Q&A: Sid Haig, on working with Bill Moseley
With our current issue (#331, on sale here) focusing on the work and acting style of the one-and-only Bill Moseley, FANGORIA knew that our commemoration would not be complete without a chat with a member of his most sinister cinematic family, the Firefly’s. With a little bit of luck, Fangoria heard back from none other than the clown prince of horror, Sid Haig, who offered a brief insight into his relationship on, and off, screen with Bill Moseley.
Having worked with Moseley on no less than three Rob Zombie films, Haig and Moseley both offered sadistic and sardonic characters that we could laugh with and fear all at the same time. However, their friendship was both professional and lighthearted, and as you’ll find out below, Haig still speaks highly of his chilling compadre…
FANGORIA: What was your first impression of Bill Moseley? Had you met him ever before the Rob Zombie films?
SID HAIG: No, we had never met before HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, but he’s a very admirable guy. We got along immediately. Of course, all of those [Rob] Zombie films were like a family affair anyway, so it was really good.
FANG: Well, considering you were both coming from an extensive genre background, were you familiar with his work before coming into the film?
HAIG: I was not familiar with his work, no.
FANG: Do you remember your first impression of Bill when you got onto the set of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES?
HAIG: Well, I think we first met at the wardrobe call, as a matter of fact. So [HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES] was all a very loosely organized production, and we were very chatty and whatnot, so we were all just joking around.
FANG: Considering the shooting schedule of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, did you get to see each other a fair amount on the set or were you mostly confined to the scene you both shot together?
HAIG: We really only had one scene together on HOUSE, and it wasn’t really “together.” It was just when he came up from the backseat of the convertible as I was driving that surviving girl to go “see a doctor.” Of course, nobody knew it was Dr. Satan, but hey [laughs]. As you remember Bill popped up from the backseat, and that was really the only scene we did together in that film.
FANG: You both worked much more extensively in THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. How was it meeting up with Bill again, considering, as you said, Rob Zombie films are like a family affair?
HAIG: Well, it was a much more rewarding experience, because we actually got to work together and got to play off of one another’s insanity [laughs].
FANG: You’re both known for having strange, dark personalities and click together with your fans. Do you think that contributed to the chemistry between your characters in THE DEVIL’S REJECTS?
HAIG: Oh yeah, because we both have the same kind of warped sense of humor, so it’s all good. It was just a good experience all the way around. We worked well off one another. We constantly fought for the alpha male role and I hope we brought that out.
FANG: Have you kept in contact with Bill since the filming of REJECTS? I’d assume you would both see each other around the fan convention scenes.
HAIG: Yeah, we have. We’ve done tons of conventions together. Every once in a while, we still get together for lunch and you know talk about not so old times [laughs].
FANG: Did yours and Bill’s personality jive well with Rob Zombie’s style of filmmaking? Were your natural personalities working together something he necessarily expected?
HAIG: Well, yeah. You work with what you’ve got to the best of your ability and you just advance with what’s going on in the scene. It worked out great. I’m never surprised by anything. I just do what I do and hope it all works out. The scenes in REJECTS worked out very well because it was so much of a better storyline and Rob was more comfortable with what he was doing, and so were the cast members, so it all worked out better than before.
FANG: Did you and Bill prepare extensively for scenes?
HAIG: No, we just let things happen as they will. We never planned anything out. In terms of planning, you plan to build an airplane. You don’t plan to act in a film [laughs]. But we have a good time when we work together. I would like to work with Bill again.