Matt Dillon aspires to follow his own path in Hollywood.
The ‘Asteroid City’ actor has never taken on a superhero role in a movie or settled because he’s on his own individual journey through the arts.
In a cover interview with Parade magazine, he said:
‘I don’t know how else to do it. I only know how to be true to myself. I mean, there are times when I wish I was more ambitious about this or that. But you have to go your own way. It’s what I aspire to do.’
The only time the actor and director paid attention to reviews of his work was when he directed the Cuban film ‘El Gran Fellove’, released in 2020, a documentary about Cuban scat musician Francisco Fellove.
‘I directed a movie called -El Gran Fellove- about a Cuban scat singer named Francisco Fellove when he was making his last record. In fact, I started filming it in 1999, and I’m very proud of that. I don’t. I usually read reviews because no one wants to read something negative, but this was different. That’s ultimately your vision on the screen.’
Meanwhile, Dillon previously revealed that he almost turned down a leading role in ‘The House That Kack Built’, because he was uncomfortable with one particular torture scene.
The 59-year-old actor played the titular serial killer Jack, who refers to himself as ‘Mr. Sophistication’, in Lars Von Trier’s 2018 film, but he considered leaving the project due to a sequence in which his alter ego ties and gags Jacquelina Rilry Keough) and cuts her breasts with a knife:
‘I almost didn’t make the movie because of that scene, it was hard for me to even think about it. It wasn’t because of the violence, it was because of the degradation, the way he spoke to her.’
Dillon confessed that he was worried about watching the horror movie with the director.
This is what the actor told The Guardian newspaper:
‘Lars was very insistent that he wanted me to watch it with him. I was like, “How am I going to get out of this?”
Dillon explained that it was only when his co-star, the late Bruno Ganz, told him that the film was the most interesting thing he had ever seen that he convinced him to watch his own performance.
‘It’s not one of the most interesting things, the most interesting I’ve ever seen. I was like, ‘Wow!’ So I told Lars I’d check it out.’
The actor revealed that he didn’t particularly want to play a serial killer, but was looking forward to working with the Danish director.
“I don’t have any interest in serial killers, but I wanted to have an experience, because I like this guy, I think he’s a great artist, I wanted to discover something.”
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Matt Dillon aspires to follow his own path in Hollywood