Dario Argento on Starring in Gaspar Noé’s ‘Vortex’: ‘I Don’t Feel Like What I Did Was Acting’

Dario Argento is one of the most beloved horror directors of the 20th century, having pioneered the giallo subgenre with classic films like “Suspiria” and “Deep Red.” Argento is still directing movies, but the 81-year-old filmmaker recently tried something new: acting.

The Italian director earned strong reviews for his lead role as a dementia-stricken man in Gaspar Noé’s “Vortex,” a movie inspired by Noé’s own near-death experience.

The film premiered at Cannes last year before hitting theaters in America this summer.

Argento, whose work is currently enjoying a retrospective at Film at Lincoln Center in New York, spoke to Vulture about the decision to step in front of the camera, and what the role in Noé’s film meant to him.“I didn’t really shape the character.

I tried to play myself,” Argento said.

“When Gaspar came to my house in Rome to ask me if I would be in the movie,

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