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Ryan Lambert Interview – Part 2
[00:00:00] Jeff Haas: And yeah, and I, it would change the character quite a bit if he hangs around the elementary school to protect Horace. because you know, that’s where he’s, that’s the only place where he is like the tough guy that wouldn’t change the character.
Ryan Lambert: Love it. I love it.
I love this. I love it.
Jeff Haas: Talk to us at our Fred Decker and be like, you know, you gotta have, like a minute short where you have Rudy the junior high years, you know,
Ryan Lambert: I’ve talked to Fred, you know, you could, you can ask Fred the same question he asked me and he’d just go interesting.
Jeff Haas: yeah, eventually I had to talk to, Fred Decker. I know, in about two or three weeks, we have, Dunkin rider coming on the interview as well
Ryan Lambert: for gear
Jeff Haas: regear. Sorry. I’m I really am shit with names.
Ryan Lambert: I can sell it here. Fred was a great interview. he’ll talk a lot about James Bond and, Ray Harryhausen
Jeff Haas: that’s cool.
Well, I told the story before there was an interview. I did some months back [00:01:00] when I interviewed stanza Chi, the guy who created you saw you Jimbo. And I mentioned about 12 different names and honest to God, I got every single one wrong. He said you’re wrong. And every single one, I was like, yeah, I know.
It’s interesting how it goes.
Ryan Lambert: also who cares a true I’ll be whatever you want. I did a whole interview once where they kept calling me Brian
Jeff Haas: and I
Ryan Lambert: didn’t, I never said I never corrected them once.
Jeff Haas: Like I don’t
Ryan Lambert: care.
Jeff Haas: Yeah. I do, any independent comic books, very small market con books and, you know, everyone, how are you going to show you do and people review your book and I’ve got to like Fred Haas and Fred Haas, his new book.
It’s like, Fred, what did he get? Jeff Fred from Jack?
Ryan Lambert: Yeah. That they wrote something wrong down or. Yeah. That’s way off.
Jeff Haas: Yes, exactly.
Ryan Lambert: And completely getting the wrong word.
[00:02:00] Jeff Haas: Exactly. But the key was not, they gave it a positive review and that’s really all I cared about. Like, you know what? Fuck it. Then I’m Fred.
But a friend was a good review. Yeah, exactly.
Ryan Lambert: I’m Fred and I got a good review. The end, like not going to complain about it and not going to get on Twitter. Shut up. Yeah. You’re lucky that someone’s reviewing your stuff, not you particularly, but like thankful that you’re out there, you know, doing things that people are interested in.
Jeff Haas: Well, it’s kind of interesting. just, I know it’s off topic, but, a couple of years ago, before I was doing the podcast, I was doing a, a written interview, where, you know, you, you know, just take questions that, you know, they type out their answers and you post the answers, with what they told you what this, and it was a very well-known comic writer at the time I could give his name.
And when I had asked him for the interview
Ryan Lambert: instead
Jeff Haas: of an a, huh,
Ryan Lambert: Is it Alan Moore?
Jeff Haas: I know he’s just too big of a Dick for me to want to talk to, but I’ll just say the [00:03:00] name is Dan Jergen. and at the end of his last name, I spelled it. E N a N and he flamed me on Twitter over it. And I was like, Jesus, dude,
Ryan Lambert: you just made my point.
It’s like, I’m going to shut off.
Jeff Haas: Okay. It, yeah. It’s like, I was like, you know, dude, all you’ve had to say was fixed, fix this spelling and I’d be like, all right, sorry man. But yeah, I remember that. It doesn’t always remember double check the spelling before you post.
Ryan Lambert: Sure. Yeah. That’s nice. Double-check on the site, for sure.
Jeff Haas: Yeah. If you, if he posts, when this episode goes live and you find yourself Robert Lam, Bart, I apologize if that ever happened.
Ryan Lambert: It’s pronounced lamb bear.
Jeff Haas: Okay. But I didn’t mean to go back a little bit until Rudy. W watching monster squad now as from a 21st century, 2020, lens, [00:04:00] you got Rudy smoking, you got Rudy creating bullets, got Rudy shooting things. He shooting arrows. He’s stealing. Could this character exists in a modern movie now at all
Ryan Lambert: that character could, for sure.
It’s just comic relief, really? I mean, obviously the smoking, maybe not, unless you were sort of. I don’t know who cares. Yeah. I would do it like, you know, there are things that you can’t do. Like you, you actually can’t do it. Like if you do like, no one’s gonna even make your robot. you know, there’s a lot of, derogatory statements, you know, thrown at certain people, whether it’s like serious or just a throw away to another character.
you know, and I don’t even like. You know, I usually, I don’t give a shit about saying words, but like, you know, for the sake of content context, you know, like they call each other faggot, like, you know, I mean, that’s probably wouldn’t call someone fat kid, [00:05:00] the smoking and drinking. It’s like, I don’t know.
I think you can get away with it, even if it was controversial, that would be cool. You know, like, Oh, he smokes and then ’em, I’m gonna, you know, write a protest about this. Like, okay, calm down. It’s just a movie. Like there are words that you just don’t want to use anymore in this day and age, even though if you understood the, you know, the reasoning and why it was there in the first place, then you would understand.
And I think anybody that was there. Would understand why that’s there, but I’ve had friends or just people. I know that write me and say, I want to show this to my daughter. She’s six. I know she’ll love it so much because she watches a lot of crazy, weird stuff. And I think she’d really like that. And she loves Frankenstein as like a character Frankenstein’s monster.
Sorry. but I’m a little nervous about the. The words [00:06:00] and then they came back to me and they said, I just explained it to her. You know, don’t say this, don’t say that. And I was like, I don’t know what to tell you about any of that. I’ll like, all I can defend is the time, you know, when we were kids that’s those are the things we call each other.
It didn’t mean what it means now. It just, it didn’t. And that’s just pure fact. or we just would dump, I don’t know, but it’s just what we said. And it was sort of, sort of a thing that was accepted and it wasn’t a big deal then in film and film, it’s just what, it’s what it was. And you can watch the film and close your ears if it offends you.
But like, you know, I have a weird thing about being offended. You know, like, Oh, you’re, Oh, you’re offended by that. Oh, what, okay. Now what? Like, like it’s [00:07:00] not against the law, you know what I mean? It’s like, you’re just offended by something then go away. I hate it. I hate the word offended. I’m offended by that.
Right. I completely agree.
Jeff Haas: and I think I found that what I interpreted much for then thinking about time periods in 1988, the movie came out in 1985, the same way it was made. It had been PG and everyone would be like, cool, PG movie. obviously it’s PG 13 and 87, but I always think like, if you did it today, They wouldn’t let you put PG 13 and because of the smoking and the kid making the bullets to be like too sensitive.
And I think it just tells you a change in our, I dunno, sensitivity, I guess, over the last 30 something. Yeah,
Ryan Lambert: sure. I’ll go, Oh my God. That’s a truer words, you know, we’ve definitely become a lot more sensitive, as a collective, in this country. I don’t think that, the rest of the world gives a shit about a lot of the things that [00:08:00] we’re offended by, within our own country.
I mean, tits on TV, like every other country except America, like I’m talking to like, right. Like, you know, broadcast television, like it’s never been a big deal anywhere except here. profanity, same thing, nobody deal, drinking wine on camera. Like, you know, it goes dates back to whatever here. It’s like, Oh, put up a glass of wine.
And that person is, and they’re a drunk. And then, you know, to portray them as a drunk or whatever. But, I mean, smoking is now, you know, if it, if something takes place in this day and age, you probably don’t want them to smoke. Unless it’s part of the story. Like he’s been, you know, we’re trying to get him to stop smoking.
It has to be like a thing. but you know, if you’re shooting something now that takes place in another era, Allah madman, you know, Assad shitty and you’re sort of like [00:09:00] social commentating on that, you know? So I would feel the same way about using words like fag faggot in those, in that context, you know, if they send them on stranger things, if they send them in it.
You know, or any films that somehow every film takes place in the eighties now or TV show? I think that if you’re offended by that, it’s like, we need that in there because that’s what makes it authentic.
Jeff Haas: Yeah.
Ryan Lambert: Oh God, Jesus, my God. Yeah. If a movie takes place in 2000, even like five, no. Because that would be out of place.
It would make sense because the kids knew that you that’s just, we don’t say that anymore. We’re not supposed to show they’re a very, you know, well thought out areas of this [00:10:00] country that have, are still on the wayside.
Jeff Haas: I mean, do you think it sounds like it’s sort of like a forced road privilege that’s what we get to worry about.
Ryan Lambert: What’s that again? I’m sorry. Is
Jeff Haas: it, do you think it’s sort of a first world privilege that’s what we get to worry about?
Ryan Lambert: Well, yeah. I mean, yeah, obviously it’s also first-world privilege that I’m doing a podcast, you know, in my living room, you know, just talking into my I’ve had, well, the Dodgers game is on in the background.
you know, I mean, it’s definitely like a privilege going on there for certain, but sure. I, yeah, I agree with you on that.
Jeff Haas: and just to have another scene that once again, to me, it was a, it’s an incredible scene and it definitely, you know, it’s definitely, maybe not here, so I don’t know how it would handle today.
There’s that scene where you stay the female vampire. And once again, you’re basically supposed to be a 14 year old kid doing that. And one must have been. Kick ass scene to be able to do that as a kid, but also wondering, you know, that is also [00:11:00] a kind of a hard scene. I mean, that is basically a kid killing something as, you know what I’m saying?
Quite literally straight up killing.
Ryan Lambert: Yeah. Three, three fam parents.
Jeff Haas: Oh, that’s yeah, no, that’s true. Cause the other ones were the bow and arrow.
Ryan Lambert: I shot one with bow and arrow and then I staked one and then. You know, there’s a little argument between Andre and I, about how many confirms I have. And he always leaves off the third and I’m like, well then who killed the third?
Like I was there. I was killing them. That was my first task after. I mean, after the mummy, you know, like I, of course Rudy killed the third family. Now, you know, branch could have came out and stabbed her. They never show it.
Jeff Haas: Did anybody in that movie? What’s that? The Shankill, anybody in that movie? Dracula or anything?
Yeah. Dracula. Oh, well, did he really kill after
[00:12:00] Ryan Lambert: he stakes in the heart and then dragging those carried off by fan house to get to the cortex, so right. Exactly. I actually have joked with Andre. Like if we ever did a SQL, if, even if there was a sequel after that, like obviously like Dracula will come back.
Right. So you didn’t kill him. So zero confirmed for you.
Jeff Haas: Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. Cause typically again, it helps me would get the credit because he was alive when Helsing is last, you know, the last one is wet. The guy while he’s alive.
Ryan Lambert: I mean, you’re on, you’re obviously team Rudy. So that’s a plus. I’ll make sure to tell Andre that as soon as it, next time I talk to him hero confirmed.
Jeff Haas: I just thought it was kind of interesting that once again, Sean being the main character actually has the least kills. Horace has more actually
Ryan Lambert: naturally like have ever happened if it wasn’t for him. [00:13:00] So. It is kind of like the Seinfeld mentality where it’s like, yes, there’s Seinfeld. And then all the wackiness is going on around him.
John’s kind of the Seinfeld of that scenario. Like Jesus, he’s the leader, he’s the main guy and he brings it all together and makes it all happen. with some help from some, you know, a couple of morons and, and some cool kid.
Jeff Haas: Well, like I said, I mean
Ryan Lambert: the hero of the movie, which people don’t understand a lot of the times the hero of the film, the one that saves the world is Phoebe. She’s not even on the fucking poster.
Jeff Haas: It’s
Ryan Lambert: like, that’s the here, like in 2020, if they made that movie, like, it’d be like, you know, she’d be on the [00:14:00] cover.
Like with the book in her hand and the ambulance, you know, it would be her film.
Jeff Haas: I didn’t even think about that. Yeah. I guess she wouldn’t be she’s technically we have the hero of the movie.
Ryan Lambert: That’s when she ended the whole thing. Like it was her deal. It was her doing.
Jeff Haas: That’s awesome. That’s funny.
Ryan Lambert: cool. What am I before you was that you were asking you and you did ask me a question and I totally went
Jeff Haas: off. Well, the main question was the scene where you’re staking the van that you actually get to stay. And not only is it kind of a kind of intense scene considering the age of Rudy doing it, but when you’re actually perform, when you actually shot the scene, was it kind of like a 10 scene, a little bit to, you know, cause I mean to do that with the actress, is that kind of tough?
Ryan Lambert: A lot, you know, it’s very technical, you know, You’re seeing it with like the [00:15:00] score and the shots and the lighting and like, you know, it’s been colored code, you know, it looks beautiful when you see it, when you’re there, it’s like walk, it spreads like, you know, walk over here. You’re walking over here.
You got the cigarette in your mouth. You pull the stake out, pull it back and shoot. Cut. Let’s do that one more time. Right? Okay. Do it again. Okay. Now she’s coming up to, and then we, you know, we worked it out with a stunt person, you know, like I’m going to grab her by the arm. She’s going to choke me and then I’m going down and I’m going down.
And then I pull it out and make it really dramatic. Bring it all the way up, Fred screaming. And they bring it all the way up and bam, and it like collapses in their chest. And then they go cut and then we walk away and I go, are you okay? She was like, okay. And she’s like, are you okay? She’ll choke you more.
Jeff Haas: it’s [00:16:00] been a weird thing for her to be, you know? Yeah. You’re gonna, you’re gonna be basically choking a 15 year old
Ryan Lambert: when you’re there. It’s a job, you know, honestly, it’s a job and it’s like, this is what I’ve got. You know, it’s not like I’m doing this. obviously not a malice or anything, you know, you know, Fred’s like choke him, you choke him.
And then it’s just all, it’s all choreographed. No, it’s actually, yeah. You know, like we’ve been on stage. We know we’ve taken classes is I choke someone on stage and make it look real. And this is how you get choked and you know, and this is how you save someone in the heart and, you know, you can learn all that.
it’s all part of the process. Well, or like, Oh God, you’re such a little actor, BB, and all actors are babies. You just like. Make millions of dollars is like, I don’t know. Did you see fucking Harrison Ford getting dragged behind a goddamn truck? Like he was doing that? Like who do you get to do that at work?
Sitting on your desk? On your computer? No, like he’s getting back behind. Yeah, he’s getting millions. A lot of us do it, but it hurts like, hell [00:17:00] it’s not easy.
Jeff Haas: So, I mean, it’s kind of, so when you were on set, the adults just kind of treated you guys, like you were just other actors or was that sense of these are these adults you’re the kids, you know, try to keep in mind, you know, careful that, you know, that kind of thing.
Ryan Lambert: Well, there are laws, so our set teacher doubles as a, you know, set supervisor basically. And, she’s there to make sure that. You know, if there’s something that we’re not allowed to do that she’s like, no, he can’t do that. He’s not allowed to do that. No, she can speak up on a full, you know, a hundred plus crew of like, you know, sweaty men pulling cables and moving cameras around this little woman was like, now Andre can’t do that.
Maybe like, Ugh, [00:18:00] I have to like relight this whole thing.
Jeff Haas: So what kind of things were you told you could, they couldn’t do?
Ryan Lambert: since it’s like what a thousand years later? I think I could tell this story. if there’s a shot of me, like leaning out the window with binoculars from the tree
Jeff Haas: house.
Ryan Lambert: Yeah. Well I think nowadays they probably just, you know, CGI that or something. that was actually a tree house built in a real tree. we didn’t do the scenes in the interiors inside that tree house, but that thing was built up in a tree for exterior shots. And Fred said, I need you to go up and climb up the tree and look out that window.
And I was like, okay. And Elise, our set teacher was like, no way. And they’re like, Oh please. He’s just like five minutes. He’s going to crawl. And he’s just gonna look out the window. No, we’ll put people up there hold his [00:19:00] legs. Like it’s totally safe. Well, and I was just standing there just like, you know, I’m an actor.
Tell me where to stand. I don’t know. I don’t know what to, right now. I wasn’t fighting. I wasn’t saying anything. And then, and then, I found out later what they did was they had her, there was like an emergency quote, unquote, somewhere else, like Eugene hurt his leg or whatever, or Michael Faustino hurt himself, or you fell down or you need to go baby him or whatever.
And, she was gone and Fred goes, go do it now go. I’m like, okay. And I get up there and there’s like, literally like a lighting guy up there, like one guy on his side, like laying there with, you know, the huge fucking, you know, light and, like, like a small cave, but like pretty bright. And, he goes, I’m here to hold your legs.
And he had, you had a walkie talkie [00:20:00] and you could hear Fred go. Okay. And action. And I just pulled the curtains aside. I was laying down, this guy was holding onto my legs. It’s a gut. He goes, come down really fast. And then she came back and they were like, yeah, we didn’t do it.
Jeff Haas: Awesome.
so what happened? Did they tell, the kid or Eugene or whoever it was to actually pretend they were hurt or, I didn’t know. She got screwed.
Ryan Lambert: I was probably making that part up, but there was definitely an emergency like shit. She had to go attend to something else, you know, like you’re needed over here for something.
Jeff Haas: That’s awesome.
Ryan Lambert: Tricks of the trade.
Jeff Haas: Yep.
Ryan Lambert: Well, you know, if you want to talk about things you couldn’t get away with now, probably that’s something
Jeff Haas: showing danger.
Ryan Lambert: Yeah. I mean, you probably have like six people like that on set. Like how watching little Hawk, you know, as a child actor, [00:21:00] That’s
Jeff Haas: probably the, was there a net to catch you in case you fell or
Ryan Lambert: something?
No. What you see on film when I’m leaving out that window? That’s it? There’s no CGI at all. There’s nothing that there’s a swamp below me, like giant tree, the clubhouse in the tree. I was up there for real.
Jeff Haas: Well, looking at, you’re not a Gore phobic, huh? I mean, I’m not going to .
Ryan Lambert: Yeah, I am not, I am scared of Heights now, but I wasn’t then.
And also, like, I don’t know, I have this like fearless actor thing in me, the same with musician, like being on stage. Like you just do it. Like, I don’t, you know, I don’t like being a PI or hype, but if someone was like, hang off this building, we’re like, okay. You just do it kinda like, you know, there’s an old saying, I think it was Judy Dench when she was asked if she’s ever afraid to go on stage.
[00:22:00] And she said, fears the batteries. I was like, Oh wow. I’m using that. Use the fear. Are you afraid then do it. You know, that’s the batteries that keep you going.
Jeff Haas: That’s cool. That’s a great line.
Ryan Lambert: Yeah, it was either Judy dancer, Kate Winslet,
Jeff Haas: a little bit of a difference then
Ryan Lambert: you’re women I’m completely in love with, but you know,
Jeff Haas: well, I think the cool thing with indefinitely in monster squad is, Andre, Gower, and yourself seem to be as responsible than almost anyone else in keeping monster squad alive.
In the social consciousness and alive. I mean, in just the, movies, theater, people’s imaginations. So why is the movie so important to you that you do seem to almost more than even Fred Decker himself? Try to keep the movie a lot alive for people
[00:23:00] Ryan Lambert: Andre, more than me, for sure. cause he’s got the doc coming out.
Yeah. we’ll talk if we can talk about that in a minute, that’d be awesome. well I think it was, I think it was a shot. It was like, I think it has to do with shock. for years and years, we just went on with our lives. I mean, literally like AF the day it came out and it tanked, we were like, all right, that sucks.
Moving on. And I actually went back to kids incorporated, like, like the day after I was done shooting monster squad. So like I already, I had something else going on. And, and then when it came out, we thought it was going to be the biggest thing in the world, you know, a huge blockbuster, you know, crazy fit and it wasn’t.
And so put as an actor in the business. So like, you know, you know that like, Oh, well, okay, now what’s next. And we all moved up. We were all moved up. It wasn’t until 2006. And [00:24:00] I even heard that people knew what this movie was. Somebody had called us or emailed us from the Alamo draft house in Austin, Texas.
he worked for eight o’clock. He was a reporter for any cool news. Eric bestie. And they were going to do two screenings. They were going to do a screening of the monster squad and asked us to come out. And I was like, excuse me, like what is this? And they’re like, yeah, we’re going to do us.
We’re going to do, we’re going to show the movie on the big screen. It’s going to be a print of it now I’m, you know, 36 at this point. No way, not 26. Wait. No. How old am I? No thirties. and I am like, I have no idea what you’re talking about. This is insane. Like we’re going to fly to Austin, Texas, where you have a hotel room, be here for a few days or feed you do the whole thing. [00:25:00]
all you have to do is say hi and answer some questions for the audience after the screening, and probably do a signing afterwards. And I was like, you know, like sign a thing for like three people. And like, this is going to be embarrassing.
Jeff Haas: Yeah.
Ryan Lambert: But fuck it. Free trip to Austin. I love Austin.
My band played at South by Southwest all the time. Like I get to go to Austin for free. yeah, let’s do it. I was like, sure. I’ll do it. You’re like, Oh, well, Andre’s coming to him. Like Andre, I haven’t seen, you know, I haven’t seen Andre since, you know, the eighties.
Jeff Haas: Yeah.
Ryan Lambert: So, and then all of a sudden Fred was going to be there and I, and Ashley, but I haven’t seen these people in years.
This is crazy. I have a completely different life now. And I went. And it was a fucking madhouse, like two sold out screenings. Like they had to add one, they made like some crazy poster for it [00:26:00] and we were mocked and I was in shock. Like, I don’t believe I brought my girlfriend from Austin, from San Francisco.
She was like, Oh, what’s this. And then she was like, wait a minute. What is this? I’m like, I don’t know if this is movie when I was a little kid, like I obviously somehow like blew up over the years. I had no idea. And then that snowballs and that’s why Andrea and I are so well because people just keep asking us to come and do things and we enjoy it.
And then we started realizing, you know, this is for the fans. We have our own lives. We do other things. But, they love this. They love it. And it’s a treat to watch their faces light up. why is this happening? This is so bizarre, but it’s sweet. It’s not, I, you know, and it means [00:27:00] something to these people on a level that I could never understand, except maybe with.
ITI or star Wars or, you know, and like when I was a little boy, like the girl, you know, in the seventies when star Wars came out, you know, you know, that sort of feeling in your heart when you see the logo or something, you know, when people see like the Stephen King rules t-shirt, or, you know, even one of the images of one of the monsters, they know what it is.
And that’s a club, that’s a squad. And that’s what makes it so exclusive and important and what makes it a Colt film?
Jeff Haas: Yeah.
Ryan Lambert: If you know, he was talking to you, if you know, you know, if you don’t, then you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Jeff Haas: Well, as I was talking to, when I signed to Andre, last week I was talking to him about my experience with monster squad.
And I told him once again, I saw him when I was seven or eight. My father owned a video store code, video King, and he was, he [00:28:00] brought the movie home on VHS and we watched it that way. Eventually he let us keep the movie. and I told him, I said, for me, monster squad was never like a bomb to me. It had always felt like a classic.
Movie that I just assumed everyone had already known and loved it. Well, it wasn’t an, it literally was until I started doing research to interview, Andre that I looked at and I was like, it bombed what the fuck we made a bond. We weren’t talking about. I don’t, to me, it was always just,
Ryan Lambert: you could have been in the documentary because you almost said verbatim, but we kept hearing over and over again, over and over again.
That was the whole idea that Andre had behind the documentary. Was that, what is this? we don’t make a documentary about the monster squad. We can throw some stuff in for the fans, little stories here and there definitely some, you know, behind the BTS stuff and things like that. But I think the documentary [00:29:00] is just about them.
Why is this happening? What is this? Like, how does this happen to this specific film? There are, as we talked about before 11 billion, like, and very few of them get to that level. No, you may love, I hate saying the word out loud. The Goonies.
Jeff Haas: Yeah.
Ryan Lambert: That movie was huge. That is not a cult like that. Didn’t that movie didn’t like, you know, snowball into an audience that maybe was bam enormous right away
that doesn’t have that. It found the audience as the years progressed and a lot, you know, a lot of films don’t have that, a lot of them. So don’t have the, gateway factor into a genre. You know, like [00:30:00] you can show your, you can be like the biggest horror fan in the world. Your entire house is full of Freddy and Jason memorabilia and you have a child and they grow up and they just see all that.
So they don’t, they’re not scared of it. It’s just like a thing, but you don’t show them those films yet. It’s showing the monster squad first. Get them into it. It’s the gateway into the horror world. Yeah.
Jeff Haas: I mean, same for me. The eighties movies that to me always defined the eighties for me was, labyrinth, neverending story and monster squad.
It was like the three movies that were like my childhood. You know what I’m saying? Sure. Yeah. And like, and I said it and it was just, it was definitely was a brilliant and w one cool thing was that, Andre in preparation for that interview, sent me over the documentary. Wolfman’s got Nards and I thought that documentary was absolutely brilliant.
it, I, it’s just such an emotional, tether throughout the entire movie where you just felt the sheer love of this [00:31:00] one thing.
Ryan Lambert: Yeah. That’s what it’s about. I mean, it really is. it’s really emotional, too. Like, it’s not just people like saying, Oh my God, it wasn’t to me when I was a kid. That’s great.
They actually have a specific story that they run through. A lot of them sound the same, which is what makes it so special. It’s like, Oh, wow. Like you’ve all had the same experience. Like throughout the years, I’m you didn’t even know each other, but it’s not like, Oh, I like somebody likes to watch it when I was a kid.
It’s like I bought this movie. I used to rent this movie every day on VHS until they just gave it to me or a stole it. And then I just owned it and I watched it all the time and I never thought that anyone else didn’t know what this movie was. And I’m like, God, I just heard someone say that like five minutes ago, like, that’s incredible.
Like what? I didn’t know that I was just living my life. And so.
Jeff Haas: To
Ryan Lambert: see it [00:32:00] all accumulated into one piece of art. You know, that’s Wolfman’s cotton. Ours is that’s what makes it emotional because you just start realizing this is important for some reason, to a lot of people.
Jeff Haas: Yeah. I mean, I must say at least for me that the reason it’s just, I mean, it was incredible movie. And once again, maybe just partly the age group that had, when I first saw it, you want it to be in the mater squad. You want it to be there and open up doors to a world of all these other moms that could either could exist or do exist.
And I think it just captures your imagination almost immediately.
Ryan Lambert: I get it. I’m I, you know, I have those in my life too, so I understand it. I’ve had that same feeling in my heart about things. it’s a little different being a part of something and having it [00:33:00] that’s to someone else, but, I’m not eye rolling or like, You know, shrugging off from anybody.
Like I’m genuinely interested in what they have to say and get to the truth. And that’s kind of what that documentary is. It’s like, why also, you know, we, you know, they show a lot of like other filmmakers and a lot of other, you know, people that are involved in media and entertainment, industry and art and everything, and, you know, they all.
Said the same thing instead of this was why I wanted to pursue what I do now, because of this movie, like I wanted to do films after I saw this. And I always say, yeah, I have that too. With Henry Thomas. You know, when I saw him on screen, I know this is good music, but like, I understood what he was doing [00:34:00] on screen.
And I went to see that film, like, I don’t know, seven times in the theaters at the Cinerama dome here in Hollywood, and
I couldn’t get it up and I, but I knew what he was doing. I knew he wasn’t Elliot, you know, I knew he was Henry Thomas playing Elliott and I’m like, I get that. So that’s, that was my reasoning for getting into Mo you know, that, you know, getting more into like being an actor and understanding that world.
And now it feels like, you know, not on this ETE scale, but I kinda got that in a weird kind of roundabout way. You know, I can sleep at night saying, Hey man, you were in a fucking cult movie. Okay. That’s pretty good. Do you have cool, no matter what else? Like who am I ever, or any of my records ever make it or whatever, who gives a shit?
I was in that movie that I [00:35:00] can be in a restaurant somewhere in the middle of nowhere. And someone walks in with a Stephen King rules shirt, and I can just go nice shirt. And then they don’t
Jeff Haas: even know.
Ryan Lambert: Yes.
Jeff Haas: Well, when Andre came to you and said, we’re making this documentary with we’ve gotten ARDS and the bad monster squad. And obviously I think, he did it, he started it, several years ago, around 2018. what did you think when he told you that? Did you think, well, why are you doing that? Why, you know, what’s the point or did you think, yeah, that makes sense.
I got that. Let’s do this.
Ryan Lambert: no, it didn’t happen that way at all. Andre and I were like, totally just hanging out all the time. Like we were doing other projects together. We had a TV show on Nerdist network called short ends. And we were always talking about it. Like he dreamed it up, like it was his like, you know, bam, you know, thing.
But we talked about making the documentary all the time. Like we were, we’d go to [00:36:00] like the one-on-one cafe and sit there and chat and talk about, you know, what it’s supposed to be and things like that. And we bounce ideas off each other. and then we actually tried to shoot some of it at a convention.
In Chicago and brought like a small film crew with us, they shot some stuff. and then, and then it actually turned into a bigger thing with a full production behind us and everything. So, and Andre definitely made all of that happen, but I was there from literally like the inception of the whole thing.
Like the beginning and it was always going to be about like us on the road or, you know, like we were going to shoot us like at these conventions and meet the fans. We wanted to interview the fans. So it was always that I was there day one.
Jeff Haas: Now obviously one thing that, people do discuss with Moscow as well.
There’s been talk obviously of remaking the monster squad. I think I heard some news about that. Not within even the last few months, this question. [00:37:00] Oh, yes. It’s going to, I knew, had to come. did you prefer the remake or the continuation?
Ryan Lambert: Well, obviously a continuation for sure. whether I’m involved in it or not.
I’d rather see the story move on. I believe there was some chat at some point about a remake. I don’t know what the details of that are. They were going to re they were going to remake it and then they decided not to, I think it was Michael Bay. He was gonna make it, he was, I mean, he was involved with the first one, so, yeah, I think they were going to remake it and fro, I mean, you know, They probably would have called one of us for a Cammy L who knows probably Andre as like a cop or something like that.
yeah, there’s nothing. Now I will say that I am, unless there’s something I don’t know about, there is absolutely nothing I know about that it’s going to [00:38:00] inspire or come to fruition yet. maybe after the doc there’ll be more interest. So I don’t know. well, well, so I
Jeff Haas: definitely would say that the, I mean, the documentary, when it comes out, I think, October 27th, I believe,
Ryan Lambert: yes,
Jeff Haas: it’s actually is a release date for pre-sale
Ryan Lambert: like, you can get, you can preset you pre-order it on it, Amazon.
the Blu-ray and then, the 27th, I believe it goes up on VOD ever. Well, and that’s an Andre question. I don’t freaking know.
Jeff Haas: I’m sure I asked him on, on that interview, to do it, but I, like I said, the one thing about it is that it is tremendously well done. And, I think it’s one of those times where you get an appreciation for the actors.
enjoying the fact that we’re in a movie, sometimes you see movies. Are you talking about to actors about a movie and you can kind of see they’re not disdain, but maybe, exhaustion of about discussing a certain film that they’ve done, but the people, you know, [00:39:00] you and Andrea, you can tell and hopefully Duncan might talk to him.
actually have that affection for it.
Ryan Lambert: yeah, like I think I was saying before, it’s like, It’s still kind of new to us in a weird way. you know, it’s been a while since we found out that there was a faint still going on, but the time before that, from the time we made it until from the time at bombs, until we found out that there was actually a new thing going on, There was nothing in our brains about it, nothing every once in a while I get like, you know, I’ll be like, Oh my God, that still exists somewhere.
All right. but we don’t, you know, yeah. our passion for it, I guess just stems from like fans truly. I mean, if they weren’t there, I. Wouldn’t be talking to you right now and I’d just be sitting here watching the Dodger game, you know,
Jeff Haas: so,
Ryan Lambert: I mean, this is [00:40:00] all, anything that I do that has to do with the monster squad has nothing to do with me personally.
I am literally doing it all for you and I don’t, feel bad about that at all. Like I’m okay with it, you know? I don’t want to be, I don’t really like being gushed over, I guess, but like, it’s kind of weird being at those conventions sometimes, but, it’s true. It’s really funny. It’s kinda funny. Like why did this happen?
Why is this happening to this thing? All of a sudden it doesn’t make sense and it makes perfect sense. Well,
Jeff Haas: one thing, if you ever, come to Rhode Island for one of the conventions, please let me know. Cause I definitely need to get your autograph and he stopped by
Ryan Lambert: I’ll send you something just to email me or dress or something.
I got some stuff here I can send you.
Jeff Haas: I would greatly appreciate that. Especially with no conventions, apparently for a [00:41:00] while.
Ryan Lambert: Yeah. I’m doing a virtual one, I believe on the 30th
Jeff Haas: because I can actually con.
Ryan Lambert: I don’t know what any of them are called, but yeah, that sounds right.
Jeff Haas: I also, it might correct that this year, you also have a movie coming out called the record, correct?
Ryan Lambert: No, I mean, there is a movie that I was in called record, but that is definitely not coming up this year.
Jeff Haas: Okay. It is completed though, correct?
Ryan Lambert: I don’t know,
say too much about that guy’s stuff. that was, I was still living in San Francisco when I made that movie. I started to audition for things in San Francisco being in that theater group. I just started to go on like, Film auditions that were, that took place in San Francisco, like of a film came through SF.
I don’t, I go audition for like, you know, body number two, like got to start somewhere again. so I was [00:42:00] just going on any auditions and then this one came up and it was for that. And I went on it and the guy liked me. And then it turns out like the DPE who was actually one of the producers on it as well, like was a gigantic monster squad fan.
And he probably said, well, we just got to get that guy. And I did. I played like a really disgusting drugged out rapey priest. It’s not cool.
Jeff Haas: It
Ryan Lambert: was fun as fuck to me. I, and it was like, you know, I had done a few other short films right before that and like, I was probably the only one that knew how to be on a film set, like those films and be like, I wouldn’t put the camera there and they’re like, why?
And I’m like, because the sun is right there.
Jeff Haas: Like
Ryan Lambert: we either need to wait like five minutes, like, well, I’m the director. I’m like, okay, it’s moving shit. And of course it did. I’ve
Jeff Haas: done. I
Ryan Lambert: know I did this a long time ago, but [00:43:00] I still know what I’m talking. and then when I did, wrecker, they knew what they were doing and that’s gonna be a fun movie.
If they could pull it off, it’s really super cheesy. it’s very, like, it was like a wreckers, the name of a man who’s like, basically like this gigantic. Schwartzenegger monster way taller than that. Like just a beast of a man. It was like going on like a vigilante rampage. And, so it’s just fun. Comic booky, martial artsy, insane film.
And, Brian, who’s, who is wrecker is also the director and a man that was a long time ago. I did that. I don’t know why it probably just keeps saying like it’s coming out, but that’s probably not good.
Jeff Haas: when, in preparing for the interview, I checked out eight IDM pro as I usually do, and wrecker hadn’t parentheses 2020.
So it was my assumption that it was a release date for 2000.
Ryan Lambert: He probably [00:44:00] keeps changing it that reader every year he goes to 2021, 20 2220 know, just keep changing them. I mean, I think we, I think I shot that in LA I literally like 2013. Oh, shit. 14. Maybe. I don’t remember. I moved back to LA in 2015 and I did that in San Francisco.
So I don’t know whatever year that was, but it was definitely five years ago.
Jeff Haas: Oh, wow. Well, if it ever does come out, you need to let me know. and like I said, and also like when your new album comes out, please let me know so we can advertise it. at least put it on social media and make sure we shout it out as low, as much as humanly possible
Ryan Lambert: course, I would love, I need all the help you can get with, music these days.
It’s hard to get. It’s hard to get rock bands out there. Indie rock band, especially indie rock bands. It’s like. Is it possible literally, like we basically like putting it out [00:45:00] because like we did it, that’s it, you know, we’re not looking for like anything from it other than like, we just need this to get out of our hands and into the world.
And then we can forget about it. That’s kind of how we feel. Not forget it, forget about it, but like, I’m not going to like go on a big tour with like, t-shirts none of that’s happening. w we’re putting out a record. Do you like it? You like it? If not, Go to,
Jeff Haas: well, like I said, you definitely do want to let me know.
Like I said, I, when I listened to, the, the last time I thought, you know, it was extremely good. I really enjoyed listening to it. if you do ever post the lyrics to let me know as well, I’ve love to read them. But, yeah, and like I said, we’ll think on ours and, hope maybe at some point we would like to do a, and I say reunion, cause you guys are coming together, but you get, you know, all of you together and do another, chat with all of you.
Ryan Lambert: Sure. Anytime. Yeah. Well,
Jeff Haas: I want to thank you very much for being so generous with your time. You are a fantastic conversation. I really did enjoy it.
Ryan Lambert: Appreciate [00:46:00] that.