The on December 30. 1945 in New York, USA born Lloyd Kaufman would make by only some people a wake-up call. This is not weird if you know that this horror legend (with his own company Troma Entertainment) makes independent movies which are hard to get. Besides that he also works at movies for the big public. As an actor you could see him in for example movies like ‘Rocky’, ‘Slow Dancing in the Big City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Orgazmo’, ‘Slither’, ‘Pretty Cool’, ‘Crank: High Voltage’, ‘Gamer’, ‘Hatchet 2’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. He already worked with Hollywoodstars like Oliver Stone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marisa Tomei, Ron Jeremy, Corey Feldman, Stan Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Jorge Garcia. Perry from Moov.nl had the honour to interview the very nice Lloyd Kaufman for the internetsite.
001.What’s your favourite CD and why?
I don’t really have a favourite CD, but I do like the works of Cole Porter and Art Tatumvery much. It’s nice to listen.
There music is really brilliant and emotional.
002.What’s your favourite number and when do you listen to it?
At least one’s a week I listen to the number “La Forza Del Destino” from GiuseppeVerdi. And every day I listen to the
title song of my own movie ‘Poultrygeist: Attack ofthe Chicken Zombies!, performed by Calamari Safari.
003.Do you ever listen to music before you gonna film?
I listen to music when I work and when I’m writing. While I’m walking I’ve listen to myCD’s with all kind of different
artists. I get a lot of inspiration because of it.
004.How important is music for you in your movies?
Music is just like a movie. And a movie is like a big symphony.
005.How important is music for you in your life?
I like music very much. It’s nice to listen to music each day. Personally I think music isbetter then TV.
006.Who’s your favourite singer (male or woman)/group?
Then I go for John Lennon and Edith Piaf.
007.With whom do you like to sing a duet someday?
It’s seems a nice idea to sing a duet someday with Fiona Apple.
008.What’s your favourite sport to watch? And which sport do you like to do yourself?
I like to watch baseball and self I do jogging.
009.You’re an actor, producer, director, writer, cinematographer, production manager editor and composer. But
what do you like the most of it?
If I really have to choose, I choose for directing. I like the most to work behind thescenes and as an actor I’m not
important. Mostly I play small parts then. Also I had directing more movies in my career.
010.You already have worked with a couple of big names. But who have made to most impression to you until now?
Then I would say Mitchell Cohen, Ron Fazio, John Altamura and David Mattey. The four actors who have all played the
Toxic Avenger. This because ‘The Toxic Avenger’ is probably the biggest hit of my company Troma Entertainment.
And there I’m very proudon of course. The worst person ever whom I’ve worked with was director Don Taylor, from
‘The Final Countdown’ from 1980. I played the part of Lt. Cmdt. Kaufman in it. He was a horrible director and died in 1998.
With the actor Takashi Miike from ‘Ichi: TheKiller’ from 2002 I would love to work some day.
011.You’ve worked seven times with your wife Patricia Kaufman, eleven times with your daughter Charlotte, nine
times with your second daughter Lisbeth, eight times with your third daughter Lilly Hayes and two times with
your brother Charles. Only, you’ve never worked all at one and the same movie. Is this not a big wish of you?
That’s a nice idea, but not a wish of me. Also in the future my family will play small parts in my movies. But I prefer
young girls, haha.
012.Could you tell how important your company Troma Entertainment and your friendship with Michael Herz is
Both are very important for me. Together with Michael I create our company Troma Entertainment and we help each
other when we need. Also in difficult times. Because Troma Entertainment is an independent company I’ve got as
director totally freedom.There are no studio’s who are watching on my fingers by my movies.
013.You’re always making horror/comedy-movies. Do you not like to surprise your audience with a complete new
Oh no, absolutely not! I only make movies with I like, it has to feel right. What I do at the moment feels right and is most
014.What could we expect in the near future of you?
In will stay make movies with my own company Troma Entertainment. Besides that I’m also going to play in the movie
‘Cell’ in 2016, with stars like John Cusack (‘Con Air’) and Samuel L. Jackson (‘Pulp Fiction’).
Watch for more information about Lloyd Kaufman on www.lloydkaufman.com.
Interview: Perry Krootjes