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Uncommon behind-the-scenes pictures of Alex Cox’s gritty f*ck Reagan masterpiece ‘Repo Man’

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Uncommon behind-the-scenes pictures of Alex Cox’s gritty f*ck Reagan masterpiece ‘Repo Man’

Emilio Estevez on the set of ‘Repo Man.’
Alex Cox was thirty-years-old when he took on the duty of directing his first feature-length movie, 1984’s Repo Man. It’s a movie which appears to completely encapsulate gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s apocalyptic quote “Too bizarre to stay, and too uncommon to die” because it nears its 35th anniversary this March.

In contrast to what the ravages of the getting old course of does to most of us mortal sorts, Cox’s movie endured and stays as defiantly DIY as does its equally indignant soundtrack, containing venomous jams from the Circle Jerks, Iggy Pop, and Suicidal Tendencies. Nevertheless, Cox confronted an uphill battle whereas attempting to buy Repo Man round as a result of no one outdoors of actor and author Dick Impolite understood what the fuck the movie was purported to be about. Impolite had approached Cox together with his brief story Leather-based Rubbernecks, hoping to make it into a brief movie however finally Leather-based Rubbernecks would turn out to be part of Repo Man, as did Impolite in his function of sushi chew and screwer Duke within the film. Sooner or later, the Repo Man script would find yourself within the fingers of former Monkee and visionary in his personal proper, Michael Nesmith. In keeping with folklore, Papa Nez was immediately impressed and stepped into the function of Govt Producer for the movie as a result of, as everyone knows, Papa Nez will get it. Along with serving to Cox (a former repo man in actual life) convey Repo Man to the large display screen, he additionally makes a few cameos within the movie together with one as a Rabbi in a showdown with one other of the movie’s stars, a 1964 Chevelle Malibu Sedan.

Wild tales surrounding this timeless movie have been mentioned and dissected by writers, movie historians, and students since its launch. A couple of weeks in the past I cracked open my copy of Criterion’s impeccable 2013 launch of the movie and rewatched it in all of its pissed-off glory. Of the movie’s huge deserves, that are too quite a few to put out on this submit (all the repo males are named after home beer manufacturers, and so forth, and on), let’s concentrate on what many contemplate to be Harry Dean Stanton’s greatest appearing efficiency as unhinged repo man Bud (a play on the gross suds referred to as Budweiser).

Stanton was 58 when he took on the function of Bud (which just about went to Dennis Hopper) and had lengthy since established his alpha hangdog standing in Hollywood starring in movies with elite actors like Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, and Donald Sutherland. Stanton didn’t waste any time letting everybody know, particularly Alex Cox, what he was and was not going to do throughout filming. Inside a number of days, he was already refusing to study his dialog for the movie. Stanton supported his determination by citing actor Warren Oates who Stanton claimed learn his traces off of playing cards caught to a automotive dashboard whereas filming 1971’s Two-Lane Backdrop. All of Stanton’s complaints lastly set Cox off and the director started to assume it could be simpler to chop their losses by writing Stanton out of any future scenes. With Nesmith’s assist he shut down Cox’s quest to make Bud disappear and finally, Stanton delivered his traces with out skipping a beat. However that didn’t imply Stanton instantly grew to become some form of fucking choir-boy after virtually getting ghosted by Cox. And this time his bad-boy conduct concerned baseball bats.

Stanton and his trusty baseball bat.
For a scene involving Otto (performed by a 22-year-old Emilio Estevez), Stanton pitched the concept of utilizing a modified baseball hand sign utilized in a scene to inform Otto the place to park a automotive. Cox stated no, and Stanton went off telling Cox that different “nice” administrators he had labored with like Francis Ford Coppola let him do “regardless of the fuck he wished.” Later in a scene the place Stanton was to behave aggressively with a baseball bat at competing repo dudes the Rodriguez brothers, Stanton requested he have the ability to use an actual baseball bat claiming he may do the scene in a single take. The movie’s cinematographer, Robby Müller, didn’t get behind the concept of arming Stanton with a baseball bat for the scene and was afraid the mix of an unruly Harry Dean Stanton and a baseball bat equaled dangerous instances for somebody’s head or worse. When Stanton was instructed he must change out his Louisville slugger for a plastic model he went batshit and allegedly screamed the next in response:

“Harry Dean Stanton solely makes use of REAL baseball bats!”

The quote “Harry Dean Stanton solely makes use of REAL baseball bats!” is on par with Dennis Hopper’s terrifying endorsement in Blue Velvet for Pabst Blue Ribbon and its regretful at greatest that no footage of Stanton screaming these phrases appears to exists. In closing, I’d extremely suggest selecting up a duplicate of the Criterion launch of Repo Man as, along with a unbelievable booklet stuffed with illustrations by Cox and Mondo artists Jay Shaw and Tyler Stout, it additionally contains the film’s now spendy soundtrack. I’ve included all types of cool visible artifacts from Repo Man under together with uncommon pictures taken on the set, classic German and Japanese foyer playing cards and posters, and among the gritty neon paintings from the Criterion launch.

Michael Nesmith and Harry Dean Stanton on the set of ‘Repo Man.’

A candid shot on the set of ‘Repo Man’ of Emilio Estevez, his father Martin Sheen, Harry Dean Stanton and Alex Cox.

Estevez, Stanton, and Cox.

Estevez and Dick Impolite.

Govt producer Michael Nesmith (left) as a Rabbi in ‘Repo Man.’



A German foyer card for ‘Repo Man’ that includes Stanton and Debbi performed by actress Jennifer Balgobin. A couple of extra comply with.



A Japanese poster for ‘Repo Man.’

A promotional nonetheless for ‘Repo Man.’

Two extra promo stills from ‘Repo Man.’

An illustration from the booklet included within the Criterion launch of ‘Repo Man’ by Rob Jones.

The paintings featured on the field for Criterion’s ‘Repo Man’ launch that includes Emilio Estevez, J. Frank Parnell (actor Fox Harris), Harry Dean Stanton, Dick Impolite and extra, by Tyler Stout.

The duvet illustration on the DVD field, by Jay Snow.

Extra illustrations from the booklet by Rob Jones.

Extra illustrated ‘Repo Man’ insanity by Jones. Extra comply with.



A musical love letter to Harry Dean Stanton by Deborah Harry from her third solo album, ‘Def, Dumb & Blonde,’ “I Need That Man.”

Beforehand on Harmful Minds:
Sleep is for Sissies: Earlier than ‘Repo Man,’ there was Alex Cox’s mind-bending pupil movie ‘Edge Metropolis’
‘Skip Tracer’: Did this 1977 oddball cult movie affect ‘Repo Man’?
Marlon Brando and Harry Dean Stanton in drag, directed by David Lynch: It virtually occurred
Harry Dean Stanton shares his Zen knowledge
Alex Cox’s cult basic ‘Repo Man’

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