The Room (2003) has been called the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed and starred in the movie, and it has since developed a cult following. Around the country, fans flock to midnight screenings.
Fresh Air remembers the iconic screen actor, who starred in such films as Easy Rider, Hoosiers and Apocalypse Now. Hopper sat down with Terry Gross in both 1990 and 1996 to discuss his film career, his battle with drugs and his career as an artist.
Actor Dennis Hopper. He made his film debut in "Rebel Without a Cause," and has appeared in "Blue Velvet," "Rivers Edge," and "Hoosiers." Hopper directed, co-wrote, and starred in the 60's classic, "Easy Rider," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
Hopper made his film debut in Rebel Without a Cause, and played Frank in Blue Velvet. He directed Easy Rider and the new film The Hot Spot, which stars Don Johnson. Before his recent comeback, he developed a drug problem, which he's since kicked.
Film and theater director Elia Kazan made a number of classic movies, including A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden. He co-founded the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, and helped develop method acting. His new memoir, Elia Kazan: A Life, includes reflections on his cooperation with HUAC's investigation of communists in the entertainment industry.
Novelist and theater and film director Elia Kazan. He directed Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront," and James Dean in "East of Eden." He was a member of the Group Theater and co-founded the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg.