Our next guest has appeared in everything from Dawson’s Creek to NCIS, from Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever to Fanboys. But let’s not bury the lede here: you know him best as the frequent collaborator of filmmaker Rian Johnson, appearing as stoner Dode in instant cult classic Brick (2005), The Duke in The Brothers Bloom (2008), and Kid Blue in Looper (2012). He had a cameo in Johnson’s classic Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias (2013), and as X-Wing fighter pilot Stomeroni Starck he was the true hero of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
When Noah Segan is not busy appearing in cult classics, he’s also a proper film nerd in his own right, as proven by his regular guest columns on movie website Birth. Movies. Death. Here he is talking about the acting craft in Face/Off, and here he reveals Michael J Pollard’s alternate Billy the Kid in forgotten New Hollywood western Dirty Little Billy. Noah knows his stuff.
So as he prepares for the greatest role of his career – that of Hyphenates guest host – which filmmaker has he chosen to talk about on the show?
None other than Dennis Hopper!
We have a bloke from Looper discussing King Koopa.
We have the guy who appeared in The Last Jedi talking the guy who directed The Last Movie.
Okay, we’ll stop now.
We all know Dennis Hopper as the Hollywood legend who starred in everything from Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956) to Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Mad Dog Morgan (1976) and Apocalypse Now (1979) and Blue Velvet (1986) and Red Rock West (1993) and Land of the Dead (2005). But did you know he was also a filmmaker himself? If you’re the sort of person who listens to our show, you absolutely do.
From the iconic debut Easy Rider (1969), Hopper went on to make films like The Last Movie (1971), Out of the Blue (1980), Colors (1988) and The Hot Spot (1990). His filmography includes all-time classics and Alan Smithee disasters, and it’s a part of his career that’s rarely talked about.
So why has Noah chosen to talk about Hopper’s directorial career on the show? Joins us on March 31 when we find out!