Thursday 28 July 2016
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HOLLYWOOD – Ron Perlman has confirmed he will play Tom Waits in the long awaited David Lynch biopic of the singer/songwriter Raindog Trombone.

The Hellboy actor said that Waits has long been a hero of his and the opportunity to work with Lynch was ‘something every actor dreams of.’

The script – based on Barney Hoskins’ biography The Low Side of the Road – has been kicking around development hell for sometime, with various directors from Walter Salles to Martin Scorsese attached. Lynch came on-board only after the subject of the biopic made the request himself in a beautifully written letter which read:

Dear David,

My name’s Tom Waits. I kinda hope you heard of me, heh heh. Yeah, ahem, I know, I know. You must get letters of this kind all the time, but let me be clear, I ain’t gonna grouse or grovel, gravel and chickens and an ol’ 45 as a plate outside the window fills with rain. They’re tryin’ to get a movie made, of crows breaking black against a low November sky. And I’d sure appreciate it, that is, if’n you’d put your hand to the helm and try and get this rickety ol’ ship of a project off of the blunt rocks before the scarecrows attack with their penknives and tattoos of weeping clowns. I’ll pay you five gallons of petrol and a valentine nailed to the forehead of the last lawyer you loved.

Yours in a nightmare’s gown,

T. Waits

David Lynch’s reply read:

Dear Tom,
Cut the bullshit and tell me how much I’m going to get paid.
Best Wishes

Raindog Trombones is due to start filming at three o’clock tomorrow morning.

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  1. Jodi Race

    I can’t think of a better, more fitting person to play Tom Waits in a movie as Ron Perlman!!! Waits has been my favorite since I discovered him in 1972!! “Gassed her up, behind the wheel, my arm around my sweet one in my Oldsmobile, barrellin down the BLVD lookin for the “HEART OF SATUDAY NIGHT” can’t WAIT till it comes out!!!!

  2. rob

    We got it half right

    If David Lynch ever makes a movie starring Tom Waits & Snoop Dogg, Kassy Key & the Raindoggs would be the soundtrack

  3. Herr Direktor

    Yeah … I dont think this Phantom Philm is going anywhere near those cold lonely crossroads. Too bad.

  4. Joe

    Ron Perlman is a year younger than Tom Waits, an artist whose career spans five decades. If you’re not going to get an actor in their thirties, why not just cast Waits in the lead role?

  5. Danny

    Barney’s book was unauthorized, but he set the record straight on some of Tom’s self-created mythologies. His interviews with Letterman are classic, someone should compile them…. Dave?

    Tom should be on Inside the Actor’s Studio, he’s gone toe to toe with a lot of great actors.

    As much as he was influenced by Dylan, I think the tables turned and Bob’s morphed into Tom.

  6. Charlie Angel

    I’ve read all these comments. My thoughts:
    1. Several actors, similar to the Bob Dylan movie about 10 years ago all portraying him. I never saw it, but the idea was brilliant. Ron Perlman can portray T.W. 2000- Present.
    2. A Bio about T.W. is less about capturing the image, and more importantly about the spirit that drives him to soar and explore.
    3. Tom’s a Christian at his center. Unlike many Christians, he doesn’t beat you over the head with his faith, but let’s you discover it through his songs.

    Good Luck with this undertaking. You’ve taken on quite a subject. I’m first in line at the boxoffice if you can pull it through.

    Charlie Angel

  7. rob frith

    I hope they have a scene in the movie of the time Tom came into my store ( Neptoon Records) and put all the Tom Waits records in the front of every row, with out the staff noticing, just before leaving the store.

  8. Barnham

    Why ooh Why isn’t Tom playing himself? The man is a friggin’ gun of an actor, don’t believe me, watch Dr Panesse … and he doesn’t even have to act, just be himself.


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