Phil Thompson, The Interview Feed
Robert Duvall is nothing less of an acting legend. He starred in films like The Apostle, Colors and gave an Academy Award-winning performance in Tender Mercies. His roles in Francis Ford Coppola's masterpieces, The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, count among the most iconic ever.
|"It was more a way to keep us above water, to not quit. We all had dreams. It’s amazing that so many dreams actually came true."|
|Photo: © Leo Rigah / StarlitePics.|
Q: At the ripe age of 81 you are returning to the screen with an action film. Why?
Robert Duvall (RD): (laughs) That’s a good question. You know, I almost didn’t do this picture, Jack Reacher, because I was too fat. I enjoyed life a little too much on my farm, and that’s when Tom Cruise called me.
Q: And when Tom Cruise calls, even Robert Duvall can’t say no?
RD: Well, I was interested in this character. And I really like Tom. I think he’s just a terrific actor. So, I told my wife that I wanted to lose at least 20 pounds, and she was more than happy about that.
Q: Did you keep the weight off?
RD: Yes, I sure did. That's what I promised my wife. And I kept my promise so far.
Q: Your wife is 41 years younger than you. Has that ever created problems for you?
RD: No. Not really. We love each other. And as long as there is love, everything is okay. Age doesn't matter. It's how you feel inside. And I feel great. She is from Argentina. I love everything from there. Buenos Aires is my favorite city in the world. It was just a problem when I met her Dad. He wasn’t sure whether he should refer to me as Dad or Son (laughs).
Q: Your wife taught you how to dance the tango, right?
RD: Yes, I love to dance the tango. It’s the most erotic and sensual dance there is. I take my wife out dancing all the time. It's our favorite thing to do.
Q: You once roomed with Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman. Did you guys ever think you would become such big stars?
RD: You know, we talked about it. We talked about making it. But back in the days nobody really believed it. It was more a way to keep us above water, to not quit. We all had dreams. It’s amazing that so many dreams actually came true.
Q: Who was your hero when you grew up?
RD: Oh, man. I’ve always adored Marlon Brando. He was such an icon. He was the greatest. We all looked up to him.
Q: Your character Cash in Jack Reacher is a crafty guy. And he loves his guns. What’s your take on guns?
RD: Oh, I love guns. I know my guns somewhat. I believe in guns, but I don’t have any. I haven’t shot much since I was in the Army. I go and shoot once in a while. My wife though, she is a good shot.
Q: I guess it’s legitimate to ask you about ever wanting to retire. Do you ever think about it?
RD: Yeah, I do. But I think I’ve got a couple left in me. My good buddy Gene Hackman is retired. He likes it. But I am not there yet. I still enjoy it. But I don’t like to work at night anymore.
Q: You live out on a farm in Virginia. Do people come out to visit you?
RD: Yes, they sure do. We just had Mrs. Romney over for lunch. What a lovely lady. I really like her.
Q: Is that an active farm where you live?
RD: We have cattle, longhorn cattle, but they are not mine. It’s like the English countryside out here.
Q: Has Hollywood changed over the years?
RD: Sure, it’s changed. But at the end of the day it’s still Action and Cut. It’s still movie making. And there are a lot of wonderful actors out there. Good movies are still being made.
Q: How do you want people to remember you?
RD: Oh, I guess it’s nice when they know your name. I made some pictures that I am really proud of. My favorite part was my character in Lonesome Dove. I will always cherish that. I think westerns will always be my favorite genre. Maybe in another life, I will come back and be a real Texas Ranger!
Q: You achieved pretty much everything an actor can reach. Why are you still doing this? It can’t be the money…
RD: You don’t make as much money anymore as you used to. All the money is in television today. It’s just if something comes along that tickles my bones, I am interested in.
Q: Have you met guys like Jack Reacher before in your life?
RD: I have met guys like Jack Reacher before. I met a guy once, he was the head of the Texas Rangers. They are no-nonsense kind of guys. I like people when they are straight forward. Those are my kind of people. There is too much BS out there in the world today. 11/15/12 Car: 11/15/12