Dennis Hopper

Started by MacGuffin, May 18, 2005, 01:20:57 PM

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Hopper located 'In America'
Source: Hollywood Reporter

CANNES -- Dennis Hopper has signed to star in "America," Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski's adaptation of Susan Sontag's 2001 novel "In America."

The French/Polish/Spanish co-production is being produced by Paolo Branco's Gemini Films, which is also selling the title. Set in the late 19th century, the film stars Isabelle Huppert as Polish actress Maryna Zatezowska, who immigrates to the U.S. and travels to California to found a utopian commune.
Hopper, who was in Cannes earlier in the festival, will play an impresario who revives the actress' career. Helen Mirren also has joined the cast of "America" and Harvey Keitel is in talks for a role, Branco said. The picture, scripted by Frederic Raphael, is budgeted at €15 million ($19 million). Principal photography will start toward the end of the year in Poland and Spain.
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Dennis Hopper has prostate cancer
Manager says the 'Crash' actor is canceling all travel plans
Associated Press

Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is canceling all travel plans to focus on treatment.

Manager Sam Maydew says the 73-year-old actor and artist is being treated through a "special program" at the University of Southern California.

Asked about Hopper's prognosis, Maydew said, "We're hoping for the best."

Hopper was forced to cancel his appearance at an exhibition at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne called "Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood," a collection of artwork and photography by the actor.

Hopper recently finished shooting the second season of TV's "Crash" and has several film projects in the works.
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The saddest thing about this is that he's now "the 'Crash' actor."

... okay maybe the cancer is a little sadder.


He got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.  The picture included in the link to the story shows how frail he's become--it's quite bad.

A frail Dennis Hopper gets Hollywood star
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES – A bandaged and frail Dennis Hopper was surrounded by friends, family and colleagues Friday as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The 73-year-old actor and filmmaker, who is battling prostate cancer, appeared gaunt and was helped to the stage by a friend. Hopper explained that bandages on his right arm and eye were the result of a fall Thursday outside his home.

The two-time Oscar nominee, who has appeared in more than 100 films, said he came to Hollywood from his native Kansas at 18, "so that was my college."

"Everything I've learned, I've learned from Hollywood," he said. "This has been my home and my schooling."

As Hopper was speaking, a Hollywood tour bus passed slowly by the sidewalk ceremony and the tour guide said over the loudspeaker, "We love you Dennis."

Jack Nicholson, Viggo Mortensen, David Lynch and Dwight Yoakam were among the luminaries on hand to honor their friend and colleague. Nicholson wore a shirt decorated with images from "Easy Rider," the classic 1969 road film Hopper wrote, directed and starred in, alongside Peter Fonda.

Mortensen, who kissed Hopper on the cheek before approaching the microphone, called his friend of 20 years "a complete and fertile artist" who has been "a constant source of ideas, inspiration and humor for his friends and colleagues."

Another longtime friend, producer Mark Canton, said Hopper is "the coolest guy on the planet," which elicited a broad smile from the ailing star.

"He is a force of nature," Canton said. "He is a world-class original, a legend in his own right, whose impact on the arts and people that he loves so dearly is second to none."

As Hopper's star in front of the historic Egyptian Theatre was unveiled, the actor's 7-year-old daughter, Galen, threw her arms around her father's neck.

Hundreds of camera-toting spectators lined Hollywood Boulevard for the 30-minute ceremony.

Hopper and his wife, Victoria, have been locked in a contentious feud since he filed to end the couple's nearly 14-year marriage in January. Earlier this week, Hopper's attorney said the actor is terminally ill and too weak to be questioned by his wife's attorneys in a deposition.

Doctors approved his appearance at Friday's ceremony because the event was a positive experience.


It made me very sad to see him like that today. Very talented guy.


Yeah, he looks terrible. Poor guy.

I don't feel THAT bad, though. He had an epic life.
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Quote from: Stefen on March 27, 2010, 03:48:14 AM
Yeah, he looks terrible. Poor guy.

I don't feel THAT bad, though. He had an epic life.

This image is forever burned into my eyeballs. Great life indeed.


Every time someone posts on this thread, I dread clicking on it - fearing news of his inevitable passing.

Hopper is/was the man. Unrivaled in creativity and audaciousness.

It's a shame someone never sat him in front of a camera and made a truly satisfying documentary regarding his artistic exploits.

One of the closest things I've seen is a section of the otherwise unremarkable documentary Not Quite Hollywood on the making of Mad Dog Morgan. Straight or loaded, Hopper is consistently engaging.

Maybe every day is Saturday morning.

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The Moving Image Source has a (possibly) moving dedication to Hopper:

The Middle Word in Life
We often went to the cinema, the screen would light up and we would tremble, but also, increasingly often, Madeleine and I were disappointed. The images had dated, they jittered, and Marilyn Monroe had gotten terribly old. We were sad, this wasn't the film we had dreamed of, this wasn't the total film that we all carried around inside us, this film that we would have wanted to make, or, more secretly, no doubt, that we would have wanted to live.


He held on. The dolphin and all the rest of its pod turned and swam out to sea, and still he held on. This is it, he thought. Then he remembered that they were air-breathers too. It was going to be all right.