A Christmas Story’s Zack Ward Talks About Scut Farkus’ Next Role – Hollywood Life

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It’s been almost four decades since Zack ward made history as the quintessential yellow-eyed bully Scut Farkus in the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Story. The award-winning actor spoke EXCLUSIVELY to hollywood life to explain why it took a while before he reprises his role in the new movie A Christmas Story Christmas Now available on HBO Max.

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Zack Ward plays one of the greatest villains in cinematic history, Scut Farkus, in ‘A Christmas Story’ (Everett Collection)

“I like what they did with the scripts. There were many versions, many options before this movie was born and disappeared. There was an idea for a TV series and a movie, but the script didn’t match. And its heart is not there. It needs to be [writer] Jean Shepherd and [director] by Bob Clark vision, broadened,” Zack said while promoting his partnership with Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and money to fight Alzheimer’s.

“It couldn’t be simply more eccentric and silly. It can’t be just jingle, you know? It’s not that kind of movie, and if you do, you’re not respecting the original film.” Transformers the star continues.

“I was so excited about the script that Nick Schenk Written. He is a writer from Gran Turin and he did a lot of movies for Clint Eastwood. So you might think that in some ways his voice wouldn’t be suitable for Original Jean Shephard, but there’s something incredibly honest about this movie. It still follows in those footsteps and it’s great to see who the original characters were and how they grew up. And those actors all do it wonderfully.

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Zack reprized his iconic role in the newly premiered A Christmas Story Christmas on HBO Max. (Everett Collection)

Zack explains why he still sits down, usually alone, and watches a movie every few years. “I’m a filmmaker myself, it’s a clinic. As a writer, it’s just an education about how people live in the same universe. And as a movie buff, it’s just been my stepping stone to the people I miss – Bob Clark. He is a wonderfully sweet man. He changed my whole life. And so, watching it privately, I’m saying ‘hello’ to Bob,” he said.

The talented actor also shared about his partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association that he collaborated with after his father was diagnosed with the disease in 2020.

He revealed why it was a “very difficult, painful and overwhelming experience.” “As I was completely overwhelmed and emotionally and mentally broken down by this process, I chose to reach out and post this on Twitter so others don’t feel like they’re alone,” says Zack. . The Alzheimer’s Association contacted me after I tweeted about it and they said, ‘Hey, there’s a lot of services we can offer to help. What can we do?’ And they started talking to me about it. They are amazing. They have groups in local branches around the country that can provide you with medical advice, financial advice, legal advice, support, infrastructure, places to go, and talk to people who are going through a similar situation.”

To help show support, Zack is giving fans the great opportunity to meet him in person. Zack will be there for real Christmas story home in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, December 17, sign autographs and photos with fans, and host a special screening on December 18. We’d love to schedule an interview with you and Zack to share his very personal and inspirational story this holiday season.


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