David Bowie ‘on the top of his magnificence’ in ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’
“The Man Who Fell to Earth,” Showtime’s new sequence starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomi Harris, is based on the 1976 movie starring David Bowie and Candy Clark — which made a splash with its onscreen nudity and trippy tackle a humanoid who arrives on Earth in a bid to avoid wasting his planet from extinction.
“It’s form of about what’s occurring right this moment in its depiction of a planet that’s dying from a drought,” Clark, 74, advised The Submit about director Nicolas Roeg’s movie, which was based mostly on Walter Nevis’ 1963 sci-fi novel. “It’s undoubtedly the spotlight of my appearing profession.”
“The Man Who Fell to Earth” started taking pictures in New Mexico in July 1975. Clark was coming off her Oscar-nominated function (as Debbie Dunham) in “American Graffiti”; Bowie, 28, was an iconic rock star (“House Oddity,” and Ziggy Stardust) and starring in his first big-screen function — a la Mick Jagger within the 1970 film “Efficiency,” additionally directed by Roeg.
Bowie performed Thomas Newton, who lands on Earth with a plan to earn sufficient cash together with his sensible patents to return to his planet and save his spouse and kids from sure demise. He encounters waitress Mary-Lou (Clark), who’s unaware of his origins (he says he’s from England; Bowie makes use of his actual British accent) or how he seems underneath his human exterior. They fall in love at first unravels over the following many years (it’s sophisticated). Rip Torn, Buck Henry and Bernie Casey co-star.
(Clark additionally performs Newton’s spouse within the ethereal, silent scenes depicting his parched dwelling planet.)
“I used to be aware of his music however hadn’t ever seen him in live performance and I’m glad I by no means did as a result of I’d have been too awestruck throughout our scenes,” Clark stated of Bowie. “He was mainly simply one other actor in entrance of me, however after we shot the movie and it was popping out I noticed him [in concert] as [his stage persona] The Thin White Duke and I become a kind of gaga followers. I didn’t know the way to discuss to him anymore.”
Roeg used an all-British crew to shoot the film — “which was very uncommon,” Clark stated — and she or he and Bowie spent two months collectively throughout filming. “What I actually preferred and located actually difficult was the time span within the movie and all of the make-up and home equipment we needed to put on,” she stated. “The one one who by no means obtained outdated was David … he stayed endlessly younger and it was very nice as a result of I’m a fan … simply to see him on the top of his magnificence, unchanged with no home equipment besides when he was [his extraterrestrial self].”
She stated that Bowie didn’t appear flustered regardless of “The Man Who Fell to Earth” being his first headlining film function.
“If he was ever nervous he didn’t categorical that,” Clark stated. “He was very keen to run strains and we had 1,000,000 strains. He was very keen to rehearse and I attribute that to his coaching and touring and doing the identical songs time and again so it was no large deal for him to run the dialogue. We’d be engaged on [rehearsing] one scene whereas taking pictures one other scene, and again then it took a very long time to arrange the lights so we had quite a lot of downtime. So we’d be sitting on the ground operating the following scene over and over and he was actually good about doing that, which was an enormous assist for me.”
Whereas Bowie stated later that he was “completely insecure with about 10 grams [of cocaine] a day in me” through the shoot, Clark disputes that notion.
“He was simply enjoying together with his fable,” she stated. “He promised Nick Roeg that he wouldn’t do any medication. There was by no means a noticeable ‘I gotta go to the lavatory’ or hiding behind the furnishings kind of factor — nothing. And he was very centered.”
Clark and Bowie needed to be in shut bodily contact, because of the nature of the storyline. “It was the ’70s and that was leading edge,” she stated of their nude scenes. “Now, it’s a dime a dozen. I used to be by no means ‘within the second’ doing these scenes and David wasn’t, both. It was very awkward. These [scenes] are by no means simple to do. Despite the fact that they ‘shut the set’ you’ve nonetheless obtained the cinematographer and the director there and some different folks however that’s a number of too many — it’s like ‘eeww.’ You attempt being bare whereas they movie you. Some persons are exhibitionists however I’m not one among them. I very a lot cared, nevertheless it was the ’70s and that was form of obligatory on the time should you wished an appearing job.”
Clark stated she and Bowie as soon as bumped into one another on the streets of New York years later and “had espresso collectively,” however there’s one memorable interplay she remembers in vivid element.
“After we shot the movie it was Christmas and I used to be dwelling in my little condo on Vista Road [in LA] … and there was a knock on the door,” she stated. “I don’t understand how he discovered my tackle nevertheless it was David Bowie, and there, behind him, was the [blue] limousine from the film [in which Thomas Newtown was driven around].
“He gave me this little rhinestone pin for Christmas and he didn’t stick round; he form of stayed on the door after which left.
“It was like, ‘Wow!’”
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