Skip to comments.Dennis Hopper: The ride just gets easier (Onetime hell-raiser now plays golf and votes Bush)
Posted on 08/16/2005 11:04:54 AM PDT by WestTexasWend
As an unexpected shower cascades outside, Dennis Hopper walks into the hotel dining-room as if the sun has just burst through the clouds. Wearing jeans, a tie and a powder-blue jacket, he has a huge cigar wedged in his mouth - one of the few vices left to a man who, at his worst, consumed half a gallon of rum, 28 beers and three grams of cocaine a day. Looking more like a movie mogul than the counterculture icon of Easy Rider, he is in celebratory mood. "This is my 50th year in the film business," he announces, his grey moustache tickling his nostrils as his mouth breaks into a wolfish grin. If anything, he should be toasting survival. Four divorces, studio blacklists, court cases, a spell in a psychiatric ward: the 69- year-old Hopper has weathered more storms than a North Sea trawler.
Lucky to be alive, let alone working, Hopper has inevitably calmed down in his twilight years. Now, he's a grandfather, plays golf with Jack Nicholson, votes Republican and lives contentedly with wife number five (since 1996), the actress Victoria Duffy.
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"We're gonna run the 'picket fence' at 'em..... Boys--don't get caught watchin' the paint dry!"
Proof that with age comes wisdom.
I don't think I have ever seen a more menacing character than his in "Blue Velvet".
Still don't know if I can forgive him for being in "Waterworld".
Let it be pointed out that a guy comes off drugs and alcohol, sobers up, and realizes it's best to vote Republican.
Yep, you're right. Though some of us don't need to be old to obtain wisdom... :-)
Never watched that. If you've seen the original Cape Fear, how does he compare to Robert Mitchum's Max Cady?
I wish I could remember what that movie was about... nothing, probably.
I can recall the opening scene. It was a shot of super green grass and super blue sky with a super red fire truck slowly driving by. Water sprinkler slow-motion sparying the yard.
Then it gets hazy.
The only other thing I can recall is Dennis Hopper hiding in the closet with a mask huffing nitrous or something. That's it... that's all I can remember about that dopey (?) movie.
"Mommy... mommy... mommy."
Yeah... that was a pretty out-there role.
Best DH line:
"Now that we're done with the eighties, the nineties are gonna make the sixties look like the fifties."
I wasn't aware he was in Cape Fear. Wasn't that Dinero?
I once heard on a Paul Harvey radio show that Mitchum was nervous making the movie because he had actually in real life escaped from a chain gang in Savannah as a youth, and that is where they filmed the movie.
BTW, Hopper was born in Dodge City, KS.
"Mommy, baby wants to Fu--!"
"Heinken?! F**k that sh*t! Pabst Blue Ribbon!"