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Jared Padalecki on Friday the 13th

Published February 16, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema
Despite the casting of thespians like Kevin Bacon and Crispin Glover, the Friday the 13th series was never big on acting. The new reboot of Friday the 13th gave some young name actors a little bit of character to play before they get naked or killed. Jared Padalecki plays a man looking for his missing sister.

Padalecki Experiences Friday the 13th


"Before I got the script, honestly my thought was, 'Man, I really like Friday the 13th,'" Padalecki said. "I’d seen the Texas Chainsaw Massacre that they had done and I loved it. That was a really good movie. That was a really well shot, really scary, really real, the characters were fun, you kind of felt for them and you kind of could identify with them. You're like, 'Oh, I get it.' They actually had hearts, which is nice because I love sort of just the cheesy horror for the sake of horror, death for the sake of death and, you know, oh fun, crazy, it’s like let’s wait for the next kind of kooky death. But it’s kind of fun as an actor to go like, 'Hey, kill me, fine, that's cool, and make it fun, but like give me something to do. Give me something to kind of make it real for myself so I'm not just running around oh when’s my turn to die?'"

There's already 11 of those. This one goes to the next level. "It’s so funny because you're filming a movie about a guy who’s immortal and he’s going to go kill everybody in the woods, but we’d sit down and he’d be like, 'This doesn't feel real.' And you're like, 'Well, no, it doesn’t feel real. This is Jason. It’s not real.' Sometimes we’d pause for like thirty minutes, like, 'This is where the audience is watching it and they start to laugh and they get up and leave because it’s so bullsh*t.' So we’d sit down and fix it and they're like, 'Let’s make it real. This wouldn't happen, none of this would really happen but this really wouldn't happen.' And so that was nice to be a part of."


Friday the 13th Poster Friday the 13th


Now Padalecki has dueling slasher movies with his Supernatural costar Jensen Ackles, who starred in My Bloody Valentine. "When we found out that we were coming out on February 13th and his movie’s obviously called My Bloody Valentine, we were like, 'Oh man, I hope we don’t go up against each other.' Because we’re buddies and not like it could really affect anything but it’s like, I don't even want the stigma. But luckily his already came out and did tremendously. Now it’s my turn to, hopefully. We actually went and saw it, the opening night we actually bizarrely for one of the rare times of the year, we each had the day off and his girlfriend was in town and Kerr Smith who’s in the movie also was in town. So actually snuck into a theater, put the little glasses on, and we had to think later, we were like, 'You know what? I bet you the people behind us were like, "These glasses are amazing."' So it was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun and it’s a real fun movie, and if you haven’t seen it, it’s a lot of fun to go and see it. I'm like giving him a shameless plug."

Back to Friday the 13th, Padalecki got to see how some of the kills were crafted behind the scenes. "It’s almost like really cool to watch on screen and kind of really just exhausting to watch in life. It’s like a sex scene or something. It’s like, 'Okay, well we can kind of see your breast so kind of lean to the right a little. Okay, yes, okay. Now your neck.' It’s just so calculated it’s almost like, 'Okay, well if you stab like this, then we're not going to see the light shining off the blade, so make sure you stab like that.' And you're like, 'Oh,' and you realize like man, it really takes a lot. It’s not just like, 'All right, go in and stab, and then go like wow!' And the hand coming down and it has to look dead. 'Oh the hand flexed a little bit, we could tell you were [alive], so like really keep the hand…' You don’t think about that. It’s a very painstaking process to kill somebody on screen and especially for a horror movie. I mean I assume it’s like it’s just like ah, you know, blah, blah, blah, but for a horror movie where it’s about the deaths it takes a long time."

Friday the 13th is out in theaters now.

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