Brad Dourif ('The Hazing')
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'Horror of Horrors, Dourif Speaks!'
The character actor Brad Dourif was born in 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia, where his father owned and operated a dye factory. From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, SC, where he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming a professional artist, he finally settled on acting as a profession, inspired by his mother's participation as an actress in community theater.
Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington. At age 19, he quit his hometown college and headed to New York City, where he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and made his first big-screen appearance with a bit part in 'W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings' (1975). Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Forman's 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' undoubtedly his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut, a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Skeptical of his instant stardom, Dourif returned to New York, where he continued in theater and taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988 when he moved to Hollywood. Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, his intensity destined him to play demented, deranged, or disturbed characters, starting in 'Eyes of Laura Mars' (1978), John Huston's 'Wise Blood' (1979), Milos Forman's 'Ragtime' (1981), David Lynch's 'Dune' (1984), 'Blue Velvet' (1986), and notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in 'Child's Play' (1988) and its sequels.
Dourif then broke from the horror genre with roles in 'Fatal Beauty' (1987), 'Mississippi Burning' (1988), 'Hidden Agenda' (1990), and 'London Kills Me' (1991). Recent film work includes the role of Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy.
And now Dourif is back to the horror genre with 'The Hazing' from MTI Home Video. 'The Hazing' is a story about a group of college students who plan to initiate new frat members in a possessed home with other plans and also stars Brooke Burke – in her feature film debut! ('Wild on E!'), Tiffany Shepis ('Six Feet Under'), Nectar Rose ('Not Another Teen Movie'), and Parry Shen of 'The New Guy' fame.
Very recently we got the chance to chat for a surprisingly-quick five (5) minutes ONLY to the great Brad Dourif and here's what he had to say:
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