Was it a blow that Robert Englund couldn’t reprise his role as Mayor Buckman this time around?
It was a blow, I won’t lie. First and foremost, Robert is a dear friend, I’ve known him for 20 years, I worked at New Line Cinema; he and I would always see each other at parties, and I’d go to the set of Freddy Vs Jason. Without him there wouldn’t have been 2001 Maniacs, and there wouldn’t have been a movie to make a sequel to. He was always part of the sequel, which at one point was called Beverly Hellbillies. And he was very loyal, but when it finally came to the sequel, our resources, as I say, had been cut. So I guess at the time his people just felt it was more about the buck than the Buckman. And we lost him. It was that moment of truth when you say to yourself, “Do I carry on? Or do I just stop?” Well, my musical heroes are KISS. I remember when they lost Peter Criss, their original drummer, and they were like, “We’re going to carry on!” So I thought, let’s see if we can get another Buckman. And you managed to get Bill Moseley. Yeah, the only other person I could see playing hi