Actor William Sadler makes a triumphant return and reprises his role as Death in Bill & Ted Face The Music. It’s not often the Grim Reaper plays a comic relief in a film but Sadler is just that. It’s been almost 30 years since Bill & Ted went to hell and now Death is back to deliver laughs and help his metalhead friends once again. Sadler is a prolific actor who trained for the stage and has almost 200 credits to his name. Ironically, Death is one of his most memorable comedic portrayals.
Don’t Fear The Reaper
William Sadler often plays serious characters, mainly bad guys and villains, so his kill count is high. He’s well known for his work in Die Hard 2 as Colonel Stuart and Heywood in Shawshank Redemption but it’s obvious he enjoys playing Death in the Bill & Ted films. Just like he did in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, he steals the show in Bill & Ted 3. Sadler breathes life into Death. He transforms the morbid character of Grim Reaper into a sensitive person and brings an element of comedy to this feel-good film. It’s obvious he’s able to have some fun with the persona in this new film from Orion Pictures.
Bill & Ted were a large part of my childhood and this franchise will forever hold a special place in my heart. These two time traveling dudes displayed true friendship and turned me on to rock ‘n’ roll music at a young age. My childhood mornings consisted of eating Bill and Ted’s Excellent Cereal and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure for Nintendo consumed hours of my evenings. I even remember making a trip to the theater with my cousins in 1991 to see Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The love of these films followed me into adulthood. When I heard about an open casting call to participate in the Kid Cudi concert scene in Bill & Ted Face The Music I immediately took the day off work so I could be part of history.
I had the opportunity to participate in the Bill & Ted Face The Music virtual press junket. In this non-heinous event I had the most excellent privilege of interviewing William Sadler. We talked about his experience putting the cloak back on after almost three decades since the last Bill & Ted film. Additionally, Sadler told me where he picked up the thick accent for his Grim Reaper character. This former Wyld Stallyns member and musician in his own right also spoke of his passion for the guitar. Enjoy this Zoom interview with the Duke of Spook, the Doc of Shock, the man with no tan, Death himself, the Grim Reaper, William Sadler!
Check out Bill & Ted Face The Music on demand and in select theaters on Friday August 28th! Follow William Sadler on Twitter at @Wm_Sadler. And always remember, “Be excellent to each other!”
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