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(Den Of Geek)   New interview with the man who played Ellis in Die Hard: "[the director] came up to me and said "I don't know what you're doing. I hate it. It's not what I envisaged for this character. I want smooth. I want Cary Grant"   (denofgeek.com) divider line 130
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2012-11-07 11:59:58 AM  
Glad he stuck to his guns. The character, as it is played in the film, is a perfect slimeball.
 
2012-11-07 12:06:12 PM  
For some reason I read the head line as Ellis from Left 4 Dead 2.
Good character. Laughed when he was killed too. Gave a great facial expression when he died.

/Brian aint working this monring...
 
2012-11-07 12:10:18 PM  
Coked up sleazy 80's guy is and was far more memorable then generic smooth guy.
 
2012-11-07 12:11:06 PM  
Hans, boobie...I can gibbem to ya.
 
2012-11-07 12:11:23 PM  
What is he, a method actor?
 
2012-11-07 12:11:48 PM  
I always thought that was Ron Silver.
 
2012-11-07 12:12:13 PM  
Now that I know he directed PCU, I have more respect for him. Glad he's still working.
 
2012-11-07 12:12:46 PM  
Damn memory, got close though.

And I just watched it a week ago.
 
2012-11-07 12:17:06 PM  

PluckYew: Now that I know he directed PCU, I have more respect for him. Glad he's still working.


Thing is, in the article he talks about be able to ad-lib the line about "Hans... bubby,,, I'm your white knight". One of the big complaints everyone in the cast of PCU had was Bochner wouldn't let them ad-lib.
 
2012-11-07 12:17:47 PM  
Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Eurotrash.
 
2012-11-07 12:18:03 PM  
Reading his IMDB, the last thing he was in that I've seen was Mr. Destiny, and I don't remember him. He's been busy, just not in anything that I've watched.
 
2012-11-07 12:19:12 PM  

gunga galunga: Glad he stuck to his guns. The character, as it is played in the film, is a perfect slimeball.


His character comes to mind everytime I imagine some corporate wheeler-dealer.

And he is nearly the perfect "that 80s guy." Off to IMDB to see if he voiced the 80s executive guy from Futurama
 
2012-11-07 12:23:50 PM  
I never made him as the prick in Breaking Away either
 
2012-11-07 12:38:06 PM  
He was hip, he was happening, i.e. he wanted something.
 
2012-11-07 12:41:11 PM  
That was a long read, but I enjoyed every answer. Complete absence of pretense.

gunga galunga: Glad he stuck to his guns. The character, as it is played in the film, is a perfect slimeball.


Couldn't agree more. Gruber and Takagi were the smooth ones. One more smooth guy would have made for some extremely dull exchanges. The contrast Ellis created added depth to his scenes and enhanced the stature of the lead men. Well done.
 
2012-11-07 12:51:01 PM  
Hey, what am I, a method actor? Hans, babe, put away the gun, this is radio, not television.
 
2012-11-07 01:00:23 PM  
Hans, bubby, I'm your white knight.
 
2012-11-07 01:04:26 PM  
WTF? That was 25 farking years ago. People still care about this?
 
2012-11-07 01:19:43 PM  
Superb interview. Great find, subby!
 
2012-11-07 01:30:15 PM  

abhorrent1: WTF? That was 25 farking years ago. People still care about this?


Get off my lawn...
 
2012-11-07 01:31:06 PM  
25 years?? I feel old.
 
2012-11-07 01:40:45 PM  
The two most quotable lines in Die Hard? There's Alan Rickman, chewing over "now I have a machine gun". And then there's the slimey Ellis, the finest bearded supporting character in movie history.

i wouldve thought that one line after rickman gets thrown through the window would be up there but whatever
 
2012-11-07 01:48:38 PM  

you are a puppet: i wouldve thought that one line after rickman gets thrown through the window would be up there but whatever


Hasta la vista, baby?
 
2012-11-07 01:52:31 PM  

you are a puppet: The two most quotable lines in Die Hard? There's Alan Rickman, chewing over "now I have a machine gun". And then there's the slimey Ellis, the finest bearded supporting character in movie history.

i wouldve thought that one line after rickman gets thrown through the window would be up there but whatever


Yipikaye Motherfarker!
 
2012-11-07 01:58:17 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: you are a puppet: i wouldve thought that one line after rickman gets thrown through the window would be up there but whatever

Hasta la vista, baby?


Vaya con dios, asshole.
 
2012-11-07 01:59:43 PM  
If you haven't seen Just Add Water, it's a gem. Funny, cute movie. I didn't realize he directed it.
 
2012-11-07 02:00:25 PM  
Best line?

"Shoot...the glass!"
 
2012-11-07 02:08:36 PM  
One of the first rated R pics the parents let me see. Ellis's character resonated then. " yup, he deserved that."
 
2012-11-07 02:09:25 PM  

LonMead: PluckYew: Now that I know he directed PCU, I have more respect for him. Glad he's still working.

Thing is, in the article he talks about be able to ad-lib the line about "Hans... bubby,,, I'm your white knight". One of the big complaints everyone in the cast of PCU had was Bochner wouldn't let them ad-lib.


But the PCU script was bloody brilliant.
 
2012-11-07 02:31:16 PM  
For your viewing pleasure: All of Harry Ellis' Die Hard Scenes
 
2012-11-07 02:33:07 PM  
Best line?

"I'm at Nakatomi Plaza. They're turning my car into Swiss cheese! I need backup assistance now! Now, goddamn it! Now!"
 
2012-11-07 02:33:20 PM  

abhorrent1: WTF? That was 25 farking years ago. People still care about this?



Of course.....it's the best Christmas movie of all time.
 
2012-11-07 02:33:38 PM  
you are a puppet
i wouldve thought that one line after rickman gets thrown through the window would be up there but whatever

"Blow me where the pampers is"?
 
2012-11-07 02:34:30 PM  
Best thing about about PCU:

www.mutantreviewers.com 

I'd like to blow her where the pampas is.
 
2012-11-07 02:34:57 PM  

The_Sponge: abhorrent1: WTF? That was 25 farking years ago. People still care about this?


Of course.....it's the best Christmas movie of all time.



*fist bump* PREACH IT.
 
2012-11-07 02:37:14 PM  
Great interview (ok I only read the Die Hard points, as it's my favourite movie of all time). Seems like a nice, happy dude.

And yeah, he played Ellis perfectly.

It's Christmas season soon, I'll have to fire it up on a dark night sometime and watch it.

/don't you have any Christmas music?
//man, this is Christmas music!

Also:

gunga galunga: Glad he stuck to his guns. The character, as it is played in the film, is a perfect slimeball.


Smartest.

AiryAnne: Hans, boobie...I can gibbem to ya.


Funniest.
 
2012-11-07 02:39:53 PM  
My favorite line from that movie:

"Yippee ki-yay, Mr. Falcon!"
 
2012-11-07 02:41:46 PM  

Katie Couric's Crotch: Best line?

"I'm at Nakatomi Plaza. They're turning my car into Swiss cheese! I need backup assistance now! Now, goddamn it! Now!"



My vote for best:

"I was in junior high, dickhead."
 
2012-11-07 02:46:16 PM  
Tell me you got that.
 
2012-11-07 02:48:37 PM  
"I'm Agent Johnson. This is Special Agent Johnson. No relation."
 
2012-11-07 02:49:49 PM  

LonMead: PluckYew: Now that I know he directed PCU, I have more respect for him. Glad he's still working.

Thing is, in the article he talks about be able to ad-lib the line about "Hans... bubby,,, I'm your white knight". One of the big complaints everyone in the cast of PCU had was Bochner wouldn't let them ad-lib.


When I bought the DVD of that movie, I wondered why there were two commentaries. After listening to Piven's, I understood. He literally would not move beyond that. Solid point, but it took away from teh rest of the commentary.
 
2012-11-07 02:50:02 PM  
"We're gonna need some more FBI guys."

"This is Agent Johnson... no, the other one."

"I am an exceptional thief."
 
2012-11-07 02:51:45 PM  
Good interview. Good perspective from someone I wouldn't have known that much about had it not been submitted to Fark. Behold!

His stubborn attitude was what changed his character from the horrifying death of a character we sympathize with to a memorable layer in a movie you can't miss when they play it on TBS/TNT/Spike.

Beyond that, I'd like to know the true nature of his relationship with some of the names he dropped. How much a part of any inner circle was he - producers, actors, directors - he admitted to getting help from Danny Devoti, but what about Joel Silver or David Duchovny or Colin Firth?
 
2012-11-07 03:09:30 PM  
i131.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-07 03:15:57 PM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-11-07 03:23:11 PM  
"Only John can piss someone off that much."
 
2012-11-07 03:25:02 PM  

PluckYew: Now that I know he directed PCU, I have more respect for him. Glad he's still working.


Don't ever listen to Piven's commentary for that movie. Totally ruined it for me.
 
2012-11-07 03:32:06 PM  
I'm surprised there's no love for, "Welcome to the party, Pal!"
 
2012-11-07 03:38:01 PM  
His son works for Impact Wrestling;

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-11-07 03:40:04 PM  

Moonraper: [i131.photobucket.com image 534x362]


This is now the new CSB image. I command it.
 
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