It’s hard for anybody to top Mickey Rourke’s interpretation of Charles Bukowski in Barfly, but a few actors are trying, and may even succeed.
For an eerie moment in this trailer, Matt Dillon is Bukowski. I like Matt Dillon, whose literary explorations have ranged from Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy to S. E. Hinton’s Outsiders. Factotum is a good Bukowski book about the young author’s attempts to hold down a day job. Imagine a depraved, typewriter-era Office Space — that may be what this film will deliver.
Also courtesy of the fine Syntax of Things site, here’s a notice of a live theatrical production in Long Beach, California, Love, Bukowski in which 10 different performers will portray Bukowski sitting on a toilet. Yes, for real. I had thought the bathtub was Bukowski’s famous “happy place”, but I guess that wouldn’t offer the opportunity for all those Rodin-esque “thinker” poses. I wish I could get out to ol’ Hank’s home-state to see this production.