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LEW TEMPLE INTERVIEW

Interview conducted by Stuart D. Monroe

Reading through the filmography and bio of Lew Temple will immediately call to mind one expression: renaissance man. Born in 1967 in Louisiana, Lew Temple was a talented baseball player at Rollins College in the 1980s before playing in the minors for the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros. He went on to be the Assistant Director of Minor League Operations and Scouting for the Houston Astros until 1993. Lew could’ve easily gone on to a prosperous career in baseball operations, but he was bitten by the fabled acting bug.

He’s most remembered by horror fans as Axel from the third season (a.k.a. “The Prison Season”) of The Walking Dead or as the brave, doomed Adam Banjo in Rob Zombie’s masterpiece, The Devil’s Rejects. Dig a little deeper inside the genre and you find roles like Talbot in the criminally underrated Feral and Sherriff Winston in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. In addition to his noble actions as Adam Banjo, he’s also appeared twice more for Rob Zombie, playing Noel Klugg in the divisive 2007 Halloween and the scene-stealing Psycho-Head in 31. It’s a horror resume that any actor would be proud of.

Yet there’s so much more in the resume of Lew Temple than just horror. He cut his teeth on the set of Walker, Texas Ranger alongside the icon that is Chuck Norris, playing five different characters between 1996 and 2001. He’s done significant voice work on various anime TV series in the 1990s. Romantic comedy work? He played Cal (the diner owner) in Waitress opposite Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion. Looking for a little drama? He played the County Sherriff in 21 Grams, sharing a screen with Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, and Naomi Watts. In the action-adventure world, he played the tough cowboy Hollis in The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as well as Ned in Unstoppable, working with Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, and Rosario Dawson. He recently had his biggest credit as one of the Manson Family in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood with Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio.

To say his body of work is diverse is an understatement. He’s the consummate character actor, but that’s really just his base build, you might say. Lew Temple is a chameleon of an actor who brings tangible credit to any film he’s in whether the role is big or small. He’s worked with and studied the best in the business, and it shows. His latest film, Limbo, features Lew as an armed robber who’s stuck in Limbo/Purgatory while lawyers from above and below battle it out for the far-fetched redemption of his soul. It’s a powerful turn for Lew Temple…and one that we eventually got down to discussing after a lengthy baseball bull session (as a baseball enthusiast, I had to ask him two important questions).

Enjoy!

About The Author
Stuart D. Monroe
Staff Writer
Stuart D. Monroe is a man of many faces – father, husband, movie reviewer, published author of short horror, unsuccessful screenwriter (for now), rabid Clemson Tiger, Southern gentleman, and one hell of a model American who goes by the handle "Big Daddy Stu" or "Sir". He's also highly disturbed and wears that fact like a badge of honor. He is a lover of all things horror with a particular taste for the fare of the Italians and the British. He sometimes gets aroused watching the hardcore stuff, but doesn't bother worrying about whether he was a serial killer in a past life as worrying is for the weak. He was raised in the video stores of the '80s and '90s. The movie theater is his cathedral. He worships H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. When he writes, he listens obsessively to either classical music or the works of Goblin to stimulate the neural pathways. His favorite movie is Dawn of the Dead. His favorite book is IT. His favorite TV show is LOST.
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