Harry Dean Stanton is without question one of my favorite character actors, if not my favorite. He has been in a number of great movies with some amazing roles—I’m thinking Cool Hand Luke, Alien, Escape from New York, Pretty in Pink, Paris, Texas, Wild at Heart, etc. And I certainly echo the following sentiment articulated by Roger Ebert (I’m doing a bit of this lately, strangely enough), “No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.” Amen.
Out of Harry Dean’s many, many roles, I would have to rank his playing of the seasoned repo man “Bud” in Alex Cox’s Repo Man his most memorable. In particular, the scene wherein he introduces Otto (Emilio Estevez) to the sacred values of the Repo Code.
What a genius!