Danzig Says He Would Have Played Wolverine Less 'Gay' Than Hugh Jackman
You're set to release a covers album later this year. Why did you want to record a covers album, and how did you choose which songs would be on it?
I just always wanted to. I haven't chosen all the songs that will be on it yet. It's definitely an eclectic blend of music. Of course, there will be a Sabbath cover and an Elvis cover on there. There will be other weird stuff, like one or two duets. But on some of the other stuff, people are going to be totally shocked. It actually turned out much better than I had planned. Now I can start writing and recording the Black Aria III record and the next Danzig record right after that.
You appeared as yourself on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and a Danzig-like character featured on an episode of Metalocalypse. Is there something about the aesthetic of animation that appeals to you?
I never appeared on Metalocalypse.
No, a character that was supposed to be you appeared on the show.
I didn't know. I heard there was a Danzig-like character on there. But the Aqua Teen thing -- well, they called me up and said, "We have this great idea and we really want you to do it." At first I was like "Uh... I don't know." They kept bugging me, and I eventually did it. I'm glad I did. I got to poke fun at myself.
Early in the film's pre-production, you were in talks to play Wolverine in X-Men. How would you have played Logan/Wolverine differently than Hugh Jackman?
It wouldn't have been as gay. Actually, he wasn't the first choice. They hired Dougray Scott. He had a falling out with the director, and then they hired Hugh Jackman. I'm glad I didn't do it. It was terrible.
You collect action figures of yourself. What do you actually do with them?
I don't collect action figures of myself.
I read in one interview that you did.
I never said that [Laughs]. They put out action figures of me.
But you don't collect them?
No one makes them except a Japanese company called Medicom. I mean I have three, but how would I be collecting them?
So you do have the action figures.
They aren't really action figures. They are this big [makes hand gestures larger than action figure size].
You know, people write a lot of weird stuff about me. Sometimes people didn't even interview me but pretended they did, because that is where the Internet is. There is no journalistic integrity on the Internet. At least not that I have seen.
Do you find that journalists misquote you a lot?
Yeah. Even back in the magazine days, you would read an interview and say, "I never said this." People just take "artistic license" and decide they want an interview to go a certain direction and make it go that direction.
Do you appear in any of your Verotik comic books and, if not, would you ever consider being a character?
No, I'm not in my comics [Laughs]. I have no intention of putting myself in them. I think that's silly. I don't have a gigantic ego and have to put myself in everything that I do.
I've read that you are planning on adapting Ge Rouge, one of your comics, for the big screen. Are you moving forward with those plans?
Yeah, we are talking to a lot of different people about it. We're also talking about Jaguar God and Drukija, which is my take on the Countess Bathory. I would love to do some filming and directing before I'm gone out the door. I mean dead. [Laughs].
Do you think you are going to die soon?
Who knows? The world could come to an end before you know it. I would at least like to get some of my madness on film before I'm out of here.