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“Paris, Texas” doesn’t typically come to mind when people think of dangerous productions, but at least one incident on the set of Wim Wenders’ mournful classic starring Harry Dean Stanton was a close call. Speaking to Rian Johnson on the A24 podcast, “High Life” director Claire Denis revealed that, while serving as Wenders’ assistant on the film, she tried to convince him it would be a good idea for Stanton’s character to cross the Rio Grande — so much so, in fact, that she attempted the feat herself.
“I became crazy at that time and I told Wim, ‘Wim, maybe Harry Dean Stanton should cross over the Rio Grande?,’ and he told me, ‘Maybe he would be afraid?’ I said, ‘It’s nothing, I can cross the Rio Grande just like that. Once, twice,'” said Denis. “I went with my jeans on. And I kept my shoes because it’s full of stone. It was shallow, it seems shallow. And suddenly, in the middle of it, there was a current so powerful I couldn’t resist, you know. I was like a little piece of —”
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