Above is a great candid photo of Tom Savini during his Vietnam War service. It's from an upcoming documentary on his lift aptly titled Smoke & Mirrors, directed by Jason Baker.
I grew up absolutely loving Tom and I remember watching Friday the 13th: Part IV for the first time, and seeing his name pop up, instantly recognizing it and being ecstatic. Over the years I had a love-hate relationship with his work and even his attitude, but he remains a legend and an idol of mine.
One of my first days in Los Angeles, I was at LAX waiting for my ride and Tom came and sat down next to me. I said nothing to him, and I just thought it was an honor to do so – and this was at a time that I felt like Tom's attitude towards fans was a bit cold. I even went as far as posting a discussion from Dead Pit Radio about Tom and his attitude, which ended up receiving a million views before I decided to remove it.
Below is a trailer for the upcoming documentary.