Salton Sea Production Notes 2001
Excerpted from Castle Rock Entertainment Production Notes-Salton Sea/Warner Bros.
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The story's many richly drawn characters attracted a top-notch roster of gifted actors, including Vincent D'Onofrio in the sinister role of Pooh-Bear, a twisted and menacing speed dealer. "As soon as I read the script for "The Salton Sea", I immediately thought of Vincent D'Onofrio for the role of "Pooh Bear," Caruso explains. "Pooh Bear is a character that I thought Vincent would be perfect to play. Vincent is the type of actor who becomes the character and hides behind the character so brilliantly that you forget that it's Vincent."
D'Onofrio describes his character as "a dealer who sits around with his buddies cooking methamphetamines. He's a sort of bandit who's out for the money and will screw with people and rob them along the way. He also has a strange way of communicating and dealing with situations - I don't want to give anything away, but it's weird stuff!"
D'Onofrio's versatility and unquestionable talent have spurned many memorable characters, but perhaps he's most widely remembered for his disturbing portrayal of a young cadet in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant Vietnam drama "Full Metal Jacket." The actor brings a similar intensity to "The Salton Sea," and will undoubtedly leave another indelible impression on audiences with Pooh-Bear. D'Onofrio explains, "I felt there was a lot I could do with Pooh-Bear when I first read the script. He's a foil character who really helps move the story along. I always try to avoid making typical choices with a character, and villains are particularly fun and interesting for me because I try to humanize them and give them heart. I have a very short attention span, so I pick the most interesting and complex characters I can find to keep from getting bored."
D'Onofrio often transforms himself physically for his roles, and Pooh-Bear is no exception. "I gained 40 pounds for the part. This will be the last time I ever put on weight for a film because I'm getting older and it's becoming harder to take off," says D'Onofrio.
ABOUT THE CAST -
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO (Pooh-Bear) is truly an actor's actor, amassing an accomplished body of work that reflects a drive to seek out the evocative and inspiring. With no less than ten starring roles and an Emmy Award nomination in the last three years, the spotlight is shining bright on this compelling actor..........