Friday, October 5, 2012

Interview: “Chained” with Vincent D’Onofrio

Vincent D’Onofrio has enjoyed a career playing characters who aren’t exactly warm and fuzzy. From his famous turn in Full Metal Jacket as the troubled Private Gomer Pyle, to Edgar in Men In Black, D’Onofrio has become a go-to man when it comes to psychotic characters. It certainly doesn’t hurt matters that he excels at the part.
With Chained, D’Onofrio plays Bob, a sadistic killer who preys upon families with his taxi. It’s another fine performance from the man, and he brings a lot of his characteristic quirks to the part. We had a chance to discuss the role with Mr. D’Onofrio recently.

When studying for Bob, did you research any serial killers?
Just as a person, not as an actor, I have no sympathy towards them at all. I think they should be locked up. As an actor, I explored it a lot to give Bob certain actions for why he does the things he does. As I approach this character, and telling the story properly with him, it’s about executing it correctly, so that the story is told properly so that it’s not about Bob and who he is, but an actual story. I made sure his tone and his behavior was a certain way that it fit the storyline.

You’ve played various characters with certain quirks throughout your career. What about that role attracts you?
It’s stuff that I bring to the part. If you were to read these scripts the story would be there, but you wouldn’t necessarily associate those things with the character. Most actors bring things to the part without changing any words, or changing any part of the story. We help tell the story in the way that we thought of, so there are things about Bob that were not scripted that I brought. If I think the story is interesting enough to tell, then that’s what I’ll bring to it.

When you’re playing a character with secrets or you have something to hide, how do you suppress that?
You do it like we do in real life; we behave like we don’t have them. The deeper the secret, the less you’ll be aware that somebody has them. It’s a secret that’s a very surface secret, we can detect when somebody is holding it back. But if it’s a really deep, dark secret then people behave normally. You’re supposed to behave like you don’t have one.

What was it like to work with Jennifer Lynch on this project?
She’s great. She’s a very hands-on director. She’s good at keeping things going with a very positive attitude, with a lot of great ideas at any given time. I’m going to work with her again on a film called Fall From Grace.

via Shockya, 10.5.12 
by Philip



Many times, the most terrifying concepts in horror movies are those that are realistic.  That’s exactly what director Jennifer Lynch sought out to do with her new film Chained.

Chained follows a young boy who is held captive by the serial killer who kidnapped both him and his mother, whom he kills.  After killing his mother, the serial killer Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio) explains to the child that he isn’t wanted, but since he’s there he might as well be made useful.  Bob explains to the boy, newly named Rabbit, that he will be his servant for the rest of his life.  We only see a couple scenes of the young boy as it jumps about a decade in time to when he is about college age.

Chained has an interesting premise, but falls into a rut of monotony throughout the middle of the film.  Pretty much the entire middle of the film is taken up by Bob bringing home girls, trying to teach things to Rabbit, Rabbit rebelling, and then Bob getting angry.  Early on, Rabbit tries to escape, but is caught right away and never can try to escape again because he is then chained to the kitchen wall.  Also, cops never get involved at all during the film, so there’s never any real tension or hint of resolution.  Other than this same routine, we see little else.  We are shown a flashback that tries to explain a little bit about why Bob character does what he does, but it’s not much more than that.

Through all of its flaws, Vincent D’Onofrio carries this film on his back.  His portrayal of the sick serial killer is nothing short of award-worthy.  Right down to the accent and ticks he gives the character all work to bring his madness to the screen.  Even Eamon Farren, the actor who plays grown up Rabbit, does an excellent job.  You can feel the pain of the 9 year old kid trapped in a 19 year old body, never given the chance to truly grow up.  Chained also has a good build-up of the dynamic between the servant and his master.  Rabbit starts out almost as just his pet, but the bond grows over 10 years.  Rabbit never gives in to his sadistic “new father”, but Bob gets offended when Rabbit yells at him that he’s not his dad.

Without giving any spoilers away, the ending is where Chained suffers as well.  There is a twist that is so unneeded and abrupt it feels like it didn’t belong.  It would have been better if the twist had more time to be fleshed out and we see the results, or just leave it out altogether.

Though flawed at times, Chained deserves a watch due to Vincent D’Onofrio alone, and I can give it a modest recommendation that this is a film worth forming your own opinion for.  Chained is now available on DVD and VOD.

via SlackJawPunks, 10.15.12
by Bryan


Anonymous said...

'.....has become a go-to man when it comes to psychotic characters' - now there's a depressing thought!!

Regina Caschetto said...

"...award winning..." if it only would happen. I received my copy of "Chained" yesterday & watched it last night. I disagree with this review. The film kept me interested all the way through. Vincent gave another amazing performance, as well as Eamon Farron. This isn't the first time critics have complained about the ending. I was shocked; never expected it & only after did I realize the small hints leading to the ending. Wonder how other fans feel about the ending.

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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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