Thursday, January 7, 2010

The best performances by a human who has been inhabited by an alien


When Vincent D’Onofrio finished the first scene he shot on Men In Black, there was nothing but silence on the set. Nobody. Said. A word. D’Onofrio assumed they hated what he did. He returned to his trailer and prepared to be fired. He really thought he was through. Soon, the producers did in fact knock on his door. “Can we have a word with you?” they said, not waiting to be invited in (I guess they sorta owned the trailer). “You just cost us a lot of money,” they said, going on to explain how they’d spent several hundred thousand dollars on a CG alien that they had just realized was utterly useless thanks to D’Onofrio’s brilliant take on farmer Ed. This was before Avatar. Back then, geeks worked for years on Comodore 64’s, in DOS, just to make Pong go pu-kuuk. For an interstellar battle, grips lit paper plates on fire and chucked them. “Rolling!” Finally, the producers in D’Onofrio’s trailer delivered the line they’d come to deliver, but it wasn’t the one D’Onofrio had expected to hear.

“What you’re doing is far more interesting,” they said. “Keep it up.” Good call, producer dudes! It’s so true. When D’Onofrio was preparing for Men in Black he’d been watching a lot of John Houston movies. He didn’t seek them out; they were just what he was watching at the time. He thought Huston’s voice might be a good basis for the Edgar, post-invasion. But the main inspiration that D’Onofrio arrived at, the perfectly simple entry point for this character, was the idea of comfort. Or rather, the lack of it. When this two-story alien donned his human disguise, he’d be, D’Onofrio assumed, kinda grumpy. Not a happy alien. Once he had that, he’s said, everything fell into place. And how. A classic.



Next year D’Onofrio will play an alien of a different sort next year in Down & Dirty Pictures, based on Peter Biskind’s tell-all book about the Indie film scene in America. In a fit of inspired casting, D’Onofrio has been hired to play… Harvey Weinstein.

Source: TrueSlant

Thanks Linda and Judy P!

9 comments:

val said...

He really raised the bar. As he does in so many of his performances. Pity he doesn't get more recognition.

mauigirl said...

It's nice to read this, wish more critics said this when the film came out! I always thought Vincent was amazing as Edgar, even before I was a VDO fan.

SnarkAngel said...

In my opinion, his performance in MIB was truly worthy of a best supporting actor Oscar. I doubt any other of today's better actors could have accomplished one tenth of what Vincent did in this role.

janethyland said...

Thats why he has been called "the human chameleon", able to change from character to character and even within the same character as he did with Goren to extend the life of his role in LOCI.He becomes unrecognisable, emptying himself of who he is to become another, that "negative capability" that the poet Keats defined of himself as an artist.
Real artists lose themselves in their art. Its not about promotion, self-service or celebrity.The anonymous artist!

potzina said...

Vincent is just amazing! I love the 'sugar scene'! He's so funny! I think he's the best actor i've never seen! He's an artist and i love him! Thank You for posting it :o)

mimi said...

His dynamic and dramatic performances indicate that it's not about props or being an icon. Although he is to his true fans. I can't say it enough -- he is an astounding actor who engrosses himself in his craft and is true to the art. Not many character actors can claim that. Whether negative or postive roles, I LOVE HIM. WOW!!! Thanx Vincent

mimi said...

I didn't see the entire movie of Men In Black. Can any one tell me if Edgar harmed the cat. The snippet I saw on YouTube didn't show him injuring the feline and I was so pleased. I would kill anyone who would do harm to my cat Butterfingers (BKA my grandbaby).

Flowers said...

I didn't see the whole movie either, but how do we know that an alien's favorite snack is not cat-on-a-cracker?

Bunny said...

kitty con carne ;)

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