Happy Birthday: Matthew Modine

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Matthew Modine.jpgMatthew Modine

Born: March 22, 1959 in Loma Linda, California, USA

Married to: Caridad Rivera (31 October 1980 – present) (2 children)

(On filming Full Metal Jacket) It was hard. Stanley Kubrick was, in every sense of the word, an artist. He knew everything there was to know about film production, about cameras, editing, music. He was just extraordinary, his depth of knowledge. He’d clearly read books about acting, but I think he didn’t trust emotions. One of the movies he always wanted to make was a film about Napoleon. Emotions were the downfall for Napoleon, in that he was such a strategic, amazing general in the way that his mind functioned, but the frailty of human beings is emotions, and what do actors work with but emotions? Drudging up memories of happiness and sadness. That was the complicated thing about working with Kubrick, was to be a technical actor…

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