Tony Todd’s film career is so expansive that it almost possesses its own bloodline, drawing from Platoon in 1986 to Candyman in 1992 and the upcoming Final Destination 5. He’s a horror icon to many, but his artistic soul is rooted in the theatre with performances from August Wilson’s King Hedley II and Fences to Shakespeare’s Othello. His television credits appear endless, spanning from Star Trek:The Next Generation to 24 and Smallville. But iconic roles and theatre performances aside, Tony is a man who speaks his mind, mild-mannered and personal with an uncluttered frankness that is as refreshing as it is interesting. His demeanor is suited to the relaxed atmosphere of the suite where I’ve been fortunate enough to sit down with him to talk a little about his life, passion for writing and his role in Final Destination 5.
Well Gordon Gekko is back! After a 23 year hiatus, Douglas and director Oliver Stone revisit the character of Gekko and the world of Wall Street. Absent is Charlie Sheen’s Budd Fox, replacing him is Shia LaBeouf’s young, hotshot stock broker, Jacob Moore, who gets caught in Gekko’s web of seduction, deception, and greed. Often times when films have sequels years apart from one another, it often works against the film’s series as a whole. However, seeing that is the first sequel that Stone has directed to any of his films, I figured that Stone perhaps had a story worth telling. The question is, does Stone have a story worth telling?