When classical worship hocus pocus He was filming, actor Doug Jones, who plays the kind-hearted zombie Billy Bucherson, remembers being intimidated into working with stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker Kathy Najmi. He was still early in his career – he had only had a few credits over five years – so he simply felt lucky to be there.
Things were a little different when the same cast members were filmed hocus pocus 2which landed on Disney+ September 30, after 29 or more years from the original theaters.
When the Sanderson sisters arrived on set hocus pocus 2 Last year, it was as if the Beatles were back,” Jones told Yahoo Entertainment. When Billy Bucherson appeared on the set on day one, it was as if Elvis had risen from the dead. Our crew, everyone in every department, was one of these guys [people] – Anywhere from their 20s to 40s – who created the original hocus pocus A movie, they’ve been a fan of all these years, and now they have to work on a sequel. These original characters are back looking exactly the same.”
There were a lot of people working in the production and they asked for selfies.
It’s part of the “beautiful evolution” Jones has seen over the decades since the film premiered in July — not even September or October — of 1993 to modest box office returns. Jones first noticed him in the fan convention arena. He’s attended them for 15 years because of his well-earned reputation as a creature man, thanks to his work not only on Disney movies, but because of the sometimes-scary, sometimes scaly characters he’s played in projects like water shape; The Hellboy Movies; Pan’s maze Star Trek: Discovery And the What do we do in the shade?.
“When I started, people would look at the pictures on my table and say, ‘Oh,’ and they’d point at Billy Bucherson. They’d say, ‘Oh, yeah, I remember him.'” here you are? “…and they will get another picture of me from something else,” Jones says. “That has evolved into Billy Boucherson now a top seller.”
Fans want a photo with Winifred Sanderson’s ex-husband and a signed photo to add to hocus pocus Collection.
Jones says his role in the cult classic helped establish him as a man special effects makeup artists could put anything on. That’s though when he first came to Hollywood, he thought he’d be the “idiot next door” type. He found himself auditioning for the role of monsters as he was practicing mime and waving.
Jones admits that he does not like scary movies in his spare time.
“When I’m playing dark characters, let’s say I’m playing a villain or a monster and something evil or dark, or I’m the devil incarnate in human form, and I eat someone’s face and condemn them to hell, when I do it all day long on set; when I get home, I do operating the Hallmark Channel,” Jones says. “I watch cute Christmas movies, you know, the storylines that can be expected, the happy endings, where the endings are all tied up. I love, I love, I love watching that, because it’s a nice relief from the darkness I was in for a day.”
When it came to playing Billy again, Jones said he was thrilled.
“Watching myself turning from Doug Jones to Billy Bucherson again for the first time was… a rush of so many emotions,” he says. “One was totally surreal, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ The other was, ‘Old friend, I missed you,’ and the other was, ‘Oh my God, the kids are going to wet themselves when I get out of this trailer.'”
The wardrobe department redesigned the outfit he was wearing, because his old clothes were no longer in good shape. But one thing was exactly the same.
“The only piece taken from the original movie is the wig, that… the big black hair, the ponytail and the unruly messy look beyond the grave,” Jones reveals. That was sitting on top of a mannequin [at producer David Kirschner’s house, with other Hocus Pocus memorabilia] for 30 years. And it was still in a pristine condition, so they removed it from the mannequin and put it back in my head.”
It was exciting for Jones to be able to act again big. As he sees it, Billy and the witches resemble cartoon characters.
“We are superior in every way,” Jones says. “And as a person, I’m very expressive. I flap my hands when I talk, and make facial expressions when I talk. And a lot of my acting career has been, like, ‘A little less, thank you.'” “But in this movie,” he cut. little more. play it. Go ahead.” You know, what’s the cure, right?
He also gets to, ahem, prove it in his current horror comedy What do we do in the shade?, a satirical film about a group of vampires who have lived together on Staten Island for more than a century. He plays Baron Avanas, who says he is very different from Billy Bucherson.
“They both have their own ecosystem. Their own sense of humor and their silliness. You know, a clown,” Jones says. “But they are different from each other. Because Billy is kind of angry with his past, he’s angry with his present… He’s angry all the time. But he has a heart of gold over there, somewhere. The Baron is an old school vampire from the old world who thinks he’s The most wonderful thing in the world, happy to live and thrive, throwing his arms in the air and saying [in vampire voice], ‘I am here!’ This is something Billy would never do.”
Jones adores the show, which aired its season four finale this month, and was happy to hear that it’s already been renewed for two more seasons. He was actually asked to appear in an episode of Season 5.
He’s open to playing more Billy, too.
“Well, you know, even after the first movie, I thought, ‘Well, the witches are gone and so is Billy. “But they found a way to bring us back after 29 years, so I never said never,” Jones said when asked if he would consider bringing back the wig. “It seems unlikely that we can go back and do hocus pocus 3, with all of us, but also at the same time, if anyone could find a way, it would be Disney, to revive one or all of us… No one talked to me about it. I don’t know what the possibilities are, but I’ll always say, “Let’s take a look at that,” if I offer. definitely.”
hocus pocus 2 It is currently broadcasting on Disney+.