Vincent D'Onofrio: Killing us softly

The countdown has begun! 5 days and counting until All Hallows Eve (CLICK ME), and bad boy Carl is here to make our October nights a little more 'uneasy'. A good time to read this interview, Vincent D'Onofrio: Killing us softly.
(Can't help myself, the title alone starts a veritable chain-reaction of thoughts.)


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(Vincent and Director Tarsem Singh on the set)

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What kind of research did you do to prepare for the role of Stargher?

"I don't want to get into it too much because some of it's too harsh.
But, you know, there's so much access to things these days because of the Internet."






There's an intense scene in the film where Stargher's suspended over a dead, naked woman by steel rings that are pierced into his skin. Can you describe the filming of that? "It was uncomfortable. A body double shared half the pain with me for all the wide shots. I had to do all the closer stuff. You're harnessed up, and prosthetic skin is glued to your skin. You're hoisted up by cables hooked to a harness beneath this fake skin."



(Vincent and his Double)




"I mean, it's not digging ditches or anything, but it's not the first thing you want to do in the morning. Actually, in the photos of people who do that, their skin stretched a lot farther than we stretched it. They wouldn't allow us to stretch the skin any farther."



(Vincent's Double)



One of the great moments in the film is when Stargher and Lopez's character, Catherine Deane, have a conversation while your hands are playing in the bloody water of a bathtub containing a nude, female corpse. Can you describe what was going on between you and Lopez in that scene?
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"All the times that Jennifer and I were together, it was very quiet, particularly in that scene."

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"Her approach to it was very silent and my approach to it was very silent. Nobody knew what I was going to say. They certainly knew by then that I wasn't going to stick to the script. Jennifer and I never spoke about any of the scenes we were going to do on purpose. It got to the point where if anybody had interrupted what we were doing, the whole mood would have crashed down like glass. It was that fragile -- quite an intense day."
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"The girl who was in the tub, she had to lie there -- not very nice. I didn't know her name -- some model chick. She certainly wasn't going to talk to me. And I wasn't going to talk to her. It was that mood on the set. The cool thing about doing a film like that, unlike the "Steal This Movie" part, is you don't have to be social at all. I prefer that. That's more my personality. I can carry that feeling around with me when I'm doing a part like that where I don't want anyone to know what I'm going to do. That is, if the director allows that."

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"So I riffed on the idea of what was there and did many different versions of it. Then when the camera was on Jennifer, I did something completely different to bring some tears up in her. Something I won't discuss with you. I said things that I knew would move her. But that's not uncommon; actors do that all the time."
How do you know what to say to get that kind of reaction?
"We're actors. We know that shit. If we don't know anything, we know that."

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You've done disturbing roles before -- was Stargher the most disturbing?
"As far as a fictional character's morals, he would probably be the least moral person I've ever played."

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May be Carl is the least moral person Vincent has ever played but he is definitely one of the hottest.

13 comments:

  1. Really interesting interview, Jazzy! Thanks for posting! This is certainly one of Vincent's most fascinating roles!

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  2. Just having the image of that masturbating-scene in my head makes me shiver!

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  3. What a great interview! I love this film, but can't watch at night if I'm home alone. Funny you posted this, it was on my mind to watch it last night, but I didn't. V says so many insightful things, and I cn hear him saying, very nonchalantly 'What the fuck, you know?'

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  4. Being a card-carrying scaredy-cat, I've watched 'The Cell' precisely once, but it's always fascinating to 'hear' Vincent 'talk' about his work.

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  5. Wonderful post Jazzy. I hadn't read
    the interview or seen any of the pictures yet. Love reading about Vincent's work.

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  6. Never saw that interview or the photos before! Thanks for posting them! But I'm still too chicken to see this movie!

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  7. I skipped the photos, but the quotations for the interview are a cool find. Thanks. Quiet is spooky.

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  8. I really loved this post, Jazzy. I honestly can't say much about the movie because I've never seen it. I've have the movie for years now...just haven't watched it yet. I'm not sure why. I'm always hesitant to watch his movies. Weird, right?

    ~Snyder~

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  9. I would still LOVE to know what he said to Jennifer to bring up the emotion he wanted from her. Interesting stuff!

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  10. I want to know that, too, Snark. Perhaps he said something like: "Tell me, Jenny from the block, why must I spend time with you when the Vixens are waiting with late night snack and cocktail? So bye bye, kill me later."

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  11. we miss this site n all miss vincent d'onofrio pics. when will u be coming back????????????

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  12. COOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEE BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COME BACK

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  13. Hi Miss Lee, nice to meet you! Girl, you really miss us, don't you. Happy you like this blog.
    We've posted thousands of hot pix and some damn good stories for more than three years, please allow us this well deserved break. Meanwhile, feel free to leaf through our blog archive (just make sure you have some drool towels handy).

    If you would like to watch VDO videos visit me at http://www.youtube.com/user/Jazzylin
    You find the other guys from T13 at yt too!

    - j -

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