I A I N GL E N OR DE N NI S HOPPER?
Tim Page has been portrayed twice on film. He has strong views about both versions…
Which is the more accurate portrayal of Tim Page: Iain Glen in
(which was based on your autobiography) or the anonymous photojournalist played by Dennis Hopper in
I’ve never watched from end to end. I was getting daily rushes as it was being shot. I have never seen such bad camera. They didn’t need to rewrite history: real life was just as good as the invented one. I found it so appalling, and yet I worked with Iain Glen before he went off to shoot. He was wearing my fatigues, he was wearing my hat, I tried to coach him as much as possible, and I tried to get the script to come back to a bit more of a reality check. Impossible.
With whatever Dennis Hopper is playing, he’s playing Dennis Hopper. I think Coppola has made an incredible anti-war film by using the totally surreal. In a sense does achieve those very surreal moments that war is, and at the same time makes a very good anti-war statement. Any good war picture becomes an anti-war picture, hopefully.