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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 15 December 1954Liverpool, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

Alex Cox was born on December 15, 1954 in Liverpool, England. He is an actor and director, known for Repo Man (1984), Sid and Nancy (1986) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

Trade Mark (6)

Often casts Sy Richardson
Often casts Dick Rude
Often casts or uses music by Zander Schloss
Often casts Biff Yeager
Often casts Xander Berkeley
Often casts musicians from the soundtrack in the movie

Trivia (13)

Left Oxford's law school to study film at Bristol University and UCLA.
Went to law school with Tony Blair.
Said on the commentary of the Criterion Collection DVD that Walker (1987) is his best film.
Considers Lonely Are the Brave (1962) the greatest and most tragic western movie ever made.
Teaching production and screenwriting at the University of Colorado, Boulder. [July 2012]
He is an Atheist.
He was asked to direct The Running Man (1987), but the failure of Walker (1987) prevented this from happening.
In a March 2007 blog post, Cox referred to Vice President Dick Cheney as "secret architect of the 9-11 atrocities." In the same article, Cox called the September 11 attacks "Plan Pearl Harbor," referring to the false flag conspiracy theory surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Turned down offers to direct ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and RoboCop (1987) in favour of Walker (1987).
He was originally set to direct Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) but was replaced by Terry Gilliam due to creative differences with Hunter S. Thompson.
Cox is a fan of the Japanese Godzilla films and appeared in a 1998 BBC documentary highlighting the series. He also narrated the documentary Bringing Godzilla Down to Size: The Art of Japanese Special Effects (2008) and wrote the Godzilla in Time comics for Dark Horse. He tried to direct an American Godzilla film at one point, but unsuccessfully submitted his outline to TriStar Pictures.
An avid western fan, he wrote a book on the history of the genre called 10,000 Ways to Die.
Cox has cited Luis Buñuel, Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Sam Peckinpah and John Ford as influences.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on Steven Spielberg] Spielberg isn't a filmmaker; he's a confectioner.
I was the person who brought Mars Attacks! (1996) to the attention of the studio. They were bubblegum cards I had as a kid. I developed Mars Attacks! (1996) with Jon Davison, the producer of RoboCop (1987), for quite a while, but at some point my project got shut down and it was given to Tim Burton. It was a bit of a shame, but I think both the script that I wrote and the Tim Burton one suffered from not being enough like the bubblegum cards.

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