Perlman replaces Campbell on Bubba Nosferatu
Hard to believe, but from the mouth of Paul Giamatti the news comes that the next Bubba film has it's Elvis.
Some time back we heard that Bruce Campbell wasn't going to be returning to the character of Elvis in Bubba Nosferatu, the follow-up to the unbelievably excellent Bubba Ho-tep (Filmstalker review). Now Giamatti has revealed who'll be taking over the role, a little about the plot, and the fact that the film will be going ahead.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with AICN he says:
“...now we have got Ron Perlman interested in playing Elvis.”
So Ron Perlman playing Elvis? While other sites are shouting about how great this is I'm not so sure and I'll need some on screen convincing of it. Not that I can't see Perlman as Elvis so much, but that Bruce Campbell did such an amazing job as the character I can't see anyone else replacing him, and I was gutted that he announced he wouldn't be returning to the role.
Paul Giamatti tries to explain why, but it seems that he doesn't really know himself:
“Every effort was made by us, he just didn’t want to do it and he was cool about it. He just didn’t want to do it, which is a bummer, because part of the reason I love that movie is him… a big part of it. He’s fantastic and I’ve always loved him. I’m a big fan of his, but he didn’t want to do it, which is totally cool.”
Giamatti is obviously a fan, and heaps praise on Campbell in the role, and quite rightly so. The film was superb, and the way it made us think about how we treat old people was superb. I thought Campbell played it with just the right amount of reality and really had nailed the character. Combined with the writing they managed to pull in the audience right into the heart of the story.
So moving on from Campbell, Giamatti talks about his excitement about Ron Perlman coming on board.
“He’s totally great in it, so yeah I don’t know. I’m not sure what his reasons were particularly. I think he’s doing a lot of his own stuff now like directing stuff on his own and he just wants to do that, I guess. It was a disappointment and we really tried and then after a while it was like “Now we are just going to start pissing the guy off! He’s being totally cool about it, I mean, but I don’t want to piss the guy off.
I our thinking was kind of like, “Well who the hell do we find who is a really good actor and a guy who is going to fit right?” You know what I mean? It was sort of like, for a while we let the thing sit and then all of a sudden we were like “Well, maybe we should go to Ron Perlman,” which just seemed like a great idea and he was up for it.”
There's also a little bit about the plot itself, although more around just Giamatti's character rather than the whole film.
“I’ll be playing Col. Parker, who… You know part of the great thing about this is not only are these wonderful genre movies, but he’s actually taking a weird, interesting take on the whole Elvis myth and kind of investigating the whole Elvis myth in a really interesting way, so it’s got a lot of stuff about Col. Parker being responsible for a lot of what happened to Elvis and kind of literally making him a vampire in some ways, you know? A kind of a blood sucker…It’s ten times more insane and bizarre and it’s great and hilarious, too. It’s funnier than the other one is even. It still ends up being this great character study of this Elvis guy.”
So there you have it. Ron Perlman is going to be taking over the role of Elvis in Bubba Nosferatu and the Curse of the She-Vampires. Me? I'm not that enamoured by the choice of Perlman, but then I don't think anyone would have worked after Campbell played it so well.