Horror Month – June 2015
We spoke with Robert Mukes – known for playing the character of Rufus T Firefly in Rob Zombie’s 2003 directorial debut House of 1000 Corpses.
“Rob Zombie is a very cool, mellow, relaxed director who is open to suggestions and ideas and is very easy to work with. I’ve asked many other directors for weapons… I asked him for a gun and he said, “sure, you can have the sheriff’s gun”
What led you to become a actor?
I was a basketball player in the summer pro-leagues in Los Angeles (that’s how I got contracts to play in Europe). I had a friend who was going to an audition for a basketball commercial and he asked me why I didn’t do that… The next thing I knew I was at an audition for a basketball commercial. One thing led to another, and here I am today.
You portrayed Rufus R.J. Firefly, Jr in Rob Zombies film House of 1000 corpses (one of the best horror films ever) how were your experiences on set?
It was amazing! It was shot as a Universal Studios movie, so I was very excited about filming because it was shot at their lot and the art direction and sets were phenomenal.
What was it like working with the legend that is Rob Zombie?
It was awesome! Rob Zombie is a very cool, mellow, relaxed director who is open to suggestions and ideas and is very easy to work with. I’ve asked many other directors for weapons… I asked him for a gun and he said, “sure, you can have the sheriff’s gun.”
Was there any reason why you didn’t reprise your role for the sequel (The Devils Rejects)?
That’s a very good question… When I got the script for Devil’s Rejects, I was heartbroken. Rufus Jr died within the first 3 pages. I couldn’t believe it was true…. I went through the whole script and Rufus Jr never came back. So since it was really just a stunt role, I declined the role and left it to a stunt actor.
You have been in many horror films….are you a fan of horror yourself?
Absolutely! I like classic horror films like the original Halloween, TCM, and Night of the Living Dead, etc. And I must have watched House of 1000 Corpses over 50 times… it is the most campy horror film out there and I am so fortunate to be a part of it!
Is there any other genre you would like to act in?
I want to be a villain in a Marvel movie!
You’ve worked on many TV shows what role has been your personal favourite?
As far as television goes, I really enjoyed portraying Abumchuk on the TV series Weeds. It was a very amazing experience to work with Elizabeth Perkins, Justin Kirk, Mary-Louise Parker, etc.
If you could play a role from any movie which would it be any why?
A role is really what the individual actor makes it, so I can’t really pick a specific role, but I think a role in a movie like Tombstone as a badass cowboy would be awesome or a villain in a Marvel movie.
What is your favourite film of all time?
House of 1000 Corpses. When it first came out, I watched the movie multiple times and I didn’t understand it at all. Then I read an article in People magazine where Rob Zombie said that it was “a f*cked up movie for f*cked up people.” It wasn’t until I got f*cked up with my close friend, Jim Van Bebber (director/producer of Charlie’s Family), and watched it that I fell in love with it and I’ve watched it at least 50 times since. I love the art direction, the pace, the editing, the score, and the acting. Karen Black, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, etc. totally dominated that movie!
Do you have any upcoming projects?
I most certainly do! I am in a Kurt Russell movie, that is currently in post-production, called Bone Tomahawk (he acted in it and produced it); a movie called Slumber Party Slaughter which has Tom Sizemore in it; and 4 independent projects that are currently seeking a budget.
Find out more about Robert and his upcoming appearances on his website, www.robertmukes.com.