Craig Wasson: Thank God for My Guitar

Many will recognize Craig Wasson from some key films in the 1980s, from Body Double to Ghost Story and Nightmare on Elm Street. Wasson is a favorite of James and Teal, and through a bit of luck, and an introduction made by their friend Al Fraser, Wasson was kind enough to come on Stuff We’ve Seen.

This is the first of two episodes featuring guest, Craig Wasson. On this episode you’ll hear how some coincidences, luck, and talent with the guitar got Wasson started on his acting journey.

We’ll cover Wasson’s early work in Boys in Company C and Go Tell the Spartans, to his breakthrough role in a real hidden gem of a film, 1981’s Four Friends, directed by Arthur Penn. Along the way, you’ll hear some spot-on  Wasson impersonations of some legendary actors, and some great stories from an actor whose 70s-80s filmography is worth further exploration.

Nights at O’Rears

Some of Wasson’s film work is a little hard to track down. In 1980, Wasson starred in an AFI student film directed by Robert Mandel. Mandel directed 1986’s FX. While a restored copy of this 46 minute short is not available, it can be found here on youtube.

Nights at O’Rears (1980)

Be on the lookout for Part 2 coming soon. In part 2, Wasson discusses Ghost Story, Body Double, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and more.

Four Friends (1981)
Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
The Boys in Company C (1978)

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