Tony Todd on the Joy of ‘Candyman,’ and the Role of Black Horror – NY Times

By Candice Frederick of NY Times.

Tony Todd, the veteran horror star, has found himself in an unusual state: He’s scared. But not of what comes after you say “Candyman” five times in the mirror or of the frights in his myriad other films, like “Final Destination,” that keep his fans up at night. He’s afraid for the fate of live performance amid the pandemic. “Opera, dance, ballet, museums, everything,” Todd said on a phone call from his Los Angeles home, where he’s been quarantined. “I worry about a world without culture at some point.”

It’s a pressing concern for Todd, 65, who earned a master’s degree from the Trinity Repertory Company, studied at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and started in political theater. He still has friends who perform live, many of them blues musicians now living, as he described it, “hand-to-mouth.” And before the world went sideways, the actor could return to theater, “which is my first love,” between making movies.

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