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"I don't want to die..."His performance in Paths of Glory is absolutely unforgettable. Great picture.
I'm still not convinced he was really an actor, but rather a freakish exhibitionist who could be exploited effectively by a resourceful director. (Yeah, I suppose you could say that about a lot of actors...)
Yeah, like Kinski
In "Paths of Glory", he was relatively subdued, and his restrained face carried him thru many of the scenes where he normally would've been sketchy at best. But in so many other films he was in, he was so obviously out of control in his own little reality, that it was downright scary. I find it interesting that Kubrik, the control freak, loved his work, and it may have been that Carey was so intensely his own person that Stanley appreciated that kind truth to oneself. No one will ever be like him, that's for sure.
I can't think of another human being, alive or dead, who could have been able to fit so well with both Kubrick and Cassavetes, as well as providing an excellent cameo in "D.C. Cab."
And while we're on the subject, let us not forget the most insane labor of love in the history of film, Carey's directorial debut The World's Greatest Sinner
I just watched Crime Wave, directed by Andre de Toth, with both Sterling Hayden and T.C., it's a pretty safe bet that Kubrick saw the film and cast both of them as a result in The Killing (not to mention borrowed some of its tone).
Carey was always interesting, always scarey. Zappa was hired to score World's greatest sinner in 1962?!?Had Carey taken the part in Res Dogs, somebody would have died--Carey, Lawrence Tierney or Tarantino.James B Harris (speaking of Kubrick) put Carey in Fast Walking, which is a pretty amazing picture, with one stunning drug speech by the late Tim McIntire
Just as a footnote, Carey and Joe Turkel (the bartender in The Shining) played together in The Killing, Paths of Glory and then The Boy and the Pirates (1960), a kiddie fantasy concocted by Bert I. Gordon ("Mr. B.I.G."). Carey's fairly restrained as a pirate who spends most of his screen time laughing heartily at unfunny jokes. Turkel plays a tiny genie, complete with upended, pointy-toed genie shoes. The star of The Boy and the Pirates was 12-year-old Charles Herbert, who crashed and burned as a drug addict but eventually got clean in 2005, with help from Paul (Donna Reed Show) Peterson's child star rehab facility, A Minor Consideration.
I thought he was great in "Head". "Atta Boy, Mike!"
I too saw him in "Crime Wave" a few weeks ago and he was great. "Crime Wave" itself is a film noir that I had never heard of much less saw. Great film noir, shot entirely on the streets of Los Angeles. Don't forget to listen to James Ellroy's commentary. It's fantastic. He probably was as crazy as Carey.
Being a "filmnoirfanatic" I really enjoyed, actor Timothy Carey (TC) performances in DeToth's "Crime Wave" and Kubrick's "The Killing."His screen time wasn't long, but "memorable." I too, enjoyed listening to authors James Ellroy and Eddie Muller's commentaries on the dvd "Crime Wave"..."Funny!"
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