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Many thanks to my Dutch penfriend, René van Dam |
for the magazine with this article.
Derek de Lint is happy with a little in Canada
It seems, Derek de Lint now is seized with heaviness.
After the canceling of 'Poltergeist' he wanted immediate to begin to work again.
But when Julio Iglesias received a role, which Derek very much wanted (for an actor
that is like you are replaced by Donald Duck), he thought:
'Why you make a fuss, you have all that you want. Money
in the bank, a fine career, fantastic children, a dear wife. Love what you have.'
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We have met with Derek de Lint (49) about 10 o'clock in
solemn hall of Amstelhotel.
He has the short cut hair, which is a distinguished gray, he wears a casual learn
jacket over the coat of the dark grey suit, the Nehru collar of his very dark shirt is
Derek the Lint is still the well dressed actor from the Netherlands, with the difference
that he is not more quite from The Netherlands, but at present he lives with his family
When young he first
wanted to become a cabaret artist, but "I was not able really to write very witty
texts." He tried the scene and made his debut in 'Thuis' of Hugo Claus. The severe
critic Jan Spierdijk writes: 'De Lint is
"a pispaal" ("laughing matter", somebody who is always the victim of jokes
- note of René van Dam), there was nothing I could do about that.' De Lint laughs
now about it , cheerfully and openly. "I read again those sentences sometimes in the
hope that I might find something positive there, above all is in that
'there was nothing he could do about that'".
Maybe the shooting of 'Kort Amerikaans' was still a sin of youth, but after that, the
most significant film was, of course, the movie 'Soldaat van Oranje', with his
unforgettable tango with Rutger Hauer. This movie gave an opportunity to three
people to begin to work in foreign countries. Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbe and the
lovely boy, Derek de Lint.
Other movies such as 'The unbearable lightness of being', 'Mascara' with Charlotte
Rampling, 'De aanslag', 'Rituelen' with Thom Hoffman become the important visiting
cards of De Lint.
The Dutch- American SBS6 channel has for a long time aired a strange TV series
"Poltergeist: the Legacy". But the viewers, who watch it, should pay attention, that
the lead role here stars Derek de Lint.
Derek de Lint looks meanwhile magnificent at the steel-blue comfortable sofa in the
lounge of the Amstel. How do he it? He sits under a giant bouquet of lily and the
roses, his learn jacket is carelessly discarded in the corner of the sofa, the light
brown eyes radiate confidentiality.
Without that series the question of moving to Canada would not have arisen. Four
year of the work in TV series (Poltergeist was filmed in Canada), so it would have
been very sad without the wife and children. "I first moved into a vacant small flat,
with a splendid with view over English Bay in Vancouver. That is something terrific,
to go on a empty house. The first thing I purchased was a chair. An Eames chair,
from 50 years ago. Mister Chair was not an original made under license, likewise a
magnificence document. *
That chair and a computer really was the beginning of my
new life. In the first half-year I was a complete Internet junky. You need something to
pass the nights when you are alone. When it was found out, that the shootings of
this TV show were going to continue and I'm going to be in Canada for some time,
then we decided to move all the family here."
"A man, what is a happiness. The new life began so, there was nobody, who could
help. There was no trauma's, no tedious things, nothing, only an idea to move. As if all of us
naked have got on an island and to put all in proper trim. We began a new
adventure. And it is succeeded. The children (he has three sons - note of editor.) are still at
school or they are through with school yet.
Terrific, they now correct my English. Now it is nice that my oldest son lives in The
Netherlands again, in our old house and I can visit him. Well, it's not all, we have
here, of course, our own "pied-a-terre" (a nice play to get together in a romantic way
- note of René van Dam).
Yesterday I went to look at the small place,
where it was earlier. It was only a partial of a pleasure. My lower school in the Hague
was demolished. Replaced by untilled land."
"How does Amsterdam lives now? What do all the people come from? Have I
imagined it that in the Netherlands over the last years buyers from everywhere
have moved in and taken all the space? What you animate to stand from the
Wetehngplantsoen in the file toward the Beehive? All magnificent new auto but all
stand quiet and everybody looks moody. All wether-heads with a credit card.
Early Sunday morning it is still my Amsterdam - shine, silent, eternal beautiful, but
within eleven hour it all begin again. Hordes of shoppers rush into the city. You
cannot more turn around. Really, those Sunday's opening, They should all the same
think. Heh, I'm sorry, I begin to sound a bit as "CDA-er" (too conservative for his own believes)
**. No, this is dreams of past,
that will not come back."
"Theoretical I know it always.
When it happened, I suffered for a few months. After 'Poltergeist' I wanted
immediate as a crazy to begin to work again and to do as many screen-tests in Los
Angeles as possible. But I did't get the roles, that I want and I get those roles, that I
do not want. It angers me a little. But when Julio Iglesias received a role which I really
wanted (for an actor that is like you are replaced by Donald Duck), I realised that:
'Why you make a fuss, you have all that you want. Money
in the bank, a fine career, fantastic children, a dear wife. Love what you have.'
One day I go to the hairdresser and then took the plane to The Netherlands. I
wanted to enjoy, after to ponder a few and then to enjoy it even more."
"The top of the enjoyment for me is the sushi-bar in Vancouver. Because finally I
have lived for a longer time on one place and at last I have a stamcafé, a little sushi-
bar. There they know exactly what I want. A glass of sake and uni, that is sea-
hedgehog. You do not know, what you taste.
Nothing can equal this. In the Netherlands I have never seen the menu. The purity of
that taste is beyond compare. Well, yes, oyster, perhaps, of the Zeeuwse…"
"But now I am here, in Amsterdam,
I think again. Sushi is nothing, we have the best
raw fish for world. Herring, each day a herring with a bit sour. You miss that
in the foreign country. And peanut butter. You can buy peanutbutter, but not of
the brand that I like most, but I will
not mention the name (Derek de Lint almost became the face of Calvé, but
that project failed - note of editor), because I don't want to help them in
"Poltergeist is about a group
that investigates those difficult – explicable things, like
apparitions from spirits and demons. At the moment it is very much in vogue on the
television. X-files, Charmed, Angel, Buffie the Vampireslayer, all TV series are
about a supernatural. You should
be in the vogue everyday. We see still Bonanza and Rawhide. Clint Eastwood, oh,
it's fantastic. But most of all I would love to play in western. It's terrific to consider
now I could play in that." With a heavy instigated Dutch accent: "'Hai, I am cowboy
Henkie from Holland and I can shoot well. Piewww Pieww!" He attracts the looks in
the solemn Amstel.
"Of course, everyone asks anything supernatural happened on shootings of
Poltergeist. No, unfortunately, like in every production there is almost-misfortune,
where you think after the end: how have we now again survive in that?"
"But I do believe in a supernatural, or
the inspiration." How all occurs actually, we
do not know. It would not like to repeat, but young Derek was predicted
precisely the ending of his career. "You do not think usual more about such
prophecy, until suddenly one day you see that all comes true. You are afraid of such
moments." "I am not a believer. At least I do not belong to any type of religious
organization. But I do sometimes feel the existence of divinity. Above all when I hear
music. Then I feel myself intensely connected with the Universe. My tastes whilst
young are still my tastes now. Dylan, Van Morrison and Neil Young. At the time
Dylan says 'in God', I have all kinds of stories considered to defend him from my
cynical friends. But what are you to do with it in the end, it remains magnificent
It is terrific to be almost fifty years old. I can
see things better than before. At last you understand
that you are the one who makes your own restrictions.
Of course, youth is magnificnet with all of that
energy. Last time I sit quiet in a cafe to drink. A team of young people
comes in here. 'He, pa, what you do here,' my son is
here. Because I can enjoy so, or I sit to talk now twaddle well? No, it is usual so:
older become make mild."
"Have you seen my website? It's museum
of De Lint. I could not believe what I saw.
Without being asked, someone had claimed my name and there was everything that
could be found about me on the web place. When first I saw it, I was offended. So
directly to ask my lawyer whether I should something about it. The lawyers began to
talk at once about lawsuits. 'They are making money from your efforts.' Fortunately, I
kept my head and I have delayed to search for it. It has appeared one Helen Belova,
a women from a Moscow suburb. Who didn't earn a cent from it and although she
asks for a couple rubles for costs of postage for video tapes with a copy of
Poltergeist, what does that matter?
I have sent her just a pair of e-mails. In the beginning she was angry, she did not
think that it was really me but someone else. Now I have agreed that as I'll be in
Moscow one day, I'm going to drink with her a cup of coffee near the Red
Afterwards I was so overjoyed that
I did not agree to do what the lawyer wanted; I
myself would have ashamed eternally of it. It's crazy, what she has received all of it.
There is even a photo of rehearsal of 'Thuis' from August 1975, how do she manage
it? This interview would probably end up with a place there too. It is even dearer,
because she should have translated it on the English, but there are it."
"In Vancouver someone has opened a restaurant.
A fan of Robert de Niro, my big
idol as well. They have named this thing as DeNiro's. As usual lawyers have
attached it and the name and said is should not have been done. I myself do not
know if he knew anything about it. I am glad, that I am not such institution, in which
the lawyers are ordered."
"A harpy of the first American castingbureau
where I entered as a young man of twenty years,
hissed: 'Get a greencard, get rid of your accent and fix your teeth.' I am
happy that I have not done all of it. I can not belive, that I hear, that I got this TV series.
First you are allowed to make the pilot, the first extra long episode, that is quite step.
Then it was decided to make about seven episodes. It is at that moment that it
became serious. I was flown by first class and left the plane to join a gathering where
all of those financiers sit. Then you was confronted by a man of twenty five years,
who look at you with a glance to decide 'do we run the venture with our millions?'
I have even done the direction of an episode. That was a rich-important lesson.
Direction is a magnificent job and I would with the greatest pleasure do it again, but I
would prefer to have more of a grip on the work, have a share in the script and more
artistic freedom. And it's whole difficult for TV, almost impossible.
Everything is completely set and then you'll have to be glad with second
picks, because that will definately be the case if you are shooting scenes
on the final day with the producers looking on you constantly. On a day like
that there is no time for a second take."
"I want again to think of producing that
is one of the reasons also why I am. Just idea
scare up. It would be completely wonderful again to stand at the scene. In
Vancouver I have assured, that it was the most perfect time of my life. There was a
free production in the Netherlands. Together with all set off in the bus to
Doetinchem. Cosy together dinner, after the end of the show a drink still, and we
laughed. Of course, thus does not happen in reality. The bus was late, everybody is
peevish, we eat a quick unpleasant meal because the restaurant was still not open
and after the end sleep in the bus, happily, you forget a such things quickly."
And so, Derek de Lint again has returned to a food. I have spared you of it, but about
those sushi's he begins to say again three time, and I should hold my tongue.
"Mister de Lint, what you think about it, oysters by Jan Hendriks in the Old
Doelenstraat?" We leave get on the road like a speeding arrow.
We are almost running through the city and Derek starts talking about his
Solex, his old Deux Chevaux (original name for that French car), and his old
Jaguar, which he can not get rid of, because it smells so good.
In the back, by Hendriks, sounds that are almost orgasmic 'Achhhh, now that is well.'
The folder 'Derek de Lint' hangs from my bag. He wants to look at it for a moment.
And he sticks on a clipping from an interview of 1979 with Henk van der Meyden. We
see on the photo a young Derek de Lint, perfect like always, with long dark curls,
lean jacket, lean neck-tie and beside him his Dorith. "Heh, Dorithtje, look
at this, Dorithtje, when we have travelled a long way, heh," he say looking at the photo,
he is saying that in a way that causes tears in my eyes.
DE TELEGRAAF, number 18, 29-30 April 2000
Translation by Helen Belova
This chair was made not by the most original
company, and other company, which has bought the rights from
first company to make such things. Back
Note of Rene van Dam:
CDA is one of the 4 major political parties in the Netherlands.
CDA stands for christian values and if he mentions it like in this sentence it is
meant that he is sounding a bit too conservative for his own believes. So he
knows that what he is saying is not really what he wants to say, kind of
an apology. Back
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