Awesome doc ahead: 'Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction'

05:00 AM, Sep 12, 2013

'Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction' opens in New York and Los Angeles this week. Adopt Films/


Written By by Whitney Matheson , USA TODAY

When I first heard about the new Harry Dean Stanton documentary, I wanted to kick myself. If I could ever dare to dream of making a movie one day, Harry Dean would be my ideal chosen subject.

It sounds like director Sophie Huber has done a fine job, though, and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is an overdue examination of the 87-year-old’s acting career that includes interviews with his colleagues and, of course, Harry Dean himself.

David Lynch, Debbie Harry, Sam Shepard, Wim Wenders and Kris Kristofferson are among those who share their memories and fondness of Stanton. In the trailer, you’ll see a snippet from a conversation between Lynch and Harry Dean, in which the filmmaker asks, “How would you describe yourself?”

There’s nothing,” Stanton says. “There is no self.”

Lynch: “How would you like to be remembered?”

Stanton: “Doesn’t matter.”

Stanton has appeared in more than 250 movies and several TV series since the 1950s, including Wenders’ classic Paris, Texas, Alien, Pretty in Pink, Big Love, Lynch’s Wild at Heart and Repo Man. (He even popped up in last year’s The Avengers!) Over the years, whenever someone has asked who I’d like to play me in a film version of my life, I say Stanton — although I’ll never be anywhere near as cool as he is.

A preview:

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction premiered in New York Wednesday night and opens Friday in Los Angeles.