Amusing Awards Season

Robert Duvall is upset at Stanley Kubrick

In a recent round table interview Robert Duvall expressed his anger at director Stanley Kubrick for making actors do so many takes.

The veteran actor was taking part in an awards season discussion for The Hollywood Reporter with fellow actors Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Colin Firth, Ryan Gosling and James Franco.

When he heard David Fincher made Eisenberg do fifty takes in The Social Network he seemed aghast (at 0.53) and put forward his views on Kubrick and the performances in The Shining and A Clockwork Orange (at 2.37).

The discussion of Fincher continues in this second video with Franco chipping in with his opinion and Ruffalo explaining how Fincher’s process worked in Zodiac.

Duvall admits that Fincher got good performances in Seven (1995) and even reveals that he turned down a part in the film.

Presumably he was referring to R. Lee Ermey‘s role? (Ironically, Ermey worked with Kubrick in Full Metal Jacket).

UPDATE: The full video of the round-table discussion is here:

> Robert Duvall at Wikipedia
> The Hollywood Reporter Awards Watch


Robert Duvall on The Godfather III

Back in 1991 Robert Duvall gave an unusually frank interview with Bob Costas, in which he revealed why he didn’t appear in The Godfather III.

After playing Tom Hagen, the Corleone’s in-house lawyer and consigliere, in the first two films he was under no illusions that the reasons Part III came about were financial.

Added to that, he was upset that Pacino was offered 5 times the amount he was going to get.

His analysis of the film is spot on:

When you see the movie, it is not as good as the first two.

…I thought the premise was very interesting …but when I did see it, …it just wasn’t as good.

…It was fifteen years later and it was like it had been done. …They did it for money.

Watch the interview below, in two parts:

> Robert Duvall at the IMDb
> The Godfather series at Wikipedia