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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Devon Sawa Reflects on ‘Idle Hands’ and Explains How Upcoming Movie ‘Black Friday’ Channels That Spirit

Decades after becoming a fan favorite actor in the horror genre thanks to the one-two punch of Idle Hands and Final Destination, Devon Sawa recently made his return to the horror world with the Fred Durst-directed The Fanatic, and he can next be seen in the brand new thriller Hunter Hunter that releases on VOD outlets this coming Friday, December 18th.

Sawa will also be starring in Glenn Danzig’s vampire western Death Rider in the House of Vampires, as well as a horror-comedy titled Black Friday that also stars Bruce Campbell. For Sawa, starring alongside Campbell in the latter film is something of a full circle moment, as his performance in Idle Hands was heavily inspired by Campbell’s most iconic character.

Speaking with Bloody Disgusting’s The Boo Crew Podcast this week, Sawa explains that Bruce Campbell inspiration, reflects on Idle Hands, and provides some Black Friday teases.

“I remember being like eleven, twelve years old and having a trampoline and mimicking everything Bruce Campbell did [in Evil Dead 2]. All the hand stuff,” Sawa tells The Boo Crew. “The script [for Idle Hands] was called something else at the time, and there was one little bit, in the original script, where the mother gets possessed. And the mother is, like, that’s mainly the thing. And there was one bit where my hand gets possessed. And I walk into this Sony meeting, all these executives are there and producers and what not. And I just start Bruce Campbell’ing all over the goddamn room, with my hand, and it kind of evolved from there. I got the part and it became a little bit more comedy than it was originally written.”

He continues, “Idle Hands was at a time when I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream were the biggest things ever. The first director was Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), and that’s what I fell in love with. When I went into the original auditions for him, it was living in that world. It was living in the Evil Dead 2 meets Beetlejuice world. But I guess the studio was really kind of leaning towards these teen movies… so they hired this other director, Rodman Flender, who was leaning more towards that way. But it was starting to feel a little bit like I Know What You Did Last Summer… where we’re trying to take it serious… and then I just leaned all the way into, “fuck those films”… they are what they are, but we’re gonna make this film, and this film’s going to last; it’s gonna be campy and over the top.”

For Black Friday, Sawa wanted to tap back into those campy Idle Hands vibes. As part of that process, he had to get back in touch with the fearless teenager he once was.

“I’ve always been really excited about horror, and especially the kind of weird horror. Either so sick or… so wacky, awesome and fun. That’s why I keep going back to horror. I’m just such a fan of the genre. I wish I could talk about [Black Friday] because it’s back in the Idle Hands kind of genre feel. It’s wacky and terrifying and fun and we’ve got some really good special effects people. And a great director,” he explains. “I got to find out where I was in my life… to be that fearless again. When you’re eighteen years old you don’t care so much. You’re just gonna try shit. I want to make another, what I call these shelf movies – back in the day, you used to have like 15/20 movies on a shelf that you’d brag to your friends about.”

He adds, “I want this to be one of those.”

Listen to The Boo Crew’s full chat with Devon Sawa below.



source https://bloody-disgusting.com/interviews/3645038/devon-sawa-reflects-idle-hands-explains-upcoming-movie-black-friday-channels-spirit/

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