David Carradine, who apparently accidentally hung himself in his Bangkok hotel room closet with a curtain rope, will not be finishing Stretch, the movie he was shooting. (Here’s the NYT obit, and Film in Focus.) Carradine was fabulous in the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and as Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory, which was shown recently at the American Cinematheque. Carradine made a memorable appearance, performed on guitar, and seemed a tad out of it, according to reports. A podcast is here.
Carradine was keeping very busy in recent years. I saw him in a key role in My Suicide, a terrific indie pic which debuted at SXSW and has yet to find a distributor. According to the IMDb, Carradine has appeared in a number of other current and upcoming projects:
Portland (2009) (pre-production) …. Jerry
Night of the Templar (2009) (post-production) …. Shopkeeper
Money to Burn (2009) (post-production)
Six Days in Paradise (2009) (post-production) …. Vernon Billings
Su Qi-Er (2009) (post-production)
… aka True Legend (International: English title)
The Rain Chronicles (2009) (post-production) …. Clive Jonis
Detention (2009) (post-production) …. Principle Hoskins
Autumn (2009) …. Philip
“Mental” (2009) TV series …. Gideon (unknown episodes)
Break (2009/I) …. The Bishop
Crank: High Voltage (2009) …. Poon Dong
… aka Crank 2 (USA: alternative title)
Bad Cop (2009) (V) …. Det. Humes
Absolute Evil (2009) …. Raf McCane
Road of No Return (2009) …. Mr. Hover
My Suicide (2008) …. Vargas
Carradine was set to co-star in Matthew Mishory’s indie feature, Portland, which was scheduled to film in Los Angeles and Portland this summer. The filmmakers, while saddened by his loss, will replace him, they said.
UPDATE: DVD Spin Doctor surveys six key Carradine DVDs.
originally posted at Variety.com