In this week’s episode of Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, iconic horror film director Tom Holland revealed he wrote the part of Chucky in Child’s Play (1988) specifically for Brad Dourif. Holland is one of the most well-known horror writers and directors. In addition to co-writing the original Child’s Play, Holland also penned the sequel to Psycho and two Stephen King novel adaptations. Child’s Play (1988) was the first introduction to the iconic evil doll character, Chucky, and has become an inspiration for several sequels and spin-offs, and a 2019 remake.
Brad Dourif, though not a part of the Child’s Play remake in 2019, has voiced Chucky since the very beginning of the franchise. He currently voices the creepy doll in the Chucky television series that was created by Syfy. Chucky is by far, Dourif’s most iconic role, and his voice has become synonymous with the franchise.
In the most recent episode of Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, Tom Holland, director and co-writer of Child’s Play, revealed that he wrote the role of Chucky specifically for Brad Dourif. Holland appeared on the podcast to discuss his life and movies, but also revealed more about the process of creating Child’s Play– including how stressful it was to film with a puppet in the late 1980s, and that he voiced the doll during filming. During their conversation, Holland also said he wrote Chucky specifically for Dourif after working with him on Fatal Beauty. Read what Holland said about Dourif’s casting below:
I wrote it for him. He had been the bad guy in the movie I had done previously to that, which no one ever asks me about called ‘Fatal Beauty’ with Whoopi Goldberg.
Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky created a character that was larger than life in the original Child’s Play. Dourif’s Chucky is a blend of comedy and horror that became more iconic than the film itself. His inflection and tone he set for the character is one of the biggest reasons the Child’s Play films were so successful.
In Child’s Play (2019), Dourif’s absence is glaring. Mark Hamill, who voiced Chucky in the remake, delivers a performance that is chilling and well done, but simply cannot encompass Chucky the way Dourif is able to. Dourif’s voice completely defined how Chucky and Child’s Play was able to balance comedy and horror in a franchise that has become so beloved– it’s not surprising the role was, literally, made for him.
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