View Full Version : RIP: Dennis Hopper

Gas Man
05-30-2010, 09:57 AM
From all kinds of movies we love. RIP one of the greats!!

Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Hopper)

NY Daily (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/2010/05/30/2010-05-30_nobody_did_crazy_in_hollywood_better_than_this_ guy.html)
For more than 50 years, Dennis Hopper brought an extra edge to every role because some little unspoken something told us that maybe he really was as nuts as the guy he was playing.
Hopper was just a teenager when he first played characters who didn't fit into the world around them, supporting his pal James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant."
Dean and the young Marlon Brando created the restless-young-man template to which restless young men still aspire today, and in many ways Hopper was the young man who carried that torch through the years, after Dean died and Brando got simply strange.
To the extent the movie rebels of the early 1950s had a philosophy, it was summarized when Brando's character in "The Wild One" was asked what he was rebelling against and he replied, "Whatcha got?"
Hopper spent much of his movie career tacitly addressing both questions. From his motorcycle drug-runner in "Easy Rider" to his bizarre and scary psycho in "Blue Velvet" up through the drug-addled music man he played recently in "Crash," almost every one of his roles asked, "Whatcha got?"
Nor did he get an answer, which after a while became the answer. In a world where so much is so screwed up, Hopper's characters seem to be suggesting, someone has to say no, things are not all right.
He was also blessed with the right physical makeup to play characters who didn't trust the rules.
He looked normal, the kind of guy you could bring home to meet your parents. It was only when he turned up the intensity in his eyes that you realized there was something scary there.
At the same time, for all the well-publicized drug problems that led him into an 18-year lost weekend, the off-screen Hopper did not end up wandering off into aimless indulgence.
When he wrote and produced "Easy Rider," he saw something all the big boys in Hollywood could not. "Easy Rider" earned $40 million on a $380,000 budget, launched Jack Nicholson, spawned a boatload of cheap independent flicks and was one of the few mass entertainment productions of the late 1960s that seemed to understand the restlessness it was tapping into.
One of the things that made "Blue Velvet" such a disturbing and fascinating film was director David Lynch's use of Roy Orbison's great song, "In Dreams" - and the way Hopper's character plays off it in disturbing and fascinating ways.
Orbison, a quiet, Christian man, was asked shortly before he died what he thought of the movie, particularly whether the Hopper character's graphic language bothered him.
"I was a little shocked," Orbison said. "But it was hard to take your eyes off that character."
If only because, to the end, you were never sure what Dennis Hopper would do next.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/2010/05/30/2010-05-30_nobody_did_crazy_in_hollywood_better_than_this_ guy.html#ixzz0pPtGnIhv

05-30-2010, 10:29 AM
A great actor, RIP! What was the movie he did with kiefer Sutherland?

05-30-2010, 11:02 AM
A great actor, RIP! What was the movie he did with kiefer Sutherland?
Flashback. Kinda cheesey by today's standards but it's still one of my favorites. "You couldn't find an Indian?"

It' better to burn out thank to fade away.


Bagger Dave
05-30-2010, 11:23 PM
Rip :(

05-31-2010, 08:08 AM
Easy Rider is such a great classic movie. I love the part where Jack Nicholson is discussing UFO's.

06-01-2010, 11:55 AM

I remember reading an article about the "Billy Bike" a long time ago and Hopper was saying what a pain in the ass that bike was to ride. No concideration at all to "ride-ability" hwne it was built. Narrow bars and chopped frame left the front end floppy and with no leverage hardly to keep it straight. got a work out everytime they rode it. But the Capt America Bike got the attention.

06-01-2010, 01:16 PM
lot of big names have died in last couple of years..

06-01-2010, 02:30 PM
lot of big names have died in last couple of years..
Last few months even.

06-01-2010, 04:44 PM
and i guess brittany murphy's husband died.. i think he was like 43 or something?