Although My Chemical Romance’s popularity spiked after they released their second album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, in 2004, their biggest success came from their 2006 album, The Black Parade. The band kickstarted their epic third album by releasing Welcome To The Black Parade as their first single in September 2006. The music video told the story of MCR’s character “The Patient,” a cancer sufferer who was ushered into the afterlife by the Black Parade. Express.co.uk recently caught up with the Patient actor, Lukas Haas, about his time working with the legendary band, and his new slasher movie, where he worked alongside Megan Fox and Bruce Willis.
Haas, who was promoting his new film Midnight in the Switchgrass, had nothing but good things to say about working with Gerard Way, Mikey Way, Ray Toro and Bob Bryar.
He exclusively told us: “It was an amazing experience. It was two or three days and we were on this huge set. It was sort of snowing and that huge parade was… I mean it was wild.
“To get to see that happening… it was insane. Super cool. It was an intense couple of days. I haven’t seen them since then.”
Haas then explained how, before filming the seminal music video, the band pulled him aside.
My Chemical Romance perform ‘Welcome To The Black Parade'
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Haas said: “[The band] talked to me for a while, actually, and I talked to them before I even said yes to doing it. We discussed it, and then on set when I was kind of going for the look of the Patient. They were all there and were explaining it to me.
“It was actually really fun because then it was exciting getting to play him and hear from them exactly what it was that we were doing. It was really awesome.”
In 2019 MCR reunited after splitting up in 2013.
Haas confessed he would “love to” see the band now they are back together.
MCR has not yet announced whether they will be producing any new music, or just performing comeback tours.
If they do make new music and videos, however, Haas revealed he would “totally” want to reprise his role as the Patient – if he were asked.
He said: “That would be awesome. They’re super special and since [the music video] I’ve gotten into their music.”
Since he filmed the Welcome to the Black Parade music video Haas has become a Hollywood star, appearing in films including Inception and The Revenant.
His newest film, Midnight in the Switchgrass, sees him play Peter, a deranged serial killer who kidnaps young women and chains them up in his garage.
On playing such a heinous character, Haas confessed: “I like to challenge myself… that’s what I was looking for. For me, it was more about the drama of it.”
The American star also got a lot of time on-screen with legendary actress Megan Fox, who he roughs up quite a bit in the throes of the film.
Haas said: “Those scenes were definitely intense. You know… it’s weird having Megan Fox there and [you’re] yelling in her face. But that scene, when we started doing that scene, it was a little bit… I was a little nervous to go there with her, you know?
“The director was like: ‘Come on, I need you to get all the way!’ So then I just started getting a little more playful and slamming the wall.”
Haas went on to add: “It was weird – but she’s amazing and we had a good time making it you know?
Midnight in the Switchgrass is available on Digital Download and DVD now.
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