A Matt Dillon

A Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon



In an insightful little post at the


Matt Dillon: That was part of the Soviets. I think it was ’92. I went with Fisher Stevens. I was into all kinds of music. I used to always carry a Super-8 camera, it was one that I got when I was doing “Drugstore Cowboy.” And I would always shoot stuff. So I brought it with me to Havana. Some of that footage I used in the beginning of the film. I keep talking about the music being everywhere in New York, Latin music in particular. I would go into these clubs. I didn’t know what half the stuff was back then. But I would go to Havana quite a bit. And that brings me to meeting [producer and bandleader] Joey Altruda, when I was doing “Beautiful Girls” in Toronto, and he was visiting another actor, and he was a bigger record nerd than I was. We would make tapes and send them to each other: “Check this out, man, you’re going to love this stuff!”

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Matt Dillon, the veteran actor who stars in the Shirin Neshat-directed Land of Dreams which just premiered at Venice, and directed El Grande Fellove, a documentary on the late Cuban musical pioneer Francisco Fellove, which is having its North American premiere this weekend at Telluride. Dillon’s emergence as one of the most versatile films actor of his generation is the stuff of legend: he was discovered as he was cutting class and stepped right in as a lead in the 1979 teen drama Over The Edge. He was hooked, and Little Darlings and My Bodyguard soon followed, and his work in three adaptations of S.E. Hinton novels, Tex, the Francis Coppola-directed The Outsiders and Rumble Fish put him at the top of the pack of young actors finding their footing. Dillon matured into adulthood with films like the Gus Van Sant-directed Drugstore Cowboy, The Flamingo Kid, Singles and To Die For. He was Oscar nominated for his work in the Paul Haggis-directed Best Picture winner Crash, and showed his comic chops in There’s Something About Mary. Here Dillon describes the influences that helped forge such a long and versatile career. (

In the 1980s, Dillon rose to fame as a teen star in a number of coming-of-age films. His good looks understandably helped him land roles in films like Little Darlings (1980), in which he plays the object of desire for a teen girl intent on losing her virginity at camp. The most notable film made during his teen years is Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders (1983). The adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s beloved novel stars Dillon as Dally, the leader of a gang of greasers. He makes a hell of a nogoodnik, playing up Dally’s cockiness — he’s downright slimy when hitting on two girls at a drive-in theater — but he also reveals something tender in the character. (



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