Some characters steal horror films by fighting bravely, effectively fleeing or dying bizarrely.
But wild-haired Pizza Guy in “Annabelle Comes Home,” delivered a fresh pie to a spiritually besieged house and was a righteous dude, while also managing to snag a slice for himself.
The random, hilarious scene by 26-year-old Bill Kottkamp, literally billed in the credits as Pizza Guy, was a shining moment of laughter in writer-director Gary Dauberman’s horror film.
Besides the hair under the corny hat, Pizza Guy tells the film’s besotted Michael (Bob Palmeri) that he has to work to win over babysitting beauty Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman).
“You have to woo her,” Pizza Guy tells Michael as Mary Ellen awkwardly looks on.
Then he drops off the pizza with, “It’s all there, minus one slice.”
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Bill Kottkamp as Pizza Guy and Michael Cimino as Bob Palmeri in "Annabelle Comes Home." (Photo: Justin Lubin/WARNER BROS.)
Kottkamp says the total chill demeanor was easy to channel and the ‘do is all his — no wig needed. “That’s my hair unfortunately. In my real life I tie it up. But I needed a haircut,” he says.
Even Kottkamp admits Pizza Guy probably should have been killed off horrifically. “He should have totally run into a werewolf,” he says.
But he was undeniably funny.
“I like moments of levity in my horror,” says Dauberman. “It makes the scares scarier and the dark feel darker, because its a longer distance to travel.”
Kottkamp has a bit of borrowed pizza delivery experience. He faked it, wearing a satin Little Caesar’s jacket (purchased on eBay) and carried a pizza to sneak into a 2015 Jack U marathon dance party.
He could be seen on the party’s live-stream grooving up a solo storm on the dance floor and earned a Pizza Guy Facebook fan page. “Music industry people don’t dance,” says Kottcamp. “People on the live-stream were chanting ‘Pizza guy, pizza guy!’ “
Dance on, Pizza Guy.
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