Counter culture till the very end, Hollywood great, Dennis Hopper dies from cancer at 74.
But Hopper is still part of the counterculture — only in liberal, Democratic Los Angeles, that means being a registered Republican.”I’ve always been political,” Hopper says, “but I haven’t always been a Republican. I was with Martin Luther King [and] at the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley. I was a hippie. I was probably as Left as you could get without being a Communist.”
Asked what happened, Hopper says, “I read too much Thomas Jefferson and decided that every 25 years you needed to have a change if you’re really going to have a republic, and the Democrats had been in power too long.”
This was about the time that Ronald Reagan was campaigning for the 1980 presidential election.
“I never cared for Reagan, very honestly,” Hopper says. “I thought he was a bad actor. I never thought he was a great communicator, didn’t think he was a great speaker.
“But the idea of changing the Congress, changing the Senate, getting the Democrats out, getting the Republicans in, also the idea of having less government — which didn’t seem to work out.”
What began as a philosophy of political change turned into a change of political philosophy.
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Below, one of his more unforgettable scenes from the movie True Romance (content and language warning).