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David Carradine (1936-2009)

  1. Dean Stockwell, The Dunwich Horror, 1969.    Director Curtis Harrington was pepping up the AIP script for Fondawhen “there was this commotion going on out front.  We all went outside. AIP had loaned Fonda a Lincoln convertible, as their star. He’d left this car sitting there with the engine running, with a note stuck on the windshield that read: ‘You can take this car and The Dunwich Horror and shove them up your ass! Columbia has more guts than you’ll ever have!’ Columbia had just agreed to finance Easy Rider.” AIP phoned Carradine, Keir Dullea and Stockwell.
  2. Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver, 1975.
  3. Richard Burton,  The Exorcist II: The Heretic, 1976.                                                       
  4. Louise Fletcher,  The Exorcist II: The Heretic, 1976.                                                       
  5. William Devane, Rolling Thunder, 1977.    Quentin Tarantino adores it! "It’s a character study and an action film. The first half is getting to know Charlie Rane.How he was a POW ,tortured, malnourished, beaten for seven years, thinking that once he got back home everything would be OK.  But... his wife is going to marry another man, his son doesn’t even know him. Then, they’re both killed and he loses his hand.  "The second half was pure revenge."
  6. Michael York,The Island of Dr Moreau,1977.    "I've been turning things down all my life - many, many things. See, I don't like unhappy endings for one thing.  If a movie presents in a positive way things I feel negative about,I  don't do it.  And vice-versa."
  7. Jeff Cooper, Circle of Iron, 1978.   Asked to be the lead in the old James Coburn-Bruce Lee scenario, David elected to play the role(s) intended for Lee.
  8. Donald Pleasence, Halloween, 1978.    Hitchcock fan and auteur John Carpenter searched high and low for his shrink, Dr Sam Loomis: Peter O’Toole and the Hammer horrors, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee versus Charles Napier, Lawrence Tierney, Abe Vigoda. The $300,00 shoestring budget couldn’t afford any of them! Same for the kinda obvious Lloyd Bridges, David Carradine, Kirk Douglas, Steven Hill, Walter Matthau… and such off-the-wall surprises as John Belushi, Mel Brooks, Yul Brynner, Edward Bunker, Sterling Hayden, Dennis Hopper, Kris Kristofferson… and Dick’s brother, Jerry Van Dyke. Loomis, incidentally was named after John Gavin’s character in Psycho; his screen lover was Janet Leigh, mother of Carpenter’s heroine, Jamie Lee Curtis. So it flows.
  9. James Woods, Split Image, 1983. How many movies can you make?  I'd like to do a thousand but they'd all have to be great. You have to keep turning things down until something comes along that you can't stand to turndown."  LikeBound For Glory.
  10. Jürgen Prochnow, Dune, 1984.
  11. Willem Dafoe, The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988   .It was David’s then-lady, Barbara Hershey, who gave director Martin Scorsese the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, while all three  were making Boxcar Bertha, 1972   .Immediately, Scorsese started prepping a film with David as Jesus and Barbara as Mary Magdalene - the role she ultimately played.  Sixteen  years later.
  12. Raul Julia,The Threepenny Opera, 1989.   When Swedish god Ingemar Bergman planned it in Munich after their Serpent's Egg, in 1977. Bergman,  Scorsese and Tarantino: that’s one helluva record!
  13. Edward Singletary, Portland, 2009.   Writer-director Matthew Mishory’s choice to take over as Father Jerry that Carradine was due to start after completing a thriller in Bangkok, where he was found dead, hanging in his hotel room in June 2009.

 

 





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