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Friday the 13th - Derek Mears Interview
Man, I’ve been really blown away because when the fan reactions when I do a movie expect 50 percent of the fans, they hate it and 50 percent of the fans love it. And majority of the fans with their reaction for the new Jason character have been positive. Everyone’s been so nice and I’m not sure exactly why but I think it might be because I’m a fan and I feel like I’m representing the fans. And so there’s that bonding but I don’t know everyone’s been really, really cool.
I have disorder called alopecia that means I basically don’t grow a lot of hair and when I watch the Part 4 as a child, when Corey Feldman came down on the stairs and dresses young Jason when he did the make up and had his head shape, there’s a little patch on the hair here and there, that’s what I looked back at the time. And so I watch it I’m like “Oh! It’s like a little version of Jason.” And so I just kind of ironic and now he has grown adult that actually I’m going to play Jason.
So it’s kind of come true. It’s pretty bizarre. And also I get arrogant jerk but when I heard about the film been remade it’s the first time I should try to pursue getting an audition for a part of my—I really, I think this is right. And I actually, turned down other movie roles just to audition actually —like job offers, I said “No, no, I had a feeling—I had this just this just feeling, I don’t—I can’t explain it and like six months out. I started training for the film because I was training just for the audition before even the middle of anybody.
And I just had this feeling and it came true which is unbelievable. And preparation for Jason, my background stunts help that a lot. I didn’t have to do any special fight training because that’s kind of thing in then in stunt world doing martial arts and I do MMA a “hobbyists.”
So that in to the physical aspect and I quitted a lot of physical research and a lot of physical training like for—it’s like body weight training be on the work with Jason, we would be able to do it in the forest because this time around for the Jason character. They didn’t want someone who’s big and slow, not that as a bad thing just what you’ve seen before the character. Their interpretation this time is he’s more of a survival of he lives of the land and the functional training that he would have. They wanted a muscular but lean and so you see in the movie he’s really quick, agile and very ferocious.
When the DVD comes out on June 16, I believe it is. There’s a killer cut version of the film. There’s a theatrical version and there’s also a killer cut. What the killer cut is it has extended footage of the movie so, and lot of the scenes are expanded. So you’ll see like especially behind the scenes, you’ll see what Jason looks like underneath the mask, so we shot scenes where it revealed, what it looks like. What else is there? There are scenes like where you see like Travis Van Winkle, the Trent character and extended a kill where normally the film I pick him up and slam on the back head hooked on the truck and takes off.
But we actually shot was, I actually come up the behind with the machete, with the blade turn up, and I slide in between his legs and making him rather a phallic look and I grab him and I grab the other the other end of the machete and I pick him up in the air and started to shake him and he slides down the machete and it stops on his sternum then pull it out and just slam him on top of the hay hook. So you’ll see little extra scenes here and there.
Amanda Righetti actually escapes from Jason at one time—there’s—of course. I don’t believe the other cast members know about it yet which I can’t wait to call them and tell them about this, Some of the brief sex scenes that happened in the theatrical cut aren’t so brief and the killer cuts their—I got to—I’m uncomfortable. I’m watching of my—okay, what that they’re still doing it hooked. Oh, so it’s weird because they’re friends, kind of look away out of respect and I think I’m blushing right now.
On the Blu Ray, which I haven’t seen yet but what I hear is there’s a—it’s called the trivia track, but normally that means there’s like pop ups, like this happened here and there’s words about trivia for the film but what it actually is a little picture in picture and it runs throughout the entire link of movie where you’ll see of course trivia but it’s basically mini documentary. You’ll see the DVD be roll camera of his perspective of certain scenes as they’re taking place. There are commentaries and interviews with some of the actors or production people and it’s—I actually just got it today. I want to go home and check it out so it’s supposed to be really, really cool and I want to see with all what’s on it.
When we shot the film it was a little strange having the DVD camera got Brad really followed me around 24 hours a day when we’re on the set. He actually asked me. He’s very polite, the very beginning, he goes, “Look! Normally we said set boundaries with our actors, like now what we can’t shoot, and when we can’t shoot—so I want to set the boundaries with you, and you know what? First and foremost I’m a fan of the series that I—there’s things that I would want to see in the DVD, so shoot me whenever you can, whenever you want.” I’m totally welcome to it but in so much to the point where I—we’d run around and like in between in takes and like kind of go blow of steam and like acting a like a four-year-old, you know with machete like sword fighting with the three or something and making voices and quitted stop and look over and Brad to be right there shooting me—and now, “do you get that on DVD?” Awesome. So and hopefully he doesn’t makes a cut.
And regards to the sequel right now it’s still on the rumors status where it’s not officially green lit the writers, Mark Swift and Damian Shannon are returning, they’re actually writing the sequel as we speak. Being that hasn’t green lit they can’t offer any jobs to anybody. I do have second picture option with Platinum Dunes, and so they have first grab at me if they want me for. I do have a really good relationship with them, so I don’t know officially about me returning. I would like to, so I cross my fingers and hopefully I will, I don’t know.