Consequently his best performance was in Nic Roeg's The Man Who
Fell To Earth in which he was a skinny alien, a role not a million
light years removed from his real-life musical persona of the time.
But as vampire John Blaylock in The Hunger and Major Jack Celliers
in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence he made wooden furniture looked
animated by contrast.
He cropped up again recently in Ben Stiller's unfunny comedy
Zoolander. His screen time was mercifully brief.
"An unintentionally hilarious compendium of time-tested
cinematic cliches that illustrates the chasm between hopeful
imitation and successful duplication," opined The New York Times.
"This star vehicle for Mariah Carey is primarily a showcase for her
breasts," said the Washington Post.
The universal slating doesn't appear to have put Carey off
though. She will next appear in Wisegirls, a mafia caper in which
she stars alongside Mira Sorvino.