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Interview with Andre Gower director of Wolfman's Got Nards
By James Whittington, Monday 27th August 2018
HC: You had already starred in a lot of stuff before The Monster Squad came along, did you think that this was just "another" acting job?
AG: At the time, it was just that. The next audition, the next project. However, once on set and seeing what you were a part of, we realized quickly that this was something bigger and more unique than anything we had done before or may even get to do in the future.
HC: Were you a fan of the Universal monsters at that time?
AG: I always had an appreciation for the classics even as a kid. As you mature, you keep that appreciation and learn more about it and how it affects the present and realize these were very important stories and very important films that continue to influence an industry.
HC: How did the movie change your life?
AG: It affected me personally in that I realized that not many people get to be a part of something so dynamic as this amazing, loyal fanbase. And to be sort of the default gatekeeper of access to these fans is very special to me.
HC: When did you realise how much love there was for The Monster Squad and was it this that inspired Wolfman's Got Nards?
AG: Hearing the very personal stories from fans over the years was really what showed that there was something there. And the fact that this growing fan appreciation for the film was not waning, but actually growing, showed me that this was something unique and dynamic. Those stories were the original inspiration for the documentary, I wanted to find away to tell the story of those stories. When I connected with Henry McComas (producer) and Pilgrim Media Group, we were then able to bring so much more to the concept. We went deeper into why and how films connect with people and how they can affect their lives directly.
HC: How long did it take to make and did you have a plan or did it form organically?
AG: We developed, shot and edited this film in just under 12 months, which is a very short time. The small, but passionate, production team put a massive amount of effort and heart into bringing this about. I couldn't have been luckier in that regard. We had a pretty solid framework of what we wanted to do but we found things grew on their own and constantly evolved as we went along. We were very fortunate to capture so much during that year as we celebrated numerous events for the 30th anniversary. Each one contributed new value and experiences that added to the film.
HC: Which country has the most passionate fans?/p>
AG: The U.S. has the majority of fans and we have been able to see their amazing passion over the years and it's mind-blowing. However, the UK has a very strong following as well. Even more so than I ever imagined and we have been able to connect with them through social media, podcasts, media etc. but nothing beats interacting with them in person. That is the best.
HC: Did you have to cut anything from the finished documentary that wanted to include but would have made it too long?
AG: We have SO much great stuff that we had to leave out. We shot almost 50 terabytes of footage during production. It was mind-boggling the amount of work Henry, Wes Caldwell, Aaron Kunkel and the rest of the production team worked through. We have a ton of extra fun that I can't wait for people to see as bonus features etc.
HC: If there was a Monster Squad sequel would you it?
AG: If it was the right story (aimed at the original fans) and had the right people involved, I would love to see what that would be. I think I would be on board to bring more of this story to the audience.
HC: If The Monster Squad was to be remade who would you cast in the lead roles?
AG: Paul Newman as Sean, Robert Redford as Patrick, Steve McQueen as Rudy, Anne Hathaway as Phoebe, Clint Eastwood as Del, Chris Farley as Horace and Tom Cruise as Eugene - since that isn't going to happen, I have no idea who is the right, younger talent for each role out there is. I think they are always out there, it's just a matter of finding the right fit. I think everyone is in the exact spot for the original so it would be hard to improve on that.
HC: Do you have a favourite Universal monster?
AG: Creature from the Black Lagoon. No contest.
HC: There's a lot of love that emanates from Wolfman's Got Nards and its all natural and very heartfelt, you must be very proud how its turned out?
AG: The response we have been getting has been phenomenal. It shows that the original idea we were trying to tap into had some merit and it shows that we were able to accomplish what we set out to do. I am rather proud of that. I owe a lot to Henry and the small, awesome squad that I got to work on this with.
HC: So, what are you up to at the moment?
At the exact moment of writing these answers, enjoying a burrito and iced tea. But in the larger sense, enjoying this amazing festival run, working on distribution for the documentary and developing/pitching the next projects. You have to have constant motion and have many balls in the air because you never know what is going to happen next.
HC: Andre Gower, thank you very much.
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