Back in , An American Werewolf in London had unsuspecting cinema audiences jumping out of their seats or leaving the auditorium in revulsion. It was a tightly-told tale of two young Americans coming face-to-face with an ancient legend, and the movie's sharp editing, ground-breaking special effects and convincing make-up created a werewolf benchmark that still endures today. To celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year, actor David Naughton -- who played David Kessler, the doomed US-tourist-turned-werewolf -- talks about the gruelling hours spent in make-up; the experience of being completely naked for most of the movie; and also reveals how a soft drink was instrumental in his being cast for the role How did you get involved with the Dr Pepper commercials? I initially went in to do some dance auditions which I thought, well, I'll go because my agent sent me for this.
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Besides enduring the extensive makeup, David Naughton, who played David Kessler, spent about 40 percent of his screen time naked. Filming in the cold British weather was tough, but he was understandably most worried about being in a cage with real wolves… while naked! As he told SF Site in They were trying to say to us that the wolves had been fed, that we should have some comfort in knowing that. Earlier in the movie, we see a dog and cat react in fear to David, but here the wolves calmly accept him as one of their one.
Back in John Landis put together one of the best werewolf movies ever made. Even with the hardcore terror that this movie inspires, it still manages to be funny and even aloof in some moments. We at Human Echoes are proud to say it will be the first in a brand new Five Horrific Facts series that will be coming out bi-weekly.