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Hopper praised for film dedication

Published 30/04/2010 | 15:37

Dennis Hopper filmed The Last Film Festival before being diagnosed with cancer
Dennis Hopper filmed The Last Film Festival before being diagnosed with cancer

Dennis Hopper has been praised for working long days on his last movie before he was diagnosed with cancer.

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The 73-year-old acting legend was diagnosed with prostate cancer last October, but in early 2009 he filmed The Last Film Festival playing a Robert Evans-like producer.

Director Linda Yellin told The New York Post: "He was in great health and had enormous charisma when we were shooting - he eagerly worked long days, so this has all come as a nasty shock."

The film also stars 30 Rock star Katrina Bowden, LeeLee Sobieski and Chris Kattan.

Linda revealed the film was shot at a high school in Queens and none of the cast were given trailers, adding: "Instead, everyone, including Dennis, got a classroom. He never once complained. He is a brilliant, brilliant man. The younger cast members absolutely worshipped him."

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