Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What drives D’Onofrio to act so crazy (and not be bored)

Metro International, 6.24.09

The psychotic type

He’s a big bear of a man, that Vincent D’Onofrio is. While we sit over a plateful of appetizers at the premiere of his latest project, the indie film “The Narrows,” with his imposing figure, D’Onofrio seems to maintain the same brand of intensity that inhabits many of his characters. The fact that he tends to play the psychotic type isn’t entirely an uncalculated decision.

“I’ve played a lot of baddies,” he admits. “They’re less boring and you work less. You work a few days, then the lead guy works his ass off. It’s perfect.”

But D’Onofrio is no slouch. The method actor does a tremendous amount of research for each role he takes on. Given that the Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native plays a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn native in “The Narrows,” he didn’t have to look too far for inspiration.

“There were a lot of men there like the guy I play,” he explains. “I never played a Brooklyn guy — a guy like I would’ve been if I didn’t get out of Brooklyn.”

It’s a good thing he did. Otherwise fans of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” may not have been such devoted viewers over the past eight seasons.

When asked how he keeps the role interesting for himself, he points out what we’re really asking.

“People ask me if I’m bored yet, and it’s a difficult thing to answer because nobody else seems to be bored,” he says. “I don’t want to say I’m bored because the audience is still into it.”

Umm… it sounds like he’s bored to us.

“Eventually I’m going to have to leave. I don’t know when. Not any time soon, but — it’s boring for me to talk about, I’ll say that.”


fuzzytweetie said...

Hopefully he won't be too bored so that we can enjoy another few years of Det. Goren!

I'm happy that he loves to work and create so many different characters for all of us to enjoy.

Lizzie said...

Vincent is talking in the future tense about LOCI. Must be a terrible blow to those convinced there isn't going to be a future for the show!

A very HAPPY

Lizzie :)

MarieDeFrance said...

I do not think we can be bored with Vincent or his characters.
So far, it was a wonder to see him play and hear. I hope this lasts longer wonder both on television and cinema.

He's an actor full of surprises and tenderness.

I am eager to see it for the cinema in France and on television that I can capture.

Amy29 said...

"Not any time soon".

I'll take that to mean he knows he'll be doing another year of CI, even though no one bothered to tell us fans.

Bunny said...

with this economy, how can any actor be bored with making a living? I mean, really?

linda said...

I understand when Vincent "hints" that he's bored. While I'm sure he's greatful for his "Bobby" character and so many of us love his "Bobby" character, playing him for so many years probably does get boring, as any "job" after a number of years does. Why should acting be any different?

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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