"Releasing His Inner Beast"
Teen Wolf was one of the most unlikeliest of success stories of the 1980’s. It was a low-budget comedy made back while its star Michael J. Fox was still primarily known from TV as Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.
However, in the wake of his breakthrough film success in the Hollywood comedy Back To The Future in 1985, Teen Wolf was released shortly after and became a hit itself, spawning a sequel and even a short-lived TV cartoon series.
Last year, MTV decided to give a TV series adaptation of the film a shot and it became a bona fide success. Now with the release of its first season on DVD, we caught up with its 20 year-old star Tyler Posey who plays Scott McCall during last year’s Comic-Con in San Diego and he shared with us how he and his cast of fellow budding young actors were received at the event.
“Literally, we’re like rock stars!” Posey exclaims, “I can’t believe it. The cast and I did a panel, we lift one hand or say one word, and they freak out, like a good solid 20 seconds of screaming and I’ve never experienced anything like that before. And if that’s what the rest of my life is like, I love it. It’s pretty cool. It’s insane, man.”
We asked Posey if like any newly-minted heartthrobs, was there any pressure for guys to take their shirts off.
“I instigated [Dylan O’Brien] to take his shirt off,” Tyler replies, “No. If I heard somebody like Taylor Lautner take his shirt off at a convention, I would have been like, ‘what a douchebag.’ So I don’t want to be like that.”
Tyler talks about the experience of filming the series in Atlanta.
“We were forced to like each other, a lot of late-night Halo sessions, we were busy, so all we did was work.” Posey recalls, “But it was fun because it’s what we do. We enjoyed it because it was my first
"Releasing His Inner Beast"
Posey was asked if he and the cast used the original film as a guide.
“We did, not in the sense of trying to get anything from the movie and bring it to the show,” Tyler says, “We watched because it was another bonding experience. [Developer and executive producer] Jeff Davis got everybody together, had pizza, and watched Teen Wolf. It was a really fun night. It was the best time of my life. I had a great time.”
We asked Tyler who was the most boisterous of the cast.
“[Dylan and I] are both goofy,” Posey replies, “We have a lot of fun on set.”
We also asked Posey if he had a message for those who have not tuned into the Teen Wolf TV series yet.
“Watch it.,” Tyler simply states, “Check it out. It’s honestly literally the coolest show I have ever seen. We filmed it all and I literally can’t wait to watch the next episode. I’m like honestly a huge fan of the show. That’s the first time I’ve realized how huge of a fan of the show I am. Watch it. It’s good. I guarantee you’re going to like it. If you don’t, whatever, I like it and that’s all that matters, right?”
Tyler also shared with us what is to be expected from the first season.
“We’re going to find out who the elf is,” Posey says, “Two people die before the season’s over, and there may be another non-human in the cast.”