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Alex Vincent Keeps a Tight Lid on Future of ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise

Alex Vincent at Days of the Dead in Atlanta on Feb. 27, 2021.
Alex Vincent at Days of the Dead in Atlanta on Feb. 27, 2021.

Still friends to the end? Actor Alex Vincent keeping quiet on whether Andy Barclay will return in upcoming SyFy series Chucky

One thing we know for sure is that plans for a live-action Chucky television series on the SyFy network is still a go. What remains a mystery, however, is whether or not Andy Barclay — the protagonist of the first two Child’s Play films and the 2017 sequel The Cult of Chucky — will be involved. 

If actor Alex Vincent is involved in the series, he certainly stayed mum on the details at a recent horror convention appearance at Days of the Dead in Atlanta. Although he said he’s optimistic the new TV show will hit the airwaves before 2021 is over, he did not comment on whether or not he would be reprising his role for the series.

“It’s something worth looking forward to, I can tell you that,” Vincent said on Feb. 27.

The 39-year-old said it was surreal returning to the franchise for the 2017 film — especially considering more than a quarter century had elapsed between the filming of Child’s Play 2 and The Cult of Chucky.

“It was really weird to be in the freezing cold playing Andy Barclay again, like I was in Chicago in 1987,” he said. “It felt like a lot of responsibility for me to do the character justice after so many years.”

Considering the import of the Chucky mythos not only on his own life but pop culture as a whole, Vincent said he felt it was important to take the Child’s Play protagonist role seriously. Still, that didn’t mean he didn’t have a blast filming The Cult of Chucky, an acting experience he said was “more fun than anything else.”

Working with such an animatronics-heavy franchise, Vincent noted that Chucky, as a prop, gets more takes than the actors.

“When you’re sharing the screen with a doll, if he does the exact right thing, that’s the take they’re keeping,” he said. “So you’ve always kind of got to be on your game, because you don’t know when the doll’s going to respond just right and when that take will definitely be the keeper so we don’t spend another 30-40 minutes to get Chucky to do something as well as he did the first time.”

Outside of his dailances with the Child’s Play franchise, Vincent said he spends the bulk of his time working at his own Clearwater, Florida-based recording studio. 

“I record bands, I record musicians, I do sound for film, I do all kinds of audio work,” he said. “But I haven’t been on an audition since 1993.”

The three-day convention in Atlanta was one of the first major horror expos to take place in the United States since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis.

“I think there’s a way to do it cautiously,” he said. “I’m not touching anybody, I’m trying to keep a distance and I think everybody should treat each other with that same level of respect, and I think we’ll be able to continue doing these.”

Naturally, a certain Good Guy doll was stationed alongside Vincent at his signing booth. Alas, neither Vincent or his overalls-clad co-star wanted to comment on perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Child’s Play franchise. 

When asked if he had any opinions regarding the 2019 remake — of which franchise mastermind Don Mancini had no involvement — Vincent offered a simple response.

“No,” he casually, coolly remarked.

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James Swift is an Atlanta-area writer, reporter, documentary filmmaker, author and on-and-off marketing and P.R. point-man whose award winning work on subjects such as classism, mental health services, juvenile justice and gentrification has been featured in dozens of publications, including The Center for Public Integrity, Youth Today, The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, The Alpharetta Neighbor and Thought Catalog. His 2013 series “Rural America: After the Recession” drew national praise from the Community Action Partnershipand The University of Maryland’s Journalism Center on Children & Familiesand garnered him the Atlanta Press Club’s Rising Star Award for best work produced by a journalist under the age of 30. He has written for Taste of Cinema, Bloody Disgusting, and many other film sites. (Fun fact: Wikipedia lists him as an expert on both “prison rape” and “discontinued Taco Bell products,” for some reason.)
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