Sunday, September 20, 2009

Old school Dread Central interview with Dash.

Steve Dash as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: Part II
Done by the infamous Sean Clark, one of the first interviews with Dash tackling the whole "Necrocomicon/Warrington" incident. Read the rest at Dread Central, if you wish. Dash is incorrect in saying that he did everything else in reference to Warrington only doing the window scene. Jerry Wallace actually did a good part of inserts with hands, feel, stalking, running and even killed Vicki and Alice. Of course, the now infamous Ellen Lutter supplied her legs to Jason in the pre-credit scene.

SC: Now I actually did an interview with Warrington about a year ago and I asked him the same question. He claimed at the time in the interview that the only things you did in the film were a couple of insert shots of your hands performing some kill scenes.
SD: That’s what I’ve heard he has said also. For the last twenty-five years I haven’t even gotten involved with it until recently, when Peter Bracke called me about writing his book. As far as the validity of what he says and the validity of what I did can be substantiated and corroborated by Steve Miner and Cliff Cudney, the stunt coordinator.

 I also have scars on my body to prove that I did what I did, but I don’t have to prove anything. Warrington and I had a confrontation yesterday as a matter a fact. He signed a picture for a lady that was actually of me coming through the bathroom window at Amy. The lady said to me that she had a picture of him going through the window and I asked if I could see it. She showed it to me and it was my picture. So I went over to Warrington and I confronted him. I basically said, "Who the hell are you to steal my thunder and sign a picture of me with your name?" And he said, "Well, I didn’t know that was you. Look, I’m only here for the fun of it." I said, "No, let’s get this shit stopped right now. Don’t ever say you did something of mine. You did nothing in that movie. I’ll tell you exactly what you did if you don’t remember. You did one scene in the movie where you went through the window and that was it. Period. You got it? That is the only scene you ever did. You wanna show a picture of you in the make-up; fine do it. You wanna show a picture of YOU going through the window with Amy; fine do it. But don’t show my pictures and sign your name on my pictures ever again."
SC: Does it bother you that in the film’s credits they gave Warrington credit as Jason and not yourself and how did that end up happening?
SD: Well, what happened with that is when they hired me for the movie Steve Miner told me they had hired Warrington as Jason and Paramount wanted him to have that screen credit. The only credit they could give me was "Jason Stunt Double", however Miner did tell me that my name would be directly under his name in the screen credits, but as it turned out my credit is in the back of the film. So Steve Miner and Paramount were not totally honest with me. I agreed that it was okay as long as my name was next to his as "Jason Stunt Double" and that’s fine, but the fact of the matter is I’m an actor that has done over 35 movies over the years, soap operas, advertisements, commercials, plays; I’m a professional. I don’t sign things that are not mine. And I certainly don’t want people signing their name to my pictures.
Warrington came over and apologized to me last night, saying he had a skiing accident and had lost his memory.

SC: Did he really say that?
SD: Yes he did. He said he had a skiing accident and hit his head and lost his memory and can’t remember what he did on the movie.
SC: Are you buying that?
SD: I’m also a retired New York City cop, what do you think I just got off the banana boat? I mean come on; I can look in a guy’s face to know when he is lying to me.
SC: Are you surprised by the fan following after all of these years?
SD: I am overwhelmed by how many people have taken an interest in this movie. I’ve gotta be honest with you, I never gave it much credibility myself. I did a movie and I did a lot of work in it and that was it. But when a man gets fired from a film and the stunt coordinator is responsible for replacing him, and he needs to replace him with a number one guy that can do the work, he called on me. When you stop and think about it; you look at Friday the 13th Part 2 and I acted under the bag on my head. I acted. It’s hard to act with a bag on your head but if you look at the film you can see that there is some acting there as well as the stunt work. So I think I did well. It’s my understanding, but I don’t know if it is true or not, on another sequel they had hired someone to play Jason but had to replace him with an actor because he couldn’t get the part right. Is that true?

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