D.C. native Tony Todd hit the town to promote his new movie 'Final Destination 5.' Niteside caught up with the actor to get the scoop on his latest role, his visit here, and what it's like to still be known as Candyman.
How’s it feel to be back?
It feels great! I’m a D.C. native, but it’s been about seven years since I’ve actually been here. The last time I was here, I was working at Kennedy Center, having a great time.
What makes number 5 so different this time around for "Final Destination"?
More scary moments, definitely! "Final Destination 5" is not for you if you’re a not scary person. If you’re someone who likes thrills, likes to get on the craziest roller coaster you can find, then go see the movie.
Why do you think the franchise continues to be so popular?
I think the original idea was really powerful and unique. I think people are fascinated by the storyline. People love going to the movies, being a dark room with collective strangers and sharing an experience. "Final Destination" delivers because people know that what happens in the movie could happen to them.
I’ve done my fair share of television. I really think television is on the verge of collapse, because there’s so much reality-based TV out on our airwaves now. It’s more of a tough business, and actors aren’t making the money and getting the opportunities that they used to 20 years ago.
However, I tell students all the time you have to be careful what you wish for. Take Prince, for instance; he probably hasn’t been in a grocery store in years. You have to give up the simple things; I wouldn’t want to do that.
Do people still call you Candyman?
Every single day! [That movie came out in 1992], so we must’ve done something right.
You’ve accomplished a lot -- anything else you’d still like to do?
Yes, I want to make people happy, I want to spend more time with my grandkids, I want to own a movie studio, I want to go bull riding and I want to go to a tomato festival. OK, maybe not a tomato festival, but more than anything I want to keep smiling and keep making other people smile as well.