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Dennis Hopper: The ride just gets easier (Onetime hell-raiser now plays golf and votes Bush)
Belfast TelegraphDigital ^ | 16 August 2005 | By James Mottram

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: dennishopper; ering; hollywood; hollywoodright; landofthedead; pabstblueribbon
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Good read. Maybe between him and Jerry Bruckheimer, "E-Ring" won't be the sorry joke "Over There" has been.
1 posted on 08/16/2005 11:04:59 AM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend
I knew I started liking him recently for some reason or another....
2 posted on 08/16/2005 11:06:20 AM PDT by b4its2late (It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.)
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To: b4its2late

"We're gonna run the 'picket fence' at 'em..... Boys--don't get caught watchin' the paint dry!"


3 posted on 08/16/2005 11:08:08 AM PDT by rudy45
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To: b4its2late

Proof that with age comes wisdom.


4 posted on 08/16/2005 11:08:15 AM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: WestTexasWend

I don't think I have ever seen a more menacing character than his in "Blue Velvet".


5 posted on 08/16/2005 11:08:39 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog

Still don't know if I can forgive him for being in "Waterworld".


6 posted on 08/16/2005 11:10:03 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living affront to Islam since 1959)
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To: WestTexasWend

Let it be pointed out that a guy comes off drugs and alcohol, sobers up, and realizes it's best to vote Republican.


7 posted on 08/16/2005 11:10:46 AM PDT by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: nuffsenuff

Yep, you're right. Though some of us don't need to be old to obtain wisdom... :-)


8 posted on 08/16/2005 11:11:25 AM PDT by b4its2late (It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.)
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To: WestTexasWend
Dennis Hopper votes Republican... groovy.


9 posted on 08/16/2005 11:12:43 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: yarddog
I don't think I have ever seen a more menacing character than his in "Blue Velvet".

Never watched that. If you've seen the original Cape Fear, how does he compare to Robert Mitchum's Max Cady?

10 posted on 08/16/2005 11:13:57 AM PDT by dighton
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To: WestTexasWend
Any time I think of Dennis Hopper (or David Lynch) I can't help but think of "Blue Velvet."

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.

11 posted on 08/16/2005 11:15:25 AM PDT by Who dat?
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To: yarddog
I don't think I have ever seen a more menacing character than his in "Blue Velvet".

"Mommy... mommy... mommy."

Yeah... that was a pretty out-there role.

12 posted on 08/16/2005 11:15:35 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty
...groovy.

far out....

13 posted on 08/16/2005 11:15:39 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Liberals preach comity and practice calumny.)
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To: WestTexasWend

Best DH line:

"Now that we're done with the eighties, the nineties are gonna make the sixties look like the fifties."


14 posted on 08/16/2005 11:15:51 AM PDT by paddles
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To: yarddog

FRAAAANNNKK!


15 posted on 08/16/2005 11:16:04 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: dighton

I wasn't aware he was in Cape Fear. Wasn't that Dinero?


16 posted on 08/16/2005 11:16:29 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: dighton
Robert Mitchum was the best there ever was imo. I still think Hopper's character gave off a more malevolent air.

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.

17 posted on 08/16/2005 11:17:04 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: WestTexasWend

18 posted on 08/16/2005 11:17:16 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne (The alternative media is our Enigma machine.)
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To: WestTexasWend
"Now its Dark!"

"Mommy, baby wants to Fu--!"

19 posted on 08/16/2005 11:17:17 AM PDT by Clemenza (Love Thyself)
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To: dighton

"Heinken?! F**k that sh*t! Pabst Blue Ribbon!"

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20 posted on 08/16/2005 11:19:30 AM PDT by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: WestTexasWend

I've seen the E-Ring pilot.

Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.


21 posted on 08/16/2005 11:19:51 AM PDT by Range Rover (Kerry is STILL a Fraud)
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To: Clemenza

"Don't you look at me... Don't you f* look at me!!"


22 posted on 08/16/2005 11:21:26 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Range Rover

you in the biz Range?


23 posted on 08/16/2005 11:21:50 AM PDT by ARA
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To: Who dat?
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.

Pans down to close-up of grass and earth and ants with amplified sound as they crawl on a human ear that has been separated from its former owner.

24 posted on 08/16/2005 11:22:18 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: WestTexasWend
"Can't you just feel the love"?
25 posted on 08/16/2005 11:22:34 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: WestTexasWend
My favorite role of Hopper's was as Cliff Worley in "True Romance". No one who has ever seen the 'Sicilian History Lesson Speech' scene between him and Christopher Walken will ever forget it!

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Clifford Worley: You're Sicilian, huh?

Coccotti: Yeah, Sicilian.

26 posted on 08/16/2005 11:23:34 AM PDT by StrictTime (This tagline will return in 5 minutes.)
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To: WestTexasWend

Hopper is a true Hollywood survivor. Roles in GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL, TRUE GRIT, EASY RIDER, BLUE VELVET, HOOSIERS, ..... quite a list!


27 posted on 08/16/2005 11:24:00 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: WestTexasWend

Wasn't he in the movie True Romance? He had some hysterical lines in that flick.


28 posted on 08/16/2005 11:24:31 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama ("Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus" never has better advice been given.)
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To: WestTexasWend

Hopper is a true Hollywood survivor. Roles in GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL, TRUE GRIT, EASY RIDER, BLUE VELVET, HOOSIERS, ..... quite a list!


29 posted on 08/16/2005 11:24:35 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: WestTexasWend

Hopper is a true Hollywood survivor. Roles in GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL, TRUE GRIT, EASY RIDER, BLUE VELVET, HOOSIERS, ..... quite a list!


30 posted on 08/16/2005 11:24:36 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: All
Fantastic in "Hoosiers" too.

Good to see him come around!

BTW, Robert Mitchum told his girl friend, upon getting his first Hollywood role, - "Stick with me baby and you'll be F*rting thru silk!".

I love romantics.

31 posted on 08/16/2005 11:24:42 AM PDT by llevrok (Semper Conservitatus)
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To: StrictTime

Ya beat me by 2 posts. Those are the lines to which I am referring. Man, they're great.


32 posted on 08/16/2005 11:26:52 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama ("Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus" never has better advice been given.)
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To: WestTexasWend

"I haven't had a drink or hard narcotics in 21 years."

Notice that he didn't say anything about marijuana, only alcohol and "hard narcotics."


33 posted on 08/16/2005 11:27:01 AM PDT by TKDietz
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To: paddles

From Speed:

Keannu: "You're crazy."

Dennis: "Crazy? No, Jack, poor people are crazy." (holds up bags of ransom money) "I'm eccentric."


34 posted on 08/16/2005 11:27:41 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: StrictTime

that makes you part eggplant.


35 posted on 08/16/2005 11:27:42 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: llevrok

Another Mitchum story. He was busted for marijuana possession in the 40s and had to serve a month or two of time. When asked what jail was like he replied 'just like Palm Springs, but with a better class of people'.


36 posted on 08/16/2005 11:28:19 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: new cruelty
De Niro was Cady in a remake.

Cape Fear (1962)

Cape Fear (1991)

37 posted on 08/16/2005 11:29:05 AM PDT by dighton
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To: StrictTime

"...now, if that's a fact, tell me, am I lying? 'Cause you, you're part eggplant."


38 posted on 08/16/2005 11:29:08 AM PDT by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: vbmoneyspender; WV Mountain Mama

Both Walken and Hopper are awesome in that scene! One of the best in cinematic history, IMO. I'm checking IMDB now to see if and when they have been paired in other movies...


39 posted on 08/16/2005 11:29:17 AM PDT by StrictTime (This tagline will return in 5 minutes.)
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To: Rummyfan

Don't forget his spaced out photographer in "Apocalypse Now."


40 posted on 08/16/2005 11:30:04 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Rummyfan

He was in Cool Hand luke, Hang Em High, Apocalypse Now, Rebel without a cause too. Amazing list of credits. Here's a filmography:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000454/


41 posted on 08/16/2005 11:31:58 AM PDT by Huck (Whatever.)
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To: b4its2late

Too true... I'm only 34. ;-)


42 posted on 08/16/2005 11:32:12 AM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: Rummyfan

He was also in Rebel Without a Cause.


43 posted on 08/16/2005 11:32:32 AM PDT by Clemenza (Love Thyself)
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To: Rummyfan

Another Mitchum story...whenever he began filming on location the first thing he did was meet the Sheriff and meet the best looking blond in town.....


44 posted on 08/16/2005 11:34:11 AM PDT by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: ARA

You could say that...in a part of the business but I used to be in Production and Development. Hard to be Conservative surrounded by Kool-Aid chuggers. Gotta keep my mouth shut a lot.

Some good stuff comin out this season...plus a lot of GARBAGE.

Everybody Hates Chris. Gonna be HUGE.

Geena Davis in the White House had a lot of polarizing stuff in it - even the ultra-lefties I work with had "issues" with it. As much as I hope it dies a quick death, they've kept The West Wing on a respirator because of its propaganda value.


45 posted on 08/16/2005 11:35:18 AM PDT by Range Rover (Kerry is STILL a Fraud)
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To: dighton
Deniro's remake was one of the two movies I walked out on in my life.

I just couldn't take it when he bit a chunk of the girl's cheek off.

46 posted on 08/16/2005 11:38:29 AM PDT by what's up
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To: dighton

Blue Velvet was really, really disturbingly violent....hated to see Dennis play such a violent character....E-Ring will be more to our liking..I hope....


47 posted on 08/16/2005 11:38:46 AM PDT by auto power
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To: Clemenza

Repo Man - One of my favorite cult movies


48 posted on 08/16/2005 11:39:51 AM PDT by Kryptonite
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To: what's up

Deniro is a great actor but he didn't get it quite right in "Cape Fear".


49 posted on 08/16/2005 11:40:09 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: WestTexasWend

He creeps me out... man.


50 posted on 08/16/2005 11:40:36 AM PDT by johnny7 (“I like ya, Lloyd. I always liked ya. You were always the best of 'em.”)
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