Thursday, January 9, 2014

Photos from Detour Magazine, March 1, 1996

Photos from Detour Magazine, March 1, 1996

Photo 1. ..It’s time to play corpse. Baker has added the freight elevator across the hall to the itinerary, running police tape along the entrance to make it look like a crime scene. D’Onofrio, now wearing a crummy suit, lies against a back wall with his legs akimbo, and his eyes staring sightlessly. The tableau is lit by a bar light bulb, like the one in the fruit cellar at the end of Psycho.

"Can you pull the pants down a little more?" Baker asks. He takes a series of old-fashioned black-and-white Polaroids, complete with negative, to give it the Weegee feel. Yep, D’Onofrio looks pretty dead…..

Photo 2:  …They move on to the suffocation scene. A plastic garment bag is placed over D’Onofrio’s head. He sucks the plastic into his mouth and stare with a sort of asphyxiated shock right into the camera. Two of those are taken, and a final experimental shot with his head turned sideways.
We look at that last Polaroid.
"That’s incredible."
"That’s the one."
It is the one, all though the enthusiasm is split along gender lines. The men are amused and appalled. The women are appalled and amused….

Photo 3: …Now we’re going to find out what the public thinks. We grab our gear, pile into two cars, and head for Sunset Plaza, a fancy strip mall on Sunset Boulevard. We pull into a parking lot in the back and wait for Baker to reconnoiter. The idea is for D”Onofrio to lays half on the street and half on the sidewalk meridian separating the east- and westbound lanes of traffic. D’Onofrio strolls up to the front of the restaurant and lays down on the curb, his pants undone, white jockey shorts visible. Baker snaps away. Diners crane their necks, smile uncertainly, frown, point. They do not, however, take off their sunglasses. Just as abruptly, D’Onofrio gets up and walks away. He returns to the parking lot jazzed, as if he has just come off stage—-which, in a sense, he has. He wants to know exactly what everyone’s response was.
"Any reaction is perfect," he says. "That’s why I do the things I do." ….

Photo 4: ..Next stop: Mann’s Chinese Theater. This is really weird. The plaza in front is filled with tourists. Either we’re going to be arrested or ignored. Like amateur spies, we agree on a cover story: We’re just a bunch of student filmmakers. D’Onofrio is now dressed like an American tourist from hell—chartreuse pants, Carmen Miranda-style fruit-patterned shirt, straw hat, and sunglasses. He strides through the crowd and flops right on top of Mickey Rooney’s hand prints and scrawled ode to Sid Grauman. Down go the trousers. Immediately, the tourists, who are mostly young and mostly Japanese, melt away into a large circle and stare at him. Baker is frantically firing away. Oddly enough, the tourists join him with their Instamatics and camcorders. What do they think they’re recording?
Flushed from this smashing success, we head for the hill….

Photo 5: …We drive up Nichols Canyon, looking for a place to park Baker’s rental cars so that we can stuff D’Onofrio in the trunk. There’s a turnout by a dried-up reservoir. As Range Rovers and Land Cruisers whiz by, the helps hog-tie him, then shoves a pair of his Calvin Klein underwear in his mouth. The condition of his pants is irrelevant here. Once again, the effect is alarming, but we’re getting used to it. Because of that, and because we’ve been at this for hours, and because D’Onofrio’s pool is unheated, we decide to forgo the pool shot. (DAMN!) Too bad. I was looking forward to it.

Photo 6: …Instead, we return to the studio for a simple, stark head shot showing the live D’Onofrio, exactly the type of portrait that might normally be taken in a celebrity photo shoot. In this context, of course, it’ll mean something different—-although what, no one knows. On our way back, I remark on D’Onofrio’s lack of vanity.
"If I were that way," he says, "I’d be a completely different person. I’d be a lead, and I’d be making a million dollars.”
If he were, we wouldn’t be having any fun at all.

That concludes the article. I hope you all enjoyed this little journey into the mind of Vincent D’Onofrio. I sure did.

*excerpted from Detour magazine, May 1996, by John Clark. Photo Credit: Judson Baker

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Regina Caschetto said...

Vincent is fascinating. I wish I had a few hours just to talk to him about everything & anything.

thereel said...


Regina Caschetto said...

Did you ever notice that Vincent has very thin ankles for someone so tall with large feet?

thereel said...

No cankles for him. He has nice legs.

val said...

Astonishing. As for the ankles, I remember reading a Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford crime novel where Reg talks about ankle types - the well-defined and the shapeless - and apparently these are nothing to do with a person's size or weight, they are just genetic types. Obviously Vincent has the shapely kind :)

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
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Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
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"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
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'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
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