NYCC ’13: Exclusive comments, photos from WWE Studios/“SEE NO EVIL 2”/“LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS” panel
Yesterday at New York Comic-Con 2013, this writer had the great opportunity to host WWE Studios’ Halloween Horror panel, previewing the company’s upcoming SEE NO EVIL 2 and LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS with a host of talent in attendance. Keep reading for exclusive comments from the stars/filmmakers and pics from the event.
Both set for Lionsgate release next year, SEE NO EVIL 2 and LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS showcase, respectively, the return of mass murderer Jacob Goodnight (Glenn “Kane” Jacobs) and a new take on the Irish attacker (Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl). The two leads were joined by (left to right, above) WWE Studios president Michael Luisi, LEPRECHAUN director Zach Lipovsky and SEE NO EVIL 2 helmers Jen and Sylvia Soska (who previously discussed their sequel here) for a lively Q&A that encompassed both the screen features and their WWE careers, with a couple of teaser clips shown to whet the fans’ appetites. Following the panel, Kane, Lipovsky and Postl sat down with Fango to chat about their films.
FANGORIA: The first SEE NO EVIL came out seven years ago; why did it take a while to bring Jacob Goodnight back?
FANG: Was the idea of doing a sequel always in the air, or was it a surprise when they came to you and said they wanted to bring the character back?
JACOBS: Initially, after the first movie, there was that idea. But after a couple of years with no sequel, I was like, “OK, it’s not gonna happen.” And then it was a surprise, because all of a sudden, just out of the blue, I got the call one day.
FANG: Did you have any input into the screenplay, and where to go with Jacob Goodnight in the sequel?
JACOBS: Actually, yeah, we talked a lot about the script, and it evolved somewhat from where it originally was. The Soska Sisters were really great about using my ideas, and giving their own as well. So yeah, I did have some input into the direction of Jacob Goodnight, giving him more depth and personality and making him more of a character, as opposed to just being a two-dimensional killing machine.
FANG: What will we see that’s new and different about Goodnight in SEE NO EVIL 2?
JACOBS: Well, I can’t tell you that! I’m sorry, I wish I could. But the Soska sisters are going to blow people away with their filmmaking. This movie—is there a way to say this without it being an contradiction?—is going to be beautiful to watch, because the girls are very much into the art of filmmaking. We had a lot of discussions on set; they would give me directing tips, and I would teach them wrestling moves—quid pro quo! They know the art of filmmaking, and how to make a movie that’s visually attractive—despite the fact that they were working with this horrific material. So on one hand, it’s going to be a hardcore movie, but on the other hand it’s going to look like an art-house film. That’s going to make for a great combination, and it’s going to blow people away.
FANG: Do you have a lot of interesting creative kills?
JACOBS: There are a couple, yeah. You know, because of what I do in WWE and just because of my size, I can physically do things that most other people aren’t capable of doing. And we also have some more technically involved stuff. So you have brute strength, and then also some of the, “Wow, that was really wild, and I never saw that coming!”
FANG: The movie takes place in a city morgue; do any of the kills take advantage of the medical setting and the attendant tools?
JACOBS: Yeah, yeah. There’s one in particular that is unique, to say the least!
FANG: How much does LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS reinvent that film series?
ZACH LIPOVSKY: It’s going to be completely new—new world, new creature, new mythology, new characters, everything’s completely fresh. A lot of it, as they title may suggest, was driven by the idea of where this mythology came from. I approached it this way: The Celtics, thousands of years ago, met this creature in the woods and started telling stories about it, and all these years later, those tales have become this more silly kind of thing, but the origin was quite terrifying. The idea was to do something legitimately scary, based on the elements of leprechauns people know of and are familiar with, but with a much more grounded, terrifying take on it.
FANG: Does this Leprechaun recite limericks and crack jokes as in the past movies, or is he completely serious this time?
DYLAN “HORNSWOGGLE” POSTL: If by “crack jokes” you mean kill a bunch of people, yeah [laughs]. There isn’t really anything jokey about this movie. The only thing the same is the name, literally—that’s it. And I’m glad. It’s so different, and it’s nice to be able to get into my own character and mold him into what we felt he should be, not base him on something else.
FANG: You’ve played a leprechaun character in the ring; did you bring any of that to this role?
POSTL: Nothing, no. There’s nothing the same.
LIPOVSKY: One thing we did was use his talent to tell the story visually, through body language and his eyes and all that kind of stuff. We used a lot of his acting ability, in that respect.
Stay tuned for more coverage of both films at this site and in FANGORIA’s pages!