Larry Hankin: “The Lost Tapes of Emmett Sagittarius Deemus”

By on September 11, 2015

It’s Friday, and time for another post from Larry Hankin, and today, we’ve got a hodgepodge of clips edited together from various other short films featuring Emmett Sagittarius Deemus.


Months back, we ask Larry about he came to filmmaking, and he’s what he told us:

“I was making these kinds of film shorts, they were sometimes a minute, or two or three minutes, back in the 80s. They got longer as I went on. The ones with the character I’d created, Sometimes Jones, kept on getting reviewed here in L.A. because I was showing them in local coffeehouses and movie places, and that’s where a guy came to me said he thought the films were great, and so we started a commercial venture together. There was just glimmer of people interested at the time in little movies like these, but a lot of the new cable channels needed ‘product’ and I remember they ended playing on Z Channel a lot, late at night, and TV shows like “Night Flight.” So, he had this idea of me making film shorts. and this was pre-Youtube, and he paid me a couple of bucks. Ridiculous. But I just wanted to make to make films. I made several of these films before he ran out of money, and then he disappeared. And I kept making films, but If I don’t’ have any money, then I just go back to ones that I have… and I start fucking with them, I edit them again, and sometimes I make them into little compilations, and I change them. I’m obsessed with the filmmaking process, and editing.”


About Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin is a writer, performer, director, producer and Oscar-nominee - and one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces in the world of character actors. A graduate of “Second City”, an original member of “The Committee”, Larry has gone on to play roles in such diverse projects as “Laverne and Shirley”; Charlie Butz in "Escape From Alcatraz": the convict Clint Eastwood left behind. He stole the raisins on "Seinfeld"; he was Mr. Heckles, The downstairs neighbor on "FRIENDS"; on "Breaking Bad", Larry was the junkyard owner who destroyed the "Meth" Winebego and supplied the huge electro-magnet this season.   Larry's been seen in over 120 other TV shows and movies along the way, including Michael Bey’s: "Pain & Gain" with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (“In the film, my character ultimately gets the crap beat out of him by Dwayne Johnson, and I consider it a milestone and an honor in my acting career”, Larry was quoted as saying). But comedic storytelling is where his heart lies: all along, Larry's also been writing short, satiric fables which he‘s been turning into film shorts (30, at present), then directing and starring in them as “Emmett Deemus”, an old, street savvy homeless poet. In Larry’s first film short: “Solly’s Diner,” he introduced his younger, comedic street character, “Sometimes Jones” to audiences here and abroad and was nominated for an Academy Award.   Larry's written and starred over 30 of his own shorts – including Larry's second incarnation of his Sometimes Jones character: Emmett Deemus: basically Don Quixote on a motorcycle: a heroicly inclined, odd elderly biker on a battered old motorcycle with a sidecar: ”The Outlaw Emmett Deemus”. At present, Larry's writing a feature and TV series for Emmett. -xxx-