DENNIS HOPPER | SOMETIMES IN A CAREER, MOMENTS ARE ENOUGH

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“There are moments that I’ve had some real brilliance, you know.

But I think they are moments.  And sometimes, in a career, moments are enough.

I never felt I played the great part.  I never felt that I directed the great movie.

And I can’t say that it’s anybody’s fault but my own.”

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–Dennis Hopper

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Dennis Hopper, Natalie Wood, and James Dean on the set of Rebel Without a Cause.

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“In the 50s, when me and Natalie Wood and James Dean and Nick Adams and Tony Perkins (Anthony Perkins) suddenly arrived… God, it was a whole group of us that sort of felt like that earlier group – the John Barrymores, Errol Flynns, Sinatras, Clifts – were a little farther out than we were… So we tried to emulate that lifestyle. For instance, once Natalie and I decided we`d have an orgy. And Natalie says ‘O.K., but we have to have a champagne bath.’  So we filled the bathtub full of champagne.  Natalie takes off her clothes, sits down in the champagne, starts screaming. We take her to the emergency hospital.  That was our orgy, you understand?” –Dennis Hopper

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Dennis Hopper (at 18 yrs old) on the set of Rebel Without a Cause

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“I am just a middle-class farm boy from Dodge City and my grandparents were wheat farmers.  I thought painting, acting, directing and photography was all part of being an artist.  I have made my money that way.  And I have had some fun.  It’s not been a bad life.”  –Dennis Hopper

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Young Dennis Hopper waiting for his lunch in a Hollywood bistro –Frank Worth, 1955.

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“Like all artists I want to cheat death a little and contribute something to the next generation.”  –Dennis Hopper

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