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Marcus Nispel on Friday the 13th

Published February 10, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema
You think it's easy making Friday the 13th. Just stick a big guy in a hockey mask and let him chase after people. The problem is all these new, young Hollywood stars are so tall.

Marcus Nispel Directs Friday the 13th

"Jared [Padalecki]'s scarier than Derek [Mears]," lamented director Marcus Nispel. "When he walked through the door, I go like, 'He's bigger than Jason! How are we going to deal with that?' Then Danielle [Panabaker] comes through the door and I go, like, 'Okay, we need apple boxes.' One has to be smaller, one has to be bigger and then the whole movie is just constantly juggling apple boxes. I thought he would be a boy, right?"

Then other actors showed up with wounds more gory than anything the makeup effects department could concoct. "Who I felt worse about was Aaron Yoo who I think had an appendix removed two days before starting to shoot. It was just a few days later, after slight adjustments into his schedule, that I hung him upside down off the rafters. His shirt would fall down, there would still be the metal staples. The movie doesn't have a more gruesome than what we had to endure just hanging Aaron Yoo by his toes."

Friday the 13th Poster Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th Poster Friday the 13th

Panabaker had an on set injury. "Oh my God, they told you about that? I could not even tell because it was like a huddle around her. I didn't even know what happened. You know what? It was very undramatic and actually, I hate to say it, I almost felt worse for the guy who hit her in the head than Danielle in that moment because he felt so bad. He felt so bad, he just broke the nose of one of our leading actresses. So everybody felt terrible for everyone and themselves. She was a real trooper and was back the next day, I think."

Ultimately though, it was a family friendly set, which is to say Nispel invited his whole family to the set. "I shot at this house, this party house and we would do all these gruesome kills. There are kills you didn't even see where guys are popping around in the Jacuzzi with their tongues cut out, horrible things, right? My family would come and visit me and on the weekends, we had the house to our availability so I said to my wife, 'Bring the kids, we'll hang out at the house. There's a great lake, you know.' And I would see them suddenly sit in the Jacuzzi where a guy just was bopping with his tongue out. I would see where somebody was drowned in the lake and they were on rope swings, having a good time not knowing anything about that. You get a whiff of the snuff. That was creepy. That's when I realized it was a creepy movie. When you do it, it's just like art direction, smoke and mirrors."

Friday the 13th opens to theaters on February 13th.

For the poster, trailers and more movie info, go to the Friday the 13th Movie Page.
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