What was it like to work with the recently departed Ossie Davis on “Bubba Ho-Tep”?
His passing wasn’t publicized as much as I thought it should have been. He was terrific — and unflappable. He was in his 80s when we did “Bubba,” but he looked 65. It was crazy. It was such a great role for him. It was, and you know what? The biggest problem was getting the script to him. Movies are made sometimes in spite of Hollywood. Because the Hollywood procedure is, you submit the script to his agent, the agent gives it to the actor, and the actor reads it, especially if the film is already funded. You put an offer out to him. Well, his agents wouldn’t even give the script to Ossie. They thought it was this weirdo, low-budget cult film, so they didn’t give it to him. And the director was like, “You have to give it to him! The movie is financed. This is an offer. You have show it to your client.” And they were like, “No, we don’t.” That’s lame. And I’m not going to say that that was the exact wording, but basically they didn’t think it was worth it. So Don Coscarelli had to call