MOVIECRAZED IS NOW 10 YEARS OLD, SO WE'D LIKE TO CELEBRATE OUR BIRTHDAY BY CALLING ATTENTION TO SOME OF THE ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEWS THAT HAVE BEEN ESPECIALLY POPULAR WITH OUR READERS.
"If you want to know what I think of Dennis Hopper, the man is an idiot! I will not work for Dennis, because I won’t put up with his shit. He’s a total freak-out, stoned out of his mind all the time. Any man who insists on wearing his cowboy hat to the Academy Award ceremonies and keeps it on at the dinner table afterward ought to be spanked. I tell you, Dennis is stoned out of his mind. He’d have to be to act that way. And I want you to put that in your story. This is not off the record. Dennis Hopper is an idiot! Spell the name right: D-e-n-n-i-s H-o-p-p-e-r!" Click here for the complete interview.
"Henry Fonda said I was an idiot? Wow! I guess it just goes to show you what the establishment view of me is. Of course, I did make his son a star in ‘Easy Rider.’ But so far as Henry Fonda’s not wanting to work with me, he doesn’t really have to worry. Because, frankly, I find the man a bore. He hasn’t done a good movie in 10 years.” Click here for the complete interview.
"Paul Newman came to the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven to see ‘The Country Club,’ a play in which I was naked. So Paul Newman saw me naked—for four whole minutes!...It felt very liberating to be naked on stage, except for the day my father came to see the play. I went to the man in the box office and told him to give my father a seat in the very back row, in a corner, on the opposite side of where I was to take off my dress. Even so, I said my lines quickly that day and got right back into my dress." Click here for the complete interview.
"I always hear these stories about there being one teacher who saves you, but I fell through absolutely every net. There wasn't one hand that caught me and turned me on to learning. I had been in various schools in London where, frankly, the teachers' tenacity at teaching me absolutely nothing was mesmerizing. I didn't read a book until I was 19." Click here for the complete interview.
"I feel a comradeship for all the people who are jailed and shot by the FBI, whether white or black. What the United States is doing to the Black Panthers is what the Nazis were doing to the Jews and what the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinian people.
The really dangerous people in this country are the liberals. Eugene McCarthy is only the gentle face of Richard Nixon. The liberals say they want peace in Vietnam, but they do not say they want victory for the Vietnamese people. They say they want peace now, but they did not say it when they were winning the war." Click here for the complete interview.
"I was brought up in a whorehouse in Peoria. My mother and father lived there and worked there. I guess it was a harsh life for a child. There was nothing left to the imagination, but I’m not sure it’s damaging to see life for real. And I don’t know anywhere else I could have gotten more love and attention than I got there." Click here for the complete interview.
“I think some people are on a mission to die, and I never was. Even in my darkest times I knew I had a good future ahead of me. I don’t want to talk about this too much, but one thing I will say is that I went to a really dark place and made it back, and I’m humbled by it and super-grateful to be where I am.” Click here for the complete interview.
"The first talkie I was up for was 'The Desert Song,' playing the part of a not very trustworthy belly dancer. Darryl Zanuck sat and watched the test with me. I was wearing nut-brown makeup and not too many clothes. I thought I was pretty good, considering the circumstances, but Zanuck turned to me and said, 'I don't know, you're awfully nervous.' So I said, 'You would be, too.'
Then he said, 'We may put you in the movie, and then have to take you out.’ ‘In other words,' I said, 'you might have to give me the hook?' 'Yes,' he answered, 'that's right.’ So I did it, and they didn't give me the hook.” Click here for the complete interview.