The guys over at iHorror had the chance to catch up with Doug Bradley, the man who helped to make the terrifying ‘Pinhead’ the genre icon he is today, to discuss his absence from the forthcoming Hellraiser flick, Hellraiser: Judgement. Many who steer clear of celebrity circles or major news outlets have been left to wonder why in the world the longtime Hellraiser staple would not appear in the upcoming Hellraiser: Judgement. The answer is interesting, to say the very least, and somehow, it all basically comes down to a non-disclosure agreement.
Apparently Bradley, who’s never been a walking quote machine or plot spoiler of any sort, was briefly approached about the gig when the topic of the non-disclosure agreement came up. From there, well, I’ll let Bradley tell it:
I told Gary that I wasn’t going to sign the NDA and they moved on very quickly. Gary gave an interview to FANGORIA in which he said they started recasting the next day. Nobody picked up the phone, neither Gary nor anyone at Dimension or any of the line producers at the production company, which I would certainly have been doing. ‘Doug can we talk about this? What’s the issue with this? Can we change this? What’s the problem? Because we really want you on board.’ No. It was just ‘OK,’ and recast, which tells me that they didn’t really want me in the first place, or not all that much.
There it is. And again, let me stress that I didn’t say a word about it until Heather Langenkamp broke silence in a radio interview. That was when I put my post on Facebook, because I knew immediately what was coming my way, which was ‘Oh, my God, a new Hellraiser film! Doug, are you gonna be in it? Are you gonna be in it? Is Doug in it? Is Doug in it?’ So, I decided to get my answer in first. I never got the chance to read the screenplay, so this movie I didn’t even turn down because I was prevented from making a judgment as to whether I wanted to do the movie or not, and I’m disappointed in that. I think I deserved a bit more respect than that, to be honest.
This is a fascinating interview that actually provides a little interesting insight into the way things work in the business. Head over to iHorror to read the interview in its entirety.