We recently passed another Friday the 13th, and for Friday the 13th franchise star Kane Hodder, it’s the best day of the year. Traditionally, the date was seen as unfortunate by superstitious people, which is why the film was even given the title in 1980. The series stems from Jason Voorhees supposedly drowning on his birthday, which happened on a Friday the 13th, causing his mother to grab and kill a troop of camp counselors many years later.
Hodder joined the series in 1988 and began its run as Jason Voorhees with the seventh episode, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood† He took on the role so well that he became the first person to play Jason in multiple movies as he was back under the mask for Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan† Jason is going to helland Jason X† He was looking forward to starring with Freddy Krueger Freddy vs. Jason when the role was controversially recast.
Despite that recast, decades later, horror fans are still widely celebrating Hodder for his run as Jason Voorhees. It has made him a particularly popular person when a Friday the 13th rolls on the calendar. Asked by TMZ if he felt that day was an accident for him, here’s what Hodder had to say.
“Absolutely not. It completely changed my career. I was a stuntman, I am now 45, and I went from anonymous stuntman to someone who signs things for people. So it was nothing but luck for me. I know people have a bad impression, ‘Friday the 13th, bad luck’, but I don’t believe that at all. It’s kinda ironic. I think you know I got pretty burned doing a stunt early in my career, and that was on a 13th, but it wasn’t Friday. Other than that, bad things never happened.”
Kane Hodder wants the franchise to continue
If you’re going to ask Kane Hodder if there’s another movie to be made, that’s definitely a yes. In fact, he’s willing to reprise the role of Jason if another movie comes out.
“There have been 12 movies, so how do you not make a 13th Friday the 13th movie? I’m still very willing to kill people, and I’d like to welcome the chance to come back again. What’s interesting about this date , Friday the 13th, May 1988 was the day my first Friday the 13th movie came out, so it’s kinda ironic to be talking to you again on Friday the 13th in May!’
Hodder also shared that it is a difficult role to play, although he has picked it up well. He also says he’d still be willing to work on the next movie even if he’s not Jason, because it would be “fun” to play a victim.
“It’s a much more difficult role than people think about it because they say, ‘Well, there’s no dialogue and you don’t even use facial expressions.’ For me, that makes it even harder… I think there are actors that if I didn’t, it would be fun for me to be a victim of Jason. Just an ironic twist.”
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