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Still from ROSARIO TIJERAS - click for bigger image


WHAT'S WITH THIS ACTING STUFF? AREN'T YOU A DIRECTOR?

I have indeed been a director. But what I really wanted to do was to act, as you can see from the picture above. Those ladies aren't really my girlfriends; I don't own a pair of white shoes.

WEREN'T YOU IN THAT PORNO MOVIE, FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN?

No, that wasn't me, unfortunately. I think another actor calling himself Alex Cox appeared in that one. Presumably it wasn't a SAG picture, or my homologue would have had to pick a different name.

SO WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU BEEN IN?

When I was a young person I acted in plays: Joe Orton, Oh What A Lovely War, Faust. I would love to have kept at it, but there was too much competition, and I really wasn't good enough. So I became a director.

I've acted in most of the films that I've directed.In 1977 I played the lead in a long student film shot in Bristol - NEARLY WIDE AWAKE. It was directed by Martin Turner and David Hutt, and based on Knut Hamsen's book HUNGER. My character was Huxner, a tortured-artist-living-on-society's-margins-type. I was in four American features, Rose-Marie Turko's SCARRED, Dennis Hopper's BACKTRACK (in which I played the ghost of D.H. Lawrence and was made to shout, "These are the penitentes. They believe that to know Christ, you must suffer the pain of Christ!"), Adam Dubov's DEAD BEAT, and Peter McCarthy's FLOUNDERING.

THAT'S IT?

That's it for the English-language cinema. Most of my acting credits are in Mexican films. I was Jim Gandolfini's Mormon assistant in PERDITA DURANGO; I played Blanca Guerra's lover in Arturo Ripstein's LA REINA DE LA NOCHE, a crooked Mexico city policeman in Fernando Sariñana's TODO EL PODER, a drug lord in Emilio Maille's ROSARIO TIJERAS, and a gringo carpetbagger in LA LEY DE HERODES, directed by Luis Estrada, Mexico's foremost 35mm auteur.

I have a small part in the semi-sequel, UN MUNDO MARAVILLOSO (formerly DIOS NO EXISTE!), and play a mad scientist, Kalman, in Alex de la Iglesia's OXFORD MURDERS. I also play a rather sinister Colonel Parker type in a CU film by Merritt Crocker (which brings my acting career full circle as I was a similar, less sinister Colonel Sanders type in an AFI film made by Bob Hicks, a Native American director, back in 1980. Neither Hicks nor his film RETURN OF THE COUNTRY appear on IMDB, which equally unreliably has me acting in a Japanese film which I have never heard of, back in 1995!)

ARE YOU A GOOD ACTOR?

I don't know. I just learn my lines and try not to look at the camera. All one need know about acting is in a book by Michael Green, entitled The Art of Coarse Acting. Some people think this was meant as a funny book about amateur dramatics, but actually it is a very good manual for the film actor, especially.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION, AS AN ACTOR?

As an actor, I am without ego or ambition, an empty vessel waiting to be filled with the screenwriter's genius, the director's wisdom, and the producer's money, preferably soon.

 

 

IMDb Acting Credits
ALEX COX


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As Donovan in
ROSARIO TIJERAS

 

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As Henchperson in
STRAIGHT TO HELL


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As Frank in 3 BUSINESSMEN (with Miguel Sandoval as Benny)


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As Leo, in DOG OF DESTINY