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LAist Interview: Crispin Glover

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Hollywood, to corrupt Rabelais, abhors an iconoclast. This simple fact makes the long career of Crispin Glover all the more remarkable. Amazingly, it’s been almost twenty years since Glover’s infamous Rubin and Ed appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Despite that apparent fiasco, Glover has continued to work regularly, often in big-budget studio fare like The Doors, The People vs. Larry Flynt and both Charlie’s Angels movies. The money earned from those films has been plowed into Glover’s own, more esoteric ventures, particularly the two films he has directed, What Is It? and It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!

The former returns this weekend to the Egyptian (tickets here) in Hollywood accompanied by Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show. Glover, a true showman and promoter, will be on hand not just to introduce the film but also to perform onstage and sign books afterwards. I would encourage anyone to attend who thinks that American cinema has lost its experimental, countercultural soul. For a primer on what to expect, I’ll point you to our coveragefrom last year’s screening of What Is It?

New interview with Glover after the jump.

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If you're a Crispin Glover fan, this is your lucky day. We spoke--or I should say--he spoke extensively about his films and his life during a long phone call this afternoon. The quality is a little patchy in places, but overall I think it came out okay.

Part 1 of his discussion of What Is It?

Part 2 of his discussion of What Is It?

Part 3 of his discussion of What Is It?

Glover's discussion of his slide show, Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show.

Glover's discusses his involvement in Beowulf and It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!

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