Actor/stuntman Dick Durock, who starred as “Swamp Thing” in two motion pictures and a live-action television series, will be appearing at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors this Friday-Sunday at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd in Austin, Texas.
I recently talked to Durock about the “Swamp Thing” series, and the Jan. 22 release of the “Swamp Thing” series on DVD.
Originally, for the first film, Durock was going to be the Swamp Thing in long shots, using his 6-5 frame, and actor Ray Wise would play the Swamp Thing in close ups. In discussing the film with director Wes Craven, Durock indicated he didn’t think that would work.
“(Wes) said, Dick, just be prepared to do the whole thing. So that’s what occurred,” Durock said. “I think Wes had a good feeling for it, to bring out sympathy for the guy and his own failings and weaknesses and so on.”
Durock said his most-asked questions from fans refer to his leading ladies, and to his longevity in the business.
“I think most people ask me, referring to Swampy – how did you like Adrienne Barbeau compared to Heather Locklear? But you can’t answer questions like that without sticking your foot in your mouth,” Durock said. ”A lot of people are just amazed at how many damn things I’ve been involved in. There’s something like 700 of them in 40 years.”
Durock’s credits include episodes of “Lost in Space,” “Star Trek,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Battlestar Galactica” and more. Look for more from Dick Durock in an upcoming Weekend Look in the Oklahoman, and in future Nerdage posts.
– Matt Price