Very few actors in the history of the world have been in as many rotten movies as Dennis Hopper -- and yet the guy still keeps popping up in studio fare AND good films. Plus his good work definitely outweighs his bad work ... mainly because everybody remembers Easy Rider, Hoosiers, Blue Velvet and Speed and nobody remembers Super Mario Bros., Meet the Deedles and Waterworld. (OK, yes we do.)

Bottom line is that Hopper's a very talented guy who's still a lot of fun to visit with (even when he's chomping through scenery like it was made of chocolate). And it looks like we'll soon be seeing him in a Quentin Tarantino production (I said "production," not "film") called Hell Ride (which we first told you about here). The MTV Movies Blog is reporting that Mr. Hopper will join Michael Madsen, Eric Balfour and actor/writer/director Larry Bishop in a chopper flick that's being described as a modern-day take on The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Ahem. That's some pretty lofty comparisons there, fellas.

Son of old-school comedian Joey Bishop, Larry's last feature was the barely-released Mad Dog Time (aka Trigger Happy), which had a fantastic ensemble cast but very little else. It looks like Larry and Q.T. hooked up when Bishop played "Larry Gomez" in Kill Bill Vol. 2, but Quentin must have really dug the Hell Ride screenplay if he decided to lend his name/money to the project. Plus, hell, one of Hopper's all-time best moments came while expelling Tarantino's dialogue. Yeah, that classic True Romance confrontation between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken. Damn I love that scene.