Crispin Glover coming to Lexington’s Harry Dean Stanton Fest

Lucy Jones of the Lexington Film League says folks attending the Harry Dean Stanton Festival the past couple years have consistently asked for some of Stanton’s work with director David Lynch.

Crispin Glover

Crispin Glover. © 2012 AP photo.

In May, they will get their wish, and a bonus: Actor Crispin Glover will be the celebrity guest for a screening of Lynch’s Wild at Heart on May 30 at the Kentucky Theatre.

Wild at Heart is a 1990 crime drama about a couple, Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern), who attempt to run from North Carolina to California with Lula’s mother’s (Diane Ladd) goons on their trail. One of those goons is a detective and the mother’s on-off boyfriend played by Stanton. Glover played Lula’s cousin, who puts cockroaches in his underwear — hey, it’s a Lynch film.  The story contains strong allusions to The Wizard of Oz and Elvis movies — again, it’s a Lynch film.

Glover, 48, is best known for his portrayal of eccentric characters such as George McFly in Back to the Future (1985) and Andy Warhol in The Doors (1991).

Stanton, 86, is a native of West Irvine, graduate of Lafayette High School, and he attended the University of Kentucky. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he pursued acting and has had a long career primarily playing character roles. In its first two years, the Harry Dean Stanton Fest, presented by the Lexington Film League, has screened classic Stanton fare including Paris, Texas (1984), Repo Man (1984) and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973).

Earlier this year, the festival announced it will include a screening of the original Red Dawn (1984)  on May 31 at the Fountain Films on Friday series at Triangle Park.

Jones says complete festival information will be announced later this week.

This news comes on the heels of Monday’s announcement that Lexington native and Oscar nominated actor Michael Shannon will be in town April 26 for the opening of Mudin which he co-stars with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepherd, who has a home in Midway. The event, which includes a pre-show reception and Q&A with Shannon after the movie, is a fundraiser for Friends of the Kentucky, which is working for technological and cosmetic upgrades to the theater.

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