Muse Watson [Interview]



Welcome to Day 11 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 5 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

I am so excited to share this interview with you folks, I can hardly stand it! Today we are featuring a brilliant actor who is not only iconic in the world of horror, but is just a damn fine character actor in general. He has done so much amazing work, it’s almost too hard to just name a few titles. We could do an entire year’s worth of Sunday Matinees on the his film and television catalogue, and we would still need many more months! It’s Muse Watson, Everyone!

Please enjoy this absolutely wonderful interview that was gifted to us by the amazing human being that is Muse Watson! Enjoy!

When did you discover that you had a passion for the world of performance? When did you first realize this was how you wanted to earn a living?  

I come from a family of story tellers so I was very young when I was feeling the need to get good at it.  The idea of making a living at it came much later…. I thought I’d go into the FBI… Not play one on TV.  I guess I was about 40, after i had failed at everything else and had very little to lose… I decided to give all to my dream.  Hmmm.

In 1999, you appeared in our old friend Scott Spiegel’s addition to the From Dusk Till Dawn world, with the From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. We’ve spoken with him about making it, but what was it like to work in such a strange and twisted tale as an actor?

Well, this is one of the five characters I have played that my wife says are not welcome in our home.  It WAS a strange and twisted tale…. and we shot it in a strange and twisted place for the actors … we were in Capetown, South Africa.  At least for me, it was very different from home.  The character, in my mind, had to be established completely before he was “taken over with a bite” … The timing of that was complicated.  I remember asking Scott if he would let me ride in on the horse and he looked doubtful because actors lie about how good they are on a horse.  I said, Come on Scott… I can make a bad horse look good.  He agreed and I rode in. I was able to conjure the character but it came as a shook to some.  In one shot I was biting people on the neck and I started spitting.  When Scott ask me why I was spitting I told him it was because that was the bad part of the bite.

It has been 20 years since you last appeared as the infamous Ben Willis in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, a film which it and it’s predecessor defined a generation in the world of horror. And I personally think that they both aged very well. But, what do you think? If these films were released today, what do you think would be different? If anything?

I think they would be well received. With all the violence everyone is seeing in their local and national news it makes the premise of the story more believable and more possible, which would make it more scary.

While your incredible list of credits are about as varied as they come, I can’t help but notice that you have indeed done a number of horror films.  This being our month of horror, I’d like to know your obvious professional opinion, what are you thoughts on working on horror projects? What sets them apart from other genres you have worked in?

Well, first of all… you have to come to grips with whether it is a damning career move or not. The genre does not have a good reputation in Hollywood.  Then you have to treat it like any other job and conjure the character.  In Horror, that is frightening.  If you get into character …. will you get back out?  Boy could I tell you some secrets about techniques to portray the character without losing your soul.  LOL.

Being a veteran of the stage, film, and television is quite an impressive feet, in my opinion. But, I am always curious to know what some like you may prefer over the others. So, if you were for some reason only able to choose one medium to work in, which would it be?

Oh, my…. I love them all.  But if I have to decide I would choose the stage.  And it’s because I feel the joy of being a character as I am working.  Unfortunately, in film … to the see the story you have to wait til someone else interprets your performance in an editing room and puts it together for you to watch.  Ugh.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m old enough to actually allow myself to be torn.  Between doing nothing and doing 3 or 4 projects which seem to want to go.  I am close but no where near being able to release information on them.  Although, I can tell you about a story I dreamed up about an old man being diagnosed with dimentia and he decides he wants to complete his bucket list and go on a boat all the way down the Mississippi River to his home … New Orleans. It may be a tiny autobiographical.  We found a 42′ River Queen and bought it.  My buddy Mike Ross and I got a script written and we are filming some by drone now.  It seems to be a go…..

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Honestly?…. this question.  But ok, I won’t count that one…. I would have to say my daughter practicing her piano.

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