He explores his thoughts more with instinct than intellect; often his movements convey his meaning more effectively than his words. The qualities of maturing self-possession and ingenuousness are gracefully commingled. But he takes a keen interest in his career and the movie business and has learned a great deal about it. He’s living in the past remember what his brother was, but his brother couldn’t care less. DILLON: In Tulsa, but it doesn’t really take place there. DILLON: Sometimes I watch the whole film, but sometimes I just see pieces of it. MOYNIHAN: What kind of obstacles do you come up against when you’re working on a role? DILLON: Basically, I’ve really got to admit that of all the ones I’ve made so far, at different times I didn’t like ’em, at other times I’ve liked ’em, but I would say overall that now I like each one of them. You can do anything with the clothing, with wardrobe. When you’re playing the straight guy it’s hard to be loose, because you have your audience rooting for you the whole time. He knows other actors, can and does discuss their work; he’s up to date on the details of the distribution and marketing of his pictures too. MOYNIHAN: Do you have a good relationship with Coppola? DILLON: No, he’s not tough, he’s patient, but at the same time he likes to move. He gives you a lot of room to experiment, and he gives you time. DILLON: I’d rather not explain it because if I did I’d probably mess it up. I’ll go to a screening and walk out and see the rest of it later. DILLON: When you’re doing a film you have all these long pauses in between shots and takes, so you have to keep the energy going—stay in character, stay in the scene. MOYNIHAN: Why are you so good at playing tough, angry characters? On his taut physique clothing falls in loose disorder. He is blessed with dramatic Gaelic coloring: glossy black hair, luminous skin with flushed cheeks and enormous liquid eyes. MOYNIHAN: Would you like some orange juice or spring water? His attention is elusive but, once captured, focuses with great intensity. That doesn’t mean, however, that Dillon isn’t working or has lost his fan base; with five films due out this year, clearly the actor is doing something right.
His star has continued to soar, not only because of his staggering good looks, but because he’s proved that he is an actor who takes his work very seriously. I was trying to figure out where the rest of the part was. That film was called MOYNIHAN: When you were called back did it occur to you that you might want to be a serious actor? I was going to be cool about it, but I wasn’t going to let it slip by.
Yet, this emerging self-awareness hasn’t depleted any of his youthful appeal. WARHOL: Well, in your contract you should say, “No more junk food.”DILLON: The film I worked on with Francis (Coppola), , was incredible. It’s not one continuous flow like in a play or something. DILLON: Those are the kinds of roles you can really sink your teeth into. When you’re playing someone who’s sort of seedy, there’s less limitation, there’s so much space you can travel. MOYNIHAN: Why is it harder to play the straight man? MOYNIHAN: I think it’s easier to create someone crazy.
The magnetism he radiates is very powerful: it is something tangible. You do a piece here, there, stop, take a long pause and do another piece.
The Outsiders star, 53, and his brunette flame, looked to be having a whale of a time in the Italian capital.
Dressed in casual jeans and a white t-shirt, Matt looked much younger than his years, as he engaged in the typical sightseeing activities with his lady love.
Throughout the conversation he chain-smoked, eyes darting around the room, interjecting bits of rock lyrics into his conversation. I was just basically checking out the breakdancers. DILLON: Yeah, it’s all kind of coming together, There’s this rap tune about Jean-Michel (Basquiat) that the Clash wrote the music for, and Mick Jones produced it.