Many fans were devastated to hear about the passing of horror icon Sid Haig. While his appearance in the release of 3 From Hell was bittersweet, it turns out the Captain Spaulding actor knew it would be his final role. Director Rob Zombie recently explained the tragic health decline of Haig and how they both suspected it would be Sid Haig’s final role.
“It was kind of a drag, because I knew people would wonder about that,” the singer and director told Kerrang!. “And especially, you know how fans are — ‘Fuck you, man, you shoulda’ done it like this!’ But I wasn’t in a position where I could tell what was happening, because it’s not my life, it’s someone else’s private business, their health. So I was slowly letting on what was happening, because it became more public — that he was in the hospital, what was going on.
“But we’re very fortunate that we got that scene,” adds Rob. “People are like, ‘You should’ve done more and more,’ but it’s a miracle we got that. I’m very happy for that, because it would’ve been really a drag to not complete that character’s journey, especially with what is happening, and what has happened.
“Sid knew that was going to be his last thing,” says Zombie. “I mean, we talked about it, how ill he was. He put on a brave face, but he knew that was probably…you never know for sure, but he was pretty sure that would be his last appearance in a movie. So we had to make it happen. And it got dicey for a minute that it wasn’t gonna happen at all, so it’s good that we got that. The scene, although fairly brief, is pretty good.”
It’s unfortunate that Sid Haig was in such bad health, but at least he managed to pull through and give the fans one last “thank you” with a final appearance as Captain Spaulding. Sid Haig’s final role will always be greatly appreciated by the fans.
3 From Hell will have one last limited theatrical screening on October 14, then be released on home video formats and digital on October 15.