Vincent D'Onofrio lies on the floor of his Manhattan hotel room, playing with his 7-month-old son, then gets up to do an interview (which also takes him into another room where he can smoke a cigarette near an open window).
He's in New York to talk about two movies: The Cell, a film in which he plays a serial killer whose brain is invaded by psychologist Jennifer Lopez, and Steal This Movie, a film biography of late political activist Abbie Hoffman. He plays Hoffman and also helped produce the film.
Since his blazing burst into the public consciousness in the 1987-88 season--with Mystic Pizza, Adventures in Babysittin and Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket--D'Onofrio has built a solid reputation as an actor willing to challenge himself in edgy material. With his sleepy eyes and bear-like build, he's as at home playing a tragic romantic lead (as in The Whole Wide World) as he is playing an alien bug inhabiting a human body (Men in Black) or even Orson Welles "Ed Wood).
While in New York to discuss his newest films, he took Five Minutes to talk with drDrew.com.
drDrew.com: What's your favorite thing to do when no one else is around?
Vincent D'Onofrio: The first thing that comes to mind is reading and smoking.
drDrew.com: Name a guilty pleasure.
drDrew.com: What's your greatest fear?
drDrew.com: What's your favorite part of your body?
VD'O: My cock.
drDrew.com: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
VD'O: My arrogance.
drDrew.com: What was your worst day job?
VD'O: Selling plants in the street.
drDrew.com: What's your idea of perfect happiness?
VD'O: My children having grown up, surviving and being happy.
drDrew.com: What's something you're good at that's totally useless?
VD'O: So many things. I'll say sleight of hand.
drDrew.com: What's your favorite album for a sexy evening?
VD'O: Anything by Marvin Gaye.
drDrew.com: If they were to make an action figure of you, what accessories would it come equipped with?
VD'O: A gag for the mouth and a diet.
drDrew.com: Who would you like to trade places with for a day and why?
VD'O: George W. Bush, to find out the truth.
drDrew.com: What Hollywood star would play you in a film about your life?
VD'O: Oliver Platt.
drDrew.com:If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
VD'O: A true artist.
drDrew.com: When you were a kid growing up, who did you imitate standing in front of the mirror?
VD'O: Clint Eastwood.
drDrew.com: Name a book you've read recently and liked.
VD'O: "American Rhapsody," by Joe Eszterhas.
drDrew.com: Name an album you've listened to lately and liked.
VD'O: "On How Life Is," by Macy Gray.
drDrew.com: Finish this line: If we can send a man to the moon, then why…”
VD'O: Why can't we figure out our country's problems?
drDrew.com: What will you remember most about the '90s?
VD'O: That I became a man.
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