Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason)
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Man mountain Ken Kirzinger once played college football for the University of British Columbia, but he decided to get into stunt work after suffering a bad knee injury. Speaking to Indie Mac User during the blog’s horror month, Kirzinger revealed he secretly hoped his stunt work would lead to him being discovered, but he had no idea his “very modest” involvement in the Friday the 13th franchise would cause such a ruckus.
“My favourite role has probably been playing Jason [Voorhees],” Kirzinger said. “Little did I know what an iconic character I was lucky enough to get.” He donned the famous mask for the first time in 1989’s Jason Takes Manhattan as a stunt double and later appeared as one of Jason’s victims. Kirzinger banked his stuntman checks and forgot all about the character until he was offered the chance to play him for real.
“When I was asked to play Jason in Freddy vs. Jason, I didn’t know it was such a big deal,” he said. “Since Freddy vs. Jason became arguably the most successful of the Jason instalments, I have been humbled by the attention I have gotten, and very appreciative.” The nature of this particular Jason Voorhees movie meant that Kirzinger even got the chance to act heroic for a moment, decapitating Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger in the closing moments.