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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