"I`m on a Lost Highway myself"
Everyone knows his face, but few know his name. Robert
Loggia is the typical supporting actor, impressive despite few appearances. Born
in 1930, Robert Loggia studied journalism and took lessons in acting. His first
role was in Robert Wise`s "Die Hölle ist in
mir" (1956) ['Hell inside"?]. But it wasn`t until the early eighties that he
became popular playing Richard Gere`s father in
"An officer and a gentleman" (1983),
for which he received an academy nomination. Roles in 'Pink Panther' (1982),
The Knife (1985), The Ritual
(1987) and Big (1988) were to follow. Recently, he starred in "Ludmilla`s sense of
snow" as Julia Ormond`s old father and in 'Independence Day' as a general
beside "US-president" Bill Pullman.
Once more, the latter reappear in the same movie. In David Lynchs LOST HIGHWAY the star is cast as the violent gangsterboss Mr. Eddy.
Moviestar met Robert Loggia in Berlin.
Moviestar: Your ancestors are from Sicily...
MS: Is that the reason why you`re often cast as a mafia boss?
RL: Possibly, but I don`t have any contact to the
mafia business. Even though it is part of the American business life. But it´s
true: I`ve been offered these kinds of role ever since the beginning of my
career. No matter what you look like or what education you have, you`re always
typecast. That`s just how it goes: Everone typecasts everyone.
MS: Does it make a difference to play in a mystery-thriller like Lost Highway in
comparison to a science fiction film like Independence Day?
RL: It`s like chalk and cheese. Roland Emmerich did
a brilliant special-effects movie, but Lost Highway is a completely
different matter. After reading the script, I couldn`t await to play the 'over-the-top'
Eddy. That`s a kind of role you`re only offered once in a couple of years.
MS: You`re said to having fought for this role ...
RL: Well, when David Lynch did Blue Velvet (1985), I
wanted the role that Dennis Hopper eventually got. And I were to play a minor
part instead. But I had to wait for three hours on a hot day. I beca,e furious
like an old dog. When he [David Lynch] finally appeared, I almost attacked him.
That`s a long time ago, and I didn`t expect to meet David again. When we were
shooting Indepence Day, Pullman introduced us once more. He thought the role of Mr. Eddy
would suit me. Finally David Lynch invited me [for an audition]. Who knows,
maybe I was cast because of my outburst then.
MS: Do you get furiuos easily?
RL: Possibly! It`s not that I provoke these situations, but I just can`t stand being embarrassed. I treat everone with respect and that`s how I expect to be treated. Nevertheless, I tend to get offensive easily. I remember an incidence from my days at High School. I was only 14 years old, and there was a new sports instructor, who yelled at us like a soldier. I couldn`t help a smile, so he came over to me, grabbed me by my t-shirt and shouted why I was laughing. I got so angry that I started to defend myself and finally beat him up. It`s a furiuos temper, that Mr. Eddy is driven by as well.