I recently conducted a poll to find out which actor was the better Jason Voorhees, and the results were clear. With 71% of the vote was Kane Hodder. As promised I am doing an article on Kane.
Kane portrayed Voorhees in Friday the 13th part 7-Jason X. Hodder was replaced by Ken Kirzinger for Freddy vs Jason and Derek Mears in the 2009 installment of Friday the 13th. Hodder has openly said that he has no idea why he was replaced, and that he would love to reprise the role of one of the most notorious slashers in horror history.
Kane was the first actor to play Jason more than once. He was asked to play Jason in 2003’s Freddy vs Jason, but was later replaced by Kirzinger. Hodder is also the first actor to play a slasher and a victim. In Jason Goes To Hell, Kane is not only Jason, but he is a hospital guard and Freddy Krueger’s gloved hand at the closing sequence (which spawned the Freddy vs Jason craze).
Kane has been a professional stuntman since the 1980’s. He was severally burnt in a stunt mishap in 1980. His arms and hands took the brunt of the damage (this is why he often times wears gloves). He has done all of his own stunts and did stunts as Leatherface in 1990’s film Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. For a full list of his stunt work check out his Wikipedia and IMDB pages.
Kane Hodder is an avid poker player and has competed in several celebrity poker tournaments. He is also openly a “Juggalo” and fan of the group ICP. He wears a custom “hatchetman” necklace with the “hatchetman” holding a machete. He as the word “KILL!” tattooed on the inside of his lower lip.
Because of his burns, Kane spends a lot of time with children in burn units. He is a part of a charity call “Scares that Care”. Kane is married with two sons of his own.
He is part of a paranormal research team called Hollywood Ghost Hunters.
Kane wrote a book called “UNMASKED True Life Story of The World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer” . For more information on the book, visit his official website.
I know I sure hope to see Kane reprise the role of Jason Voorhees again soon. To me, he was the scariest Jason ever. His natural ability to be frightening is incredible. Maybe if enough people start letting the ones involved in the new Friday the 13th movie know who we want to see, maybe they will listen.
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- Hatchet III Review (littleblogofhorror.wordpress.com)