Vincent Gallo is a polarizing figure. You are forced to either hate or love the guy. I fall into the latter category. I’m a true admirer of Vincent Gallo’s vision. His latest film played in one film festival and was then shelved as he wanted to keep it away from “the dark energies of the public.” That statement can either be interpreted as pretentious or painfully and beautifully honest. Gallo makes art for himself while taking certain acting roles for a paycheck. His work in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” is moving. The performance was magnificent and certainly Oscar worthy. He didn’t win a statue though. Hollywood hates this guy. He has wished cancer on Roger Ebert (later regretting it) and infamously called Quentin Tarantino a “collage artist.” He knows no boundaries. Gallo played in an industrial band with Jean Michel Basquiat during the 1980s and was a respected painter. He was early into breakdancing and the still blossoming hip hop scene of New York City. It seems as if Vincent Gallo is always ahead of his time. His movie “Buffalo ’66” is regarded as a modern cult classic while “The Brown Bunny” incites hate in many moviegoers. I have to hand it to him, Gallo knows how to bring out people’s emotions. He is an awkward weirdo dawning a puzzling, genius brain. Here’s my tribute to Vinnie from Buffalo. Below are some of his quotes and awesome videos for your viewing pleasure. The Howard Stern interview is especially ridiculous.
“I do not want my new works to be generated in a market or audience of any kind.”
“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.”
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