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Carradine Producer Finds Irony in Promotion Outcome

David Carradine

David Carradine

David Carradine died just weeks before he was set to start promoting the DVD release of his film “Break,” and while he obviously wasn’t able to fulfill his commitment, he has already done more for the movie in his death than he could have ever done alive.

“I almost didn’t believe it when I heard he had passed and then I turned on the news and saw,” recalls the film’s director Marc Clebanoff.  “After I started going over in my mind what the repercussions were going to be, one of the thoughts that occurred to me was that I had just spoken to him several weeks prior about him doing some PR and he was very agreeable to the idea.  He had participated in a Q&A and he had said very specifically that he really liked the film,” adds Clebanoff.  “I hate to admit it, but one of my first thoughts was, ‘Oh, no, we’re going to lose all of that promotion that he was going to do.’  Ironically, it didn’t occur to me until later that we ended up getting more press, in kind of a bittersweet way, in that first day than we would have gotten in a year of him promoting.”

While there are still many questions surrounding Carradine’s death, Clebanoff says he will always remember him for being a great actor.  “I think his career and his status as an icon is going to be remembered as much as his demise.  Obviously the circumstances surrounding his death are very questionable and mysterious so that’s going to be talked about for years to come I’m sure, but I don’t know that it will overshadow what the man accomplished in his career,” he notes.

Clebanoff’s film, which also stars Frank Krueger, Michael Madsen, and Chad Everett, hits DVD on July 14.  “With this being one of David’s last films, I’m glad it seemed to be something he was pleased with.”

David Carradine Envisioned a Far Different End

Carradine in Robert Halmi's 'Son of Dragon'

Carradine in Robert Halmi's 'Son of Dragon'

David Carradine’s “Break” movie with his “Kill Bill” colleague Michael Madsen is due for DVD release next month and the producer had been talking to Carradine about his possible availability for promotional interviews on that.   The question was how much he’d be able to do while shooting the feature he’s been making.  We hear his “Break” colleagues are just stunned, and are in “wait and see” mode,  not trusting the reports out of Thailand.  

Carradine family members and colleagues, notably director Adam Rifkin, don’t believe he killed himself.   We see that fans also are doubting that Carradine would have taken his own life.  Just last year, he told Beck/Smith reporter Emily-Fortune Feimster that he imagined he’d probably go out in the middle of filming a sword-fighting scene or something like that but not until his 80s at least.    He took a lot of pride in being a survivor in the chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out world of Hollywood.   He talked about that with Marilyn Beck and with me more than once,  in conversations that seemed full of enthusiasm, peppered with comments like “It’s very cool” and “I’m very proud of that.”    Of course, he was an actor.  But this scenario — Carradine Hangs Himself — just doesn’t seem to fit.   It is just awful, beyond sad. 

On a personal note, I always found it amusing how fond he was of  Marilyn even though she regularly gave him hell in print back in his “Kung Fu”  days  for his hippie dippie druggy behavior.   (There’s a lesson in that for all you little leaguers: he probably didn’t even remember the people who kissed his rear back then,  but had a big respect for Mar’, who would not do that.)

Stacy Jenel Smith