Sunday, September 25, 2011

D’Onofrio talks Kubrick in Actors Dialogue

By Lindsay Suchow | Published: September 25, 2011

Vincent D’Onofrio’s initial conversation with Stanley Kubrick was unconventional, to say the least. He shared the story of his first encounter with the legendary director at Sunday morning’s WFF Actors Dialogue panel at Utopia Studios.

Photo by Danika Atkins

D’Onofrio, who got his big-screen break as the unstable, overweight Pvt. Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence in Kubrick’s iconic Vietnam War film “Full Metal Jacket,” heard about the role after running into his friend Matthew Modine in New York City. Modine, who played Pvt. J.T. “Joker” Davis in the film, told D’Onofrio there was a character whose role had yet to be filled and that D’Onofrio should give it a shot.

D’Onofrio, standing on a stoop on 10th Avenue in Manhattan, recorded himself reciting a monologue from the play he was acting in at that time (no easy feat back in those days, D’Onofrio noted, as it required renting an expensive camera and various heavy equipment) and sent it in. He got a phone call a few weeks later from a man claiming to be Kubrick.

“I said, ‘Go (expletive) yourself,” D’Onofrio said, and he hung up on him. Later that night, Kubrick called back, and assured D’Onofrio he wasn’t joking. He then sent him a page of dialogue — “with no punctuation … in all capital letters” — and asked him to record it and send it back to him.

“I just put it on tape … and I got hired a few weeks later,” said D’Onofrio. He then spent the next four months in London gaining 80 lbs. for the role.

One of the biggest misconceptions about Kubrick, D’Onofrio said, is “that he was nutty. He wasn’t at all. He’d remind you of most artists you know here in Woodstock.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Poor Vincent, the same old same old questions....

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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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