John Du­gan

Grandpa in The Texas Chain­saw Mas­sacre

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im­pres­sion in his first film role as Grandpa in Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain­saw Mas­sacre in 1974. The film be­came a clas­sic of the down- and- dirty hor­ror genre, and Du­gan’s per­for­mance made him an in­stant cult fig­ure. Twenty years later, Du­gan popped up as a cop in Texas Chain­saw Mas­sacre: The Next Gen­er­a­tion act­ing along­side fu­ture Os­car win­ners Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zell­weger, and he later reprised the role of Grandpa in 2013’ s Texas Chain­saw 3D. He’s ap­peared in other films such as Mon­stros­ity, Butcher Boys, Hell- ephone, and The Hos­pi­tal, and spends many week­ends meet­ing fans at con­ven­tions and other events, as well as ap­pear­ing as him­self for sev­eral episodes of the web se­ries Movie Cops.

Would you like to play Grandpa again?

Of course, I’d do it in a heart­beat! I’d have to do it dif­fer­ently than we did in 1974; I was twenty years old then and in great shape. It was much more com­fort­able hav­ing an air- con­di­tioned trailer work­ing on Texas Chain­saw 3D!

What’s the strangest re­quest you’ve had from a fan?

I’ve had many! A lot of peo­ple want me to suck their fin­ger, be­cause I did it in the movie, you know. I don’t do that any­more. Hell, you don’t know where somebody’s fin­ger has been! I get asked to sign a lot of fe­male body parts as well. All of them have still been at­tached to their own­ers, so far!

What would he be do­ing now?

Push­ing up daisies? Or he’d be say­ing, “Dray­ton! Where’s my beer?!” Just bitch­ing at the boys. I s there any­thing you think was un­fin­ished about grandpa’s story?

Yeah, I think his whole his­tory is un­fin­ished. I’d love to see a whole movie just about Grandpa. There’s a lot of po­ten­tial in his story.

Did you get any sou­venirs from the set?

No, noth­ing re­ally. Well, I had a bunch of pho­tos and press books from the orig­i­nal film but they were stolen from a trunk on the roof rack of my car in Sike­ston, Mis­souri back in the ’ 70s.

What would i t say on Grandpa’s grave­stone?

“He was the best.”

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