You've probably heard his voice a million times, and you don't even know his name. Let me be the guy that re-introduces you to THE Canadian treasure that IS Stu Stone. Born Stuart Eisenstein, Stu is a film, television, and voice-over actor as well as a producer of television, film, and music. He is best known for his role in Donnie Darko and voicing Ralphie Tennelli for School Bus. Stu also has toured as a comedian and rapper, and after doing a little digging, I also found out that he also does a bit of indy wrestling. So yeah, you could say that this dude is living every kid's dream.
Initially, I was pretty psyched to be able to talk to someone that was featured in both Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps, but the more I uncovered about Stu, the more excited I was getting. He's basically Jamie Kenndey's right-hand man, and while that might not carry much weight today, there was a point in my life when "Rollin with Saget" was MY anthem. If you haven't heard the song, do yourself a favor, and FIND it! I honestly still quote it to this day, and it wasn't until I began researching Stu that I even remembered it was a thing. Not that it is a bad song or anything, I've just drank a lot of beer since 2006.
These days Stu spends more time behind the camera. He directed Scarecrows and scripted it with producer Adam Rodness. Uncork’d Entertainment will release the movie December 11th on VOD and February 1st on DVD; Hannah Gordon, Mike Taylor, Umed Amin, Maaor Ziv and Jason J. Thomas star. I enjoyed it, so why wouldn't you? And that being said, have I ever steered you wrong? Well, yeah, there was that one time, but that was a while ago. Either way though, if you're ready for a jaunt through the fields, Scarecrows is the film for you. If farm house horror isn’t for you, check out his other flick, The Haunted House on Kirby Road, which you can watch today through Amazon Prime.
While the interview was set up to discuss Scarecrows, I'm definitely interested in what Stu has up his sleeve next. He wears many hats, and because of his proven track record, I'd say that 2019 could possibly be the year the world witnesses the return of Stu Stone. While I am sworn to secrecy about a few upcoming projects, anyone can see that this dude is always working. Even since we spoke, upcoming projects have been added to his ever-growing IMDB.
Stu also has one film on the festival circuit right now, Jack of all Trades, that I am extremely fond of, and while I haven't had time to write up a review, I love Stu's tone, and I'm sure whatever he is cooking up next will be worth anyone’s time. Stay tuned to 5’7 Films, because they have shit coming!
Rollin with Stu,