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Crispin Glover brings his 'Big Slide Show' to town

Hellion on wheels
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  September 7, 2011

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“I have been able to divorce myself from the content of the films that I act in and look at acting as a craft helping other filmmakers to accomplish what they want to do.”

Crispin Glover made a calling out of being the weirdly jittery guy in big, loud movies like Back to the Future and Hot Tub Time Machine. But it's what he did with that career that's bringing him to Boston. For years, Glover has used his acting work to finance his labors of love as an author, filmmaker, and performer. Over the nights of September 9-11 at the Brattle Theatre, Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover) will perform both parts of his "Big Slide Show," sign books, and do a Q&A after he screens two films of his "IT" trilogy, 2007's It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE! and 2005's What Is It?, a years-in-the-making work primarily starring actors with Down's Syndrome. Glover answered questions by e-mail about his films, his slide show, and his one-of-a-kind career.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER FROM MAKINGWILD AT HEART? WHAT'S STAYED WITH YOU? I was very glad to be working with David Lynch. I had gone to the Nuart Theater in LA starting at the age of 16 in 1980 and seen Eraserhead over and over at the midnight showings. That was during the time that I was in professional acting class so Eraserhead certainly had formative influence on me. Years later, in 1989, it was great to see the psychological background to David Lynch's ideas and that was still greatly informative and exciting to work with.

WILD AT HEART ACTUALLY WASN'T YOUR FIRST TIME WORKING WITH NICOLAS CAGE. ON YOUTUBE, PEOPLE CAN SEE YOUR FIRST IMDB CREDIT, BEST OF TIMES, WITH CAGE AND JACKIE MASON, AMONG OTHERS. IT'S A PRETTY BIG ROLE FOR YOUR FIRST PART TOO. DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'D MADE IT AS AN ACTOR THEN? To be clear on where my mind was while making Best of Times here is a brief background up to that point:

I always drew and wrote as a child. I always liked Bosch and Dali as painters when I was a child. I saw Tod Browning's Freaks when I was a child and was quite favorably impressed by that. My father is an actor and my mother retired from her primary profession as a dancer and secondary profession as an actress when I was born. As I was growing up watching my father work in the film industry, I did not necessarily equate the business of acting with art as much as seeing it as a business.

I became a professional actor at age 13 by my own choice. I emphasize that because there is a large difference in that from when a child is forced in to acting by parents who choose that career for a child. I began studying in a professional acting class at age 15. At age 16, I viewed many revival films of the 1920's through the 1970's at the revival theaters that were popular in the early 1980's before the advent of VHS competition that led to most of the revival houses closing. While watching many of the films and being in acting class I began to understand film and acting as art.

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  Topics: Features , Crispin Glover, Brattle Theatre, Big Slide Show
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