Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chatting on stage with Vincent D'Onofrio | 4.18.10
by Steve Persall

Vincent D'Onofrio charmed an audience -- and yours truly posing the questions -- as part of the Sarasota Film Festival's A Conversation with... series Sunday, as the 10-day cinema showcase drew to a close.

For 70 minutes, D'Onofrio proved himself as intensely focused on his craft as his Law & Order: Criminal Intent character Det. Bobby Goren. Yet with loose-lipped candor that you'd expect from anyone wearing flip-flops to a public appearance in a chic town.

That role, which recently came to an end, was obviously what drew most of the 160 people in attendance at the cozy Gompertz Theater -- including one woman named Jeannette who came dressed in L&O:CI gear, with handcuffs hanging off her purse. She made D'Onofrio a bit nervous, I think. But he made it out safely.
We got around to that but I was more interested in his movie work, zeroing in on his films with great directors like Stanley Kubrick (Full Metal Jacket) and Robert Altman (The Player) -- making fascinating comparisons between the masters -- and the two occasions he played Orson Welles, in Tim Burton's Ed Wood and his own short film, Five Minutes, Mr. Welles. We got into some of his indie work, like The Whole Wide World, and in one funny section he described how he built his Men in Black character of a farmer infected by an alien bug.

D'Onofrio spoke of buying a pair of athletic leg braces and binding them with duct tape with the joints splayed in drastic positions. He stood up -- which takes some doing since he's 6-4 -- to mimic the spastic gait the best he could. He said the voice ("More sugarrrr!") evolved into a blend of George C. Scott and John Huston.

"The thing was, when I showed up on set and started to do it, it was like this, I mean they stopped shooting. They were like (strokes chin) 'Hmmm. Let's take a break.' They were nervous, very very nervous, like, you know, getting fired nervous.

"But it worked out. And what happened was, it worked out so well that after two weeks of shooting the bosses came into my trailer and said: 'Well, we have to get rid of the (alien) puppets that they made for your character because they can't make them move as interesting as you're moving.' Honest to God truth.

"I tell you, every single time you try to pull off a unique performance, and you do your homework, it causes problems for everybody else."


Thanks Tricia!


havers said...

Great Article and pictures. Thanks for showing.

monforti said...

Did you see the comment on this article by Jeannette, the hand cuff lady? Omg! LOL!

Lizzie said...

I just realised she's that 'Jeanette's Attic' woman from Ebay, who would sell her own mother to make a buck. Watch out for those pictures she took with him being up for sale soon.

Wonderful article and lovely pictures. Vincent looks so relaxed and happy

Lizzie :)

Anonymous said...

She's already selling pix on Ebay. Didn't take long did it?!!

val said...

I wondered if it was her. Well, she's sold everybody else's pictures captured from LOCI and his films, sometimes not even bothering to clip off the watermarks.

The woman is definitely mad, makes unhinged comments when you challenge her, all as well-spelt as the ones there.

More to the point, Vincent sounds to have been his usual charming self. Wish we had some pictures of the flipflops. His feet are the part of him I have the fewest pictures of, bar one...

monforti said...

Thanks,I had to take a look. Photos are great and love the feet, lol!

In the auction, she says

Beth said...

LOL, Vincent the troublemaker, being unique and causing a problem for someone else!

Jeanette sounds scary though . . .

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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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