R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

1936 – 2010

Way, way, way too many deaths lately.  And now Dennis Hopper?  Damn.   Hollywood has lost one of it’s best today and the world has lost a legend.

Hopper was best know for his roles in gritty films like Easy Rider, Apocolypse Now and Blue Velvet and most recently, his role as Ben Cendars on Crash.  But I will always remember him as Clifford Worley in True Romance.  His scene with Christopher Walken was the highlight in a movie packed with amazing scenes.

It’s the scene where Clifford knows he’s going to die because he won’t give up his son.  He knows he’s going to die, so he decides to go out with a bang…he insults the one thing Coccotti is most proud of, his Sicilian heritage.

“So you see, way back then, uh, Sicilians were like, uh, wops from Northern Italy. Ah, they all had blonde hair and blue eyes, but, uh, well, then the Moors moved in there, and uh, well, they changed the whole country. They did so much fuckin’ with Sicilian women, huh? That they changed the whole bloodline forever. That’s why blonde hair and blue eyes became black hair and dark skin. You know, it’s absolutely amazing to me to think that to this day, hundreds of years later, that, uh, that Sicilians still carry that nigger gene. Now this…”

Sure, the writers can be credited with the material for that scene, but nobody could have played in out like Hooper.  It was Oscar worthy.

Dennis Hopper was 74 years old when he died at home in California this morning.  The cause of death was complications from prostate cancer.

R.I.P. Mr. Hopper.