Vincent Gallo Interview
- Read Judge SLAPPs Down Vincent Gallo's Lawsuit Against Hikari Takano (THR July 15, 2016)
- Read Vincent Gallo Can't Block Embarrassing Audio (CNS July 20, 2016)
- Read Decide SLAPPs Down Vincent Gallo’s Lawsuit Towards Reporter (TBN July 22, 2016)
- This interview was originally published in Free & Easy Magazine, JAPAN. - Feb. '04
Photo by Tim Cadiente
VINCENT GALLO INTERVIEW CONTENTS:
- Mickey Rourke was better than James Dean!
- Trouble with Honda
- "It's my way or the highway!"
- "If I hear from your agent then you're fired from my movie!"
- "You'll get whatever movie credit I decide to give you. IF I even give you a credit!"
- Meeting Mickey Rourke & Eric Roberts
- Eric & Julia Roberts
- "Steve Soderbergh sucks! Wes Anderson sucks!"
- "Spike Jonze is the biggest fraud out there!"
- On Sofia & Francis Ford Coppola
- "Abel Ferrara was never on set!!"
- Vincent's childhood
- 'The Go-to guy' in all sports
- Vincent's criminal past & getting away with it
- "Brown Bunny"
- "I don't relate to any drug addict or alcoholic like Dennis Hopper"
- "I never really had a career. I'm just a working class guy"
- "I've never considered myself an artist, I'm no different from a factory worker"
- Announcing retirement from making movies
- "My movies never made money!"
- "I would never work with a has-been like Martin Scorcese!"
- Vincent's philosophy for taking parts
- The Vincent Gallo Method
- "A vacation to me is a beautiful girl that bl_w me while I was watching TV"
- Vincent explains why he freely uses the word 'Jew'
- 'The man who hates many?'
Vincent Gallo (born April 11, 1961) is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and painter. Although he has had minor roles in mainstream films such as Goodfellas, he is most associated with independent movies, including Buffalo '66, which he wrote, directed, did the music for and starred in, The Brown Bunny, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed, Arizona Dream, The Funeral and Palookaville. In the late 70's and early 1980s, Gallo was a painter in the New York City art scene showing with famed art dealer Annina Nosei, performed in a rap duo and was part of the first Hip Hop television broadcast Graffiti Rock, and played in a industrial band called Bohack which released an album title It Took Several Wives. In the 1990s, Gallo played in two noise bands, Bunny and RRIICCEE. In the early 2000s, he released several solo recordings on WARP records. Gallo is known for his outspoken views and generally hostile nature, once stating: "I stopped painting in 1990 at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings; and I did it out of spite."
Gallo was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Janet, a hair-dresser, and Vincenzo Vito Gallo, also a hairdresser and professional gambler. Both of his parents emigrated from Sicily. Gallo lived in New York City 1978-2002 and traveled around most of Europe living briefly in Paris and Rome. Gallo's first creative project was as a member of the New York City-based post-punk band GRAY whose members included famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Gallo has modeled, most notably for Calvin Klein, and been photographed by Richard Avedon. He first began painting, then racing motorcycles, and finally became an actor.
During Gallo's artistic period in the 1980s, when he worked as a musician and painter in New York City, he also began experimenting with film. He made the short film "If You Feel Froggy, Jump" and appeared in a film called the "New York Beat Movie" (1981) with painter Jean Michel Basquiat. In 1984, Gallo acted in "The Way It Is" (1984), which included actors Steve Buscemi and Rockets Redglare. After starring in the obscure 1989 film Doc's Kingdom, he began acting in small parts in more well-known films such as Goodfellas, The House of the Spirits, and The Perez Family. French director Claire Denis hired Gallo to act in several films such as the short film Keep It for Yourself, the made-for-TV U.S. Go Home, and its follow-up feature Nénette et Boni (1996).
Gallo acted in the film Arizona Dream, with Johnny Depp, in the cult comedy Palookaville, and in Abel Ferrara's The Funeral, and had a lead role in the film Truth or Consequences, N.M.
In 1998, his debut film Buffalo '66 was nominated for, but did not win, an award for "Best First Feature" at the Independent Spirit Awards. Gallo made this drama for $1.5 M, serving as writer, director, lead actor, and composer/performer of the soundtrack. The release of Buffalo '66 gained him a solid fan base. Gallo proceeded to act in the crime drama Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby, the drama Stranded: Náufragos, the thriller Hide and Seek, and the romantic comedy Get Well Soon. Gallo appeared in another Claire Denis film, an erotic/horror movie called Trouble Every Day.
In 2003, Gallo starred in and directed the film The Brown Bunny. The film, which chronicles a motorcycle racer's cross country road trip, co-starred Chloë Sevigny. The film, which contained a scene of Sevigny performing unsimulated oral sex upon Gallo, received overwhelmingly negative critical response to its initial cut and became a media scandal, in part due to Gallo's use of a still image from a sex scene on a promotional billboard. The Brown Bunny premiered to much derision at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
A war of words erupted between Gallo and popular film critic Roger Ebert in 2003 regarding Ebert's statement that The Brown Bunny was the worst film in the history of Cannes. Gallo retorted by calling Ebert a "fat pig with the physique of a slave trader" and put a hex on Ebert, wishing him colon cancer. Ebert then responded, paraphrasing a statement once made by Winston Churchill that "although I am fat, one day I will be thin, but Mr. Gallo will still have been the director of The Brown Bunny." Regarding Gallo's alleged hex, Ebert quipped "the video of my colonoscopy is more entertaining than your movie," a comment that Gallo later claimed to find funny.
A shorter, re-edited version of the film played later in 2003 at the Toronto International Film Festival (although it retained the controversial sex scene). While not receiving the highest praise, neither did it garner the same level of derision as the Cannes version. Ebert responded favorably to this second edit, and the pair reconciled amicably thereafter.
Sony Pictures Entertainment acquired multi-territory distribution rights for the film in February 2005. Sony Pictures Entertainment also released the film on DVD in North America in August 2005. In 2009, Gallo starred in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro.
Gallo has recently appeared as a model in H&M Spring 2009 Collection with Eva Herzigova.
Gallo played electric bass and sang in the mid-1970s in several adolescent garage bands such as Blue Mood, a progressive rock cover band named Zephyr (not the late 1960s band) which did one performance in New York State, and the Plastics. At the age of 16, Gallo moved to New York City and was a later member of the band, Gray, with visual artist Jean Michel Basquiat (who was not yet famous). Gray played at clubs such as Max's Kansas City, CBGB's, Hurrahs, and the Mudd Club. A few of Gray's recordings appear on the soundtrack for the film Downtown 81. In the early 1980s, Gallo performed solo as the Nonsexuals, rapped in a duo called Trouble Deuce under the name Prince Vince (along with Nick Nice, who went under the name DJ High Priest).
Gallo played in a band called Bohack which recorded an album entitled It Took Several Wives. When Bohack disbanded, Gallo turned his attention to acting, directing, and composing in films. He wrote songs for the soundtrack of the 1998 film Buffalo 66. He played in a rock band with Lukas Haas called Bunny, and Gallo put out his own CD which he wrote. performed and produced under Warp Records, titled "When". Bunny did a Japanese tour and recorded an album for Sony with producer Eddie Offord. In Japan, for his 2001 When tour, Josh Klinghoffer and Carla Azar of Autolux supported him as his tour band.
In 2002 he released "Recordings of Music for a Film", which is a remastered version of his older music. He also did shows with Jim O'Rourke playing on bass. Gallo has also performed shows with Sean Lennon, whom he collaborated with on an album they completed in 2004, that has yet to be released. Nikolai Haas, Lukas Haas's younger brother, was a drummer for a few of Gallo's shows. Gallo also curated one weekend of the UK music festival All Tomorrow's Parties in April 2005. His friends John Frusciante and PJ Harvey appeared on the bill. Gallo selected Yoko Ono as a headline act, and also performed with her and her son Sean Lennon at this event.
Gallo's most recent musical project is the band RRIICCEE, with Hole co-founder Eric Erlandson, which plays only improvised music.
Gallo also appears in the following music videos by other artists: "Grounded" by My Vitriol (2001), "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss" by Glassjaw (2003), "99 Problems" by Jay-Z (2004), and "Bitter" by Lit.
Gallo directed music videos for the songs "Going Inside" by John Frusciante, and "Anemone" by L'Arc-en-Ciel (Japan).
Gallo is a supporter of the Republican Party, and has been seen at a New York fashion show with George W. Bush's daughters Barbara and Jenna. He has stated that his fantasy is "becoming more like the stereotype of the Republican Party." He also wishes to look "more like [American conservative journalist] George Will." In his own words, Gallo "considered himself a radical, always, but an extremely conservative radical".
Gallo is godfather to Chris Squire's son.