Robert Duvall: Don't Mourn the Good Old Days of Hollywood
Published: January 07, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
FROM THE WRAP
By Brent Lang
They may not make them like they used to, but Robert Duvall is still optimistic about the future of movies.
“There’s still room for all kinds of films. Going into the 21st century, this is such an in-medium that you’re getting all kinds of people to do it -- African Americans, Spanish -- it’s open to all,” Duvall told a capacity crowd at a showing Thursday night of his acclaimed new drama “Get Low,” part of TheWrap's ongoing Academy Screening Series.
Unlike other actors of his generation who mourn the passage of the decade when “Easy Riders” and “Raging Bulls” took over the studios, Duvall said he believes that film’s future is bright.
“What’s been pushed to the outside can still be seen by the public, and the public can benefit,” Duvall said.
In fact, the Oscar winner mentioned one movie that is even better today than four decades ago, when he first rose up the acting ranks with memorable roles in screen classics such as “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “The Great Santini”: the Coen Brothers' remake of “True Grit.” The actor played Ned Pepper in the 1969 original, squaring off against John Wayne.
“The old guys were more authoritarian,” Duvall said. “It’s been a while since I’ve seen the first one, but I think maybe this ‘True Grit’ is a little better.”
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Maybe the finest actor of the last forty years.
What a classy guy. He's also been in everything good. Twas a pleasure to see him in No Country for Old Men!
My all time favorite western actor--even if he did wear really bad hats.
Just finished watching Open Range on AMC tonight. Duvall was terrific as always.
OPEN RANGE and LONESOME DOVE, both great. My favorite: TENDER MERCIES.
He saved The Road for me. Family outvoted me New Year's Eve so we had to watch that grim stinker. Duvall had a role that should win him an Oscar even tho he was on screen so briefly I couldn't find a photo from the film of him for my own blog report on the movie. With that ever-present chuckle in his voice, which can convey a range of meanings from evil to grace, he captured the irony that was missing in the rest of the film.
Well, at least Glen Campbell wasn't in it. That right there gives it a boost over the other film.
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