Bill Moseley interview
"Holy Miss Moley, got us a live one!" Actor Bill Moseley, who will shortly reprise his House Of 1000 Corpses role of Otis B. Driftwood in the upcoming The Devil's Rejects, has been a beloved genre staple ever since his inimitable "Choptop" character in 1986's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II. With appearances in Silent Night Deadly Night 3, The First Power, Army Of Darkness and a nifty cameo in Tom Savini's 1990 remake of Night Of The Living Dead, Bill has remained a familiar face among horror fans. Indeed, the Boogeyman is real, and John Gray found him....ready to dish out the details in all-new interview!
The Pit is proud to interview you once again, this
time about The Devil's Rejects, the sequel to House
of 1000 Corpses that hits theatres nationwide July
Thanks for asking! Always a pleasure to descend
into the Pit!
First off, can you tell us how your character
Otis has changed since House?
To start with, I look different! I'm no longer the albino I was in House of 1000 Corpses. And that's a good thing, if only because I no longer wear the
brown-and-red-flecked contact lenses I wore as Otis B.
Driftwood, resident genius of HO1KC! Also, I grew a
beard for Rejects--didn't think I had it in me, but
after a couple of months of not shaving, here's this
Brillo-thick reddish brown mass of chin spinach!
Impressed me, and I needed something to tug on,
especially after they shaved my head so they could
glue on my new wig! Oh, I'm also a lot more real, more
calmly cruel and matter-of-factly sadistic and
vicious. My work in the studio (see Fish-boy) has been
rudely interrupted by Sheriff Wydell and his bunch of
trigger-happy rugrats, but in this picture, it's all
about the road!
Do you think Rob (Zombie) tried to break you out of the
stereotype of ‘psycho killer’ in Rejects by
humanizing the character of Otis B. Driftwood?
Rob knows me better than I know myself sometimes.
When he originally cast me as Otis B. Driftwood, I
thought he wanted a reheated Choptop from Texas
Chainsaw II. It took his gentle nudging to get me to
put down the hanger and pick up the pistol. By the
time we did Rejects, I had Otis down pretty good so
I felt confident enough to take him to the deeper,
darker places Rob wanted me to go. As my girlfriend
said to me of Otis when she'd finished the Rejects
script: "It's a juicy part for an actor!"
We learn some interesting things about the
‘Firefly’ family in Rejects. Going into making the
sequel, did you have any direct input into the
I didn't get a copy of the script until a month or so before we started shooting, so my input was limited
to growing a beard and on-set inspirations.
Originally, House was thought to be a
stand-alone film. Were you surprised that Rob decided
to do a sequel?
I was happily surprised that Rob wanted to do a
sequel, knowing as I did his attitude about sequels in
general and horror sequels in particular. There was
obviously a lot more life and depth to explore in
our characters, not to mention a whole new genre in
which Rob could track our exploits!
In Rejects, there are some great cameos in the film, ranging from 70’s grindhouse to mainstream
sitcoms. Were you excited about working with any
What makes the movie great are the cameos, and one of the things I appreciate about Rob is how he uses
his horror heroes. All of their appearances are
working cameos, not just star turns. Sometimes cameos
can jar you, take you out of the flow of the film;
that does the movie, and the actors, a disservice.
Steve Railsback, Michael Berryman, P.J. Soles, Ginger
Lynn, to name a few, all do great work in Rejects!
It's exciting to see them, and they enrich the story.
Any musings from the mind of Otis that you can
share with the fans before Rejects hits theatres
I'm just happy to be onboard. I had a ball working with Rob, Sheri and Sid Haig. We have a great
relationship off-screen, and I think that comes across
in the movie. Kudos have to go out to Director of
Photography Phil Parmet and his crew and of course
Lionsgate Films for providing us with their full and
What can Bill Moseley fans expect to see from you
in the future? Any current projects that you would
like to speak of?
I'm working on another Cornbugs CD, that's the
band I have with guitar god Buckethead. The title is
Skeleton Farm, and it should be available at
cornbugs.com by the middle of September. In the
meantime, you can listen to samples and purchase our
other CDs, Donkey Town, Brain Circus and Rest Home For
Robots at Cornbugs.com or Choptopsbbq.com.
Finally, as a fan myself, it is a pure joy to see
you evolve as an actor and go from a cult icon into
the mainstream. Will this ‘newfound success’
determine the roles you take in the future? Are we
ever going to see Bill Moseley play the ‘hero’?
I'd love to play the hero, the love interest, but
let's not forget that once you dance with Choptop,
Choptop calls the tune!
Thanks again Bill. You are the best!
Cheers, Bill M.