Harry Dean Stanton R.I.P.

16.09.2017 Movies #R.I.P.

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Harry Dean Stanton ist im Alter von 91 Jahren gestorben.

Der Mann war der „Brain“ in John Carpenters Escape from New York und Brett in Alien, spielte die Hauptrolle in Wim Wenders Paris, Texas und war einer von David Lynchs Regulars. Außerdem erschien Harry Dead Stanton immer in abgefuckten Klamotten und mit Kippe auf dem roten Teppich bei Filmpremieren, wofür ich den Herrn nochmal ganz besonders verehre.

Mach's gut, Harry, und rauch eine für mich mit!

Harry Dean Stanton is one of the all-time great character actors in American film. Today, he celebrates his 91st birthday with the release of his film Lucky. It’s his first starring role since Paris, Texas in 1984. In fact, he has been a supporting actor in every film appearance except for these two. Fans have seen him featured in Twin Peaks this summer, and his director pal David Lynch also co-stars with him in Lucky.

But true die-hard cinephiles and movie buffs recognize Stanton from many wonderful and offbeat films from the 70s and 80s. He’s one of the most prolific cult movie actors, appearing in Escape From New York, Red Dawn and Repo Man in the 1980s. He’s worked opposite Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman and Paul Newman, to name a few, all of whom won Oscars and achieved superstardom. But Stanton isn’t bitter about not being as rich and famous as he could be. He turned down opportunities to become a huge star because he just didn’t want to work himself to death.

His legacy is notable enough that he has his own special place in movie history. The late Roger Ebert once wrote than any film that featured Harry Dean Stanton “couldn’t be all bad.” This tribute reinforces that claim and combines interviews with Stanton to reveal a man enamored with Eastern thought and philosophy. "It's all a movie," Stanton says about life in this video essay, "And there you are."

Aus einem 2013er Interview mit dem Guardian:

Stanton spends most evenings, when he is not working in Dan Tana's bar in East Hollywood, drinking with a small bunch of regulars and telling anyone who can't quite place his face that he is a retired astronaut. "He's an outsider but has lots of good friends," says Huber. "He's happy compared to most 87-year-olds. He says he doesn't care about dying, but some days, I suspect, he thinks about it a lot. You never really know what's going on in his head."