We speak with the first Jason to KILL! An Interview with Warrington Gillette
At Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida last year guests were treated to a weekend of Halloween fun with cosplayers, guests, panels, and more! While there we got a chance to speak with Warrington Gillette, the man behind the face (yes, you read that right) of Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part II, back before Jason first donned his now iconic hockey mask and was instead adorned with a hay sack to cover his gruesome exterior.
OG: How did you get the part?
WG: My agent at the time, Roseana Gates, submitted me to the producers originally for the role of one of the counselors, but my background and experience with stunt work landed me the part of Jason in Friday the 13th Part II.
OG: What was it like wearing the makeup?
WG: It was shocking. It took about 7 to 8 hours each time. I was sent to a dentist to get a cast of my mouth made and Carl Fullerton was brought on to build the full face mask. As we went along the process they realized they needed to tape my eye shut to properly wear the mask, so I had no depth perception whenever I had that on.
OG: What was your favorite moment of filming?
WG: Blasting through the window, easily. That shot is iconic and I think deserves some kind of award. That wasn’t sugar glass I went through either, that was actually plexiglass and I got pretty cut up afterward. The frame of the window was actually scored so the first time I tried to hit it I actually ricocheted right off. (laughs) I had a 3 step platform to jump off with no wires or a harness, that was it.
OG: What was the hardest part of filming?
WG: Again, the window scene. I think I had to do it about 10 times in total.
OG: What are your thoughts on the legacy of Jason and the Friday the 13th as a whole?
WG: I am so grateful to be a part of it, as everyone involved should be. Lots of people made Friday the 13th what it is. People have been cut, burned, disfigured, and everything else to bring those films to live and I am honored to have my part in that legacy. Every generation, even younger ones, love it and it lets me come to conventions and meet all kinds of amazing people.
A big thank you to Warrington for speaking with us! Go check out his latest project, “Bloody Social”, now live on IndieGoGo here where you can become a backer for the project and get all kinds of perks, including a cameo role in the film at the highest tier!