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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.

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Stephen Dorff | Comeback Kid

Stephen Dorff | Comeback Kid

Despite being seen by some as an action specialist, Dorff was the perfect casting choice for writer-director Sofia Coppola in Somewhere. “He has a real sweetness that is a contrast to his kind of macho image, but he’s actually a really sincere sweet guy, and I thought with a story with a kid it was important to have someone that had a lot of heart that would come through,” Somewhere’s writer-director Sofia Coppola told indieWIRE’s Anne Thompson. “I think directors all regard him as a really talented actor,” Coppola continues. “I remember there was that initial excitement …but I always thought he was a good actor.” Dorff’s move back to Hollywood prestige movies began with roles in Oliver Stone’s 2006 World Trade Center and Michael Mann’s 2009 Public Enemies, while ahead are also Tarsem Singh’s Immortals, and Black Water Transit for American History X  director Tony Kaye. “In the last few years, there's all these movies coming out and working with so many of these great directors,” Dorff told interviewer Greg Hernandez. “In the beginning, I did all these great movies then did a few I shouldn't have done. …If you stay true and work with great directors, that's all I can hope for. Right now, I feel the most solid and my work is the best it's ever been. I feel fortunate.”