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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 since.


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.

Welcome everyone.

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 as well.

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 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 one, Griff?

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. Thatís nice.

Operator: And weíll proceed with the next question from the line of Stacy Roberts with 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 favorite?

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 Shark?

Griff Furst: How did we decide which direction to take the story?

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 doing.

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 conditions.

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 us.

Gary Morgenstein: Thank you everyone. Thank you, Richard. Thank you, Griff. Remember Thursday, 9:00 pm, only on Syfy, Ghost Shark.

Richard Moll: Well, thank you. That was a pleasure. A lot of fun really.

Gary Morgenstein: Take care, guys. Thanks again. Bye everyone.

Griff Furst: Thanks, Gary.

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