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People in Film | Stephen Dorff
Posted November 01, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Stephen Dorff"
The lowdown on Stephen Dorff, who plays movie star Johnny Marco in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere.
Stephen Dorff | Breaking Through
Dorff became a breakthrough star in the early 1990s due to his roles in the South Africa-set coming of age film The Power of One (1992), opposite acting heavyweights Morgan Freeman and Sir John Gielgud, and Backbeat (1994), in which he played Stuart Sutcliffe, the “fifth Beatle.” Dorff’s compelling performances and striking good looks won him acclaim from critics and heartthrob status from audiences, however – as he told Owen Wilson for Interview magazine – he was almost too convincing in those roles. “First I was doing English–South African [in The Power of One],” says Dorff, “and then I used the same dialect coach to do Backbeat, which was a Liverpudlian accent. That one was hard. I remember I once had a meeting with Sydney Pollack and the playwright Tom Stoppard, and they thought I was English. I said, ‘I’m just from the Valley!’”