Andrew Bloch is truly a jack of all trades: actor, director, acting coach…but to Friday the 13th fans, he’ll be forever known as the dude who got stripped down, strapped to a table and then shaven clean by a repossessed Jason Voorhees in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. Oh yeah, later in the flick he barfs up a slimy Hellbaby and then melts all over the place. Ain’t the life of an actor grand? Many thanks to Andrew for taking the time out to chat with Camp Crystal Lake Online. Enjoy, campers!
1) You’ve been involved in many different genres throughout your career; what attracted you to take on a horror film like Jason Goes to Hell?
The official answer: it’s the kind of film you just have to do once, especially if you’ve watched a ton of them in your earlier years. The unofficial answer: it was a legitimate job offer, and that’s how I made my living. Why not?
2) It’s been 10 years since JGTH hit the big screen. When is the last time you saw the movie?
It’s been awhile. Some of us have trouble watching ourselves on screen more than once in a while.
3) There were definitely more supernatural elements in JGTH not found in any of the previous films (a welcome addition, I might add). Was this something that appealed to you, that the filmmakers were trying to do something radically different with this installment?
It only added to the fun, as far as I was concerned.
4) The film obviously had some very graphic scenes in it. Did you personally have any apprehensiveness about the violence when you first read the script?
No, because it comes with the genre of film we were doing. Part of the “horror” package, offset by some of the dark humor that you also find.
5) Considering your experiences with more seasoned directors in your previous films, how was it working with then 24 year old director Adam Marcus on his first studio film?
He was the perfect choice, because of his passion and lack of jadedness towards doing a “part 9″ of a franchise. He also really knew his stuff.
6) Given the circumstances of your character’s on-screen demise and the special effects involved, was it a pleasant shoot for you?
The chance to work in and with those kind of state-of-the-art prosthetics and special effects was a genuine bonus, since these guys are so incredibly accomplished. I forget the guys name, but I was in awe of the stuff he created for my gradual “meltdown”. On the other side of the coin, it was VERY HOT inside all that latex.
7) What was the overall mood on set like? Was it a serious attempt to make a good stand-alone movie, or “Hey, it’s Friday the 13th Part IX”?
No like most sets, every one wants it to be as special as you can make it. I don’t know how well you know Sean Cunningham, but he is such a resoundingly good guy, that everyone wants to give him their best effort.
8) Do you still stay in touch with any cast or crew members from the movie?
Sean (Cunningham) and his family, yes. But we all get swept up in new projects, so it’s hard.
9) Were there any of your scenes that were cut from the final release?
Not that I’m aware of, other then the differences between the R-rated cut, and the Unrated Director’s Cut which had everything in it I did.
10) Did you keep any souvenirs from the set (props, costumes, etc.)?
Just a few gory photos that I bring out for guests occasionally.
11) Friday the 13th fans are notorious for their dedication. How do you feel about the fans approaching you for autographs and whatnot?
I feel fine. It’s nice to be asked.
12) What projects do you have in the works right now? Are you still acting, as well as directing, too?
I still act occasionally, but I’ve discovered a bigger passion for directing. I have two short films that I’ve done, the first of which, SUNDAY, starring Linda Purl, has won numerous awards and is being distributed on several continents, which is pretty gratifying. The second one is just finished, so we’ll see. I also teach and coach actors, which I never tire of.
13) Any last words for the fans reading this interview?