INTERVIEW: SID HAIG
Interview conducted by Steven Wood
I recently got on the phone with the great Sid Haig, star of over 130 movies, including Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told, Coffy, Foxy Brown, House of 1000 Corpses, and The Devil's Rejects. We discussed his current role in S. Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk and about some of his previous roles throughout the years. It was great hearing him reflect on what I could imagine are very fond memories.
Steven Wood: How did you get involved with Bone Tomahawk?
Sid Haig: It was offered to me. When I read the script I knew that I had to do it based on the material and the people already committed to the project.
SW: You've played many bad guys, would you consider your character in Bone Tomahawk, Buddy, to be pretty high on the scale of being completely crazy?
SH: I would think so, yeah, he's pretty nuts. He does what he wants to do when he wants to do it, he doesn't care about any precautions or anybody getting in his way; he takes care of business, ya know?
SW: How was it working with such an impressive cast?
SH: All of my work was done with David Arquette, who is a great guy and a hell of an actor. We just had a lot of fun developing the relationship between the two characters. It was fantastic. The day was long and hot, about 110, and I was wearing a wool coat the whole time. I didn't care because I felt so good about the work that was being done. I just pressed on.
SW: You have had your hand in just about all of the classic TV shows, do you have a favorite out of the ones you've taken part of?
SH: It's hard to pick out favorites, but the one that I've really had the most fun with, I know it's crazy, but I did almost the entire last season of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. That was so much fun to work on because it was loose, a lot of stuff was ad-libbed; just crazy stuff going on right and left. It made going to work every day really something to look forward to. We would show up to this studio at 8am and we would receive the script we would be working on for that day. We'd block the scene and go off and learn all the lines, then come back at 5pm and shoot straight through, there was never a take 2. If you got in trouble you just worked your way out of it kind of like on stage. Another thing unique was that it was comedic but there was no laugh track at all. I had a great time doing it. There were a lot of shows I had a great time on - Gunsmoke, The Lucille Ball Show, I worked with Bob Hope, going back to Red Skelton. He was the greatest guy, so easy to get along with, easy going and friendly, it was amazing. I feel blessed by being able to work with some of the people that I've been able to work with. The list just goes on and on and on. Whether people recognize me, or recognize me for my work, it just doesn't add anything more to what I've been able to do with really great people.
SW: Do you have a favorite role?
SH: I can't say that I have a favorite, there's a lot of things that I've done; certainly I have to pay attention to House of 1000 Corpses and Devils Rejects because that rejuvenated my career in terms of not being typecast. Not everybody is writing films about clowns!
SW: Is there anything you still want to do, but hasn't lined up just yet?
SH: I don't have a particular genre that I have the desire to do. I basically try to pay attention to the script and if it's something good that holds my interest, that's what I want to do. It could be a chick flick, as long as it's something intelligent and makes sense along the way.
SW: What are you looking forward to next?
SH: I'm waiting for the release of High on The Hog, a little different kind of thing for me. More of family oriented thing, a little crazy! But it’s about people who are brought together and come together as a family and protects what it is that is theirs, until things go bad.
I'd like to think Sid Haig for his time. It was very nice speaking with him and I wish him the best.
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