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.”