If anyone knows a thing or two about the show, it’s Chris Jericho. Over the past 30 years, the legendary professional wrestler has made a name for himself with his brash personality, outlandish attire and sensational talent in the ring. Jericho is a rock star outside the ring as the lead vocalist for the metal band, Fozzy. Don’t forget to add podcast host, actor, and cruise ship developer to Jericho’s resume. Due to his flair for the dramatic, Jericho he loves horror moviesand one of his favorite characters of the 21st century is Art the Clown from the franchise terrier.
introduced in terrier From 2016, Art the Clown is a vicious prankster who murders countless victims in the most gruesome manner. Without saying a word, Art’s evil smile and disturbing personality send chills down the spine of the audience. After what terrier became a cult classic, Jericho immediately sought out Damien Leone, the film’s writer/director, to sing his praises and discuss working together in the future. This relationship materialized in terrier 2.
In an interview with Digital Trends in EnglishJericho explains his love for the franchise terrier and how he ended up with a role in the film’s sequel. We also discuss professional wrestling and how Jericho rekindled his passion for the sport in AEW (All Elite Wrestling).
DigitalTrends: terrier 2 It is now available. It’s terrifying, it’s insane, and let’s be honest, it’s absolutely insane. How did you first discover terrier?
Chris Jericho: So we’re on the tour bus on a Fozzy tour, I don’t know, probably five years ago. My partner in Fozzy, Rich Ward, also loves horror movies. He says, “You have to see this movie called terrier«. I was like, “Man, I don’t know. Whatever”. He says, “You have to see it.” I say, “Maybe I’ll check it out,” and he says, “Look at this scene.” It was the famous scene, the scene of the power saw. I was like, “Oh my God. That’s like one of the most intense deaths I’ve ever seen in any horror movie. And who is this clown?
So that’s something that got me hooked on that. I was probably one of the first people to talk about terrier, And that’s how I got really involved, not just as a fan, but almost as a promoter of this movie. I remember saying that on my podcast because I also have a huge horror movie fan base.
Art the Clown is front and center in this movie. He is a creepy and silent killer clown who murders people in the most gruesome ways. I heard you call Art”one of the best horror villains of the last 20 years«. Because you believe that?
First of all, the creepiness of the art, how David plays the character, he never speaks, [y] never speak. Listen, Michael Myers and [Jason] Voorhees didn’t speak either, but this is different because he’s a clown and not just in name. He has gags, he has horns, he has tricycles and he does everything with such joy. That’s where the real horror comes in. When you mention that his murders are very vicious, it’s not just a sword through the chest or whatever, this is stab, stab, stab. [Hace movimiento de apuñalamiento]
It’s so violent and intense and terrifying. You combine all those elements and the way David plays him, he’s very much like the Grinch who stole Christmas. It’s a lot of animation. It’s a dichotomy between this goofy, animated clown who’s also one of those vicious, sadistic killers that we’ve seen. The last thing is that unlike Jason or Freddy [Krueger] or those guys who hang out in the woods in the middle of the night, art is in your city. He is in the restaurant in front of you. He is taking selfies with people. He is in a laundromat in the second part. He is in a costume store. He is interacting with people who think he is creepy just by looking at him, but have no idea how evil this entity is.
How did you bond with Damien? It seemed like you almost begged him to do what you could for the movie, and you ended up getting a part in Terrier 2. How did that come about?
Well, I wouldn’t say pray. I think it was a mutual respect. I mean, when Chris Jericho starts talking about something, sooner or later, he’s going to go back to the source, because with 12 million followers on social media, someone is going to tag Damien in something I said. So that’s where he came from, mutual respect. I think he was impressed. Obviously, he’s from New York. He’s a fan of mine, and that’s where he starts. I was like, “Dude, anything he can do?” and he says, “We should do something in the second part.” I say, “Well, yes. We should do something in the second part”, and we had been talking about it.
There were a couple of different ideas that we had. My thing is the ending of the movie, and in the three years it took to get the movie out, another movie had a similar ending, so we had to re-cut the scene, which cut my scene. It’s okay. It’s Hollywood, but it leaves him open to maybe doing more in the third part if that’s the case. Anyway, it was more like, “What can we do to work together because we think it would be cool?” and that’s basically what happened.
Whatever it is, every fan can trace back to a seminal moment in their life when they fell in love with one of their passions. What was that moment for you with the horror?
Well, I’ve been a horror fan since I was a little kid. I remember before VHS, probably ’79 or ’80, they had the midnight horror movies in Winnipeg, where I grew up, on TV. My mom let me see them, but she had to go to bed first. She would have to go to bed around 10:00 or 10:30 and sleep an hour, an hour and a half. She was nine years old. If she could get me up in the middle of the night, then I was allowed to go downstairs and watch, because there were always two of them. You started at midnight and then lasted until three or four in the morning. Nine times out of ten, I woke up. The times I didn’t wake up, I kicked myself: “Oh no!”
It was all the old Hammer and Universal Pictures movies and that sort of thing. When the VCR was created, it was perfect for me. I remember the first video store, going and getting I Spit on Your Grave Y the Mother’s Day. She didn’t want to see anything relevant. She wanted to see all these crazy movies, because horror was the first genre to step foot in the water on videotape. There were like 100 horror movies and then 10 new movies. The horror ones were easier to get. I grew up with it and weaned myself on it. It was right out the door, for as long as I can remember, being in horror movies and horror books and that sort of thing.
Well now you can add acting to your resume. Between wrestling, Fozzy, movies, TV, podcasts, and a cruise, how do you stay so driven and motivated?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a wrestler, and I wanted to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Those are the two things he wanted to do. When I started being successful at both, suddenly you’re unstoppable, right? Like, you can try anything. All the projects I have are things that I thought like, “Oh, I can do that.” We played the Kiss cruise in 2015, and as soon as we got off the ship, I thought, “I can do my own cruise. A rock and wrestling cruise ». It took me three years to get it up and running.
All of these projects that you’re talking about are things that are very, very passionate for me They are the things I want to do. When you want to make them, you find ways to make that work. I don’t do things that I’m not interested in doing.
You have had a big change in your wrestling career in the last five years. If you don’t go to New Japan and AEW, do you think you’d still be wrestling today?
It sparked a new fire in me. The last time I was in WWE, I felt like I don’t really feel that spark anymore. It was mutual. I’m just not where I don’t want to be, and that’s okay. Then the New Japan opportunity came along, and it was just a whole new world for me, where suddenly I’m, once again, a huge draw to make money. That’s what led directly to AEW. I don’t think I would have gone back to WWE.
I remember thinking that in 2019, right before AEW started, I was talking to WWE for a while. I was like, “The last thing I want to do is go back and put someone on the list.” That was so 2016, and it was such a big moment in time, and I didn’t want to be that guy, the nostalgia guy.
Here I am now, every week is something new. They can’t make t-shirts enough, and people bag them! They’re like, “You have too many set phrases. You have too many nicknames. Well damn! Why not? You follow the story and stay creative. There are a lot of ideas in there, and I really like that about AEW. I said it last night after our third anniversary show. If there was no AEW, I don’t think I would be struggling, at least not as much as I am now.
terrier 2 already on the cinemas.