As I’m sure several of you already know, Dennis Hopper died yesterday. He’d been battling prostate cancer for years, and he passed away from complications of that cancer. He was 74.
Dennis Hopper is pretty iconic. With roles in films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Apocalypse Now, and the self-directed Easy Rider (which was also written by Hopper), it’s clear to see why. As Roy Orbison said when asked about Hopper in Blue Velvet, “it was hard to take your eyes off that character.” That’s one of the things that makes a great actor, and whatever else can be said about his character off screen, he was a great actor.
My absolute favorite role of Dennis Hopper’s was his character Lefty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. I can remember watching it with my father at an age when I was probably too young to be watching those kinds of movies, and laughing and having a fantastic time in general. When I first saw that Hopper had died, the first image that came to my head was of Lefty with that chainsaw, screaming “I am the lord of the harvest!” And that’s how I remember him.
What about you guys? Any significant Dennis Hopper memories?