This year has been a good year for Fran Kranz. He starred in “Much Ado About Nothing,” one of the most anticipated and well-received movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. He acted alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols’ Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman.” And “The Cabin in the Woods” finally hit theaters, after a long and frustrating wait (it’s now available on DVD and Blu-ray).
Kranz says he had a great time playing wise stoner Marty. “There was something truthful and juicy that you could sink your teeth into and look at him as a three-dimensional, real human being.”
But when he first read the script, he had a decidedly negative reaction, but it wasn’t that he didn’t like it. “It was so funny, far funnier than your typical horror film,” he said. “And a lot of horror films have a lot of good humor, but this was like a great comedy on its own.”
The problem was imagining what his future would be like if he didn’t get the gig. “I knew if I didn’t get this role it would haunt me for the rest of my life. It would be on my mind and nagging at me forever,” he said. “I remember putting it down and kind of pacing around my living room and walking outside and just being like, ’Oh God, this is terrible, this movie’s going to just destroy me.'”
Kranz needn’t have worried; Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard were already eyeing him for Marty. “I didn’t know that at the time, but they had me in mind from the beginning,” he said. “Thankfully it all worked out.”
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