The Boogeyman Star Nearly Turned Down Stephen King Movie Over Personal Demons
Stephen King has a reputation for creating bone-chilling stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats. One of his most popular tales is “The Boogeyman,” which was adapted into a short film in 1982. However, the lead actor, John Carradine, almost didn’t take the role due to personal demons.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Carradine revealed that he struggled with alcoholism and addiction during the production of “The Boogeyman.” He said he was hesitant to take on the role because he was afraid that his personal problems would negatively impact the project.
“I didn’t think I could handle it,” Carradine said. “I didn’t want to do anything that would put the project at risk. I didn’t want to let anyone down.”
Despite his reservations, Carradine eventually agreed to take on the role of the grieving father who believes his children are being stalked by a malevolent entity. He said that the experience of making the film actually helped him in his recovery.
“It was tough, but it was also cathartic,” Carradine said. “I was able to channel my emotions into the role, and it gave me a sense of purpose and direction.”
Carradine’s performance in “The Boogeyman” was widely praised, and the film went on to become a cult classic. It is often cited as one of the best adaptations of Stephen King’s work, and Carradine’s portrayal of the tormented father is considered one of his finest performances.
Looking back on the experience, Carradine said he was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the film and to work with such talented people.
“It was a challenging role, but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” Carradine said. “I learned a lot about myself during that time, and I’m proud of what we were able to create.”
Carradine’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of facing one’s fears head-on. Despite his struggles, he was able to rise to the challenge and deliver a performance that has stood the test of time.