Cast & Crew: Tom Berenger Interview

10 06 2008

The Good Fight
By Betsy Model, September 27, 2007

from Cigar Aficionado
It seems that non film magazines make interviews with actors differently, and sometimes better. They seem to have broader perspective than the usual movie talk. And women write different than men, that’s for sure.

Quote: There may be all of those characters in the impatience Berenger can exhibit when discussing Hollywood, but the one you listen for — the one you half fear and half desire — is Sergeant Barnes from Platoon.

Berenger himself was certain he could bring Barnes to life on the screen, but there were some initial doubts by others.

Berenger managed on screen to define the notion of walking wounded, the kind of dull and incessant emotional pain that renders a man inhuman, to an extraordinary and chilling degree.

“I remember reading the script and thinking ‘whoa,'” says Berenger, “and I never doubted I could do it. I had a handle on it. I knew that Oliver had doubts and I knew that Dale [Dye] had doubts, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with [the role]. I could see them being worried, but I wasn’t.”

“Early on, when I first started in the movie business,” says Dye. “I barely knew one actor from another and certainly had no clue about things like heart, emotion, insight and talent that an actor needs to bring a role to life. So in my infinite wisdom at the time, I took a look at Tom’s head shot — a handsome, soulful, sensitive photo — and said, ‘There’s no damn way this weenie can play Sgt. Barnes.’ [Oh, my, I can literally hear Dye saying this words!]

“What I decided to do,” Dye continues, “was challenge him a bit, work some reverse psychology and tell him I didn’t think he had the right stuff. My hope was that he’d step up and try to prove me wrong and he damn sure did that. What I found was a guy who was not only a spectacularly talented actor but a tough guy for real, and someone who would have made an outstanding combat soldier.”

I think this is something I’ve never read before:

QUOTE: After graduating from the University of Missouri with a double major in communications and film editing, Berenger was lucky enough to immediately land a job working at a film production and editing studio in Kansas City. Specializing in training films, film footage of professional sporting events and documentaries, the little production company (which, interestingly enough, had also been the starting point for director and producer Robert Altman, years earlier) provided experience for Berenger in every facet of film production, except acting.

Berenger moved to New York to take acting lessons and within six months, he says, he was landing work.

There is also a little story about an influence his movie Looking for Mr Goodbar had on Berneger. Which somehow reminds me of strange chains of occurrences that sometimes happen to me… Maybe it is something about Gemini, like we are attracting weirdness or something.

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The real Platoon(8): Ritual in the Films of Willem Dafoe

25 05 2008

http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/04/32/willem_dafoe.html

Quote: The dope-smoking, swearing Sergeant Elias of Platoon (1986), based on an actual man of the same name whom Oliver Stone had met during the Vietnam War and come to regard as a mythical figure, is a symbol for the conflicting views on the war that divided Americans. In the screenplay Stone provides Elias with the natural sense of grace, the charismatic power and the dignity of a heathen god at one with his surroundings.* Rejecting human-made moral principles, Elias aligns himself with the natural elements: The stars … there’s no right or wrong in them, they’re just there. And yet the character Elias is complex enough also to symbolise hope and the search for truth and meaning in life as expressed in his spiritual bond with Stone’s fictitious counterpart, the narrator Chris. Elias’ death is ambiguous in various ways, not least because of the stylised pose of his body as he seems to be coming after the rescuing helicopter. Kneeling and arms raised in the air while he is shot at from behind, the gesture could be one of supplication or of resignation.

* I wonder if the author has an idea how much “mythical” Elias was in Break. But caution is needed by creating a picture of the real person based on those very sparse information. Since the information about Juan Elias started to spread I can see a tendency to take those hints for granted facts.





Cast & Crew: Richard Edson

25 03 2008

Following the information about Lounge Lizards I found some info on Richard Edson.

From IMDB:

QOUTE: In addition to his film success, Edson has had a fascinating career in music, being the original drummer in the New York post-punk band, Sonic Youth and spending three years as drummer for the rhythmic dance band, Konk. It was his involvement in Konk and the New York art scene that caught Jim Jarmusch’s eye and led to his being cast in “Paradise”.

Edson currently lives in Los Angeles where in addition to acting he is very active in music, writing and photography.

http://sonicyouth.com/

http://www.lacda.com/exhibits/edson.html





Cast & Crew: Corey Glover

24 03 2008

Corey Glover is playing Judas in the stage version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Watched some songs of Living Colour on YouTube, nothing exeptional, but he’s a good singer, and I think I’ve heard at least one of the songs on the radio before.
http://www.thejcstour.com/cast.html