I’m Bob Elmore. I have been a Hollywood stuntman since 1985 and am most known as Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.
I got my start in the late 70s, working at Knott’s Berry Farm, doing chainsaw stunts in a Wild West show. After doing that for several years, a few of us stunt guys looked into getting into the real stunt business. I soon got into a program at LA City College and began getting paid stunt jobs and was able to earn a living doing just that.
When I was asked to do stunts on Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, I had no idea what to expect. I hadn’t even seen the original film.
It was 110° in Texas with 100% humidity and we were working in an underground tunnel that was 160°. After shooting my stunt scenes, I had taken my costume off and was about to leave, when they called me back to the set. So I got dressed again and went back in there wondering what was going on, and they said that Bill Johnson (credited for the role of Leatherface) couldn’t lift the chainsaw up over his head. It was the biggest chainsaw on the market at that time and weighed about 75 pounds. They had tried to make a lighter chainsaw, but it didn’t work out and they had to use a real chainsaw with a dulled blade. So I had a stunt contract and an acting contract for this movie.
I am not an actor. But because I essentially took on the role of Leatherface, I had to give him character. The thing about Leatherface is that he doesn’t speak – he grunts and groans – and you never see his face. Body language was key to giving his character a style... his hand movements, how he dances with Stretch and handles her not like a lady, but like an object. That was just what I came up with for his character, a mad man who is also physically strong.
Although I remained credited only as Bill’s stunt double, 98% of what you see of Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 is actually me!