Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Robert Duvall, veterano ilustrísimo

Probablemente uno de los actores de mayor prestigio y más respetados del mundo. Robert Duvall tiene a sus espaldas uno de esos currículums que impresionan (pulsad sobre su nombre y lo comprobareis). Nació en una familia de fuertes convicciones cristianas, y militó en el ejército antes de comenzar una brillante carrera cimentada sobre todo en papeles secundarios resueltos con la mayor profesionalidad, sin excluir los protagonistas: Matar a un ruiseñor, El Padrino, Apocalypse Now (inolvidable como un chiflado general hablando del napalm), THX 1138, El mejor, Un día de furia, etc, hasta lograr un Oscar.

En sus opiniones políticas, se muestra como un hombre serio y de convicciones. Hasta el punto de cargar contra Spielberg, reprochándole al director las alabanzas que hizo tras una visita a Fidel Castro.

"I always find that there is a catch with people like her, some form of hypocrisy, Barbra Streisand won't go to Colorado because they passed a law that was a little prejudicial to gays, but I'll bet she'll go to Havana, Cuba, where they quarantine gays".
"It's very easy for people in Hollywood or Hyannisport or these rich enclaves to say so-and-so should be penalized for not hiring certain minorities. But Hollywood is the most anti-affirmative action town in America. You name me one black or Hispanic head of a studio or agency. They may throw out a token. But they shouldn't criticize General Motors when they're worse".
"Oliver Stone says Hollywood is the most democratic town in America. If it's so democratic, why isn't there a policy that allows any actor to go up to the front gate of a studio and try out for any movie? It's a caste system".
"One guy asked me, 'How can you be an actor and be a Republican?' I can vote either way. But how can you boil it down to [political affiliation]? All the atrocities against blacks in the South were committed by Democratic sheriffs".
"In some people's eyes, a guy who stays in the ghetto and beats his wife and votes Democratic is better than someone who votes Republican. It's another form of keeping the blacks down".
There aren’t many people in Hollywood with the guts to take on a heavyweight like Steven Spielberg. That makes Robert Duvall part of an elite – showbiz types with courage and a conscience.
In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, the man who played Lt. Col. Kilgore in “Apocalypse Now” gave the director of “Saving Pvt. Ryan” a little verbal napalm in the morning.
Commenting on Spielberg’s 2002 trip to Cuba, Duvall innocently remarked: “Now I want to ask him (Spielberg) – and I know he’s going to get pissed off – ‘Would you consider building a little annex on the Holocaust Museum, or at least across the street, to honor all of the dead Cubans that Castro killed?’ “
In the interview, to be aired Wednesday on CBS “60 Minutes II,” Duvall quoted Spielberg saying of his meeting with the bearded butcher, “The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro.”...

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