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Interview with Richard Moll and
Director Griff Furst of "Ghost Shark" on Syfy 8/19/13
I was moving during most of the summer, so I missed a few
interviews, including this one. I'm very sorry I did because
I used to love Richard Moll on "Night Court" - I watched
every episode! He's done a lot of fun TV shows and movies
Moderator: Gary Morgenstein
August 19, 2013
2:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by,
and welcome to the Syfy conference call Ghost Shark.
Gary Morgenstein: Welcome everyone on this Thursday, August
22 at 9:00 pm. Weíre delighted to premier Ghost Shark. I
know itís been a summer of sharks, and to talk about Ghost
Shark and their careers and shark mania, and whatever you
guys want to talk about, I have star Richard Moll and
Director Griff Furst.
Richard Moll: Why, thank you. Pleasure to be here.
Griff Furst: Thank you.
Operator: And weíll proceed with our first question from the
line of Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine.
Go right ahead.
Jamie Steinberg: I was wondering if you guys could each talk
about how you got involved with the film.
Griff Furst: I was involved in this film from the ground up
really. My partners and I at Active Entertainment met with
Tom Vitale and his team over at Syfy and we kind of
collectively came up with the title Ghost Shark first, and
then after that we went into several different variations on
the story that would eventually become Ghost Shark. So,
thatís kind of how it all started for us.
Jamie Steinberg: I was asking for the stars though, if they
could talk about how they got involved with the film.
Richard Moll: Well, the way I got involved was like this.
The phone rang one day and they said, ďHow would you like to
come down to Louisiana and do a movie called Ghost Shark?Ē
And I said, ďWell, let me think about it. Okay.Ē Thatís how
I got involved, and it was actually my maiden voyage to
Louisiana, so there was a pleasure in that. It was a
pleasure meeting and working with Griff first.
His father, Stephen Furst, Iíve known for a long while. I
donít know Stephen very well, but I believe he guested on
Night Court and of course we know him from Animal House and
he was a contemporary of mine on the NBC lineup with St.
Elsewhere, because that was going on when Night Court was
going on. And I think we might also have worked in a film in
the former Yugoslavia, just to show you how far back we go,
an NBC Movie of the Week, I think he may have been in that
Jamie Steinberg: Could you talk about what you found
challenging about your role, Richard?
Richard Moll: Avoiding snake bite, I think, would probably
have to be number one on that. No, I donít know what it is.
Richard Moll: But, you know it was fun. It was challenging.
I donít know. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I worked
hard on that and I hope I didnít freak everybody out getting
into the various moods, but that was challenging. And, you
know just keeping oneís energy up and giving your best every
time you could; thatís challenging too. But thereís also a
real sense of fun with it because of the type of film it is
and the people you were working with and just the excitement
of being in Louisiana around Baton Rouge and getting to
visit New Orleans one day. They treated us royally at NOLA,
you know that wonderful restaurant thereÖ
Jamie Steinberg: Yes. Well, I have to say youíll always be
my favorite Two-Face.
Richard Moll: Really? Well, thereíre so many Two-Faces in
Hollywood that, you know, Iím really honored that you would
choose me among all of them, but thatís very nice. I enjoyed
doing that role very much with Warner Bros. Television. We
did it for the Batman cartoons. Really quite wonderfully
done cartoons, and it was just great working with people
like - you never knew who might show up, too - because we
sort of do the voiceover, all of us in a big room in a
semicircle with the mics in front of us. And the people in
the booth in front of us, you know might run into, like Rene
Auberjonois or who knows who, so it was just really fun
working with some of those talents.
Jamie Steinberg: Great. Thank you so much.
Richard Moll: My pleasure, our pleasure.
Operator: Thank you very much. And weíll proceed with our
next question from the line of Christiane Elin with
Sci-FiVision.com. Go right ahead.
Christiane Elin: Hi. Good morning, guys. Thanks for taking
the call today.
Richard Moll: Good. Youíre welcome.
Christiane Elin: With the summer and the big Sharknado hit
from Syfy, how do you feel like Ghost Shark stands compared
to the natural-occurring phenomenon of Sharknado?
Richard Moll: Take it, Griff. Run with it.
Griff Furst: Oh, I think Sharknado was a - it was - I think
itís a nice lead-in for Ghost Shark, I do. Those guys are
good friends of oursóthe Syfy original filmmakersóItís very
incestuous. So, I worked with that writer and that director
before and weíre all kind of rooting for each other, so were
all very pleased to see Sharknado become the Twitter
phenomenon that is has. And, at the end of the day, theyíre
very different movies. Itís a very different group of
filmmakers, even though weíre all friends, but you know I
think they compliment each other nicely.
Christiane Elin: Iím into the paranormal, but I donít know
if thereís ever been a Ghost Shark before.
Richard Moll: Actually, when I was trying to find it on the
computer I think there was a Ghost Shark film, of all
things, out of Australia, I believe. Did you hear about that
Griff Furst: Yeah, somebody sent it to me. Thereís a Ghost
Shark fan page on Facebook, and I got a link from somebody
that said, ďHey, great minds think alike. We made a movie
called Ghost Shark,Ē back in to 2004 or something. And I
lost the trail and it was kind of amusing, but they had no
shark in their movie. Theirs was like an invisible shark.
So, thatís the only other Ghost Shark, or paranormal shark,
that Iíve ever heard of. But, I donít think thereís ever
been a full-length, real feature made about a Ghost Shark,
until now that is.
Christiane Elin: And so, Iím assuming that we just donít
have to be afraid of the water, from what Iíve seen. So, the
ghost shark can pop up at just about anywhere?
Richard Moll: Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Griff Furst: I think Syfy nailed it when they released the
trailer with the tagline, ďIf youíre wet, youíre dead.Ē
Richard Moll: Yes. I havenít taken a shower since then. You
were talking about the other film, Sharknado, which I
enjoyed watching. It was really nicely produced and nice
values and everything, and totally believable. But anyway,
you know it is kind of incestuous because we realized the
producer of that film, Anthony Ferrante, and I worked a long
time ago in Romania doing another Syfy project called
Headless Horseman. So, thereís another tie-in with all of
those folks; just wanted to get that in there.
Christiane Elin: Well, thank you for the long career with
Syfy. Iím glad youíre back on for Ghost Shark.
Richard Moll: Well, so I am. Thank you for everything.
Operator: And weíll proceed with the next question from the
line of Stacy Roberts with SeriouslyOMG.com. Go right ahead.
Stacy Roberts: Hi, guys. I absolutely loved the movie.
Richard Moll: Really? Oh, youíre fabulous.
Stacy Roberts: So there are a lot of awesome deaths in it. I
know which oneís my favorite, but which one is your
Richard Moll: Youíre not a ghoul are you, by any chance, or
some sort of really strange, blood-thirsty person?
Stacy Roberts: Yes, I am. No, Iím just kidding.
Richard Moll: I just wondered. I donít even remember the
deaths. I know mineís the least favorite because it means I
wonít be in the sequel, so thatís the way I look at it. What
do you think, Griff, favorite death?
Stacy Roberts: Unless you did a prequel?
Griff Furst: Yes, thereís always the possibility of a
prequel. We Ė Richard and I were actually just talking about
that. Iíve lived a lot of deaths and I like a lot of them. I
think I probably like the deaths in the montage because they
come so fast and in consecutive order. I donít want to give
the specifics of any deaths, but there is a montage
somewhere about midway through the film where a bunch of
people get it right in a row, so I quite like that moment.
Richard Moll: Maybe itís a bit of an homage to The
Godfather, you know?
Griff Furst: Totally.
Richard Moll: Remember that...
Stacy Roberts: How did you come up with the concept of Ghost
Griff Furst: How did we decide which direction to take the
Stacy Roberts: Yes.
Griff Furst: Before we actually settled on the story that
you have seen, there were three very, very different ideas
for it. So, we knew what we wanted the villain to be when we
first came up with the idea, but we werenít too sure about
the story. So, we worked together with Syfy for probably
about six months just on the treatment phase and came up
with three different stories. And finally the third one, the
guys at Syfy thought we nailed it, and we proceeded with the
screenplay from there.
So, it was a bit of a lengthy process, but it was definitely
for the best because the stories were very, very different
before we actually nailed the right one. So, it was just a
little bit of trial and error, and they were all good
stories, but finding the one that was perfect took a little
Stacy Roberts: Okay. And what was the snake story that you
or Richard mentioned earlier?
Richard Moll: A snake story? Did you mention a snake story?
Stacy Roberts: Wasnít there something about being afraid of
being bitten by a snake?
Griff Furst: Oh, that was just the actual shooting
Richard Moll: That or a small alligator. I donít think it
was a bad as we like to paint it. We like to get
melodramatic about things, but there were a few swampy areas
and you wanted to be careful where youíre planting you feet,
but when youí re going at a dead run through the swamp, itís
hard to make those choices sometimes at midnight. But
anyway, it was fun...
Stacy Roberts: Sounds like it.
Griff Furst: In the film, when you hear a character say,
ďWatch out for snakes,Ē that was kind of our inside joke
because the place was filled with snakes. So, we shot about
two weeks after Hurricane Isaac came through and it brought
a lot of water inland and made our beaches a little more
swampy than we had hoped, and the water moccasins were quite
fond of our set. So, we had people in boots with rakes and
shovels trying to scare snakes away as best they can, but
yes, we were dealing with a lot of snakes on the set.
Stacy Roberts: Okay. It sounds like thatís still a horror
movie. Thank you very much and thank you for the movie.
Richard Moll: Well, youíre more than welcome from both of
Gary Morgenstein: Thank you everyone. Thank you, Richard.
Thank you, Griff. Remember Thursday, 9:00 pm, only on Syfy,
Richard Moll: Well, thank you. That was a pleasure. A lot of
Gary Morgenstein: Take care, guys. Thanks again. Bye
Griff Furst: Thanks, Gary.
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