You’ve probably seen his face before, either in one of the many films he’s done (including John Carpenter’s Christine, Once Bitten and Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers) or on television (The Pretender, Chicago Hope) guest-starring in a series or appearing in one of the many commercials he’s done over the years. But to Friday fans, Stu Charno will always be known as “Ted”, the lovable joker from Friday the 13th Part 2. Stu was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about the film, so read on and enjoy campers!
1) Amazingly enough, it’s been 22 years since Friday the 13th Part 2 hit the big screen. When’s the last time you saw the movie?
Just a couple of months ago, actually.
2) Was it a pleasant shoot for you?
It was a blast. I had just begun acting at the time, and it was a great adventure for all of us.
3) Had you seen the original film prior to taking on the role of Ted in Part 2?
Yeah I did, and was surprised they were making a sequel.
4) Considering the enormous success Paramount had with the original, and the time frame when Part 2 was realeased, did that sense of “we’ve got to hurry and get this one in the theaters” carry over on-set?
No, not at all. This is the first I’ve heard about that.
5) The film had some very graphic scenes in it, many of which didn’t make the final cut in their entirety. Did you personally have any apprehensiveness about the violence in the film?
No, I didn’t. Like a magician’s assistant who knows how the trick works, it didn’t have the effect on me that it did on the viewers.
6) Were they’re any of your scenes that were cut from the final release? There’s one of those darned rumors flying around the ‘net about scenes involving your character returning back to the camp at the end of the film. Care to lay those to rest for us?
No, nothing of mine was cut. As I recall, everything I did ended up in the film.
7) Did you keep any souvenirs from the set (props, costumes, etc.)?
No, but I wish I had.
8) Do you still stay in touch with any cast or crew members from that you worked with on the film?
Bill Randolph and I stayed in touch for a while, but I moved out to L.A. and we’ve fallen out of touch. I do still see John Furey occasionally at auditions, though. And when I first moved out to L.A., Amy Steel gave me a couch to stay on for a week or two. She’s a terriffic lady.
9) Do you still get recognized as “Ted” by fans of the film?
Yeah, every now and then I do.
10) Friday the 13th fans are notorious for their dedication. How do you feel about the fans approaching you for autographs and what not?
I’m alway delighted to meet the fans.
11) You’ve done everything from feature films to television and commercial work at various points during your career. What is your favorite medium to work in, and why?
I think I prefer commercials because it’s usually over in one day, and then it pays for months or more.
12) What other upcoming projects do you have in the works?
Like many actors in this time and place, I’m unemployed.
13) Any last words for the fans reading this interview?
I liked playing Ted. He’s probably the character I’ve done who is most like me… a goofy drunk.
Smiles n’ vertical head shakes.