KISW Audio Interview with Eddie!
March, 31 2012        Posted By admin        No Comments »

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We haven’t seen Edward Furlong in a while — not since the glory days of “Terminator 2,” “American History X,” and, to a lesser extent, “Detroit Rock City.” Then, after that, he had bit parts here and there for several years, and then it seemed like he fell completely off the map — except for several stories about an alleged drug overdose and a few volatile romantic relationships.

Now, set to appear at Toronto’s Comicon on Saturday (for the “Terminator 2″ panel, natch), Furlong is jovial, relaxed and – well, happy to be alive. He doesn’t explicitly state it, but you can tell by his raspy voice that he’s been through a lot, and he seems appreciative to still be in the acting game.

He chatted with Moviefone about “Terminator 2,” what it was like when he first met Arnold Schwarzenegger and if he can even watch himself in his first role.

Dude. What have you been up to?
Well, right now I’m just getting up. I know I sound like a lazy bastard, but I had breakfast in bed, you know. I’m being kind of a lush, I guess. But lately, I’ve been being a dad, putting food on the table, doing movies once in a while. Same old, same old, nothing too exciting.

You were awesome in “Terminator 2″ and “American History X,” and then it seemed like you disappeared. What happened?
I became a crackwhore! After selling my body for crack for a couple of years… no, no, I’m just joking. [Laughs] It’s the way it goes. It’s just the way it is. It goes up and down. I still consider myself blessed enough that I can still put food on the table for my son. I still do stuff, I guess it’s just not as big as I used to get. I did just do “CSI: NY” – that’s probably the biggest thing lately.

You were scouted to be in “Terminator 2,” correct? It was your first movie.
It was random. I was hanging out at the Boys and Girls Club. They had trouble finding someone in young Hollywood at the time to play John Connor, and I guess they were looking for “normal” kids. This woman came up to me at the Club and asked me if I wanted to be in a movie. She didn’t tell me what kind of movie it was, so I went [in my mind] to the worst possible thing, so I said, “Sorry, I’m not into child porn.” She laughed and said it wasn’t child porn. I went in and kept reading lines, and eventually I got the part!

Did being in a movie so laden with apocalyptic undertones and Doomsday messages mess with your psyche at all?
Nah, man. I think if maybe I was a bit older when I did the movie, I might have made better decisions – like save my money. It was fun for me to make the movie, though. The hardest thing was probably growing up in the business, in the public eye. I know a lot of people my age are still trying to figure out what to do, and I consider myself lucky that I can make a living doing something that I truly enjoy.

True. And there were a lot of actors in the same boat as you, and a lot of them have died. Hey, at least you survived.
So far! I’m alive today, and that’s good. I feel very blessed.

Your first movie was with James Cameron. How was working with him at the time?
It’s funny. I can kind of remember. I was so young at the time, only 13. And the amount of pot I’ve smoked in my life… [Laughs] No, Jim was great. He has this image of being a tough director, but he was very nice to me. I loved working with him. He was the first director I ever worked with, so with every director since him, he’s like the number one. I base all my other experiences on him. I cared more about working with him than I did about Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was tripping out because it was around the time he was doing “Aliens” and “Abyss,” really cool stuff for a teenage boy.

Any funny stuff you can remember from your on-set days?
I remember one time Arnold accidentally hit me with the butt end of a rifle. That’s the only thing I can remember. I don’t know. Jim Cameron used to call me “Special Ed.” [Laughs]

What about the first time you met Arnold Schwarzenegger? Do you recall that?
Barely, but I do. We were doing a read-through. I remember thinking, ‘Man, this guy wears really loud clothes.’ He was wearing a big, flowery Hawaiian shirt. I had just seen him in “Predator,” you know, and here he is in some bright-colored shirt.

Do you have a favorite scene from the movie, or do you cringe watching it?
I don’t watch it. I saw part of it on TV a while ago, and it was the part where I’m outside taking off on my bike, in the garage, talking to my step-parents, and my character’s like: “She’s not my mother, Todd!” in some whiny voice. I was like ‘Oh my God, change the fucking channel!” It was horrible. It’s hard enough for me to watch my more recent stuff.

What’s the next thing we’re going to see you in?
I have a movie coming out pretty soon, called “This Is Not a Movie,” directed by Olallo Rubio, and co-starring Peter Coyote. It’s a very, very cool movie. Guns N’ Roses’ Slash did the movie score. There’s all sorts of shit in it. It’s weird and really hard to explain. It’s an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world, druggie movie with naked chicks dancing around. It makes sense once you watch it all the way through. There’s a twist to it that I can’t reveal here. It’s really good.

I also have a movie called “For the Love of Money” coming out soon, too. James Caan is in that one. And I did a sci-fi movie. There’s a couple things on the horizon for me, so I’m looking forward to it.


“The Zombie King” interview
December, 10 2011        Posted By admin        No Comments »

Andy talks to Edward Furlong about The Zombie King…

So, picture the scene.

Myself and The Harleyquin are standing, frozen, in deepest, darkest Somerset. We are on a farm on the outskirts of the market town of Shepton Mallet, blowing into our hands for warmth.

All around, people are bustling here and there while walkie-talkies hiss in the background. Why are we standing here in the cold?

Well, we are on the set of Northern Girl Production’s horror comedy, The Zombie King and awaiting an audience with a legend, Terminator 2: Judgement Day actor, Edward Furlong.

Edward freakin’ Furlong! John Connor?

Yes, the very same. Star of James Cameron’s aforementioned action epic, never mind such titles as Adam Rifkin’s excellent Detroit Rock City and the brutal (but wonderful) American History X. He also appeared in genre pics Pet Sematary 2, the 2010 remake of Night Of The Demons and Brainscan, with the great Frank Langella.

So we escape the cold into the warmth of a large country kitchen and sit around a huge dining table. Myself, The Harleyquin and a very, very jet-lagged Edward Furlong, who is sipping from a can of Red Bull.

I have to say that Edward Furlong is a cool guy. Funny and laid back, our interview was, for the most part, laughing. I opened the questioning…

AndyErupts – So in your own words can you tell me a bit about The Zombie King?

Edward Furlong – I play Samuel Peters, The Zombie King. I’m basically pretty pissed off about my wife dying so I get some evil shit out of the Book of the Dead, bring a bunch of zombies back and I get to ride around on a motorcycle.

AE – Are you enjoying that?

EF – I haven’t driven it yet. I literally just got in last night from LA, so I’m exhausted.

AE – I had planned on asking how you were enjoying the UK so far but you wont have had much chance to enjoy it.

EF – No. I was actually here a couple of weeks ago for Comic-Con but its been pretty much sleeping and working today. I’d like to get out and do some stuff but we are way out in the country. Not much to do out here.

AE – What was it that drew you to the script?

EF – I liked the humour. I like being able to just shoot something real quick and you know, get out. (laughs) I love horror movies. And Corey Feldman is in it. Thats pretty exciting.

AE – You mentioned that you love horror films. Whats your favourite horror film and why?

Wow. That’s a good question. Well you gotta love The Shining. Texas Chainsaw Massacre too. I don’t know.

AE – You have done some work within the genre in the past, such as Pet Sematary 2, Night Of The Demons and Brainscan. Which of these was your favourite to work on?

Oh God. I loved working on Night Of The Demons. That was fun, plus it was in New Orleans, so I had a good time there.

AE – You had a recurring role as Shane Casey on CSI:NY and that was a pretty nasty character. Did you enjoy doing that?

EF – I did actually, yeah. It was the first TV that I did and it’s a totally different experience to doing film. It was cool. It was a character that was able to develop as we did more and more episodes and I never really knew exactly where it was going or what the writers had planned but it was really fun to do.

I was kinda sad i had to die off but i guess you can only escape so many times, huh?

AE – I want to just briefly mention Terminator. What are your thoughts on the direction that the franchise has taken?

EF – Ah God, man. I might sound like a prick but I dont even really pay attention to them now… Well, I mean Im not in them. (All laugh) I didn’t really watch them. I have seen bits and parts of them on TV and stuff and they’re all right from what Ive seen.

(Andy shakes his head)

Oh theyre horrible? (Laughs) I don’t know but I kind of think that if you take away Jim Cameron and Linda Hamilton and now, even Arnold away, and it’s not really Terminator anymore.

AE – What are your plans for the future?

EF – I have no idea. I have another couple of films coming out, one called For The Love Of Money, so just keep your eyes open.

AE – So, this is a zombie film, and I’m a massive zombie movie fan. If there was a zombie apocalyspe, where would you head to and why?

EF – (Laughs) Honestly, I remember the very beginning of Shaun Of The Dead and it’s one of my favourite zombie scenarios ever. It probably wouldnt be that much different to that.

AE – So you’d just stay in the house and have a cup of tea?

EF – Yeah. I live in downtown LA and theres a lot of homeless people that look like zombies. (laughs)

AE – Its quite similar in Glasgow…

EF – (Laughs) It probably wouldnt even register immediately. It would take a while to set in.

AE – Thanks for talking to us, Edward, and all the best for the film.

EF – No problem. My pleasure, man.

Thanks to Edward Furlong for taking the time to talk to us. The Zombie King is set for release in 2012.