Joe Dallesandro

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Trash (1970)

A teenager pushes past crowds at the record store, screaming for a chance to get a copy of The Rolling Stone's "Sticky Fingers."  As they exit the store clutching the 10 by 12 cardboard slip, all they can do is stare at the denim crotch bulge staring back at them in black and white.  The famous Andy Warhol image: the crotch of Joe Dallesandro.  

Dallesandro’s father dragged him and his brother to New York after their mother was incarcerated in Florida when Joe was only five.  He and his brother wound up in Foster care not long after, and as a teenage Joe found himself selling his body to get by.  When he first auditioned for Warhol and Morrissey in 1967, they hired him on the spot.  He did several films with the duo including Trash, Lonesome Cowboys, and Flesh. He was Morrissey’s preferred leading man.  Film critic Victor Canby said "His physique is so magnificently shaped that men as well as women become disconnected at the sight of him."  Joe spent many years partying with the crew at the Factory, helping inspire Lou Reed’s "Walk on the Wild Side."  Reed didn’t care much for Dallesandro, calling him an idiot with no future film career.  But Joe’s preference was the Warhol films, and anytime anyone questioned what he was doing with his career he responded with "I'll just do another Warhol film."  In 1974, when Joe did Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein and Dracula films, he opted to stay in Europe, where the features had been filmed.  Though he made films only in France and Italy for the remainder of the decade, he still hit it big after his return.  Working with names such as Francis Copolla, Drew Barrymore, and Johnny Depp, Dallesandro continues to make an impact on the silver screen.



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