Tuesday, October 6, 2009
DENNIS HOPPER ON POLANSKI, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, AND JANET JACKSON'S WARDROBE MALFUNCTION
Dennis Hopper interviewed by savagenyc
Talking to Dennis Hopper proves to be a strange but entirely welcome trip down memory lane.
1974 Sunset Boulevard, it seems. In the age of eager young Hollywood whippersnappers providing politically neutral soundbites on every topic from 'who they're wearing' to 'whose shoes they're wearing', Hopper's long, drawn-out and circuitous logic refreshes with its candor, conviction, and lack of glibness. He almost seems to enter a reverie when getting started on a particular topic, and the listener is more than happy to go along for the ride. Hopper, a celebrated photographer and artist in his own right, was in NY to attend an awards ceremony honoring his friend and neighbor, Ed Ruscha.
SAVAGENYC: Congratulations on the new photography book from Taschen. Are you still doing a lot of photography?
DENNIS HOPPER: Uh, yeah. I'm doing digital now.
DENNIS HOPPER: I just carry a camera around with me.
SAVAGENYC: Where do you stand on the whole Roman Polanski issue?
DENNIS HOPPER: I'm on Roman's side. Period. I love Roman Polanski. He's one of our great directors. He's certainly a wonderful friend to me. I find the whole thing really 'after the fact'.
He was badly treated when (the original indictment) happened. This is ridiculous. He's lived in Switzerland for years; back and forth from Paris.
SAVAGENYC: Why do you think there's this sudden rush to extradite Roman Polanski from Europe after 30 years?