Sunday, May 30, 2010
Another great legend is gone. Dennis Hopper left behind a colorful resumé of films and TV as an actor and as a director. He will no doubt be best remembered for his roles in films like Speed, Easy Rider, True Romance, Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet.
Personally I'd pick the following four roles of his career as my favorite: the diabolical cop-turned-bomber Howard Payne from Speed ("Pop quiz, hot shot!"), father of Christian Slater's character in True Romance and especially that legendary dialogue between his Clifford Worley and Walken's Sicilian gangster ("Your ancestors are niggers, uh-huh."), the Donald Rumsfeld inspired Kaufman in George A. Romero's magnificent zombie comeback Land Of The Dead and finally as Victor Drazen in the first season of "24".
Dennis Hopper at IMDb
The video below doesn't have the best picture and sound quality, but these performances are legendary and the script was written by someone called Quentin Tarantino. If you haven't seen True Romance, seek it out, now. And skip this video, it contains heavy SPOILERS!