Dennis Hopper gave his last interview to Vanity Fair magazine. In it he discusses his love for acting, his divorces, and why he decided to vote for Bush.
In the article, he professes that the movie Easy Rider is his greatest career achievement and Blue Velvet was his greatest acting achievement.
Here are a few excerpts from the article.
When Colacello asks Hopper whether he thinks of himself as a director, actor, or artist, Hopper explains, “I made my living as an actor, and I love acting, so I’m an actor. But that gets you in a lot of trouble in the art world. I tell you who’s got it: Viggo Mortensen. He’s a terrific writer. He’s a good photographer. He paints. And he makes music.”
Hopper tells Colacello that he voted for Bush in the 2000 election because “I looked at the two of them and said, ‘Who would I rather have on my side in a fight?’ Bush. That’s a true story.” He goes on to say, “I like Clinton, I like Obama. I hate what’s happening to the country. I think we’re in the worst shape I’ve ever seen. Just think how conservative this country has become. It’s like the 60s never happened.”
Hopper tells Colacello that his divorce from Brooke Hayward came about as he was leaving for New Orleans to shoot Easy Rider. “On the way to the airport she said, ‘You’re on a fool’s journey. Peter [Fonda] can’t act. You’re just going to make a fool of yourself.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s the way it’s going to go.’ So we got divorced in the car. We just said, ‘That’s it.’â¿¿” (“It’s completely idiotic,” Hayward tells Colacello of Hopper’s account, adding that she didn’t file for divorce until several months later.)
Hopper’s only comment regarding his split from wife Victoria Duffy is “Who would have ever thought I’d be getting a divorce in this state? It was a big shock.” The only other mention he makes of Duffy is when he is discussing politics: “Victoria got very involved with the Obama campaign, and I stepped back out of it. I thought it was good for her to get some glory. It’s hard being married to a celebrity.”
Dennis Hopper was one great actor and he will be missed. Be sure to check out the rest of the article in Vanity Fair available now.