‘One of the best pieces I’ve done': Just how did Micky Dolenz end up working with Rob Zombie?

One of the more surprising moments in Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of Halloween has to be the cameo appearance of the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz. The heavy metaller-turned-movie guy had a personal connection.

“As it turns out, Rob Zombie is a fan of ours,” Dolenz tells Playback’s Jim Ousley. “He got in touch with me through my agent and said, ‘I want you to do a cameo in my film.’ I knew who he was and that he was a fan, but I wasn’t familiar with his work as a writer and director.”

Typically, these sort of calls involve Dolenz reanimating his on-screen persona from the Monkees late-1960s television show. But Dolenz — on tour right now with the Monkees — has far more range, having appeared on TV as early as the late 1950s in Circus Boy. After the Monkees, he did a variety of voiceover work, appeared on TV’s Adam 12,, in films like Night of the Strangler and Linda Lovelace for President, and helped launch a revival of the stage musical Pippin.

In keeping, Dolenz was thrilled to learn that Zombie would be using him as a gun-shop owner who sells Malcolm McDowell’s character a gun as he searches for the maniacal Michael Myers. “When I found out I wasn’t playing myself, I got excited about that,” Dolenz says. “I don’t like playing myself. As it turned out, it’s one of the best little pieces of footage I have that I’ve done.”

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