We sat down with the inimitable Crispin Glover to discuss his hilarious role in Hot Tub Time Machine, which puts him in a classic character actor’s role with an unbelievable punchline that’s set up throughout the movie. Glover’s having a great month with both this and Alice In Wonderland, and he also spoke about an upcoming project that is pretty damn interesting.
We started out talking about how his involvement in Hot Tub Time Machine came to be. “The way that I have been selecting films since the year 2000, 2001 changed from how I was selecting films in the 80s and 90s. After Back To The Future came out in 1985 came out, I really felt a certain obligation towards finding films that somehow reflected my psychological interest, and the first film that I acted in after Back to the Future was River’s Edge, which is a film I’m still proud of. Subsequent to that, a lot of the films I did didn’t necessarily reflect what my psychological interests were and didn’t make that much money. In the year 2000 I started making films of my own that I was self-financing. It was about that time that the first Charlie’s Angels film came to me, and I realized that with the money I made from that film, I could pour right into making (What Is It?). And that’s exactly what I did.”
“I realized that it made a lot more sense forme to start acting in films, choosing films specifically to help fund my own films, because when I’m acting in more financially successful films, it makes more filmmakers want to work with me. It’s been a good duality of working in films that are kind of financially successful films and funding my own work with them, and this film is certainly one that fits into that.”
Glover’s part in Hot Tub Time Machine is relatively small, but it evolved considerably from the screenplay to the final product, with Glover removing one scene and improvising a second that came off extremely well in the film. Of the director, he says “Steve Pink was very open to the kind of organic process of going through things and it was a lot of fun to work on.”
When asked about his willingness to pursue more comedic roles, Glover responded “There was a time that it seemed like I was only cast in comedy things, and I was happy with that, but people think of me as playing villains, which I’m glad of. At this point in my career, I’m really just grateful to be working, and if there’s something I can make work, and it fits within my quote and I’m ableto continue makingmy own films, I’m very grateful to be a part of it.”
After being asked about It Is Mine, the final installment of his experimental trilogy that began with 2005’s What Is It?, the actor revealed the first details of an exciting new project.
“It’s not the next film I will work on. I own property in the Czech Republic, and I like to film on sets. I bought this property about six years ago, it’s an old chateau from the 1600s, and next to it there are horse stables that I’ve made into a small soundstage. It’s finally ready to start shooting in. I’m not planning to shoot part 3 of the trilogy next. I’m in the midst of a screenplay that’s for me and my father (Bruce Glover) to act in – he’s an actor, but we’ve never done a film together before. So we play a series of fathers and sons. That’s the next project that I plan to make.”
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