Perhaps the most interesting part of this profile is a description of Carey's movie The World's Greatest Sinner -- his directorial debut (and the only film he completed) which is described in the article:
This sounds great! He even got a then unknown Frank Zappa, who was just starting out, to score the movie! If you're curious to track down a copy of this movie, I found that Carey has his own website (run by his son who keeps his dad's memory alive), here: http://www.absolutefilms.net/videosale.html Now, I haven't ever ordered anything from this site. Has anyone on here? Is it legit/worth it? Just curious.Its narrative centers on Clarence Hilliard, a man who is tired of his humdrum life. He's an insurance salesman with a beautiful family, a Mexican gardener, and a horse. One night, he stumbles across a rock 'n' roll show happening near his home. He becomes so moved by the music and dancing that his mojo gets a goin' like it ain't anybody's business.
Hilliard heads home and turns over a new leaf. He decides that he's God, changes his name to God Hilliard and starts a rock 'n' roll band. He travels the country decked out in a gold lamÃ© suit with "God" embroidered on the sleeves, working crowds into a frenzy! The rock 'n' roll performances that Carey unleashes in SINNER reek of punk rock and No Wave madness, and this was in 1956!
At any rate, the time Carey spent/worked with John Cassavetes is the most touching part of the Cashiers profile, including a hilarious anecdote about the filming of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Apparently, Cassavetes looked out for Carey when he had troubles:
If the Cashiers article isn't enough for ya, there is an excellent (and typically surreal) interview with Carey at Film Comment's site: http://www.filmlinc.com/fcm/1-2-2004/carey.htmOne great example of Cassavetes's overwhelming care and affection for Carey was in the early 80s when Cassavetes ran across Carey outside of the Paramount lot. Carey was looking for work. They got in a conversation about old times and when Carey smiled, Cassavetes noticed the cap that had fallen off of one of Carey's front teeth. He drove Carey to the dentist and paid the bill. At Cassavetes' funeral in 1989, Carey delivered an astounding, poetic, and beautiful eulogy for the man who had done so much for him. "His grace, humility, artistry, against all odds. His light will never be extinguished. Cassavetes: always perpendicular to humanity, antidote against apathy in my life as a thespian. To me, he will always be a theanthropist. Hail Cassavetes."
Anybody else a fan of Carey's work?