One word can describe Bill Moseley: legend. Since his breakout performance as “Chop-Top” Sawyer in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Moseley’s name has been synonymous with the horror genre. In 2003, Moseley took on another iconic role, that of Otis Driftwood, a member of the Firefly family in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and its sequel, 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects. Fourteen years later, Moseley returns to the role of Driftwood in 3 from Hell, coming to select theaters on September 16 from Lionsgate and Saban Films.
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World Film Geek had the opportunity to speak with Moseley about returning to the role of Driftwood.
Bill, I have to say it is an honor to be talking with you. I’ve been a fan since Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and it is great to see you return to the role of Otis in 3 from Hell.
Thank you so much! It’s a great character. I think it’s the only one in my career that I’ve played more than once. I think Otis was definitely, thanks to the shooting of the Roughville police station in The Devil’s Rejects, that he gets to ride again despite having a few holes in him (Laughs).
How did it feel to return to the role of Otis after fourteen years?
It actually went really smoothly. It was fun to get back with Rob and Sheri and Sid. Wayne Toth, the make-up guy and Dave Daniels, the cinematographer. It just felt like old-home week. It was really interesting to get a new character in Foxy, played by Richard Brake, who really blended in so quickly and easily. I loved his work in Rob’s film 31 as Doom-Head. I thought Richard was just great. We became fast friends within five minutes of meeting each other and he just did a great job. Working with the newer characters such as Jeff Daniel Phillips as the Warden, Pancho Moler, and Dee Wallace, it was just so great to work with them.
It is quite a shock to see Sid Haig relegated to a cameo, but Richard Brake fit in from his introduction as Winslow. He was a welcome addition and you had great chemistry with him.
Well, it was really fun. I didn’t realize some of his secret talents until we shot the scene when we’re in the motel playing Go Fish and Sheri is out on her prowl. Richard starts talking about wanting to get into the porno film business (Laughs). When he was talking about “Mr. Salami”, I mean Rob shot a lot of footage that he would use and try to pick out the best of it, and it was so funny, surreal, and weird. That’s my kind of deal, when you can improv and start to riff.
Richard was so good at that and when he’s awakened by the bounty hunters and he starts going off on his weird rap. And it’s funny because the woman in that scene is actually my real-life wife Lucinda Jenney. It was so funny that she got freaked out by his improv and we did rehearse it. She kept yelling “Shoot him, shoot him” and it was like she wanted Bill Oberst Jr. to really shoot him (Laughs). And I was standing off camera thinking this was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. It was a lot of fun, the gratitude and the relief of getting back together. Bringing the “Rejects” back together.
I was quite surprised with the some of the chaos, especially a scene where you did the unthinkable to a woman with a knife. It reminded me of a famous scene in Chainsaw 2 and I have to ask, did Rob Zombie come up with that as a homage to Chainsaw 2?
Well, there was also that scene in The Devil’s Rejects where I skinned Lew Temple’s face off (Laughs). And come running back to the motel with his face and getting into a quarrel with Captain Spaulding and puts the face on his wife, who starts running before she gets whacked by the semi on the highway. I think that’s a Rob question, but the skinned face, it’s a gag that never grows old (Laughs).
I’m going to ask this. Of the three films you have done as Otis, is there a kill scene you consider your all-time favorite?
Well, I like how 3 from Hell comes to an end with my machete fight and the fate of the Black Satans’ leader. I thought that was very interesting because it was calm and the more calmer it is, the more evil it seems. However, the great fight I had with Banjo and Sullivan and wiping them both out. And the stunt coordinator on that was good ol’ Kane Hodder. That fight scene was so awesome. Taking down those guys I mean I would have to consider that my favorite one.
You have no signs of slowing down. What’s next for the great Bill Moseley?
Well, I will be pretty much busy practically every weekend until around December. I will be popping up at conventions or spending time with my family. I have two kids so I got that going on but yeah, going to keep doing my thing and (in Chop-Top voice) “Lick that plate, you dog dick!” (Laughs)
Yes! Best line ever! (Laughs). 3 from Hell comes to theaters on September 16. This is a wonderful conclusion to an iconic 21st century horror trilogy and once again, Bill, you just rocked it as Otis Driftwood and I want to thank you so much for talking to me.
Thank you so much, it was great talking to you too!