulding?
SH- A lot.
ARROW- We all know that the House of 1000 Corpses sequel is underway. And we know that youíre in it. Can you reveal anything about the sequel? Will we get know more about The Captain?†
SH- All I can say is that we wonít have four new kids to mess with. It looks like the family is going to go after one another.
ARROW- What stage is the sequel at the moment? Is the script over and done with?
SH- Canít say because I donít know.
ARROW- Is there a planned shooting date set?
SH- Late September or early October (this interview took place a while back).
ARROW- Whatís next on your plate? Any upcoming projects in the works apart from the HOATC sequel?
SH- Just doing promos and Ďconsí.
ARROW- Whatís your favorite Captain Spaulding line from HOATC?
SH- ďIíll tell you what Ski King, why donít you take some of this fried chicken home to yoí momma so I donít have to come over this counter and put my boot all up yoí ass.Ē
ARROW- Was the Captainís Fried Chicken in HOATC as yummy as it seemed from where I was sitting? That looked like some fine chicken!
SH- It was grease on a bone.
I'd† like to thank Sid Haig for his time.† Keep doing your thing bubba and we'll keep watching! I'm looking forward to seeing him go hogwild again† in House of a 1000 Corpses: Part 2.† Till then...keep rocking Sid!