Musicians have been crossing over into acting for years, but it’s unlikely any made the move for the same reason as Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix, who, well, wanted to get bloody.
“I wasn’t really actively looking for roles in a movie and it kind of just fell in my lap,” the former Coby Dick said on the set of his as-yet-untitled feature debut. “My brother’s working for the film and introduced me to the director, and the director was like, ‘Hey, would you like to do a small part in the film?’ And I was like, ‘Well what’s the part?’ I was always interested in special effects makeup when I was younger and [director Ryan McKinney] was like, ‘Oh, your wife’s gonna slash your throat,’ and I was like, ‘Oh cool!’ So I could get a little taste of acting and also be able to see behind the scenes as far as the special effects and the makeup and stuff like that.”
The movie was also convenient, as Shaddix had some rare free time while Papa Roach were taking a break. “I literally live 10 minutes from where the set is [in Sacramento, California], so it’s crazy how it all works out,” he said.
The supernatural thriller also stars Pam Grier and Lou Diamond Phillips.
“Growing up and watching ‘Young Guns’ and ‘La Bamba,’ please believe I was stoked when I heard his name,” Shaddix said of “LDP.” “I met Lou Diamond and he’s just like, ‘Go make history, kid,’ and I was like, ‘OK, here we go.’ ”
Shaddix plays an artist whose wife finds a Ouija board in their new home, at which point the “sh– hits the fan.”
“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t read the whole entire script so I don’t know exactly all the twists and turns, but it seems really cool,” he said. “It’s got a lot of flashbacks and stuff like that. It’s based around a Ouji board that kind of like possesses people.”
The day Shaddix wrapped shooting, he headed for Los Angeles with the rest of Papa Roach to start the follow-up to Getting Away With Murder (see “Papa Roach On Getting Sober And Getting Away With Murder” ).
“We’re renting a mansion together and we’re gonna take a month and write music and live together and just go crazy monk-style,” Shaddix said. “This is the first time we’ve done that. It was kind of inspired by Led Zeppelin going and doing records in a castle [and] Red Hot Chili Peppers in the Houdini mansion up in the Hollywood Hills. It’s kind of a long time coming and just a dream that we’ve had, so I’m excited.”
Murder producer Howard Benson will again be behind the boards, and Shaddix said to expect an even more drastic transition from their rap-rock sound of the past (à la “Last Resort”) to straight rock.
“Floor-to-floor rock and roll, dirty nasty, a little more filth, a little more fun,” he said of their intended evolution. “I’ve been listening to a lot of records like AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, but definitely listening to a lot of roots rock that I was listening to growing up and also a lot of current stuff too. I’m a music whore. I mix it up.”
With the album likely not being released until mid-2006, Papa Roach are tiding fans over with the just-released DVD “Live & Murderous in Chicago,” which combines live footage with backstage material, or “typical rock-and-roll debauchery,” as Shaddix put it.
“Chicago’s one of our favorite cities to rock and we set up there and we just murdered it,” he added. “The thing is we didn’t shoot like four different shows and pull the best stuff. We just set up one night, got the camera crew there and had one shot to nail it or one shot to destroy it. And we definitely nailed it.”