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SF, Film, and TV
Sunday 1 April 2001

New Directions for Bob Dylan

Confirming the rumors sparked by his Academy Awards performance this past week, Bob Dylan says that yes, he is trying to look like Vincent Price, pencil-thin mustache and all.

Having modeled himself, at various points in his long career, after Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Blind Willie McTell, and Jesus, the legendary singer-songwriter says his new role model is indeed the star of The Abominable Dr. Phibes, which Dylan recently caught on American Movie Classics. It got him to thinking.

"Sure, he's a horror icon, not a singer, but what is horror but a response to the world, and the best response nowadays, really," Dylan told The Associated Press.

Tim Burton will direct the video of "The Masque of the Red Death of Hattie Carroll," the first track on Dylan's upcoming CD, Theatre of Blood on the Tracks.

Asked about Dylan's latest change of image, his longtime collaborator, producer Daniel Lanois, shrugged and said, "Whatever." Other industry figures were more sympathetic. "Why not? It worked for me," said Alice Cooper, as he awaited his tee time at a Phoenix-area country club. And Roger Corman reportedly wants the newly natty and sinister Dylan to star in a remake of The Pit and the Pendulum, with Kirsten Dunst as the heroine and Eminem as the guy strapped to the table.

— reported by Andy Duncan

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