I A I N GL E N OR DE N NI S HOPPER?

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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.

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