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Dennis Hopper Dead at 74

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 1:08 pm    Post subject: Dennis Hopper Dead at 74 Reply with quote

While his career had ups and downs, he was simply astonishing in "Blue Velvet", "Hoosiers", "River's Edge", "Flashback", "True Romance" and "Speed". In fact, his Frank Booth of "Blue Velvet" remains the best human villain of all-time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH8FEZvaiAI

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think his role in True Romance is probably my favourite of his. His lifestyle meant he had to pick more than a few jobs that were beneath him to pay the bills, but his was a rare talent - always watchable, without fail. And he's still the best villain 24 ever had.

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember most from "Easy Rider," "Speed," and the first film I saw him in- "Apocalypse Now."
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And let's not forget his classic "Lyle From Dallas" in the excellent Red Rock West:

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched River's Edge last night. How would you like to arrive on the set of your film and find you have to direct Dennis Hopper and Crispen Glover? And yet, as crazy as Hopper's character was in that movie, his was not the craziest performance.

He will be missed... Sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always considered Dennis Hopper as the perenial underdog. He didn't make it easy on himself, but man, he came back better than ever. Didn't matter if in the end he was typecasted, he still kicked a ton of ass a villain. The first movie I saw of him was Speed, and he was enjoyably evil. He always had that look that made you think he was just off his marbles (which more often than not was the case earlier in his life).

Heck, I even liked his turn in Apocalypse Now.

Just wish he had another good movie in him. Shame about what happened with his marriage, and this close to the end of his life. My condolences to all his family.

And may he finally rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was a legend . He is not only a good actor, but also a director , writer, and producer.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:49 am    Post subject: HOPPER & GLOVER, pick your choose... Reply with quote

Collin Souter wrote:
Watched River's Edge last night. How would you like to arrive on the set of your film and find you have to direct Dennis Hopper and Crispen Glover? And yet, as crazy as Hopper's character was in that movie, his was not the craziest performance.

He will be missed... Sad


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read the last interview he gave, and when asked what film he thinks he did his best acting in, he said "Blue Velvet", which I more than agree with. Yes, his character of Frank Booth is uncouthly and unpredictably violent, but there's a remarkable shot of him shedding a tear while watching Dorothy sing with the tragic self-knowledge that he's too evil to love her "normally" as much as he'd like.
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