Rob Zombie On Three From Hell I had To Come Up With Foxy Because Sid Haig Was Too Sick To Play Captain Spaulding
Rob Zombie’s third (and final?) chapter in his Firefly Family saga, THREE FROM HELL (pre-order HERE) starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and Richard Brake will be unleashed in a special 3-night event starting tomorrow. And today we finally have word from Zombie himself why Richard Brake is taking over for Sid Haig as the third member of the titular 3 from Hell.
The movie that I prepped to make, and was getting ready to start shooting, it was Captain Spaulding, Otis, and Baby, the three originals. But three weeks out from shooting, I got a call from Sid Haig. He had been in the hospital, and he had just had surgery, and he was now recovering in a rehabilitation facility. I’m like, holy shit, this is a serious business. So, I went to see him, and he had changed drastically from the last time I saw him. Because Sid, he’s big and burly, and now he’s tiny as a skeleton. So, I was like, oh man. I kind of realized, yeah, he’s in rough shape. So, at that point I was kind of fucked.
I created this character Foxy for Richard Brake. I had just worked with Richard on a movie called 31 and I knew he would fit the vibe. He was on another movie in Spain shooting. He flew right from that movie to L.A. and started working instantly. A lot of the scenes with Foxy were supposed to be Spaulding and I twisted things around so I didn’t have to rewrite every single thing. It was the funniest situation and the shitiest situation. Because, I went from one moment thinking, ‘This is the most prepared I have ever fucking been to start a movie — everything is locked down tight’ — and within one phone call, the entire production went into complete chaos for three weeks. But at the end of the day, it all worked out great.
But Zombie did manage to sneak Haig in for one day of shooting:
I knew it was so important he be part of the movie. Lionsgate was fine with me sort of sneaking him in one day to shoot as much as I could. It was on me to make sure that nothing went wrong. So I got him in, I shot everything I could shoot.
And on doing more with the Firefly Clan
“It was never a master plan. It just happened that way,” he admitted to me. “Even after the first movie, I never intended to make a second one, and after the second one I was pretty much sure I was never going to make a third one but the years went by, 15 years to be exact, I changed my mind.”
“At this point, I’m not even looking at doing another one. I have no plans to make a fourth film with these same characters, but it doesn’t mean that those plans couldn’t change next year or the year after or the year after that.”
THREE FROM HELL hits Blu-ray next month. Check out the current list of special features and UK cover art below and then let us know if you plan to snag a copy next month! THREE FROM HELL premieres in a three-night event, taking place on September 16, 17, and 18.
95-minute “making of” documentary, To Hell And Back
Rob Zombie commentary track
THREE FROM HELL hits Blu-ray on October 15th, 2019! Pre-order HERE.