Mick Garris Interviews Scatman Crothers On The Shining (1980)

We have shared one of Mick Garris’ Fantasy Film interviews on the site before, in that case it was with William Shatner about his then upcoming role in Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in 1979. The one today has Garris (The Stand, Masters of Horror) chatting it up with the late great Scatman Crothers from 1980 about Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining.

Scatman’s warmth and humor really comes across well in this video as the two talk about the many takes that Kubrick demanded during the film and sharing a song he wrote and performed for the legendary director. They talk as well about his career in music and films and what makes him most happy. I think we film fans really need to thank Garris for sharing these video treasures.

The Shining is a film I caught at the 62 Drive-In back in my youth and was completely enthralled by it to say the least. In particular I remember the scene where Dick Halloran (Crothers) is explaining to Danny about their special abilities. I can recall my Father asking me if I was so okay…I was just focusing that intently on the scene, it’s still one of my favorites.


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