Asked how he celebrated Halloween growing up, Monsters Inc.'s John Goodman quips: "We'd sacrifice an animal and rub blood on our faces. Let's all worship Satan country style!"
If you're looking for the boisterous Roseanne alum to make any apologies for his irreverent humor, don't hold your breath. "Hey, I got enough dough," he grins. "I don't have to kiss anybody's behind."
That thick skin of his served Goodman well when Fox canceled Normal, Ohio his critically-dissed sitcom about a citified gay man going back to live in his rural hometown. "I didn't read the papers, so I don't know what kind of hits it was taking," he shrugs. "We were having such a good time, I didn't give a big rat's patoot. So when they pulled it, they pulled it. That's showbiz. We probably didn't have much of a chance anyway, but like I say, we had fun, so what the hell."
Not that his career's suffering these days. Goodman recently returned from shooting Dirty Deeds in Australia with Toni Collette. "I'm a Chicago mob guy that's coming in trying to take over the slot machine business in Sydney, Australia in 1969," he says, "and hilarity ensues."
Goodman's far warmer and fuzzier as the voice of Monsters
ghoul Sulley, whom he describes in affectionate terms: "Sulley is a top scarer," he chuckles. "What he does is he goes into children's bedrooms and scares them and the scream quotient, the fear that they have, is turned into energy by [his company,] Monsters, Inc."