I always love to play the “what if” game, and one of the latest games took my brain on a trip to Crystal Lake where we discovered who else was in talks to play Jason Voorhees in Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th. You can read the story inside as told by your new Jason, Derek Mears.
During an interview with Derek Mears, he tells us that he wasn’t the only person in the running to play Jason Voorhees in Platinum Dunes’ modern version of FRIDAY THE 13TH.
“It was me and Chris Nelson from THE TRIPPER,” Mears tells Bloody-Disgusting on the set in Austin, Texas. “Chris is a good friend of mine. It was really weird because I heard a bunch of different stories, like people from different areas of the industry are like, ‘Dude, I don’t know if it helped at all but I put in a good word with Brad and Andrew.’ Like, that’s the guy you want. What I heard was that Scott Stoddard, they really trust him, and he went, ‘Here are the two dudes that I think would be great. You’re asking my opinion? I won’t decide, these are the two guys that can do the part.’ ”
After Stoddard gave his two choices, the two of them went in to meet Platinum Dunes. “We went in and everyone to me is always like, well, how do you audition for Jason? All we did is we both went in and we talked in front of the casting director. They asked us different questions about our backgrounds, wearing make up and acting. I didn’t even know it was like a general meeting at first. Then, later on they called and they’re like, okay, you’re the number one spot. I’m like, ‘what?’”
In the end Mears won out and he’s so incredibly thankful for it. “Dude, I’m so blown away and that’s one of the things I am so thankful for.”
FRIDAY THE 13TH hits theaters February 13, 2009.