Several of Dennis Hopper’s co-stars from films like Easy Rider, Hoosiers, and Blue Velvet are paying tribute to the late actor and director, who passed away Saturday from complications of cancer. Here are their statements to EW:
Peter Fonda, co-star in Easy Rider (1969): “Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and ‘lost’ films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship.”
Gene Hackman, co-star in Hoosiers (1986): “As an actor, one is always taken by someone who is different. An iconoclast, Dennis was an artist and I will always treasure having worked with him. He will be missed.”
Isabella Rossellini, co-star in Blue Velvet (1986): “When I first met Dennis on the set of Blue Velvet, he had just come out of rehab. I was afraid of him, but Dennis turned out to be infinitely kind, compassionate and understanding. He had gone to hell and came back from it with great wisdom. It will take me a while to realize and accept he isn’t with us any longer.”
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(Reporting by Mandi Bierly and Adam B. Vary)