Sunday, 30 May 2010

Rest In Peace Dennis Hopper....

Well, yet ANOTHER icon dead this year. What's going on? The last 12 months have been horrendous for this.

Dennis Hopper, one of the finest actors of the last 50 years, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.

In case people have forgotten what he did in his lifetime, here's some of the more noteworthy films he was in... some of which have been personal favourites of mine over the years.
Rebel Without A Cause, Giant, Gunfight At The OK Corral, Cool Hand Luke, Hang Em High, Easy Rider, True Grit, The Last Movie, Apocalypse Now, Out Of The Blue, Rumble Fish, The Osterman Weekend, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, River's Edge, Blue Velvet, Straight To Hell, Paris Trout, Red Rock West, True Romance, Speed, and Land Of The Dead.

He's worked with Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, George Romero, Sam Peckinpah, Paul Newman, James Dean (who he was close friends with), Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Peter Fonda, Martin Sheen, Crispin Glover, Kyle McLachlan, Dean Stockwell, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Isabella Rosellini, Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon and hundreds of others.

Here's a clip of him on The Johnny Cash Show in the 70s, reciting a slightly paraphrased version of "If" by Rudyard Kipling. My grandad used to have that poem on his wall, so that - coupled with the fact that Johnny Cash and Dennis Hopper are both heroes of mine - makes this particularly resonant.

And here is a much more NSFW clip from the classic Blue Velvet... watch with caution. Absolutely terrifying, and one of the most skilful pieces of acting I've ever seen.
Seriously, WATCH WITH CAUTION. Not suitable for kids. AT ALL.

This, along with the AMAZING True Romance scene with Christopher Walken, are two of the most startling scenes in modern day cinema, to my mind.

Rest In Peace man, your work will be truly missed and there'll never be another actor like you.

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