SIFF Man of One Face, Many Personalities
posted by June 14 at 11:00 AMon
There’s something sweet about him…
yet he can project danger and insanity.
— David Chase, The Sopranos
Not too surprisingly, Steve Buscemi is all over YouTube.
See below for a couple of choice clips from his diverse career
as an actor (Parting Glances, Mystery Train, Fargo, etc.).
Interview, his English-language remake of Theo Van Gogh’s
Dutch original, represents his fourth directorial effort after
Trees Lounge, Animal Factory, and Lonesome Jim.
[As for the Chase quote. Not only did Buscemi play the doomed
Tony Blundetto, he directed four episodes of The Sopranos,
including “Pine Barrens,” for which he received an Emmy Award.]
I realize I’ve left out a ton of titles, including those, um, Michael
Bay blockbusters, the animation efforts, and the early TV appearances (Miami Vice, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Tales
From the Crypt, etc.), but everyone’s bound to have their favorites.
Take Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion, for instance [above,
pictured with James LeGros and Catherine Keener]. Buscemi’s beleagured director represents one of his best loved performances. And he’s even better as a neurotic paparazzo in DiCillo’s Delirious, which plays almost like a companion piece. I particularly enjoyed
his Odd Couple rapport with Michael Pitt’s aspiring actor.
But that is now, this was then…and here’s a scene from
Reservoir Dogs (warning: anti-Semitic content!):
And now back to the present. A silent Buscemi in
Joel and Ethan Coen's portion of Paris Je T'aime:
Interview, co-starring Sienna Miller, plays the Egyptian on 6/16
and 6/17. Buscemi will be in attendance at both screenings. Delirious plays the Egyptian on 6/16. For the Interview trailer,
click here. For Delirious, click here. I'm planning to grab a few words with Buscemi for Slog next week. Anything about his career you're dying to know? If so, feel free to leave a comment, and I'll add your question to my list. Images from Ghost World and Living in Oblivion.