"IS MY PERSONA larger than life? I suppose it could be seen that way. I had not thought it like that,"
said in an interview with the
, proving that Glover is either pulling an elaborate ruse on the pop culture-loving public or he hasn't seen any of his movies.
Glover, who will make a sold-out stop at International House for a presentation of "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show" and presentation of his film "It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine!" on Monday, is probably best known for playing Michael J. Fox's dad George McFly in "Back to the Future."
With a long list of "Oh, that guy!" parts, Glover is also known for the cartoonishly ruthless Layne in "River's Edge," the aptly named Creepy Thin Man in the "Charlie's Angels" remake, the one-armed bellhop in "Hot Tub Time Machine, and, most recently, the Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."
But Glover has also gained notoriety for exhibiting eccentricities that his characters manifest onscreen - most notably his 1987 "Late Night with David Letterman" appearance in which he narrowly avoided karate-kicking Letterman in the face. Go ahead, YouTube it. Tattle will wait.
The wacky persona, and the in-person appearances, help Glover fund his films. "It is Fine. Everything is Fine!" - the second of a proposed trilogy - is told from the perspective of actor and star Steven C. Stewart, who had severe cerebral palsy (Stewart died in 2001). The Slideshows are "dramatic narrations" of eight books that Glover has constructed over the years, which he said eventually helped him when it came to editing his own films.
Glover seems at peace with how he is perceived, as opposed to having a team of pros handling his image.
"I aspire for my work to hopefully raise genuine questions in people so they think for themselves," he said. "There are certain things left best unanswered or partially answered because it could spoil someone's interpretation of a good thing to contemplate if I give too much explanation. My life has always been much more 'centric' than many may perceive."
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Rob from rich, give to oneself
A former lawyer for a financial adviser to celebrity clients was arrested yesterday on money-laundering charges filed in New York.
An indictment alleges that attorney Jonathan Bristol hid investor money stolen by Kenneth Starr - a one-time adviser to Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone and Martin Scorsese (although it is unclear whether he stole from them) - in secret escrow accounts.
Prosecutors say Bristol raided the accounts in January to pay $1 million to settle a claim by a disgruntled Starr client. They say another $100,000 was used to cover bills from Bristol's law firm.
In April, Bristol also used millions from escrow to help Starr buy a five-bedroom, six-bath condo, the indictment says. Prosecutors had previously alleged that $5.75 million of the total was stolen from a 100-year-old heiress.
In September, Starr pleaded guilty to cheating wealthy and elderly clients out of tens of millions of dollars by secretly diverting their money into risky investments or his own pocket.
An indictment charges that one of several bank accounts linked to Starr, whose wife is a former stripper, of course, is held under the name "Poledance Superstar." You can be sure he wasn't stuffing singles in that G-string.
If convicted, Bristol faces a maximum 20 years in prison.
* Frank Frazetta Jr., a son of late fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, sued his three siblings Wednesday in Florida, complaining that his sibs had violated the terms of the settlement of his father's multi-million dollar estate by failing to pay him his 25-percent share. He also claims they have not provided an accurate accounting of the business dealings involving his father's art and have not involved him in their decisions as agreed.
"It's been continuous pleading with them to try to figure out what's going on," said Frazetta Jr.'s lawyer, Diana L. Fitzgerald.
* In Arizona, the probation of DMX (/a/k/a Earl Simmons) has been revoked and he's heading to prison for one year.
* New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are bringing their '90s boy-band magic to Dick Clark's annual New Year's Eve TV special.Producers say the two groups, who have melded their names to become NKOTBSB, are mashing up to close out 2011.
* It wasn't that long ago that Donald Trump told "Extra" he was seriously considering a run for president. Any rival candidates will be sure to get lots of material for their attack ads when the Donald is roasted by Comedy Central on March 9.
"I'll show up to the Roast because Comedy Central is paying me a lot of money, but I'm confused as to how anybody could make fun of me," said Trump.
* Miramax and The Weinstein Co. said yesterday they would team up to create sequels to half a dozen movies and are examining the potential to create sequels or TV shows to seven more.
The announcement comes after Harvey and Bob Weinstein lost a bid to buy the movie studio they founded in 1979 back from The Walt Disney Co. It went to a group of investors led by Colony Capital earlier this month for $663 million. Already in the works are "Scream 4," "Spy Kids 4" and "Scary Movie 5." Yesterday's announcement adds plans to make sequels to "Bad Santa" ("Bad Easter Bunny"?) "Rounders" ("Oblongers"?) and "Shakespeare in Love."
"Shakespeare in Love 2"? Come on.
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.