Edward Furlong Interview

Recently, Movieweb had the chance to engage in a one on one interview with the multitalented Edward Furlong. His new movie The Crow: Wicked Prayer is coming to DVD on July 19th, 2005. During this interview we talked about his role as Jimmy Cuervo in the new Crow film, his role as Danny Vinyard in American History X and we even discussed why he wasn't in that third movie with that Scwarzenegger guy. During this interview Furlong was honest, open and basically everything you'd expect from someone who has chosen to take a different road on his path to fame and fortune in Hollywood.

What was it like stepping into this role of Jimmy Cuervo? Did you go out of your way to make it yours? What's that like for you?

Edward Furlong: It's sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people's ass.

Me and Lance just went over the script with a fine tooth comb and just really kinda made the character work for me really well. From the initial beginning we wanted to do something different, we wanted to make him sort of more of an anti-hero. I guess you could just simply put it, the pissed off Crow.

Edward Furlong: There's a lot that attracted me to this one... I mean, first of all, I was a really big fan of the first one. Subsequently, I saw the other two afterwards. I really liked that in the beginning it showed... the other Crow movies never really showed the pre-story, kinda like the first act of the movie you actually see the relationship between Jimmy Cuervo and Emmanuelle Chiriqui's character, Lily. There's a lot that attracted me to the idea of it... getting into the character.

What was it like for you... okay let's be honest, this isn't Little Odessa, this is an action movie, what was it like for you to do that? Did you enjoy doing the more physical stuff?

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Edward Furlong: Yeah dude, it was like a real first for me. I never had gotten to really play an action hero. It was kinda weird at first because I'm not really built like an action hero in many ways, I guess. The physical part of it was great because I got to get in shape and that was like my job. Which was awesome.

The stunt coordinator was great. Just stepping into the Crow outfit and kicking ass... if that's my job, I can't complain.

How do you go about choosing the roles you play? You do a lot of different kinds of roles? Little Odessa, Detroit Rock City, T2? What is your thought process when you're approached about a movie?

Edward Furlong: I wish I could give like a great answer... I've been lucky to do a lot of great films; some of them not so great. Usually, I'm just simply attracted to the script. Attracted to the character. Or (laughing)... the money's good. I don't know man, it's kinda like a mixture of all of those.

I love the honesty because usually you get a lot of canned responses, but that was a beautiful punctuation mark on what you just said.

Edward Furlong: Thanks man.

Of all the roles you've played what is the one you kind of look at with the most fondness?

Edward Furlong: It's really hard for me to watch myself. Usually, when I'm flipping through and I see myself, I flip passed it. I'm like, "Oh fu*!" and friend who's with me is like "No man, let's watch it!" and I'm like "Goddamnit!". So sometimes I'll watch them, if they're like on cable or something. I'm like my own worst critic these days...

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Especially when I watch my older stuff with my prepubescent, young voice. I'm like "Oh my God... what was I thinking?" But I remember jerking off 20 times a day during those days. I will tell you I was pretty amazed, not necessarily just on my performance, but the effect that American History X had on people.

Oh yeah...

Edward Furlong: I've had people come up to me and say that that movie changed their lives. Like really deep things. I had a lot of fun working on Pecker with John Waters, because I'm such a John Waters fan. I don't know man, that's a tough one.

What happened with T3?

Edward Furlong: I'll just say I was into other things at that time. I wanted to do the film. I'd say I was caught up with things that were bad for me at that point.

I'm an Orange County guy. I grew up in Fountain Valley and have spent time in Huntington Beach... and the look that you have in that film (American History X), and how you played that character was so spot on. How'd you get that look of the young skinhead kid?

Edward Furlong: At the time we were making it, we didn't really know exactly how that movie was going to effect people. There's a lot of harsh things said, just doing the scenes themselves, the dialogue is like "Oh, my God!", it's a little wild. I haven't really seen that movie quite yet. I went on the internet (phone goes dead for a moment)... I mean I'm not a racist or anything like that, but I found out that there's a huge, huge subculture out there of racism. You can go to like army surplus stores and find weird country music that's like useless. I remember I found this song, "My Wife Ran Off With A Nigger". Like, that's really the name of the song. I don't know man, meeting certain people... I just kinda wanted to portray it. That's what the movie is about is hate. I guess that's kind of a feeling we can all understand to a basic degree is hate. Hatred of another race of people. I don't know, a lot of different kind of aspects go into playing a character like that.

Did you listen to the band Screwdriver at all to get prepared for that? I only ask just because as far as like neo-Nazi, racist bands they're like The Beatles in that subculture?

Edward Furlong: Oh really? No, I never listened to them.

What's next for you?

Edward Furlong: I have a movie called The Visitation that I did. Robby Henson directed it. It's hard to say what it's about without giving it away. It's kind of a psychological horror film. Jimmy and Judy which is an independent that I did with this two first time directors(Randall Rubin and John Schroder) that I'm really proud of. It's kinda like a road trip movie that sorta reminds me of Badlands or something like that.

That's a great movie.

Edward Furlong: Yeah, I love Badlands. Those are the ones that I'm excited about. I did another movie called Cruel World. Which is just me running around, chasing hot chicks... trying to kill them. (Laughter) Which is fun. That's about it, man.

It seemed like for a while you were sorta laying low but it's good see you back doing more stuff.

Edward Furlong: Thank you. It's good to be back doing more stuff.

The Crow: Wicked Prayer comes to DVD July 19th, 2005.

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