PHOTOGRAPHER Nabil Elderkin
WRITER Tom Conlon
Your new flick, Clive Barker’s Midnight Meat Train, is a bit of a departure. How did that role come about?
Well, I chose this over the numbertwo role in Rambo. I just thought that Rambo would be all about Sylvester, which it was. Even if I did a great job, it would all be about Stallone, you know? One of the producers called me recently and was like, “Oh you’re fucking crazy. You should have done Rambo. Look at the money it’s earning.” And I said, “Yeah but it wouldn’t have helped my career.” Midnight Meat Train is more for my career than my bank balance. It’s different.
How did you like playing a serial killer?
I got right into it. What the director has done with this movie is unbelievable. I think it takes horror to a new level. Some of the stuff is unbelievable. When I saw it, I was like “Oh … my God.” I’ve got this big steel-spike hammer in the movie, which is like my killing machine. In one part you actually see the hammer hit the back of someone’s head, then you see it go through the skull and everything comes out—eyes, teeth, and everything. It’s mental.
Are you a fan of horror movies?
I’m a fan of the old-fashioned horror movies. I feel that the new ones are just trying to come up with the most vulgar and unbelievable stuff just to shock you until you drop. That’s fi ne, but there’s got to be a little bit of a story there. I think horror movies were losing that a little bit, I really do. Or maybe it’s that some of them were so shocking that you forgot there was a plot … I don’t know. But this is all in the story. We’re not cutting fingers off with pliers just to make you turn away.
Do you think you’ll ever return to football?
Just this season, I’ve started my own soccer team in Hollywood. I was playing for another team with Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and guys like that, but they’re getting a bit old. They’ve put on a few pounds in their old age. We were getting our asses kicked the last couple of years so I formed a new team called Hollywood All-Stars FC. We play every Sunday down at Santa Monica airfi eld. We’re a friendly bunch and after the games we all go to the King’s Head for a few beers in true English style. If any of your readers are interested in playing soccer and they’re any good, they can contact us through the Web site, hasfc.com.
What about a return to the English Football Association?
I’m living overn here now and I’m not getting any younger, you know? There were some rumors that people wanted me to go back and coach, but I’ve left lock, stock, and fucking barrel.
Nice. Thanks for your time, Vinnie. It’s been emotional.
It’s been emotional, bro.