This week on The Malliard Report Jim welcomes back a guest from far too long ago, but may still be someone that you recognize. Known for his “macabre menacing characters with an undercurrent of melancholy” from Tony Commando to Abraham Lincoln, the very talented Bill Oberst Junior. Bill joins Jim to discuss his life as an actor, his love and history of horror, and dives into what is considered controversial ideas today.
“Bill Oberst Jr. is an American actor of stage and screen whose real-life gentleness and interest in things spiritual are at odds with his often macabre screen persona. Ron Chaney, great-grandson of Lon Chaney, presented Oberst with the first Lon Chaney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Horror Films in 2014.Perhaps most widely-known internationally as the face of director Jason Zada’s Take This Lollipop, awarded a Daytime Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category of New Approaches-Daytime Entertainment. Oberst has been seen by over 100 million viewers worldwide as an online stalker in the interactive application for Facebook users”.
With the rise of the equality movements that we see today, there is one trope that is still surprisingly prevalent today. The ever classic horror movie staple damsel in distress is seen just as often today as it was sixty years ago when classic horror made its break into the scene. This is unique in the fact that with so many of the “stereotypes” that were common place in movies past having been done away with, this one still stands. Why is that? Let us know why you think so in the comments or through Twitter.
Bill also shares his insight to red carpet events, what drew him into acting, his love for horror, and much more. Bill is a fantastic guest with a great story to tell. You can follow him through most social media outlets or through his website billoberst.com, and keep an eye out for his latest movie, the Rob Zombie directed 3 from Hell to come out in 2019. For the latest updates, past episodes, and to sign up for the newsletter, head over to Malliard.com and don’t forget to follow Jim (@Malliard) on Twitter where you can share your thoughts and ideas.