Jeff Daniel Phillips Talks Playing the New Herman in The Munsters Reboot

We are coming up on the release of The Munsters, an all-new movie reimagining the classic television monster family. From writer-director Rob Zombie, the film’s cast includes Jeff Daniel Phillips playing a new version of Herman Munster alongside Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily. Dan Roebuck also stars as Grandpa, aka The Count, with the film focusing on the way Herman and Lily originally met.

In a new interview with Geek Vibes Nation to promote the film, Phillips spoke about what it was like to play the role of Herman. He commented on how Herman was given the brain of a stand-up comedian when he was created, and Phillips drew upon his own history of clowning around to put into the role. At the same time, there was a lot of inspiration from the original version of Herman from the TV show.

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“It’s, you know, you approach it like any character. You try to draw some things from the show. I definitely, growing up, I was a wisecracker, a class clown, so I could draw from that. But, yeah we were basing it on the iconic TV show, so we tried to make it ourself, make our own version of the iconic character. I’m sure there’s a lot of me in that.”

Jeff Daniel Phillips Plays a Younger Herman

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One key difference between this new version of Herman Munster and the original played by Fred Gwynne is that Phillips is playing a younger version of the character. This is because the film is an origin story that shows how Lily and Herman fall in love, while their relationship had long been established in the original TV show. As Phillips explains, his Herman is still trying to figure out who he is after having just recently been created in a lab.

“He gets a sense that he’s trying to figure out who he is, and these things just come to his brain. And he can’t, you know, he’s always amazed because he was just created and he’s trying to figure it all out, unlike the TV Herman, who’s fantastic. Fred Gwynne’s the master. But he was more established. He was married, he had a job, he had a kid. This Herman is trying to figure it out. He’s trying to find his voice. Things are coming to him. He knows jokes, he’s in this big muscular body he’s never had before.”

The Munsters will be premiering on Netflix on Sept. 27, 2022. That day it will also be made available for purchase on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. You can check out a full trailer along with the synopsis for the film below.

From writer/director Rob Zombie comes the strangest love story ever told. Lily is just your typical 150-year-old, lovelorn vampire looking for the man of her nightmares . . . that is until she lays eyes on Herman, a seven-foot-tall, green experiment with a heart of gold. It’s love at first shock as these two ghouls fall fangs over feet in this crazy Transylvanian romance. Unfortunately, it’s not all smooth sailing in the cemetery as Lily’s father The Count has other plans for his beloved daughter’s future, and they don’t involve her bumbling beau, Herman. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll howl at the moon as The Munsters make their way to Mockingbird Lane!