Sept. 20, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Leatherface. Just the name can send waves of fear and revulsion through an entire generation of filmgoers. Not so for Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played the demented killer in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and who has, over the years, grown to love him. In the 1974 horror movie from director Tobe Hooper, the mentally disturbed Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, and his equally depraved and cannibalistic clan terrorize five friends who have ventured into the backwoods with their blades and butchery skills. Only Sally (Marilyn Burns) manages to escape becoming dinner. Perhaps more chilling than the film’s plot is the reactions from fans Hansen sometimes encounters. “I used to find that there were women who were excited to meet me,” Hansen said. “When they discovered that I wasn’t like Leatherface, some were relieved — but […]