“Stevie Wayne” from The Fog’ may see the light of day once more, with Adrienne Barbeau reprising the role!
The character was first introduced in 1980’s The Fog, with Barbeau, debuting into film from her work on television (Maude) and broadway (Grease), in the starring role as Antonio Bay’s fav radio personality, Stevie Wayne. The character of Wayne is not only that of a radio host, but also a mother to a young son. The role was resurrected back in 2005 by Selma Blair, in the wretchedly reviewed remake of the film, entitled the duplicate moniker. Both the remake and original had John Carpenter and the late Debra Hill, of Halloween’ fame, attached. Carpenter currently is attached to Blumhouse’s Halloween reboot.
I had an exclusive interview with Barbeau, who claimed during, she’d be open for the reprising role, if of course the opportunity presented itself. Barbeau claims as well, for one she turned down a role in The Devil’s Rejects and for two, what she looks for in a role, or rather, what kind of roles you’ll NEVER see her in.
Barbeau is known for her work on Maude, as well as for her work on John Carpenter’s The Fog and Escape From New York, her work in George Romero’s Creep Show and Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing.
I had the honor of meeting Barbeau at 2017’s past CT Horror Fest. I’d seen Barbeau at her table, she was busy signing autographs so I couldn’t really talk to her. Though I did eye Tom Atkins’ table, which was less crowded, the cinema veteran [Atkins] took a picture with me, free of charge, and then stood with me and conversed before he, and Barbeau’s panel. This all took about 5-8 minutes. Before we could talk any further, Atkins cut me short for the panel, he and Barbeau were do for. Atkins left first. As I stood in the back, iPad in hand recording, claps erupted. There she was..Adrienne Barbeau walking right pass me, down the aisle. The actress joined Atkins at their panel and so began an exchange of tidbits and laughter between the two of them. Questions from the audience arose, of course, I, seemed to be the first runner up, and then soon after, it was over. The panel was finished, way was made for Tony Morga’s and Dick Warlock’s session and Barbeau and Atkins returned to their tables. That’s when I approached her; Conversations were exchanged between the two of us and so began the footwork for our interview.
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Tom Holland’s Terror Time: After say, starring in EVERYTHING you have so far, in light of film and TV, who would you say during those experiences left the biggest impact on you?
Adrienne Barbeau: I think Bea Arthur probably had the biggest impact on me, in terms of film and television. I’m sure I learned so much of my comedy timing from her. And you couldn’t ask for a better example of the ultimate professional, or a more giving performer. It was never about Bea, always about what was best for the show.
THTT: What about Wes Craven or George Romero? Did they leave an impact on you, while they were with us?
AB: George’s friendship impacted me deeply. And, of course, his help creating Billie – I trusted his direction to go all out with her; she’s really his creation as much as mine. And boy, did it work!
THTT: What about your past work on Maude? Or American Dad, Swamp Thing, Creep Show, Death House? Any stories to tell?
AB: Plenty of stories to tell about Swamp Thing, Creepshow, Maude, my role as Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease, Carnivale, etc. but way too much to tell. So in shameless self-promotion, I’ll just say my memoir There Are Worse Things I Could Do is available for Kindle and as an audio book, and you may even find some hard copies and paperbacks still showing up on Amazon.
THTT: Do you ever look back on your performance in The Fog [as Stevie Wayne] and/or compare your performance to Selma Blair’s portrayal in the remake?
AB: I haven’t seen the remake of The Fog. Can’t imagine I ever will. So…can’t compare.
THTT: Would you be interested in still being a part of The Fog’s universe? In other words, if The Fog, at some point, was to be made into a television series, like every other classic film is nowadays, would you be interested in reprising your role as Stevie Wayne?
AB: I’d love it if I could reprise Stevie Wayne again. She’s one of my favorites.
THTT: Though the remake has gotten mixed reviews, say the film IS resurrected as a series or even as a mini-series, who would you say should be behind it? John Carpenter, somebody else, or do you think you’d be up to take the reins, so to speak…
AB: Not with me ‘at the reins’ as you ask. I’m sure there may be directors out there who could do a good job, but no one, no one can direct that project like John Carpenter could.
THTT: Has there been any projects sent to you that sparked any interest in you?
AB: I just finished filming The Chain, directed by David Martin Porras (who I loved) and starring my buddy from Swamp Thing, Ray Wise, and John Patrick Amedori and Madeline Zima. Psychological thriller. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. And in November I’m working with Lance Henriksen and Bai Ling and a great cast on a truly hysterical horror film. So those are two scripts that sparked my interest from page one.
THTT: What exactly do you look for in a role?
AB: What do I look for in a role? Well, I can tell you what I don’t look for – a lack of believability, a lack of logic, a lack of intelligent writing, and, if it’s a comedy, a lack of wit. You’re probably not going to see me playing many wimpy women; sort of goes against my nature. Other than that, it’s very subjective (as my manager will tell you when he makes sure I see every offer because he never knows what I’m going to say yes to).
THTT: Have you turned down any roles?
AB: I’ve turned down myriad roles. Sometimes after reading 20 pages of the script. And especially if the author hasn’t bothered to learn how to spell, learn correct grammar, and had someone else check for typos. And then sometimes, in the horror genre, because they’re just too violent or gruesome or offensive for my taste. Listen, I turned down The Devil’s Rejects. Not sure I even read it all the way through, I just knew no matter how good it was and how fine a director Rob Zombie is (I later did one scene for him in his Halloween and loved working with him), it was not something I could do.
I almost turned down Creepshow because I thought it was too bloody and gruesome. Until Tom Atkins clued me in on the comic book style George intended to use, and John Carpenter told me I’d be nuts to turn down the opportunity to work with George. I didn’t know. I don’t watch horror films. I’d never seen Night of the Living Dead.
THTT: What’ll be next for you? I mean according to IMDB you’re currently filming Apple Seed’ but after…
AB: Yes, I just finished filming Apple Seed with Rance Howard, Clint Howard, Robby Benson, and writer/director Michael Worth, and also The Eagle and the Albatross, with Dan Lauria; written and directed by Angela Shelton who had Tumbleweeds out a few years ago and has her new film Heart, Baby premiering soon. That’s a comedy. Next for me is a film for writer/producer David McAbee titled For The Love of Jessee. Definitely not a horror film!
This concluded my interview with the ageless Ms. Barbeau.