In an archived interview with Starlog Journal in 1988 (through Syfy.com), Carpenter spoke about what had led him to solid Roddy Piper within the lead function for “They Stay.” Apparently, the casting choice would have been questionable on the time. As well-known because the wrestler Roddy Piper was, his appearing credit had been few and much between on the time. Furthermore, Carpenter had already been profitable with earlier directorial efforts with the likes of Kurt Russell and Jeff Bridges in starring roles. It is secure to imagine it was all the time an choice to convey a extra distinguished identify to painting Nada in “They Stay.” Nonetheless, the movie’s story referred to as for somebody rougher across the edges:
“In contrast to most Hollywood actors, Roddy has life written throughout him. He has been hit so many occasions that he’s actually damaged up. He even walks humorous as a result of his pelvis was shattered and his again was wrenched. He’s undoubtedly not a fairly boy. He is the hardest man I’ve met. You run a truck into Roddy, and he would nonetheless be standing.”
The toughness and “life” that was written throughout Roddy could be exactly what made him good for the function of Nada. The character’s introduction within the movie speaks volumes to this, proven instantly as a drifter in search of a way to maintain himself afloat. There wasn’t something essentially visually interesting in regards to the character, making him an unconventional hero to root for.