Monday, October 4, 2010

Vincent, Man, Go!

article in Entertainment Weekly from 1987

He's been in almost 30 films, yet keeps outrunning stardom
By Tom Russo | Nov 28, 1997

It's strangely fitting that Vincent D'Onofrio chose Men in Black to give his most widely seen performance to date. The 38-year-old New York actor has such a chameleonic streak, you feel like you've been flashed with a neuralizer every time you see him in a new role. Zap.

Who starred in last winter's The Whole Wide World as Conan creator Robert E. Howard? Who was Keanu Reeves' no-account brother in last year's Feeling Minnesota? Or the young Orson Welles in 1994's Ed Wood? The screenwriter haplessly offed by Tim Robbins in 1992's The Player? Lili Taylor's fisherman beau in 1988's Mystic Pizza? How about the 6-foot-4-inch actor's first big splash, playing the tubby Marine recruit who's bullied and brutalized until he winds up one jelly doughnut short of a dozen in 1987's Full Metal Jacket?

JFK, Dying Young, Malcolm X, Mr. Wonderful, Household Saints, Strange Days... In over a decade of screen work, the Brooklyn-born actor has made nearly 30 films. But surely, spending the summer getting under America's skin as a reanimated corpse was a career-changing role in terms of — ''In terms of nothing,'' he says with an easygoing laugh. The studios ''never look at your work as a whole, only the last thing you did, which is why a lot of leading actors are playing the same roles over and over.'' He shrugs. ''I'm a character actor. I've always gotten lots of scripts for independents. If they're good and I have the time and it's not going to'' — he laughs again — ''cost me too much money, then I do as many as I can.''

Which makes life ever busy for D'Onofrio, who has a young daughter from a past relationship with Player costar Greta Scacchi. He followed up MiB with projects big and little. In March comes Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys, in which he'll star with Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke in a true story of bank-robbing brothers; with World director Dan Ireland he's just finished The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name), cast as a bisexual former porn star. ''The man changes himself completely with every part, physically and mentally,'' marvels Ireland, noting that D'Onofrio shed 40 pounds and sports waist-length hair for the role. ''Doing The Whole Wide World, there were times I forgot to call 'cut' because I was sitting there watching Robert E. Howard.''

Also upcoming are a TV remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three for ABC and a showy role on the Dec. 5 episode of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, in which D'Onofrio and Andre Braugher's Det. Frank Pembleton share the screen almost exclusively. Will you recognize him? Don't bet on it.

/jenn

2 comments:

Marian said...

After meeting him at his night at SC Film School, showing his slasher/musical to the students.

I realized how very great an actor he is. I fell in love with "Goren" and now own all VDO films along with sets of CI. I always thought that Goren was gorgeous and after seeing the man close up and personal, realized how much he changes with every role.

D'onofrio is more beautiful in the flesh and has something to do with what he does with his expressions, body, etc. in a role. I do have to see him again to analyze just what it is precisely that he does to be the great chameleon that he is.

I know all about the "Method," etc., but not all Stanislovsky acolytes disappear into their roles the way he does.

His talent is unrivaled.

val said...

He really needed something like LOCI to get people to sit up and take notice. And we did, didn't we? And now we are helpless with admiration and, yes, love.

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[CURRENT PROJECTS]

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

"TENN" [TBA]

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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