What are your earliest recollections of the horror genre?
My earliest recollection of "horror"
was seeing my Aunt Perlie nekkid in da tub...
Is only four... and I had ta pee like a racehorse @ waterin
time ... and I run inta the john and there she is ... shes just
dropped the soap onta the floor and shes reachin down ta
git it ... and theres this huge misshapen mottled boobie ... what
looks like a used boot after RoundUp ... hangin over the side
of the tub ... almost to the ground ...
Haha! ...And you thought the "Borg" had ugly images burnin
inta yer psyche ...
Alrighty then! Haha. How'd you initially get involved with Texas
Chainsaw Massacre? Is it true you just went in for an audition
you read about on a flyer?
... wadna flyer ... we were on our way to acting class and I hadnt
learned my lines for the scene I was supposed to do ... so Id
had a flagon of Cuervo for lunch sos I could just ... uh
... "improvise" my way thru da scene ... we were walking
back into the Drama Building at University of Texas when a ladyfriend
comes runnin out da door and grabs me and squeals ... "You
going to be in THE MOVIE!!" ...
So we thought it would be "amusing" to go in and clown
around for these whack-jobs doin the auditions, who if they
needed Real Actors ... wouldnt have been anywheres near
a college campus, right? ... sos we did ...
yeah ... who knew ... ???
||Now, how'd you
approach the role of the hitchhiker? Is it true that you were
inspired by a relative for the character?
... wahl ... I wuz gonna pattern im
after a Drunken Democrat thats married to a Midget Nun Hooker
... but they said that wuz ...
for the intended target audience ... sos my next option wuz my
neff-phew who is a diagnosed Pair-of-Noids Shit-sew-phonic ... I just
did all the stuff he did every time I talked to him ... and hey ...
if Hooper had ever paid me, Is gonna buy him a house with two
nympho maids and a built-in bar ... but alas ...
|We've heard what
a difficult shoot the original Texas was. What was one of
the most difficult sequences to shoot?
That would be the infamous "Dinner
Sequence" ... that squirrely stuff on da table was decomposin
at light speed x 2 due to da hot lights and all the windows taped
shut sos ya couldnt see the sun ... COMING AND GOING
... during the two day shoot ...
... hell. I hunted butt-rotting gooks in Nam in the Triple
Canopy Jungle easier than that shoot...
... guess which memory gives me MORE flashbacks ...
||Wow. You're actually
the only character in the film to ever refer to 'Leatherface'
by that name. Was he always listed in the script as 'Leatherface'
or was that something that came about while filming? What's the
original of the name 'Leatherface'?
Nopers ... the original TITLE of the movie
was "Leatherface" ... but was deemed not "commercial"
The origin was simply him killing people and then wearing a "leather-rized
(tanned) mask" of the latest victim ...
There's a deleted scene after your character gets hit by the truck
where you're face down on the road and in which you ended up burning
your face, due to the intense summer heat and sun on the pavement. How
pissed are you that that scene was deleted from the final film after
going thru all that?
" ... YO ... DOG!!! ... I ERNED DAT
FRIGGIN SEEN! AIGHT???? ... NOIMSAYIN?????"
(oops ... sorry ... I seem to have channeled some violently disturbed
ruffian from my NorthSide Houston, Texas juvy delinquentfrequent daze!)
Realllllly wished that scene could have made it into the film ... but
the sun would NOT co-operate ... there was NO BREEZE AT ALL that day
... and there was this cloud that took 2 & 1ž2 hours to cross in
front of the sun ... and the light NEVER matched ...
there any other scenes you recall filming that might not have
made it to the final version?
... yeah ... there was this ONE scene ... that I most wish could
have made it into our epic ... the one where I finally got to
give "the oral pleasure" to my 4th grade teacher, Mrs.
(oh wait ... someone here is reminding me that was just on
super-eight from the wrap-party ... sorry!)
It rumored that you haven't
spoken to Tobe Hooper since shooting the original Texas Chainsaw.
What was your relationship like with the rest of the cast and crew?
Particularly Gunnar Hanson, your on-screen brother?
the only reason Mr. Hooper and I dont speak has been thoroughly
chronicled in 8 miles of legal documents ... where-ass we find
Mr. Hooper has never paid Mr. Neal for his fine services ... even
though Mr. Neal OWNS a part of the film itself ...
Well ... as Johnny Ramone tole me one night as Im introducin
him to REAL Texas Bar-B-Que at the County Line here in Austin
" ... Eddie ... thats f***ked up!!!"
far as Mr. G goes ... hes my "brothah-from-anutthah-mothah"
as we say in NorthSide. We do a bunch of crazy stuff together
... just got back from tearing Nashville up at a Tattoo/Horror
Festival !!! (ya gotta see da pics ... oy!!!)
And were gonna make a cool movie later this year where he
gets ta kill me!! (hey ... better him than da criticks!!)
What most people dont know about him is that hes super-smart.
Hes got like a 160 eye queue and writes really cool books
||What can you tell
us about the late Paul Partain?
My greatest sadness about Paul is that more
people never got to meet him ... he was the gentlest and sweetest
of men ... someone Ive tried for years to be more like ...
but I think you have to be born with what he had ... a genuine
quality that transcends the basic parameters of a great many in
We met him once. Super nice fellow.
Were you able to keep any souvenirs from the Texas Chainsaw shoot?
I was able to keep a bunch of the stuff from the
shoot ... the apron ... lamps ... chairs ... knives ... masks ... obtained
when Hooper didnt pay his storage charges in Austin (insert pithy
statement about "Karma" ..here..)
but alas ... because he never paid me for the film ... I have had to
sell all of it off to keep from a lovely second-career at rock-breaking
due to the evil and illegal machinations of an ex-wife ...
MEN ... say it with me ... "SHE WAS SO NICE WHEN WE MET!!!"
(yeah ... I know ... I can smell the screenplay from here, too ...
Marty S..call me!!)
What was your initial reaction to seeing the film for the first time
on the big screen?
What impressed me the most was what an INCREDIBLE
difference the addition of proper and great SOUND to the footage made
... it was night and day ... all of a sudden that WASNT a paper-mache
hammer ... it was REAL ... and summarily, I wuz skeered right along
with the audience!!!
Were you asked to reprise your role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2?
... yeah ... but when my agent asked for just "3 times scale"
... to reprise a role from the most income-producing indie film
of all time ... a fee purposely kept absurdly low because we didnt
want to "price ourselves out of the film" ... she was
told to her face...
"who does Ed think he is ... ???? ...Tom Cruise...???
... and thats a QUOTE ...
... (yeah ... I hear Cruise works for 3 times scale often ...
roflmao ... roflamao ... rofladinslkdkllke ... )
We were told later that they werent about to take "that
much out of the 'coke' budget"
Ahh ... aint the movie biz a supreme haven for the mentally
challenged?? Yeppers ... only billion dollar industry that exists
in the world ... that there are NO qualifications to be in ...
what'd you think about Bill Mosley's take on the hitchhiker character
(referred to as Chop-Top in TCM 2)?
Bill is a super good guy and a verrrrry
talented actor ... he made that character his own ... and I thought
did some great stuff with it ... you only have to see some of
the other stuff hes done to know how clever he truly is.
A few years back, both you and Bill Mosley took the stage for a panel
at a Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention in New York. What
was that experience like for you?
Yauck! Pockets full of money ... killer fresh Pasta EVERYWHERE
... Black-Haired cream-skin Italian women from Queens that sound
like Fran Drescher on steroids ... whats not to like?
... that I got to hang out with Bill the whole week-end was a
Plus ... the crowd seemed to really like the two of us together
... lotsza really cool fans in NYC.
... Bill just did that great Tattoo/Horro Nashville show with
me last month ... and more legends were scribed on papyrus/skin
You've been making apperances at the conventions now for the past
few years. What's the convention experience like from your point of
... alls I can say is ... whomever you have to do to get
this gig ... do ... you always get an aisle seat. you stay at
really cool hotels ... they send cars for ya ... you write your
name on stuff ... and they give you money!!! WOW ... if Mrs. Erskine
could see me now ... sheda left her husband like I asked
... I really enjoy meetin all the fun people who have such
terrific stories of what they were doin when they first
saw it ... who they were with ... how they were at the Drive-In
... and it was the ONLY movie they ever actually WATCHED ... that
Spent 5 years of my life with the most beautiful woman in the
world that I met at one of these ...
I never get tired of gettin out and meeting folks ... this
silly movie has taken me all over the world ... Ive done
Jello shots with heads of "the families" in Poughkeepsie
And Ive danced on table tops in Vegas w/ the Ralona Twins
life has been kind ... wayyyyyyyy too kind ...
||How'd you feel
about the recent remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the absence
of the hitchhiker character? (Which we think they just couldn't
have possibly topped your character or performance!)
... I came up with this line that several
reviewers called and asked if they could use ... I call it ...
"The 90210 CGI Version" ...
I think that about covers it (laughs)
film had nothing to do with us or our legacy ... it was a simple
case of an LA Producer "buying into" a known-name quantity
... sos he could make back SOME of the money he had lost
on "Pearl Harbor" ... thats all it wuz!
You have both a writing
and associate producer credit on a film called 'Future-Kill'.
How did you come to be involved with this?
... well ... Im actually a perty good screen-writer
but was kinda finagled into associate producing by the Executive Producer
of the film ...
It was a lotta fun ... but a little too much like "real work".
Im a veryyyyyyy laid-back guy ... Id much rather be watching
"CSI" or re-arranging my ammo drawer than "working"...
is apparently a story behind the poster artwork. What's your final
word on who got HR Giger involved?
DUH!!! ... hmmm ... letz see. OH ... I know ... that would have
been ... MR. GIGER! ... roflamo
His final decision seems to be somewhere between needin
da dough ... and really liking TEXAS CHAINSAW ...
I for one am just glad it happened ... I spent two weeks with
him in Zurich getting some limited Edition posters signed and
it was an experience that somewhat changed my whole life ...
The vibe comin off that cat is nuthin short of TRAN-SCENT-DENTAL
... just to be in the same space with him makes you more aware
creatively that you EVER were before ... hes the real deal
... and Ive met a BUNCH of the pretenders.
your TCM co-star Marilyn Burn's final film. Any idea why she left
movies after this?
Well ... I think that was about the time
her dad left her a coffee company and she tended to that for her
and her family I believe. Shes a terrific gal and someone
I think the world of ... I was fortunate enough to have her with
us in Nashville ... she was sandwiched between Gunnar and I the
whole week-end and put up with all kind of merciless nonsense
from the two of us ... luckily she has a great sense of humour!
||You have an extensive
amount of work in voice over's. How'd you initially get involved
Ive been talkin "Stoopid"
all my life ... funny exaggerations ... half-baked impersonations
... what the psycho-anal-ists call ... "comic diarrhea"
But boy howdy ... when they tole me theyd PAY me to talk
stoopid ... I knew Is onta sumpin...
I have a permanent crick in my neck from lookin over my
shoulder to see if theyre coming to take all the money back
cause they were only kiddin...
How did it come that you ended up doing so much voice-over work on imported
Japanese shows like "Power Rangers"?
Ive been truly blessed!!! ... the voice-Gods
somehow took a liken to my shenanigans and Ive had a ball over
the years working on such fun stuff as 'Final Fantasy', 'Devil Lady',
'Getter-Robo', 'Sakura Diaries', 'Moeyo Ken', 'Sakura Wars', 'Zaion',
'Dai-Guard', 'Nadia', 'Ninja Resurrection', 'Wedding Peach', 'City Hunter',
'Crusader', 'Lost Universe', 'Edens Bowy', 'Steam Detectives',
'King of Bandit Jing' (to name just a few) Heck, I even got to do Dr.
Robotnik in 'Sonic the Hedge Hog'!!! That was a trip!
Im currently doing 105 episodes of 'Gatcha-Man' ... the old "G-Force"
series... landed the lead part of Berg Katse ... but the fun part is
that Ive done to date 15 DIFFERENT voices in the series ... they
said were probably going to set an industry record for "voices
by one actor" in a major series!!! ... (Mrs. Erskine... CALL
ME!!! ... its not tooooo late!!!)
You're listed as being part of the cast of 'The Forest', Tom Savini's
first directorial feature since his 'Night Of The Living Dead' remake.
What's the status of this project; can you tell us anything else about
Man ... Ive worn out THREE sets of prayer
beads hoping this gets funded! What a cool trip it would be to work
with Mr. Savini ... Bill Moseley and a whole host of other fine folks
... (check out the whole cast on IMDB
... Wowsers! ... dream group!!!)
You've worked with our buddy Felissa Rose on a number of films recently.
How'd you two becomes friends?
Da Rose!!! The only truly Dark Days are ones where she aint
in the room! On the set of "Satans Playground"
and once in the presence of such beauty AND talent ... I commenced
to immediately over-act ... the problem wuz ... I
was carrying a 14 BOWIE Knife in our scene and almost splayed
her into a quick DOZEN Roses...
They hosed me off w/ cold water... showed me a pic of my Aunt
Perlie and I was able to calm down..
She forgave me and we been plotting madness ever since...
Lemme break it down for ya ... actors are often asked ... "Who
would you take a cut in pay to work with?!? Whos on THAT list?"
Ive got a list like that ... its short ... very short ...
Da Rose is on it...
She recommended you for Dante Tomaselli's Satan's Playground. What
was working with Dante, an openly big fan of yours, like?
Dante has what a lot of people in our business are missing ...
a True passion for what theyre doing ... money be damned
... time be damned ... sleep be damned ... but NOT project
be damned ... if you know what I mean...
Ill go back into the jungle with just nail clippers anytime
with a cat like that...
Write it down ... cut to a few years from now ... hes gonna
have his own row at BlockBuster ... and theyll all be checked
What can you tell us about your character 'Boy' in Satan's Playground?
"Boy" sleeps in the basement on a straw
bed ... he doesnt do well "Upstairs" ... I dont
think were really sure hes ... uh ... housebroken.
His needs are few and he only has two pairs of jeans and 3 shirts ...
all brown ... all torn in the elbows...
His favorite thing in the whole world is his Bowie Knife ... he practices
slicing things with it and has found that if you twist it jeeessssst
right. So at the correct angle ... you can go thru the ulna in a heart-beat
He has "strange stirrings" when Felissa stands next to him
... (doesnt every one???) ... but doesnt understand them
... lucky for her ...
In short ... he was like a lot of guys back on the block where I came
from ... (did I mention there are a LOT of power lines in North Houston??)
Is it true you have an extensive and large movie poster collection?
What are among some of the prizes in your collection?
all of my favorite posters are from Poland before 1990. Back before
Communism fell, some of the worlds greatest artists all
did poster art for American/ Asian/ Czech/ French/ Russian/ Polish
films ... They are fantastic in concept and stunning in execution.
Realize ... Poland is the only country in the world that has a
National Museum for posters ... they take the Poster ... seriously.
Youd have to see some by my favorite artist A. Pagowski.
I spend many a happy evening showing them to the uninitiated.
One of my favorite American Film posters is 'King Creole'
wit Da King. I always tell people ... "Hey... Im straight...
but Ida done im!"
Edwin... THANK you so much for talking to us. We love ya, man.
Thanks Kidz! For yer time
See ya at the Premiere!