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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

VENICE, CALIFORNIA-Among the tributes pouring in for recently-deceased countercultural film icon Dennis Hopper, is one those close to him say he would have appreciated more than anything: watching Hopper's award-winning Easy Rider whilst in a state of altered consciousness.

"It's touching how many people are coming out watching Easy Rider stoned off their faces," Hopper's wife Victoria told reporters. "It's exactly what Dennis would have wanted."

Fans across the world have been paying their respects to Hopper by ingesting large amounts of recreational drugs while watching Hopper's directorial debut, Easy Rider, a tale of two bikers on a search for freedom in 1960's America. Widely heralded as a touchstone film for the Baby Boomer generation, Easy Rider has been heralded as one of the greatest films ever made and a poignant look at American and countercultural values.

"Dennis was high pretty much the entire time the film was in the works," recalled Rider co-star Peter Fonda. "Dennis' target audience was definitely potheads; I can't image any other way to watch [the film], let alone a more fitting way to remember such a good friend and great artist."

Those who have thus far participated in watching Rider while fucked out of their minds in tribute to Hopper reaffirmed the film's cultural message, and Hopper's life's work.

"I have to admit I didn't know much about the guy," said law clerk Stephen Patterson. "I sort of knew him from Crash, but that was about it. When he died, a lot of people talked about Rider and what a great film it was. I can't believe I'd never seen it before. Let me tell you: blazed is the only way to check that film out. In fact, since I just bought a quarter the other day, I think I'm gonna watch his entire filmography as well. That man had a message."

Aspiring screenwriter Eric Kropper says that Hopper's influence on film has been unmatched by any other figure of the last century, and that Rider is the movie that most shaped his film aspirations.

"Like, the scene when they take acid with those chicks? Pretty crazy, man," said Kropper.

"You know they're actually smoking pot in that film?" commented University of Colorado undergrad Troy Wild. "Like, seriously actually smoking up on camera. That shit is badass, yo."

"Oh, and Jack Nicholson is in it too, by the way. Awesome stuff," added Wild.

Hopper's estate announced that showings of Rider will be held at the Hopper's mansion, with free admission for all those who turn up with severely bloodshot eyes.

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