At the question-answer session following "John Dies at the End," director Don Coscarelli introduced the film's lead, Chase Williamson. Williamson's story of instant fame wasn't quite that of Lana Turner's being discovered in a drug store—but close.
Williamson explained that he had been going to USC Theater School when he auditioned for the film and got the role— much of which he would play opposite Paul Giamatti, one of Hollywood's most respected actors.
"[Williamson's] a theater student and he finds himself doing six pages of dialog with Paul Giamatti," Coscarelli told the audience at Salt Lake City's Tower Theater. "I was terrified he would seize up and vapor lock."
"As was I," said Williamson.
— Glen Warchol