Last August, on the Shreveport, Louisiana set of director John Luessenhop‘s Texas Chainsaw 3D, I had the opportunity to participate in interviews with several members of the cast including up-and-comer Scott Eastwood. While his last name alone may be enough to garner the attention of many moviegoers, the 26-year old actor (and, yes, son of the legendary Clint Eastwood) came across as someone who is dead set on blazing his own path in Hollywood.
During the interview, Eastwood talked about the excitement that comes with being part of an iconic film franchise, his character, the horror genre in general, future projects, and more. Hit the jump for all that Eastwood had to say in the full interview.
SCOTT EASTWOOD: I play a young deputy named Carl and [laughs]…that’s about all I can say about him right now.
Were you a fan of the franchise before you accepted this role?
EASTWOOD: You know, I had seen the one with Jessica Biel. That’s the only one I had seen. Obviously when I got the role I went back and watched a couple of the other ones, the one that was made in 2006, and then I went back and watched the original. Yeah, I think for the horror franchise it’s an American cult classic and what I like about it is that it’s not, it’s something that I think will always kind of be timeless which is cool to be a part of that kind of horror movie. You know, we’re not doing Shark Night 3D or something that may not ever be made again. This may be made, when I have kids someday or even when they have kids, who knows?
The franchise does have an interesting history of starring actors or actresses that like a few years later become incredibly successful like Viggo Mortensen, Matthew McConaughey, Renee Zellweger so, uh, good luck with that!
EASTWOOD: [Laughs] Yeah, well maybe I’m on the right path.
We talked with John earlier (director John Luessenhop) and he mentioned in as much detail as he could, which was not much, that your character is kind of one that they could build a franchise around. Is that something you would be interested in? Coming back and reprising the role?
EASTWOOD: Well, I’m pretty sure they locked me in. But, yeah, it is. I would be really interested to see, you know, what the next evolution would be if there is another one with me in it. How that kind of transforms and where that goes I think would be really interesting to see.
EASTWOOD: It’s definitely about her story. But it definitely sets up a story to revolve around her and I for the next one.
What sets the experience of being in this film apart from you previous work?
EASTWOOD: Well, being in the South with you fine people [laughs].
Have you gotten used to the heat?
EASTWOOD: Yeah, I shot a movie down here in New Orleans three or four years ago and so, you know, it was in the middle of summer so, yeah, I’m used to it. And I just shot a movie in Texas about a year ago and it was very hot there so I’m used to it.
What movie was that?
EASTWOOD: A movie called Epic (Note: since retitled Mercury Plains). I shot it all around Texas actually. We bounced around El Paso, San Antonio, we were in Austin for a little bit…
Have you had the opportunity to explore Louisiana while shooting the film?
EASTWOOD: Well, I worked on the film a little bit and then I had to go back home to California to do a few things out there and then I just came back here a couple of days ago. Now I’ll be here throughout the end of the shoot but I haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy Louisiana too much as of yet.
Have you had much interaction with Dan (Dan Yeager / Leatherface) when you’re not filming, when he’s not dressed up as Leatherface?
EASTWOOD: Yeah, you know he’s a really nice guy. He’s quiet and soft-spoken so he’s kind of got this mystery around him where you keep taking a second look at him because you know who he is playing. He’s a very big guy, a very imposing character and I think he was very well cast.
After this project do you have anything coming up? What can we expect to see coming from you in the future?
EASTWOOD: I got a few things in the pipeline: a movie that is, it’s actually a great story, a story about a young man who inherits the world’s biggest oil fortune, the biggest energy fortune, and he disappears. He hates what his family is doing so he disappears off of the face of the earth and, ten years later, he’s found in a National Geographic picture and it’s really the hunt to kind of find him because, since he’s still alive, he still holds the fortune to that conglomerate and they have to find him. It’s a great story.
EASTWOOD: I’m not that guy. I’m his younger cousin who knows how to find him so I kind of become the hunter. It’s a suspense story and I really believe in it. I think it ties in everything that is going on with the energy crisis and it’s a very well rounded story.
Changing gears as little back to Chainsaw, are you a fan of the horror genre?
EASTWOOD: I’m a fan of horror movies that have really good stories, and that’s what I like about this one. They went back to the drawing board and they created a story that’s not just about blood and guts. It’s actually very story driven and that’s what I’m a fan of. Really I’m a fan of any movie, whether it’s suspense, action, or comedy, anything that has a good story.
Having seen previous iterations of this franchise and now being a part of this entry, what would you say sets this one apart from others in the franchise?
EASTWOOD: I would have to come back and say that the story is really there. The movie really creates a story around why this has happened and it digs a little deeper.
So have they let you touch the chainsaw yet?
EASTWOOD: [Laughs] I haven’t asked yet. I don’t know. We’ve got a couple more weeks left, though, so we’ll see.
For more from our Texas Chainsaw 3D set visit:
- 10 Things to Know About TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D from Our Set Visit; Plus a Filming Recap and Exclusive New Image
- Alexandra Daddario Talks About Starring in an Iconic Franchise, How This Film and the Original Differ and More on the Set of TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D
- Carl Mazzocone Talks His Role as Producer, Says the Goal Is to “Deliver the Best 3D Monster Movie of Modern Day” on the Set of TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D
- Director John Luessenhop Talks Shooting the Film in 3D, Picking His Favorite Scenes from the Original and More on the Set of TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D