Saturday, April 11, 2015

Chris Marquette on working with Vincent D'Onofrio in 'Broken Horses'

Broken Horses stars Anton Yelchin and Chris Marquette as brothers who are as close as siblings can be, and it’s quite poetic that this movie is arriving in theaters on National Siblings Day. Anton plays Jacob Heckum, a very talented violinist who reunites with his brother Buddy in their hometown after being separated for a number of years. Their paths have gone in different directions, and Buddy has long since fallen under the spell of Julius Hench (Vincent D’Onofrio), a gangster who has since gained complete control of Buddy to where he has denied him any chance of a scholastic education. Julius has long since succeeded in turning Buddy into one of his most efficient mercenaries, but now Buddy may be looking for a way out of this mess he innocently fell into.

I met up with Marquette during a roundtable interview for Broken Horses which he participated in at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Marquette began his career as a model at the age of 4 years old, and he later made his acting debut as the son of Mira Sorvino’s character in Sweet Nothing.

I was very interested in hearing from Marquette what it was like to work with D’Onofrio who has since become one of cinema’s most accomplished actors. D’Onofrio first left a memorable impression on all of us in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, and he has since gone on to give us unforgettable performances in movies like Mystic Pizza, Adventures in Babysitting and Strange Days. In addition, many will never forget his work as Detective Robert Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent or on the “Subway” episode of Homicide: Life on the Street.

I asked Marquette what it was like acting opposite D’Onofrio, and his answer provided information about the Full Metal Jacket star which many of us didn’t know beforehand.

“He’s got a foot and a half on both of us which really helps,” Marquette joked. “But D’Onofrio is a charmer and a great storyteller, and he’s really charismatic and that always carries weight and power. He’s got a million stories about the filmmakers and the sets he’s been on, so it was easy for me to start sliding into being whisked away by Vincent and Hench, his character.”

“We were messing around one day and Vincent was just telling me stuff,” Marquette continued. “I was asking him about his life and before he got into acting, and he was an amateur magician. With magicians you’ve got a way of doing tricks, and if you modify it slightly then you’ve technically invented a new technique. And so he invented some new technique on something really simple, and he’s telling me this and he starts doing the magic and it was… He’s telling me this whole story and I was so enthralled by it, and he was showing me this magic trick and I remember the next day Vinod and Abhijat (Joshi, the movie’s co-writer) called me and they said we think we’re writing in this… There’s a part where we are playing pool in the movie and he said, ‘You guys aren’t playing pool, I think he’s going to be showing you a magic trick.’ He was entertaining me like he would a kid, showing me this thing and I was like, ‘It’s amazing! Do it again!’”

Not many actors get the opportunity of working with an actor like D’Onofrio, and Marquette is one of the lucky few who did just that. His thoughts on the Full Metal Jacket actor were truly fascinating, and I came out of that roundtable interview wanting to hear even more about this particular collaboration.

Broken Horses is now playing in the Los Angeles area in theaters like Arclight Hollywood, Cinemark 18, Town Center 5 in Encino and Edwards Westpark 8 in Orange County. Be sure to check it out on the big screen where it belongs.

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1 comment:

Regina Caschetto said...

"... one of cinema's most accomplished actors...".
I love it.

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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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