Interview with 3 From Hell star Bill Moseley
by Bobby Blakey
There are actors that have found their niche in Hollywood and while they do all sorts of projects they seem to venture back to genre’s they are most known for. Once such is the always great Bill Mosely who most know as ‘Chop-Top’ Sawyer from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Luigi Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera and Otis Firefly in both House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. I had the chance to interview him years ago about his career at one of the Texas Frightmare conventions and he was the coolest guy ever. Now he has returned to the role of Otis Firefly once again in the unexpected sequel 3 From Hell and I had the chance to sit down with him once again to discuss the latest chapter in the Rob Zombie trilogy.
Bobby: How did it come together for you to return to play Otis?
Bill: Sid Haig and I have been to many horror conventions together and we used to have a joke where people would ask if there was going to be another and we would kind of look at each other and say “No because we’re Fuckin’ Dead!” It seemed to the world we were, but I don’t know if it was the power of love or evil, but we are back. We are still human, we didn’t go to hell and get expelled by the devil or just another bad dream. I am very happy to be back in Otis’ skin and beard. That beard took about a year and a half to grow so had to have a lot of vitamin E to get that Otis beard back in shape. Our shooting schedule was short and sweet so there wasn’t a lot of time to some kind of actor’s Yoga to try and get back to the spirit of 2005, we just hit the ground running. It was great to be working with Rob again and certainly working with Sherri, Sid and the rest of the team. It was also great fun to meet and work with Richard Brake who was new to the cast and so much fun to work with.
Bobby: When Rob comes to you with this knowing that you like all of us thought they were dead was there any hesitation on trying to go somewhere else with it or were you ready to just dive back in?
Bill: I had no hesitation whatsoever. Rob created us and is a great horror fan so I knew if anyone had a good or workable idea it was going to be Rob. As soon as he called I just yep, absolutely.
Bobby: With playing him three times now, you obviously know this character front and back, but I have loved there was an evolution of sorts to all the characters. Coming in this time around did you get to play around with him more to do new things or was it pretty much already laid out for you?
Bill: It was pretty much laid out by Rob. There was certainly some improvisation in the way I played Otis and how the story was rolling, but Rob had a pretty strong vision of Otis post 14 years in prison. It seemed very organic and never forced. The time had gone by and you have Baby and the new guy Foxy, Richard Brake and it all just felt like an ongoing part of the story. It never felt like Rob was forcing anything and it just felt very smooth.