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Dino Velvet - 8mm (1999)

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I like my outfit in that one: all the goth stuff. Joel Schumacher told me that Peter Brook had told him that I was the best Shakespearean actor in Europe. So he asked me to play Dino Velvet as a Shakespearean villain, and we went for it, man! I found it very entertaining to play him. He’s very over the top, and very in love with himself. I think the mistake in the movie is that they killed me too fast. They always do that in Hollywood. Why kill the main antagonist so early? I think in Europe we have more interest in theatre, and so we’re more interested in developing characters. They’re not interested in that here. Too often now it’s just one scene on top of another. You get interested in a character in some movies and then they just disappear. ‘Oh well, he wasn’t really needed in the story anymore.’ But the audience liked him!
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1 I never saw Star Wars
That line in Armageddon always bugged me: "You ever heard of Evel Knievel?" "No, I never saw Star Wars." If you've never heard of Evel Knievel, why would you associate him with a movie you never saw??! Either he's just making two totally unrelated statements for some reason ("I've never heard of him, and also I've never seen Star Wars"), or he HAS heard of Evel Knievel, and thinks he's a character from Star Wars, a movie he's never seen. More

Posted by sowasred2012 on Thursday May 9, 2013, 16:18

2 RE: What about...
Yeah Empire. Why didn't you ask him about every role in his entire career? How dare you just pick 10? You should have talked to him for at least 19 hours. You didn't even talk to him about his theatre work in Sweden in the 70's! What kind of show are you running! More

Posted by Osric on Monday May 6, 2013, 11:52

3 What about...
Hansel & Gretel, Witch Hunters, The Lost World : Jurassic Park, The Brothers Grimm, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Lock-Out... More

Posted by Toursiveu on Saturday May 4, 2013, 19:50

4 Armageddon
'yuri, you ever heard of evel keneval?' 'i've never seen 'star wars'' More

Posted by spark1 on Friday May 3, 2013, 14:47

5 Great actor
Yes, Fargo has the quintessential Stomare villain, but I also absolutely LOVE him in Minority Report. Such a seedy bastard. You feel like taking a shower after that whole sequence. Freakin' love that movie. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Friday May 3, 2013, 12:44

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Great feature.. You should do a series of them on all the 27%ers. More

Posted by ash333 on Friday May 3, 2013, 09:53


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