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.
Machete, Rodriguez’s first (with the promise of two sequels!) official foray into the sub-genre “Mexploitation” arrives at a politically relevant time as Arizona’s immigration climate is splashed all over the news. Still, the overall tongue-in-cheek tone of the film suggests coincidence, as Machete is the first of several faux trailers from 2007’s Grindhouse to be made into a feature-length. Reportedly, Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving is on the way.