Sunday, 23 August 2015

Mad Dog Hopper

One last post about Mad Dog Morgan... Below, Dennis Hopper on set reading the Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Terry Southern penned screenplay of Easy Rider... Hopper is interviewed for the making-of film They Shoot a Mad Dog and appears lucid, intelligent and charming but leafing thru my copy of the 2014 biography Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel, Hopper is described as a "cornucopia of craziness" whilst making the film - Philippe Mora recalls one morning discovering Hopper guzzling Old Spice after the production ran out of beer. Mora remembers Hopper completely immersing himself in character - Hopper didn't wash, spoke off camera in that godawful Irish accent and apparently affected a mortal terror of fellow actor Frank Thring (perhaps better known as Bartertown's greasy administrator in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome). Watching the film earlier, seeing Hopper dressed in black and sporting a mess of a beard, I thought of Alejandro Jodorowsky's black-clad gunslinger in El Topo, and wondered if Hopper has borrowed his look from the Chilean director - they were certainly good friends at the time...

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