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Quint interviews the legendary Robert Duvall! We talk Get Low, Don Quixote, James Caan and much more!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with this crazy-awesome interview with Robert Duvall. If I could sit down with this guy for an hour we’d probably get the best interview ever run on this site, bar none. I mean, the below chat is 13 minutes and Duvall is so open and blunt that we cover everything from his current slate of films to his work on Godfather, The Outfit and some really awesome friendly ribbing at one Jimmy “The Dream” Caan. Going into this interview (which took place a couple months ago… I was asked to hold it until closer to release. Now the film is out you can read all about it, finally!) I was told that he might back out, he might only be doing the roundtable, but then, as I was going to chat with Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, they grabbed Duvall and kind of cornered him into doing the chat. That’s not the best way for me to go into an interview, if the interviewee is kind of forced to be there, but Duvall was a pro and was extremely engaging from the first question. It was an honor for me to talk with the man and I hope you guys enjoy the chat. We cover a lot of ground, so buckle up!

Robert Duvall: Have you heard of

Quint: OpenFilm?

Robert Duvall: It’s on the Internet, so young filmmakers can exhibit their stuff.

Quint: Oh, that’s cool. You are in a film that I love that I think is criminally under seen called THE OUTFIT.

Robert Duvall: Other people have said that. What’s that guy… James Bacon, the writer from 95, he liked that film when we made it, but they couldn’t show it because some people with organized crime said “You can’t show it.”

Quint: Really?

Robert Duvall: Because it made them look bad or something like that, yeah. Robert Ryan… Nice guy that Robert Ryan.

Quint: I’m such a big Robert Ryan fan. THE SET-UP…

Robert Duvall: I like it, but I Mitchum a lot…

[Kraken asks if pictures are okay.]

Robert Duvall: Yeah, go ahead man, whatever you want to do. While we talk is more natural. But yeah, good guys.

Quint: Quentin Tarantino is actually the one who introduced me to the movie… He runs a film festival here.

Robert Duvall: He’s got this thing for old films. Tarantino [Laughs] That guy!

Quint: Yeah, but it’s kind of the perfect movie for him to rediscover and introduce to people, just because it’s such a harsh movie. I just love how crazy it gets.

Robert Duvall: Yeah, it’s been a while since I have seen it.

Quint: It’s based on the Westlake stuff, right? Donald Westlake?

Robert Duvall: The guy that directed it hadn’t done anything since, I don’t think. John… had an Irish name… John Flynn or something like that. It’s been a while.

Quint: That’s crazy, but yeah I’ve got to say I loved GET LOW. It’s such a…

Robert Duvall: It’s a nice film. It’s sweet… very original… not a remake.

Quint: Not a remake. Not a sequel.

Robert Duvall: Did you see CRAZY HEART?

Quint: I did see CRAZY HEART, yeah.

Robert Duvall: We did that last year, not this year. My company, we produced it.

Quint: Yeah and congratulations on the win for Bridges. That was such…

Robert Duvall: Oh yeah, he deserved it.

Quint: He was so good in that and I loved his speech, too.

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Robert Duvall: Then we’ve got another script we have been trying to do for years.

Quint: Oh yeah?

Robert Duvall: A NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO with…

Quint: Yeah.

Robert Duvall: A French guy got a hold of me, a top young French director, he read it and within 48 hours he was here on his own dime. We’ve got him with us now.

Quint: Really?

Robert Duvall: He wants to direct if we can get the money.

Quint: Crazy. What’s it…

Robert Duvall: He did a movie called IN THE BEGINNING.

Quint: IN THE BEGINNING? I don’t think I’ve seen it.

Robert Duvall: It’s a true story where a guy creates this road to nowhere. He never pays anybody. He’s just a con man and eventually gets… the real guy got put in jail. Very interesting guy. He just came in last night and we are taking him around.

Quint: Crazy.

Robert Duvall: We are going to take him down to the border. It’s a pretty interesting script. We’ve had it for a long time.

Quint: What’s the movie about?

Robert Duvall: It’s about a guy that loses a ranch on a foreclosure and his grandson shows up that day, coincidentally, and he’s so lost he takes his son down to Old Mexico for one night in a whore house. It’s really an interesting script and this guy… a very talented guy this French guy. He’s Luc Besson’s protégé.

Quint: Really?

Robert Duvall: And he read the script within 48 hours, we call and he’s here.

Quint: So you know he has the passion for it. It’s not just a gig for him or an opportunity.

Robert Duvall: He’s a talented guy. He’s up for… What do you call the big grand thing at the Cannes Festival?

Quint: The Prix?

Robert Duvall: Yeah, twice he was up for it. He’s very talented. And then I’m supposed to work with Terry Gilliam in the next film to play Don Quixote.

Quint: I can’t wait to see it and I hope that movie comes together.

Robert Duvall: Well, I think it will, but I don’t know exactly when it’s going to come, because of all the issues with financing these days.

Quint: Poor Terry… I talked to him for PARNASSUS.

Robert Duvall: He doesn’t like America, so I told him “Come to Texas. You will like Texas!” (laughs) It’s like a separate country down here.

Quint: Gilliam would be totally at home here.

Robert Duvall: He’d love it, but yeah he doesn’t like America for some reason. I think he’s wrong, but whatever. He’s got his own reasons. Nice guy.

Quint: Yeah, but it’s interesting that you have this up and coming director on this project you want to do next and Aaron [Schneider], this is his first feature, so did you have the script first and you found him or did he find you?

Robert Duvall: Oh, he found us. They had the script. This guy is… This guy in France is young, but he’s done two films, some short films, and he constantly works on commercials. He’s a very bright guy, very good with space and movement and I like his work, so we will see if it works. We are taking him down to Boy’s Town, but it’s a little dangerous to go across the border.

Quint: Yeah, there’s been a little bit of drug activity there.

Robert Duvall: Yeah, but I love it down there.

Quint: I assume you’ve been around Austin before. You came out for ASSASINATION TANGO I know for a fact.

Robert Duvall: Yeah, it’s been a while. There’s another thing we maybe are working on, I’m not supposed to say, but it might be the best script I’ve ever read. Eric Roth…

Quint: Yeah, I know Eric Roth.

Robert Duvall: THE HATFIELDS AND THE MCCOYS, which is American Shakespeare.

Quint: That’s incredible.

Robert Duvall: So we will see if that comes. I’ve got three things we are trying to juggle, you know. Hopefully something can come through.

Quint: You are busy, which is great.

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Robert Duvall: I always knew I was a late bloomer and I knew things would happen later on and it’s been nice.

Quint: What’s great about it is the industry tends to chew up and spit out people by middle age and then they don’t seem to want them.

Robert Duvall: Well it does, especially women. But you know I get more jobs now than before in a way. After THE GODFATHER II, I figured those guys would have their run. I had things like THE OUTFIT, but I knew mine would be prolonged more, then it would go into the future more and now Jimmy Caan’s trying to do jobs with me! I was doing things with him before. Yeah, Jimmy is one guy I keep in touch with, Jimmy Caan.

Quint: Yeah, I’ve heard nothing but really good things about him. I’m friendly with Chris McQuarrie, who directed WAY OF THE GUN and he wrote USUAL SUSPECTS. He worked with Jimmy on WAY OF THE GUN…

Robert Duvall: What’s WAY OF THE GUN? A western?

Quint: It’s a crime movie, but very much plays like a western. It’s from the early 2000s.

Robert Duvall: It didn’t just finish?

Quint: No, this is like ten years ago.

Robert Duvall: Yeah, Jimmy’s good. He’s crazy, but he’s good to work with. I said to Scott [Caan], I said “Is your dad working?” He says “He’s in New Zealand complaining.” He’s always complaining! (laughs)

Quint: How can you be in New Zealand and complaining?

Robert Duvall: He complains when he’s working. He complains when he works.

Quint: Yeah, but Chris told a great story about Jimmy Caan… about how he was intimidated to direct him on the first day and that literally at lunch Caan grabs him and throws him up against the trailer and is like “I’m an actor. I want you to direct me goddamn it! If you are going to direct me, direct me!” So he was like “After that, I didn’t have a problem.” That’s what he told me. It could be a Hollywood legend.

Robert Duvall: Maybe yeah. Jimmy’s always looking for work now. Before… whatever. We keep in touch. We had a border movie we were trying to do, but I can’t get the money. An interesting two part miniseries about these tick riders that ride the border with guns and everything to keep Mexican cattle companies over… I don’t know if we will ever get it done, but we will see. Maybe down the line.

Quint: We have to talk a little bit about Felix because the character that you play in this movie, I have to imagine for you it would just be so much fun to kind of play somebody who has no filter, who is not intimidated by anybody. He has no desire to impress anybody.

Robert Duvall: No, he’s just a guy living alone. He could have been a schoolteacher. He could have been a sheriff. He could have been many things. He’s not a dumb guy, but he chose to do what he did and live hermetically.

Quint: Just the fun of being able to play a character that doesn’t have those limitations.

Robert Duvall: Yeah it was very nice. Just to play moment to moment. Just to see what’s next. To go with your own flow and let things happen between “action” and “cut” you know. Talk and listen, listen and talk and see what’s next, you know.

Quint: I noticed there were almost two different love triangles in the movie…

Robert Duvall: You know, the German money guy came up with the thing and we never thought… I don’t think any of us said “It’s a love story.” This is a love story. It was the German that came up with it, the money guy.

Quint: Oh yeah? He figured it out before everybody else?

Robert Duvall: Well, after we did it, we over at Spain at a film festival…

Quint: Because you have the triangle between you Sissy and the dead girl, your ex-flame and then there’s also a little bit between you Sissy and Bill [Murray] where Bill’s character obviously has feelings for her.

Robert Duvall: Well I wouldn’t be standing here if it weren’t for Charlie Mitchell, the Alabama writer who came in and really turned it around and in a beautiful way. He’s a wonderful storyteller as a writer and even that thing, I didn’t even know it… She appears at the end and I go to it. I think that’s just wonderful.

Quint: It’s very poetic. The whole movie feels like a throwback where it’s not in a hurry to get to where it’s going, but it doesn’t drag you know, which I don’t know how you hit that balance. That’s something I’m going to have to ask Aaron.

Robert Duvall: They cut some out, but it’s true. It was a very special project. My wife’s favorite film… She’s very critical about everything, she’s from Argentina. It’s her favorite film that I’ve been in since The Apostle.

Quint: Oh yeah?

Robert Duvall: She loves this film. She loves this film more than CRAZY HEART or any other.

Quint: That’s great and it deserves it.

Robert Duvall: It’s very unique and it’s not a remake and they will never do a remake of it. (laughs)

Quint: Never say “never,” it is Hollywood…

Robert Duvall: They are doing TRUE GRIT now, I mean wow that’s strange, but why not I guess.

Quint: Yeah it’s interesting and Jeff’s in that one, so… But it’s the Coens, so it’s almost like you have to… If the Coens want to remake it, it’s something where you have to go “Well, if they are doing it, they are doing it for a good reason.”

Robert Duvall: Well let’s hope it’s better than that other thing they did there… O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU…

Quint: You didn’t like that one?

Robert Duvall: Hoo! No way. They patronized, looked down on the South like Hollywood does… The music was good, though.

Quint: Where did you guys shoot GET LOW?

Robert Duvall: Georgia.

Quint: Georgia?

Robert Duvall: Yeah, out in the sticks there. Nice people. They would show up at three thirty in the morning, stay till eight at night… They were wonderful people.

Quint: You could feel the location. You could feel the authenticity to it, everything from the production design to the actual…

Robert Duvall: Plus twenty-four days to shoot a period film, that’s tough. But it was a controlled locale, so there weren’t cars and everything… It wasn’t like in Chicago or anything.

Quint: You didn’t have to recreate New York City or something.

Robert Duvall: No, but it was a lovely film and great to work on. It really was. It was a nice character. He’s kind of like one of my uncles in Virginia… One of my dad’s brothers yeah. I didn’t go in with a specific accent, just the flavor. If you do Hatfields and the McCoys you’ve got to go for an all out deal.

Quint: Well, so what are you moving onto next? Do you think the Gilliam thing might be next?

Robert Duvall: Well, he’s supposed to be the fall. If we can get this THE NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO, which out of the blue suddenly came together… Some guy handed it to this French director and he loved it and if we can get the money, we start preproduction tomorrow. “If.”

Quint: “If” is the nature of the business.

Robert Duvall: All we need is three million dollars to get that. He can get some European money and also get us… I can’t get into Cannes Film Festival with my film, but he can get anything in there, this guy! He’s really one of the top young directors in France.

Quint: That’s great. Cool, well thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me, sir. I really appreciate it.

Robert Duvall: Yes, sir!

Told you it was a cool chat. Got one more, which will hit tomorrow… a two for one! Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek! It’s another fun one! Go see Get Low! It really is a damn fine film! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Robert Duvall has..

    by TheNewDirector

    .. has such a distinct and cool laugh.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    legends indeed!

    by BadMrWonka

    nice stuff, Quint.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by ciroslive

    what's with that weird plug at the beginning? Love how Quint just steamrolls over it and asks his first question.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    A Legend yes, but his politics are ridiculous

    by quantize

    he supports utter morons like Palin, which is totally at odds with any wisdom gained from a full life..I put it down to an artistic quirk.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    Quint, he has to be talking about Pierre Morel, yeah?

    by BadMrWonka

    I'd be interested to see his take on this Mexico script.<p>And Eric Roth scripting a Hatfield and McCoy movie? that sounds weird as hell. how will he incorporate various historical events and people into it?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Couldn't agree more with Duvall...

    by Aragorn II

    ...about O Brother. Easily one of the worst things the Coens have done, and for exactly the reason Duvall cites. Watching caricatures for two hours isn't entertainment. Fortunately, they seem to have gotten it out their systems.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Duvall supports Palin?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'll pretend I never read that.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Good Interview

    by Sparhawk38

    I wish it could have been longer. Good work, Quint.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Stern had a great interview with him a week or so ago

    by strykebr

    Bobby D!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    said he hangs out with CANN & WILFORD FN BRIMLEY

    by strykebr


  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by iwasredempted

    awesome. i'm going to pretend i didn't read the palin thing also. brilliant actor.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Didn't have to read this interview right now.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    I know Quint did fine. He always does. And he got Duvall.<p> Enough said.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    great job quint....

    by iwasredempted

    are you the only one working this site now? maybe harry should put you in charge of it now that he's doing the other site. outstanding work.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Duvall seems all over the place there

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    but a legend nontheless. His part in the Godfather is aways overlooked. That's what happens when you star with both Pacino and Brando.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I thought Morel was a silly choice, but I assumed he had some new French movie I hadn't heard of. <p>neither of them have won the prix, anyway...could he be talking about Jacques Audiard for The Prophet? that seems like a better fit.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    never mind, you're right

    by BadMrWonka

    I just read what Duvall said again, and he's clearly talking about In the Beginning.<p>if I'd read that clearly in the first place, I would have recognized the movie, (even if I wouldn't have remembered or tought of Giannoli)

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Duvall lives in my hometown/county and owns the...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...Rail Stop restaurant in The Plains. I used to date a girl that worked there and she would tell me of how Duvall and his bastard cronies would flirt and make passes at her.<P>Anyway, I actually met him once (briefly) at the annual Gold Cup horse races. He was pleasant and awful cordial...but he was wearing a heavy tweed suit in the midday summer heat. I had to wonder about his common sense...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Nice job there, Quint.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Duvall is an acting legend. But it is kind of funny to see him getting quirkier in his old age.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    The Best Actor Now or Ever!

    by billF

    Robert Duvall outshines them all!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Wow, I didn't know his company produced Crazy Heart

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    since at a quick glance it seemed like a Tender Mercies remake. Want to see a great movie with two great actors? Check out Duvall and Caine in Secondhand Lions.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    "We got this French director...

    by nothingordouble_jack

    he's from France. Its great! He's a French director, from France. Its amazing! He's from France and he's a French director!" We get it Duvall.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    No Lonesome Dove?


    Great job!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I like him even more.

    by Kontarsky


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    its cool

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  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    great fuggin actor

    by Waka_Flocka

    legend in the game

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    Whats with all the spam lately??

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    If they think that shit works then they're RIGHT! I'm off to their website right now, hopefully to meet the russian whore bride of my dreams! Hurray!!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    "I'm Losin' My Buzz Over Here!!"

    by Flexfill

    That stupid movie was worth it for that perfect single line of Mr. Duvall's alone.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    The Apostle was awesome

    by liljuniorbrown

    He nailed that one. I was raised in a very religous family, had a few relatives that were preachers, and he just nailed that part. His best work. So many layers, dude should have gotten an Oscar.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    hollywood royalty

    by brabon300

    all actors under 40 should kiss this mans feet

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    just one did he miss that o brother is a comedy

    by brabon300

    wasnt supposed to paint the south realistically

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    agree on "The Apostle" love

    by WickedJacob

    One of those movies you just can't compare to anything else.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Swore he died

    by bah

    a few years ago. Who am I thinking of?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Do you think he has a bit of

    by catlettuce4

    pre-senility? All that can't remember the name and repeating himself?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    all over the place

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Between the money talk, plugging stuff, some ribbing, and a minor bit of opinion on the art, you can tell he's in in the business a long time.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    He's 79. I thought he was older actually.

    by catlettuce4

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    is actually quite good. Shame Quint cut him off. They look to be doing good things to encourage young talent.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    is actually quite good. Shame Quint cut him off. They look to be doing good things to encourage young talent.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    No Lonesome Dove talk?

    by Sailor Rip

    I think that's his favorite role of his.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    That's CAPTAIN AUGUSTUS MCCRAE to you. jk.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Bring on the Bill Murray interview

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    I've been hearing about this thing for months. C'mon, Quint, Get Low is out in theaters that shit.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by bennie garcia

    quint, wished you had asked him about working with peckinpah. Certainly not the directors finest but the chemistry between duvall and caan is great.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Duvall on politics

    by dukeroberts

    I find it refreshing that there are some actors who swim against the political tide in Hollywood. I would prefer that none of them opine or espouse their views publicly, but since so many do, and often, it is good to see that some do not follow the typical marching orders of the left wing ignorati.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by Jehovahs_Witness

    You fail to see the irony of your post....while complaining about douchebags who espouse or opine their political views've done exactly that.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Duvall on Palin and politics...

    by IAmLegolas

    fast forward to 7:50<p>

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    He has worked more now than ever

    by mortsleam

    And always seems to do his very best work. From Apostle to Crazy Heart. Can't believe this guy still wrings new subtleties out of his characters. <p>Speaking of personal opinions, you'd all do well to notice that Duvall didn't actually bring it up. It was in the TBs. Yeah, it's a shame he's getting more and more conservative as he approaches senility (big surprise there). But he didn't force it down Quint's throat. It was brought up solely to cause strife in the talkback.<p>"ignorati" Gotta love the oh-so-clever use of euphemism to try and degrade a differing viewpoint. Me? I just call conservatives "Greedy fucking assholes."

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I'd like to ask him........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ...........what he thinks about his Tom Hagen character being drowned in the godfather novel released a few years back.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    This should have been placed under AICN LEGENDS

    by Keanu Gives

    Coordination please!!! And shame on you Quint for not asking about THE ROAD

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I'm really starting to hate you Quint

    by ltgalloway

    You have the most awesome job ever.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Duvall's politics = full of win

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    You know, it's amazing how inseparably bonded people are to their *opinions*, when those things, by their very nature not only are SUBJECT to change, but are SUPPOSED to change when new and evolved information enters into the equation. Robert Duvall has led a full rich life, has gained the wisdom of age and experience, and has spent his life surrounded by the brain-dead hypocrisy of the elitist leftism of Hollywood. So, his opinion counts, and it counts a lot. It counts a hell of a lot more than some twenty-something douche who has never thought a thought deeper than where he misplaced his bong. SO when Duvall speaks, a wise person should at least listen, and judge on the merits, rather than the typical leftist knee-jerk dismissal which is so common today. Three cheers for Robert Duvall and his unfearing disgust at what he rightly calls the 'mink-coat liberals' of Hollywood.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    No question about working with a YOUNG YOUNG

    by skimn

    Lucas on THX 1138?? Did he have a feeling about his future and his talent?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Great interview, Quint

    by AlienFanatic

    I love how age loosens a man's tongue and allows him to say the things he truly feels. Duvall comes across as a guy that likes people, likes the South and Texas alot, and simply loves making movies. I hope I have that kind of passion for living, and seeming lack of bias against mankind, when I reach his age.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    That was a thougtful post Big_Daddy

    by leo54304

    I assume that you are more open minded than the hollywood liberals you rail against. So if a lifetime of wisdom due to age and experience makes someone we should listen to than someone like Ted Kennedy should also be listened by someone like yourself.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    not every old person is wise. Duvall is a great actor, but why should his opinion about politics carry any more weight than anyone else's?<p> and not for nothing, but when you conservatives use "elite" as a pejorative, it makes a lot of people laugh. you should stop doing it, trust me.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Why do folks keep bringing up Politics here?

    by conspiracy

    What exactly does this have to do with his work, or this particular movie? Go over to one of the Statist Socio-Fascist News Blogs like Huffignton Post, Foxnews or CNN if you want to bray with the other Political Elite Worshipping donkeys...We normal folks just want to have some FUN and talk about Films, Booze and Pussy...all things Duvall has had more experience with than anyone in this TB.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Great interview, one of the undisputed legends...

    by HapaPapa72

    But Quint, you just had to go and bring up Way of the Gun. I had such a great nap when I tried watching that one.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Remeber the scene in Godfather with the singer?

    by leo54304

    Brando yells at him to act like a man and slaps him? Theres Duvall in the background with a shit eating grin. Wish Quint asked about that scene.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Booze, pussy not much more a man needs conspiracy

    by leo54304

    Stay thirsty my friend.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Leo & Wonka

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Leo, you are absolutely right. Rather than merely despise Ted Kennedy for any number of reasons, when one looks at the actual merits of the things he stood for, attempted, spent his life doing, one finds that there simply were none. Merits I mean. And it has taken the nation less than 18 months to look into the face of radical leftism and spit in it. And that is what Ted Kennedy stood for, and I reject it, part and parcel. But not because I simply reject out-of-hand any opinion which is not in line with my own. So, you're right. I do. And did. And decided accordingly. And to Mr Wonka, one should always listen to a wise person, at least listen, and then weigh your responses accordingly. And true, age does not wisdom automatically make - Helen Thomas is proof enough of that. So you're right in that Duvall merely being aged does not necessarily mean he is wise or should be listened to. However, I doubt you could make a legitimate case that his words should merely be dismissed simply because he disagrees with people of a different political persuasion, esspecially if those of differing opinion happen to be much younger and less experienced. In other words, no, his opinion does not necessarily mean MORE than anyone elses, but it sure as heck doesn't mean LESS. Oh and the use of 'elite' as a perjorative is ironic, rather than an actual criticism, simply because the 'elites' to which I refer are 'elite' in only one place: their own minds. *Actual* 'elite' people know better than to take offense at that kind of barb. :)

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Go back to Fox,Limbaugh,Beck,etc

    by leo54304

    As Dan Quayle said: A mind is a terrible thing. Your last post just proved you are a mirror image of those you hate. How someone can hate so much and take it as a badge of honor I'll never understand.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Conspiracy's post for the win.

    by Skraggo

    Has anyone's mind ever been changed by an argument about politics or religion? God, it's tiresome.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Don't forget the last Star Trek movie Skraggo

    by leo54304

    On this site it ranks right up there.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Don't forget his role in True Grit

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    The great santini father role

    by leo54304

    he did, made me realize my dad wasn't such a bad guy after all.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    the way his character was treated in Crazy heart...

    by emeraldboy


  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ah-ha-ha Godfather what can I do, what can I do???

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Thats the scene I'll always remember him by

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    true that

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    His role in Apocalypse Now is fresh in my mind after

    by T 1000 xp professional

    having watched the other day.. I love that he also sounds like he's still going a million miles per hour. The man's a legend. Great Interview, Quint!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    "Oh and the use of 'elite' as a perjorative is ironic."<p> no, it isn't. it's just stupid. people called Obama an elitist, and they absolutely meant it as an insult. they used "ivy league educated" as an insult as well! (I guess we're ignoring the fact that the last president went to Yale)<p>and Palin loved trotting around in "the real america" and demonizing anywhere were people are more likely to have gone to college, etc.<p>the fact is, it is absolutely UNARGUABLE that in america, the more educated you are, the more likely you are to have a liberal political viewpoint. it's just a fact. (please don't scream and cry and try to argue that point, I could cite a dozen studies, and you can look them up for yourself) and since conservatives don't want to concede that smarter=more liberal, they have to make the case that more educated=elitist, not smarter.<p>so, since Duvall is a great actor, I'd happily take advice from him about the movie business, acting, and plenty of other things. but politics? no more than anyone else.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Duvall's "Politics matter not one whit...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... fact is, he's one of the greatest actors, one of THE most important FILM actors that's ever lived. Check it out: "The God Father, I & II" "Apocalypse Now" "Tender Mercies" "Bullit" "True Grit" "M*A*S*H" "TXH 1138" "The Conversation" "The 7% Solution (starring th GREAT Nicol Williamson) "Network"

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    SHIT! I wasn't even HALF done...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... "The Pursuit of DB Cooper" "The Stone Boy" "The Natural" "Colors" "Lonesome Dove" "The Handmaid's Tale" "Rambling Rose" "Falling Down" "The Paper" "The Scarlet Letter" "Sling Blade" "The Apostle" "The Gingerbread Man" "Deep Impact" "Open Range" "Second Hand Lions" "Thank You For Smoking" "THE ROAD!" ... and that's only the films he's appeared in that I have personally seen and appreciated! <p> Who gives a flying fuck what his political opinions are???!!! Certainly not me. His body of work speaks for itself!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    "Crazy Heart"?

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    And oh yeah, someone said it before...

    by Skyway Moaters


  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    TRUE GRIT!!!!

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

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    by Skyway Moaters

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    The camera shots of him on the beach

    by leo54304

    of Apocalypse Now with him standing like a god of war in that crisp uniform as the helicopters are flying around the landing zone. Then boom!! starts talking about surfing and ignoring the fighting around them. Stuff like that is what why we go the movies.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    The Coens with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Gogburn?

    by Skyway Moaters

    Oh my god....

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    sorry for the double...

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    The Apostle is Duvall's Zeppelin IV

    by Dr Gregory House

    Goddamn, I love that movie.

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  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Coppola should have ponied up the cash...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...and put Duvall in Godfather III. If he'd done that and found SOMEBODY besides his daughter to be the female lead, that flick would've gained a whole star. maybe a star and a half.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Did Duvall have to pee?

    by houndog

    It reads like he was in a hurry to go.

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    by quantize

    That would be all fine but he supports Palin...that = spectacular FAIL. He's just a fucking ACTOR, not a genius.

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    We don't rent pigs

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    I don't think any actor has ever done a better job of bringing a character from literature to life as Duvall did as Augustas Macrae in Lonesome Dove. Except for maybe Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow Call.

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