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Richard Lynch speaks to Fangoria about The Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie’s eagerly awaited The Lords of Salem movie has finally finished production. One of it’s stars, Richard Lynch, who plays Reverend John Hawthorne in the film, has recently spoken with celebrated fright mag Fangoria and spoken about his role.

Richard Lynch talks Rob Zombie’s “THE LORDS OF SALEM” By Michael Gingold

Longtime genre actor Richard Lynch recently reunited with filmmaker Rob Zombie, following up their collaboration on HALLOWEEN by taking part in Zombie’s witchcraft chiller THE LORDS OF SALEM, and Fango got some words with Lynch about his role.

Speaking to us at last weekend’s Chiller Theatre convention in New Jersey, Lynch says, “I play the Reverend John Hawthorne in LORDS OF SALEM. My scenes take place in the 17th century—1695 or so—and he’s one of the ministers overseeing the Salem witch trials. I pass judgment on these would-be witches, and they burn at the stake. It’s kind of heavy; anyone familiar with the trials will understand what I mean.” The action then jumps to the present day, but Lynch doesn’t follow. “I’m only in the history of it,” he explains. “It then jumps into the present time, and there’s a lineage whereby it connects with me through a great-great-great-great-granddaughter.”

While he didn’t do any specific research to prepare for the role, it appealed to him because “T’m fascinated by history, and I’m very familiar with Arthur Miller’s [witch-trial drama] THE CRUCIBLE. I haven’t done that one, but I did Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and DEATH OF A SALESMAN and many others on stage.”

It’s a hot time for those ill-fated sorceresses, but the actor recalls having the opposite experience on the LORDS OF SALEM location. “Most of my scenes were filmed in the Angeles National Forest, up near Magic Mountain in what they call the Angeles Preserve. And it was miserable. A miserable shoot. I mean, it was rain and cold and night—not an easy ride. I don’t do nights very well anymore. That’s where you only work all night long, and then you’ve gotta go to sleep when the sun comes up. You couldn’t stay in the weather too long. You had to show up, hit your mark, do your work and go back to your trailer, your dressing room. I’m older now, I don’t stay up beyond a certain hour. I just don’t have the stamina to be up all night like a young kid. That’ll burn you out at my age.”

Despite the inclement conditions, Lynch enjoyed reteaming with Zombie, for whom he’d previously portrayed the school principal dealing with the young Michael Myers. “I didn’t even have an audition; it was just, ‘Are you available?’ ” he recalls. “I got to know Rob on HALLOWEEN and he enjoyed working with me, so he gave me a call and said, ‘Hey man, I’m doing a new movie called LORDS OF SALEM. You wanna work?’ I said ‘Yeah, I’m available, sure.’ Rob is a very sweet, creative guy, and terrific to work for. He knows what he wants; he has a vision, he knows what he’s about. He casts actors he understands, and he trusts them. He’ll go, ‘Just give me the part. You know what I’m about.’ Easy shoot with Rob. Easy. But weather-wise…miserable!”

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  1. It is on rare occasion that an acquaintance can touch your heart and impact your life.

    When that person is a celebrity who demonstrates through their kindness, generosity and sincere empathy how ‘real’ they really are it becomes even more poignant.

    Richard Lynch was an acquaintance that became a friend. We met at a movie industry convention and shared a few great hours of laughter, drinks and a few tears.

    As a fan, at first you’re thrilled to engage with someone who has always appeared larger than life. Especially an actor that had a propensity for playing evil villains spanning a lifetime on the screen. Most have built up walls and personal barriers to close them off from regular people. When you meet them they are arrogant, disingenuine and stand-offish. But not Richard.

    During the course of the evening we sang old Italian songs (albeit badly) and listened to him reminisce about Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris, Jerry Vale and a host of other well known personas.

    Richard’s stories were vast and he told them with vigor and passion. His niece came over and sat beside him, “are you holding court again?”. He smiled, kissed her cheek, picked up his vodka martini and continued his soliloquy unabashed…

    Read more… https://www.facebook.com/MovieJedi

    June 22, 2012 at 1:10 am

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  3. Mark Ninness

    sad that he passed away :(…

    June 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

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  5. metalblon

    I am looooking forward to see Richard Lynch as Reverend John Hawthorne in THE LORDS OF SALEM!!
    I am sure Rob will have made his best horror film yet!

    May 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm

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  7. white_zombie

    and I feel “so much depends on the weather,” so is it raining in your bedroom?
    STP…..Reminds me of a section of the commentary of The Devil’s Rejects when he was talkin’ bout having to film it during rather cool temps. He liked to call his teamsters, “troupers.” “Trouper,” I heard that term mentioned a lot during this PBS special documentary on circus life. “Educated horses” and “saw dust in the blood” also circus terms. Not defining any meanings there, btw. Agree with Jason; time for the trailer now.

    May 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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  9. jsncnly

    Nice. Now, the trailer? Pretty pleeeeeaaaaase? :)

    May 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm